Day: November 20, 2020

Rocket Lab makes its first booster recovery after successful launch – TechCrunch

New Zealand-born launch provider Rocket Lab took a step towards making its launch vehicles reusable today with the safe splashdown and recovery of an Electron booster after it successfully took its payload to orbit. The image above is the view from the booster up into the parachute that brought it safely down.

Reusing the first stage of launch vehicles — that is to say, the booster that takes the payload from the ground to the edge of space, where a second stage takes over — has the potential to vastly reduce the cost of getting to orbit. For decades these precision-engineered machines, which cost millions to produce, have been abandoned after use and allowed to break up on reentry.

SpaceX first demonstrated recovery of its Falcon 9 rockets in 2015, landing one on a drone ship after several failed attempts with other launches. A used first stage was first re-launched

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How phishing attacks are exploiting Google’s own tools and services

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of Google’s open and accessible online tools to skirt past the usual security filters, says Armorblox.

Image: iStockphoto/weerapatkiatdumrong

One of the primary challenges facing any type of cyberattack is getting past security defenses. And one way attackers manage this feat is by using legitimate services to carry out different phases of a campaign. A blog post published Thursday by cybersecurity firm Armorblox details how phishing campaigns are using some of the technologies available from Google and offers advice on how to protect yourself.

SEE: Cybersecurity: Let’s get tactical (free PDF) (TechRepublic)  

In the post entitled “OK Google, Build Me a Phishing Campaign,” Armorblox’s co-founder and head of engineering, Arjun Sambamoorthy, explains that Google is a ripe target for exploitation due to the free and democratized nature of many of its services.

Adopted by so many legitimate users, Google’s open APIs, extensible integrations, and developer-friendly

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Verizon and Apple announce 5G Fleet Swap program, private indoor 5G networks

Verizon and Apple have teamed up to spur enterprise 5G and iPhone 12 adoption with a new phone trade-in program and private, indoor 5G networks.


Apple and Verizon Business today announced 5G Fleet Swap, a new program to help businesses roll out the 
iPhone 12

to their employees. In addition, Verizon announced that General Motors and Honeywell will install the company’s 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) service inside their corporate offices.


“If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s that the acceleration to digital will only get faster and our customers must seize this moment to scale quickly, and General Motors and Honeywell are two industry-leading companies that are first movers in this area,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business in a published statement. “We’ve opened the door to the 5G era and have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to completely reimagine the future of enterprise. Foundational

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