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March 24, 2022, 11:05 AM

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Bloomberg:
Researchers say a 16-year-old from England is the mastermind behind the Lapsus$ group; seven unique accounts associated with Lapsus$ were identified  —  Cybersecurity researchers investigating a string of hacks against technology companies, including Microsoft Corp. and Nvidia Corp. …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
A look at Lapsus$, a data extortion group that first surfaced in December 2021 specializing in stealing data from big companies by bribing or tricking employees  —  Microsoft and identity management platform Okta both this week disclosed breaches involving LAPSUS$, a relatively new cybercrime group …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Twitter finally rolls out an update to DMs that lets users search messages for contents, not just names, on web, iOS, and Android  —  The search bar now scours the content of your messages  —  Twitter announced on Wednesday that its DM search feature has gotten a big upgrade …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play pilots a third-party billing option to select partners globally, starting with Spotify; Google said user choice billing still involves a service fee  —  Amid increasing global regulations over app stores and their commission structures, Google today announced the launch …
Preetika Rana / Wall Street Journal:
Uber reaches an agreement to list all New York City taxis on its app, rolling out in the spring  —  Company that vowed to disrupt the U.S. taxi industry is now betting that traditional taxis will fuel its next wave of growth  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is becoming friends with a former foe.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
DSCC report: Apple is planning a MacBook Air with a ~15-inch display and an entry-level iPad with a display bigger than the current 10.2-inch for 2023  —  Apple has new form factors in store for the MacBook Air and entry-level iPad for 2033, according to a new report from Display Supply Chain Consultants.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Stephen Wilhite, one of the lead creators of the GIF, has died at 74; Wilhite worked on the GIF while employed by CompuServe in the 1980s  —  It's pronounced ‘jif’  —  Stephen Wilhite, one of the lead inventors of the GIF, died last week from COVID at the age of 74, according to his wife, Kathaleen, who spoke to The Verge.
Matt Burgess / Wired:
An attack on Viasat's satellite internet service as Russia's war began impacted 27K users in Europe beyond Ukraine; thousands of users remain offline a month on  —  The biggest hack since Russia's war began knocked thousands of people offline.  The spillover extends deep into Europe.
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
David Ljunggren / Reuters:
Roskomnadzor has blocked Google News, saying it provided access to “inauthentic” information about Russia's war in Ukraine  —  Russia's communications regulator has blocked Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google News, accusing it of allowed access to what it calls fake material …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify reports 2021 royalty payments: $7B paid out to music rightsholders, 1K artists generated $1M+/year of payouts, 16.5K artists generated $50K/year  —  Spotify launched its Loud & Clear website in March 2021, with the aim of “increasing transparency” around its payouts to the music industry.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI seems to be targeting disgruntled staff working at the Russian embassy in Washington DC via geo-targeted recruitment ads on Facebook, Twitter, and Google  —  The FBI is trying a novel strategy to recruit Russian-speaking individuals upset about the country's invasion of Ukraine …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Ukraine's Mykhailo Fedorov says the country is using Clearview AI's tools to identify the bodies of dead Russian soldiers and inform families  —  Ukraine is using facial recognition software to identify the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in combat and to trace their families to inform …

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