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March 24, 2022, 12:05 PM

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Bloomberg:
Security researchers say a 16-year-old from England is the Lapsus$ group's mastermind; source: researchers identified seven unique accounts tied to Lapsus$  —  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$, a data extortion group that surfaced in December 2021 and specializes in stealing data from big companies by bribing or tricking employees  —  Microsoft and identity management platform Okta both this week disclosed breaches involving LAPSUS$, a relatively new cybercrime group …
BBC:
UK police arrest seven people aged 16 to 21 as part of an investigation “into a hacking group”, but did not say if the teenager behind Lapsus$ is among them  —  A 16-year-old from Oxford has been accused of being one of the leaders of cyber-crime gang Lapsus$.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Preetika Rana / Wall Street Journal:
Uber agrees to list all ~14K New York City taxis on its app, rolling out later this spring; fares will be roughly the same for taxi rides as for Uber X rides  —  Company that vowed to disrupt the U.S. taxi industry is now betting that traditional taxis will fuel its next wave of growth
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Twitter finally upgrades DMs to let users search through their conversations by keyword, not just names, on the 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 …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Stephen Wilhite, one of the lead creators of the GIF, died last week at 74; Wilhite invented the GIF while he was 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 …
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:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …

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