Weekly Tech Roundup #13

Microsoft isn’t evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.” – Linus Torvalds

Apple, Biden, Musk and other high-profile Twitter accounts hacked in crypto scam

A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday by attackers who used the accounts — some with millions of followers — to spread a cryptocurrency scam.

Apple, Elon Musk and Joe Biden were among the accounts compromised in a broadly targeted hack that remained mysterious hours after taking place. Those accounts and many others posted a message promoting the address of a bitcoin wallet with the claim that the amount of any payments made to the address would be doubled and sent back — a known cryptocurrency scam technique.


Lego made a 2,600-piece replica of playing Mario on the NES

Lego and Nintendo are teaming up for a new Lego set that assembles into a blocky model of Nintendo’s 8-bit gaming console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, along with an interactive TV displaying Super Mario Bros. The two companies collaborated earlier this year to create interactive Super Mario-themed sets.

Designed for adult builders, this new set contains 2,646 pieces that combine to create Nintendo’s first home console as well as an NES controller, a game cartridge that can fit into the console, and a miniature retro TV. The TV displays Mario traversing through a stage from the 1985 classic, and a crank located on the left side of the TV lets you move the mustached plumber up and down between platforms.

The Verge

Two months after infection, COVID-19 symptoms persist

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated in many countries, an ever-growing group of people is being shifted from the “infected” to the “recovered” category. But are they truly recovered? A lot of anecdotal reports have indicated that many of those with severe infections are experiencing a difficult recovery, with lingering symptoms, some of which remain debilitating. Now, there’s a small study out of Italy in which a group of infected people was tracked for an average of 60 days after their infection was discovered. And the study confirms that symptoms remain long after there’s no detectable virus.

Ars Technica

Lucifer Season 5: The First Official Trailer

Lucifer is back and acting…strange. Get ready – this season all your desires will be fulfilled. Season 5 Part 1 premieres August 21 only on Netflix.


Apple: Privacy cover for your MacBook camera can damage the display

If you’re worried about potential spying, then you may have resorted to covering up your laptop’s web camera. It’s a tip even the FBI recommends. 

Just try not to do it on a MacBook, so says Apple. The company has created an official support document about the dangers of closing the laptop when the web camera has been covered up. Apparently, doing so can break down the display. 

“If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances,” reads the support document, which was first spotted by MacRumors. 

“Covering the built-in camera might also interfere with the ambient light sensor and prevent features like automatic brightness and True Tone from working,” the page goes on to say. 

Mashable

The Day I Trolled The Entire Internet: An Accidental Research Project on CVE-2020-1350

What do you get if you create a binary, a few bash scripts, a README and excellent timing? CVE-2020-1350

ZeroSec

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