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Silent changes to Western Digital’s budget SSD may lower speeds by up to 50%

Western Digital’s WD Blue SN550 budget SSD is a well-reviewed, popular NVMe device that has regularly shown up on various sites’ “best SSD” lists since it was released at the tail-end of 2019. The drive uses a four-lane PCI Express 3.0 interface and was novel …

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Hackers who breached T-Mobile stole personal data for ~49 million accounts

T-Mobile on Wednesday said criminals obtained the personal information of almost 49 million current, former, or prospective customers in the latest mega-hack of its servers. The haul includes customers’ first and last names, date of birth, SSN, and driver’s license/ID information for 7.8 million current …

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New WireGuardNT shatters throughput ceilings on Windows

The WireGuard VPN project announced a major milestone for its Windows users today—an all-new, kernel-mode implementation of the VPN protocol called WireGuardNT. The new implementation allows for massively improved throughput on 10Gbps LAN connections—and on many WI-Fi connections, as well. Full article

Forget “App Tracking Transparency”: Facebook is enjoying more ad revenue than ever

For months, Apple and Facebook waged a PR war (with threats of a legal one) over App Tracking Transparency, a change in recent versions of the iPhone’s iOS software that will often limit how advertising-focused apps and companies can monetize iPhone users. Facebook’s original public …

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An explosive spyware report shows limits of iOS, Android security

The shadowy world of private spyware has long caused alarm in cybersecurity circles, as authoritarian governments have repeatedly been caught targeting the smartphones of activists, journalists, and political rivals with malware purchased from unscrupulous brokers. The surveillance tools these companies provide frequently target iOS and …

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