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Mr. Robot is back, and the C Y B E R is back, too. The show takes a special interest in showing off the details that usually get glossed over, often drawing on real hacks and real cybersecurity problems. So after every episode, I’ll be breaking down who got hacked, how, and with what. It turns out, there’s a lot more to each one than you can see on-screen.

Mr. Robot set a high bar for season finales the first time out, tearing down the fragile carapace of American finance with the weapons of the new electronic order. This year, we got even more, restoring the records destroyed in 5/9 while delivering life-changing twists to nearly every major character, mostly at the same time. Angela’s dad! Elliot’s window! Dom’s increasingly bleak future! Irving at least gets to go to the Bahamas.

The Moon landing of quantum computing.

Practical quantum computing has been big news this year, with significant advances being made on theoretical and technical frontiers.

But one big stumbling block has remained – melding the delicate quantum landscape with the more familiar digital one. This new microprocessor design just might be the solution we need.

Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have come up with a new kind of architecture that uses standard semiconductors common to modern processors to perform quantum calculations.

Details aside, it basically means the power of quantum computing can be unlocked using the same kinds of technology that forms the foundation of desktop computers and smart phones.
How do they even work?

If you want to stick something on your fridge, like really get it stuck on hard there, you might want to talk to the scientists at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. They've just build the most powerful superconducting magnet ever, shattering the world record.

Its magnetic field clocks in at 32 tesla in strength. That's 33 percent higher than the previous record, and 3,000 times stronger than a small fridge magnet, making this a larger increase than all the improvements in superconducting magnets from the last 40 years combined.

"This is a transformational step in magnet technology, a true revolution in the making," said MagLab Director Greg Boebinger.
A hacker used a new type of malware targeting industrial control systems against a critical infrastructure organization in an attack that resulted in operations shutting down, according to cybersecurity experts.

Cybersecurity firm FireEye, which has dubbed the malware “Triton,” said Thursday that its subsidiary, Mandiant, recently responded to an incident at an unidentified critical infrastructure organization where an attacker, likely sponsored by a nation state, had deployed the malware and inadvertently caused operations to shut down.

The malware specifically targets Triconex safety instrumented systems (SIS), a product that is manufactured by Schneider Electric, a European energy management firm that has global operations.
Security researchers have publicly disclosed an unpatched zero-day vulnerability in the firmware of AT&T DirecTV WVB kit after trying to get the device manufacturer to patch this easy-to-exploit flaw over the past few months.

The problem is with a core component of the Genie DVR system that's shipped free of cost with DirecTV and can be easily exploited by hackers to gain root access and take full control of the device, placing millions of people who've signed up to DirecTV service at risk.

The vulnerability actually resides in WVBR0-25—a Linux-powered wireless video bridge manufactured by Linksys that AT&T provides to its new customers.
The U.S. federal officials have arrested two hackers who have pleaded guilty to computer-crimes charges for creating and distributing Mirai botnet that crippled some of the world's biggest and most popular websites by launching the massive DDoS attacks last year.

According to the federal court documents unsealed Tuesday, Paras Jha and Josiah White were indicted by an Alaska court last week on six charges for their role in massive cyber attacks conducted using Mirai botnet.
Brian Armstrong, CEO of digital currency exchange Coinbase, says he “couldn’t be more excited about the explosion of interest in digital currencies.”

But the explosion comes at a potential price, he commented in a 7 December blog post. All the excitement, largely driven by the rocketing price of Bitcoin and its brethren, was creating, “extreme volatility and stress on our systems,” he said.