Anhalt-Bitterfeld asks the Bundeswehr for IT support
In order to be able to work faster after the cyber attack, the district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld asked for help from the Bundeswehr. This involves support with forensics and the reconstruction of the technical infrastructure. Each of the employees’ 900 computers must comply with the safety precautions, said a spokesman for the district. With the IT specialists from the district administration, this could not be done in a timely manner. “Since we want that quickly, we have submitted this auxiliary request.” Since last week, thanks to an emergency infrastructure, the district has been able to work again to a limited extent and can be reached by e-mail.
Kaseya did not pay ransom money for master keys
The IT service provider Kaseya, recently hit by a hacker attack, has rejected speculation that it may have paid a ransom for the master key to unlock its customers’ computers. Kaseya emphasized that no money had gone to the attackers either directly or through others. At the beginning of July, a group of hackers encrypted computers at dozen of the company’s customers via a vulnerability in the Kaseya software.
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Twelve new in-ear headphones from Nokia
HMD Global presented twelve new in-ear headphones with Nokia branding in one fell swoop. The different models cost between 30 and 100 euros and should go on sale sometime between July and September. HMD divides the new products roughly into three categories: “Clarity” devices should sound particularly great, “Comfort” ear buds should be particularly comfortable and “Micro” earphones should be particularly small. In addition, there are four models of the Solo Buds: These are mono headphone headphones that are looped over one ear and, according to HMD Global, are particularly suitable for professional use.
Water vapor at Jupiter’s moon Ganymede
An international research team has succeeded in finding signs of water vapor at Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, for the first time. This is what the group of eight researchers now reports and explains that the first observations were successful as early as 1998. At that time, however, the measurement data were interpreted differently and only new analyzes with the Hubble space telescope provided the decisive information about the water at the largest moon in the solar system. The water vapor found in this way does not come from the gigantic ocean deep below the surface, but arises directly on the ice.