German officials are probing death of a woman owing to a attempted ransomware attack on a UKD hospital that disrupted its IT systems and enforced the closure of its accident & emergency department. The unnamed patient died in transit to a nearby facility in Wuppertal. The fatal incident is a first ransomware attack to result in a death and took place on 10 September affecting 30 servers at UKD.
The lawsuit was against a man called Martin Tripp who claimed in 2018 that he had admitted to hacking into the operating system of the company and tipping it off to third parties. The court of Nevada declined Tripp’s motion for leave as it was seen as unnecessary. Martin Tripp formerly worked at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.
Apple helped the FBI in the search for a Black Lives Matter protester who is accused of firebombing police cars. A media report said the tech giant handed over user data to the FBI that led to the arrest of the suspect, Kelly Jackson. Apple helped the FBI by turning over Jackson’s iPhone photos stored on iCloud. Jackson faces charges of setting two police cars on fire during a protest in Seattle.
Stalkerware apps can no longer be used to stalk non-consenting adults in the Google Play store after the apps were banned by Google in an update to its Android Developer Program Policy. Stalkerware can still be used in order to keep track of one’s kids but cannot be used on adults. An adult cannot be tracked without permission, unless a persistent notification is sent to the user.
A source familiar with the TikTok deal but not authorized to speak publicly about it has claimed that the Oracle deal has been chosen over the Microsoft deal by the owners of TikTok. The deal will help the app keep running its operations in the United States. According to an announcement on Sunday, Microsoft’s bid to acquire TikTok’s US operations was rejected.
Apple is opening its online store in India on September 23. This comes a year after the government relaxed rules that limited the company’s business there. Although Apple opened an iPhone plant in Karnataka in 2017, it failed to expand its retail plans as laws mandated foreign companies to make 30% of their products locally. So, Apple was forced to sell its products through third-party stores.
A Spotlight feature is being rolled out by Microsoft to Microsoft Teams. With this feature, the view within a call can be locked to a specific person for everyone. The feature will be fully available by late September and will start rolling out today. When a person has been spotlighted, a small icon will be visible next to the name of the person.
Researchers at Monash University, Australia, have built a bionic device that they claim can restore vision to the blind through a brain implant. The technology is in preparation to be implanted in humans. It bypasses damaged optic nerves to allow signals to be transmitted from the retina to the vision center of the brain. The team hopes to adapt the tech to help treat neurological conditions.