Gears & Gadgets

Hackers are exploiting a backdoor built into Zyxel devices. Are you patched?

Enlarge Zyxel Hackers are attempting to exploit a recently discovered backdoor built into multiple Zyxel device models that hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses use as VPNs, firewalls, and wireless access points. The backdoor comes in the form of an undocumented user account with full administrative rights that’s hardcoded into the device firmware, a […]

Emerging Tech

How SpaceX could transform Starlink into an ultraprecise GPS network

Genevieve Poblano/ Digital Trends For the past five years or so, SpaceX has been chipping away at a mind-bogglingly massive project: The Starlink satellite constellation. The grand plan is to ferry over 12,000 satellites (or more) into low-Earth orbit and place them in an undulating, lattice-like array that allows SpaceX to deliver high-speed broadband internet […]

Gears & Gadgets

Western Digital gets sued for sneaking SMR disks into its NAS channel

Enlarge / Hattis Law isn’t pulling any punches in the allegations made in its class-action lawsuit, specifically calling WD out not only for using SMR technology in less-than-ideal devices, but flatly accusing them of outright deception in the process. Hattis Law All three of the surviving conventional hard drive vendors—Toshiba, Western Digital, and Seagate—have gotten […]