Issue 1319 - Tuesday 9th March, 2021

In Today's Issue

The News

Exchange servers getting popped left right and centre by Chinese hackers

Anyone even lightly connected to administering an Exchange server hopefully already knows this, but there's a huge organised attack on Microsoft Exchange Servers (2010, 2013, 2016, or 2019) by an "unusually aggressive Chinese cyber espionage unit that's focused on stealing email from victim organizations". There's patches for the flaw being exploited but over 60,000 organisations have already been hit and the White House calling it "an active threat". Email is a particularly juicy pie to stick your fingers into as there's so many secrets someone could uncover. I'd feel more violated if someone broke into my email accounts than my actual home!

HealthEngine to run COVID vaccination booking platform for federal government

Who remembers HealthEngine? They were the Australian company fined $2.9m only a few months ago by the ACCC for "engaging in misleading conduct in relation to the sharing of patient personal information to private health insurance brokers and publishing misleading patient reviews and ratings". I'm sure it's not a problem that the Department of Health has given the same HealthEngine a chunky deal to build a booking platform for GPs and other health services to use for COVID vaccination bookings and information. HealthEngine's CEO said he is "honoured to be selected by the Department of Health for the job".

No more iMac Pro, John McAfee heading to the slammer, Jack Dorsey sells first tweet, buys Tidal, Vocus to be acquired by Macquarie and a super fund

Something I Saw On The Internet

Soro adds a bunch of quick actions and workflows for Sonos & iOS devices

Heads up Sonos fans with iOS devices - you might like an app called Soro that according to its developer, "extends Siri and the Shortcuts app with 24 new actions to control your Sonos speakers. Create quick actions and workflows to control your speakers with the Shortcuts app using widgets, Siri voice commands, or automations". I don't have any Sonos stuff but this looks damn handy. Soro is $9.99 on the Apple App Store.

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