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iPhone 12 price leak suggests the range will be more expensive than we thought – TechRadar

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The iPhone 12 range is obviously going to be expensive, but the latest price leak suggests these phones could cost even more than some earlier leaks have said.

According to Twitter leaker @komiya_kj, the 5G iPhone 12 will start at $699 in the US for 64GB of storage. Two previous sources though had suggested that it would cost just $649 for twice as much storage (128GB). According to this latest leak you’d have to pay $749 for that – so $100 more. The price then apparently goes up to $849 for 256GB of storage.

If you want the larger 6.1-inch 5G iPhone 12 Max, then you’d apparently have to pay $799 for 64GB of storage, $849 for 128GB, or $949 for 256GB. That again is $100 more than previous leaks had suggested.

It is however worth noting that this source has only provided prices for the 5G models. Some sources suggest there will be cheaper 4G-only models as well. So even if @komiya_kj is right it may be possible to get an iPhone 12 for less than this, but the leaks we’re comparing these prices to are also for 5G models, so either way this is higher than we’d heard.

In any case, moving on to the iPhone 12 Pro (which is only thought to come in a 5G variety), this source claims that it will start at $1,049 for 128GB of storage, rising to $1,149 for 256GB, and $1,349 for 512GB, making for a starting price that’s $100 more than we’d previously heard.

And finally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max apparently costs $1,149, $1,249, or $1,449 for 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage respectively, which is $50 more at each step than an earlier leak had suggested.

The source does add that these are all the maximum prices and that the real prices could be up to $50 lower, but in most cases that would still make them $50 more than earlier leaks.

It’s not just prices that we’ve heard though, as @komiya_kj has also shared battery sizes, claiming that the iPhone 12 has a 2,227mAh one, the iPhone 12 Max has a 2,815mAh one, the iPhone 12 Pro has a 2,775mAh one, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 3,687mAh one.

This is similar to an earlier leak which agreed on the sizes of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max batteries, but suggested that both the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro would have 2,775mAh ones.

We would however take all of this with a pinch of salt, especially as this leaker doesn’t have much of a track record yet. We also don’t as yet have any clear idea of UK or Australian pricing.

We should find out the truth before too long, as the iPhone 12 range is likely to be announced in September – though a number of rumors suggest there may still be a while to wait before you can actually buy them.

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Cyberattack exposes lack of required defenses on U.S. pipelines

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The shutdown of the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline by a ransomware attack highlights a systemic vulnerability: Pipeline operators have no requirement to implement cyber defenses.

The U.S. government has had robust, compulsory cybersecurity protocols for most of the power grid for about 10 years to prevent debilitating hacks by criminals or state actors.

But the country’s 2.7 million miles (4.3 million km) of oil, natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines have only voluntary measures, which leaves security up to the individual operators, experts said.

“Simply encouraging pipelines to voluntarily adopt best practices is an inadequate response to the ever-increasing number and sophistication of malevolent cyber actors,” Richard Glick, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), said.

Protections could include requirements for encryption, multifactor authentication, backup systems, personnel training and segmenting networks so access to the most sensitive elements can be restricted.

FERC’s authority to impose cyber standards on the electric grid came from a 2005 law but it does not extend to pipelines.

Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. oil products pipeline and source of nearly half the supply on the East Coast, has been shut since Friday after a ransomware attack the FBI attributed to DarkSide, a group cyber experts believe is based in Russia or Eastern Europe.

The outage has led to higher gasoline prices in the U.S. South and worries about wider shortages and potential price gouging ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.

Colonial did not immediately respond to a query about whether cybersecurity standards should be mandatory.

The American Petroleum Institute lobbying group said it was talking with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Energy Department and others to understand the threat and mitigate risk.

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Cyber oversight of pipelines falls to the TSA, an office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has provided voluntary security guidelines to pipeline companies.

The General Accountability Office, the congressional watchdog, said in a 2019 report that the TSA only had six full-time employees in its pipeline security branch through 2018, which limited the office’s reviews of cybersecurity practices.

The TSA said it has since expanded staff to 34 positions on pipeline and cybersecurity. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it supports mandatory protections.

When asked by reporters whether the Biden administration would put in place rules, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said it was discussing administrative and legislative options to “raise the cyber hygiene across the country.”

President Joe Biden is hoping Congress will pass a $2.3 billion infrastructure package, and pipeline requirements could be put into that legislation. But experts said there was no quick fix.

“The hard part is who do you tell what to do and what do you tell them to do,” Christi Tezak, an analyst at ClearView Energy Partners, said.

U.S. Representatives Fred Upton, a Republican, and Bobby Rush, a Democrat, said on Wednesday they have reintroduced legislation requiring the Department of Energy to ensure the security of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. Such legislation could get folded into a wider bill.

The power grid is regulated by FERC, and mostly organized into nonprofit regional organizations. That made it relatively easy for legislators to put forward the 2005 law that allows FERC to approve mandatory cyber measures.

A range of public and private companies own pipelines. They mostly operate independently and lack a robust federal regulator.

Their oversight falls under different laws depending on what they carry. Products include crude oil, fuels, water, hazardous liquids and – potentially – carbon dioxide for burial underground to control climate change. This diversity could make it harder for legislators to impose a unified requirement.

Tristan Abbey, a former aide to Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski who worked at the White House national security council under former President Donald Trump, said Congress is both the best and worst way to tackle the problem.

“Legislation may be necessary when jurisdiction is ambiguous and agencies lack resources,” said Abbey, now president of Comarus Analytics LLC.

But a bill should not be seen as a magic wand, he said.

“Standards may be part of the answer, but federal regulations need to mesh with state requirements without stifling innovation.”

 

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Marguerita Choy)

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U.S. senator asks firms about sales of hard disk drives to Huawei

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A senior Republican U.S. senator on Tuesday asked the chief executives of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Seagate Technology, and Western Digital Corp if the companies are improperly supplying Huawei with foreign-produced hard disk drives.

Senator Roger Wicker, the ranking member of the Commerce Committee, said a 2020 U.S. Commerce Department regulation sought to “tighten Huawei’s ability to procure items that are the direct product of specified U.S. technology or software, such as hard disk drives.”

He said he was engaged “in a fact-finding process… about whether leading global suppliers of hard disk drives are complying” with the regulation.

(Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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Colonial Pipeline hackers stole data on Thursday

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The hackers who caused Colonial Pipeline to shut down on Friday began their cyberattack against the top U.S. fuel pipeline operator a day earlier and stole a large amount of data, Bloomberg News reported citing people familiar with the matter.

The attackers are part of a cybercrime group called DarkSide and took nearly 100 gigabytes of data out of Colonial’s network in just two hours on Thursday, Bloomberg reported late Saturday, citing two people involved in the company’s investigation.

Colonial did not immediately reply to an email from Reuters seeking comment outside usual U.S. business hours.

Colonial Pipeline shut its entire network, the source of nearly half of the U.S. East Coast’s fuel supply, after a cyber attack that involved ransomware.

 

(Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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