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New York City launches a cyberdefense center in Manhattan

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Infrastructure cyberattacks are quickly becoming a significant problem in the US, and New York City is opening a facility that could help fend off those potentially dangerous hacks. The Wall Street Journalreports that NYC has launched a long-in-the-making Cyber Critical Services and Infrastructure (CCSI) operations center in Manhattan to defend against major cyberattacks.

The initiative’s members are a mix of public and private sector organizations that include Amazon, the Federal Reserve Bank, IBM, the New York Police Department and multiple healthcare providers. If a cyberattack hits, they’ll ideally cooperate closely to both overcome the attack and muster a city response if the digital offensive hobbles NYC’s infrastructure.

Politicians first floated the idea in 2017, but CCSI has been a strictly virtual initiative until now.

NYC is the first US city to have such a cyberdefense center, but it might not be the last. Cities like Atlanta and Baltimore have reeled from ransomware attacks in recent years, in numerous cases taking a long time (and a lot of money) to recover. A coordinated operations facility could help those cities bounce back quickly from a wide variety of hacks, or at least mitigate the damage.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/new-york-city-cyberattack-defense-center-131728692.html?src=rss
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Residents claim massive bitcoin mining operation is heating up a local lake

Residents in upstate New York are angry because they say a large bitcoin mining operation is heating up Seneca Lake. Seneca Lake is one of the largest Finger Lakes in upstate New York. Typically, the lake is used heavily for boating, fishing, swimming, and other leisure activities in the summer. However, residents say that a gas-fired power plant nearby pollutes … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/residents-claim-massive-bitcoin-mining-operation-is-heating-up-a-local-lake-07681398/
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New Bill Would Ban Bitcoin Mining Across New York State for Three Years

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A new bill that hit the New York state senate on Monday is aiming to put a multi-year pause on crypto mining operations across the state until authorities can fully suss out what that mining is doing to the climate and local environment. Bill 6486 is being spearheaded by state Sen. Kevin Parker, who had previously…

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Source: https://earther.gizmodo.com/new-bill-would-ban-bitcoin-mining-across-new-york-state-1846828277
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New York requires $15 broadband for poor people, promptly gets sued by ISPs

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Internet service providers today sued New York to block a state law that requires ISPs to sell $15-per-month broadband plans to low-income households.

The lawsuit was filed by lobby groups including USTelecom and CTIA–The Wireless Association, both of which count Verizon and AT&T among their members. Lobby groups for many other ISPs also joined the lawsuit, with plaintiffs including NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association, and the New York State Telecommunications Association. The biggest cable lobby group, NCTA, did not join the lawsuit, but a cable lobby group representing small providers—America’s Communications Association—is one of the plaintiffs suing New York.

New York enacted its cheap-broadband law two weeks ago and called it a “first-in-the-nation requirement for affordable Internet for qualifying low-income families.”

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/isps-sue-new-york-to-block-law-requiring-15-broadband-for-poor-people/
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Revel plans to build a network of EV fast-charging stations in NYC

acd4e0f0-67c6-11eb-aefe-0396f9edd999Electric scooter company Revel is moving into EV charging. It’s building its first universal fast charging site in Bedford–Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, which it claims will be the largest such hub in North America with 30 chargers. The station will be ope…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/revel-electric-vehicle-fast-charging-stations-new-york-city-154209450.html
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Every NYC subway station now supports contactless payments

cb2eb7b0-4b9c-11eb-bf7e-1e62f8a155cbNew York’s MTA has finished rolling out contactless payments across all the subway stations and bus lines in all five boroughs. The OMNY (One Metro New York) system allows riders to tap-and-pay for fares with smartphones, smartwatches and contactless…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/ny-mta-omny-rollout-contactless-payments-192436315.html
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NYPD’s New Robot Police Dog Will Get Special Arm For Opening Doors

The New York Police Department’s new robot dog will receive a special robotic arm for opening doors and moving objects next month, according to a new report from ABC7 in New York. The existence of the NYPD’s robot was first revealed in late October after it assisted in the apprehension of a suspect in Brooklyn. But d…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/nypds-new-robot-police-dog-will-get-special-arm-for-ope-1845858406
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