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An all-seeing eye: NASA launches the next satellite generation

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The younger sister of Landsat 8 has just arrived in space, with the new satellite working to help scientists curb climate change.

New satellite takes off from California

Another set of eyes is dawning upon us from space, following the successful launch of NASA’s new satellite Landsat 9.

After successfully launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Monday at 2.12 pm local time, the satellite will orbit the earth at an altitude of 705 kilometres.

In conjunction with its sister Landsat 8, the satellite will capture images of earth every eight days.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson says the satellite, along with other NASA and global tools, will help the space agency in its efforts to study planet earth and its climate systems.

“With a 50-year data bank to build on, Landsat 9 will take this historic and invaluable global program to the next level,” Nelson says.

“We look forward to working with our partners at the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of the Interior again on Landsat Next, because we never stop advancing our work to understand our planet.”

An attempt to curb climate change

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA, says the images captured by the satellite will help researchers in their efforts to curb climate change, as they work to gain advice on crop, irrigation water and forest management.

“Landsat 9 will be our new eyes in the sky when it comes to observing our changing planet,” Zurbuchen says.

“With these satellites working together in orbit, we’ll have observations of any given place on our planet every two days.”

Landsat 9 is just another addition to the ongoing project which was first launched in 1972.

Today, Landsat continues to circle the sky, collecting images of the physical material covering the planet and climate change.

NASA administrators say Landsat 9 is the best satellite they’ve launched in the entire project.

“The Landsat mission is like no other,”  Karen St. Germain, director of the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington says.

“This data can help us understand, predict, and plan for the future in a changing climate.”

Written by Rebecca Borg

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How to know if your data has been hacked

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If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that data privacy is a hot topic right now. Just this week, it was revealed that the data of millions of Optus customers in Australia had been hacked

So how can you tell if your data has been compromised? Here are some signs to look out for:

1. Unexpected emails or messages from companies or organisations you’re not signed up with. This could be anything from a generic phishing email to a more targeted attack where hackers have obtained your personal data and are using it to try and gain access to your accounts.

2.Strange activity on your online accounts – for example, log-ins from unusual locations or devices, or changes to your password or contact details that you didn’t make.

3.Receiving bills or invoices for products or services you didn’t purchase. This is often a sign that your financial data has been accessed and used to make unauthorised purchases.

Optusdata hacker mocked on social media for clumsy attack – READ HERE

If you suspect that your data may have been hacked, it’s important to act quickly. Change your passwords on all your online accounts and run a virus scan on your devices. You should also contact the relevant organisations (e.g. your bank, credit card company etc.) to let them know and report the incident.

Data hacks are becoming more and more common, so it’s important to be vigilant about protecting your data privacy. By following these simple steps, you can help to keep your data safe.

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War in Ukraine collides with world of tech

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Russia’s largest social media app has been taken off Apple’s App store

VKontakte is a popular Russian social media app with millions of downloads.

The app’s users have been told the it will no longer be on the popular app store.

Other games made by the same developer have also been taken offline.

It’s unclear why the app has stopped showing online.

But many western companies have left Russia themselves, including Nike and McDonalds in the wake of President Putin’s war in Ukraine.

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Optusdata hacker mocked on social media for clumsy attack

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Hackers are having a field day mocking the “Optusdata” hacker who stole the personal information of more than 10 million Australians.

The hapless hacker made the mistake of demanding a $1.5 million ransom from Optus, and then apologised when they didn’t get their way.

Now they’re being ridiculed by the very people they were trying to impress.

“This just goes to show that you can’t trust any optusdata these days,” said one commenter on an online forum. “They’ll steal your data and then humiliate you for it.”

“I wouldn’t give them a cent,” said another. “They don’t deserve it.”

How to know if your data has been hacked – READ HERE

Millions impacted

The company has downplayed the incident, saying that only a small percentage of its customers’ data was actually stolen.

“We would like to reassure our customers that their data is safe and secure,” an Optus spokesperson said. “We have robust security measures in place to protect our customers’ information.”

If you’re an Optus customer, you can check to see if your data was stolen by going to optusdata.com.au/hackcheck

You should also change your password and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity on your account.

If you’re worried about your data, you should change your password and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity on your account.

Optus has downplayed the incident, saying that only a small percentage of its customers’ data was actually stolen. However, the company is still urging customers to take precautions.

Government action

The Albanese government has said that it is “deeply concerned” about the hack and is working with Optus to investigate the matter.

“We take the security of our citizens’ data very seriously,” a spokesperson for the Albanese government said.

“This incident highlights the need for all businesses to have robust security measures in place to protect their customers’ information.”

The Albanese government is urging all businesses to review their security measures in light of the Optus hack.

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