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Hashtag Trending Oct. 18 – Starlink to provide in-flight Wi-Fi; Canon disabling printers; ransomware attacks cost billions

Starlink is in talks with commercial airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi service, Canon facing a class-action lawsuit over disabling printers, and ransomware attacks cause billions in damages.

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Passengers may find more Wi-Fi options on their aircraft once air travelling returns to normalcy. That’s because SpaceX is apparently in talks with airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi service using its Starlink satellite internet. The SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a call for action on Twitter last Friday, asking his followers to let their airliners know if they want the service. Musk said in his Tweet that users can expect “low latency and half a gigabit” speeds while flying, which could help to get some work done faster while in transit.

It’s well known that Ink cartridges are incredibly expensive, sometimes costing more than the printers themselves. It’s in the manufacturers’ interest that users buy ink more frequently to increase profits, but Canon has taken this to a whole new level. The company is currently facing a massive class-action lawsuit for disabling its multi-function printers when the ink runs out. The lawsuit alleges that the company disables printer functions unrelated to ink, such as scanning and faxing, when the ink cartridges dry up to pressure users into buying more. The filing describes the practice as deceptive and is asking Canon to cease the misleading advertising campaigns.

Ransomware attacks emerged as one of the most prevalent cybercrime in recent years. In lieu of actual money, the attackers often choose to collect the ransom in cryptocurrency. A recent investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department found that roughly $5.2 billion worth of Bitcoin transactions may have ties to ransomware. Additionally, publicly disclosed ransomware payments reached almost $500 million in the last two years. Due to ransomware’s potential for damage, 31 countries in the European Union have announced plans to tackle the abuse of cryptocurrency in ransomware.

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Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT World Canada. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at tli@itwc.ca.

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