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We finally know the purpose of the mysterious Seychelles meeting between Russians and Trump associates

<i>Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here.</i><p>Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly gathered enough evidence to conclude that the January 2017 meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump, a Russian banker, and a representative of the United Arab Emirates in the …

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.<p>“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote.<p><i>To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone</i> …

Social Media

Brace Yourself For More than 10 Billion Cyberattacks in 2018

It's a cyber-jungle out there.<p>The internet is a dangerous place. In 2017 alone, we experienced the Equifax hack, the WannaCry ransomware attack, and …

Cybersecurity

Coinbase is launching its own cryptocurrency index fund

When you’re the runaway leader in a growing industry, you typically have two opinions: A) Stay in your lane and let other companies pop up to solve the industry’s problems, or B) Try to offer as many products as possible and own the entire customer experience from A-Z (no Amazon pun intended).<p>If …

Cryptocurrency

Uber drivers often make below minimum wage, report finds

Uber and Lyft drivers in the US make a median profit of as little as $8.55 per hour before taxes, according to a new report that suggests a majority of ride-share workers make below minimum wage and that some actually lose money.<p>Researchers did an analysis of vehicle cost data and a survey of more …

George Mason

An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game

The nation's top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to interpret contracts — and they lost.<p>A new study, conducted by …

MIT's Veil service will make private browsing more private

After reports and studies revealed that browsers' private modes aren't that secure, MIT graduate student Frank Wang decided to take things into his own hands. He and his team from MIT CSAIL and Harvard have created a tool called Veil, which you could use on a public computer -- or on a private one …

Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs

In the past few weeks, the entire information security industry has grown very anxious about Meltdown and Spectre, two classes of exploits that can …

The Chrome Extensions We Can't Live Without

Nearly two-thirds of internet users turn to Chrome for their browsing needs, but far fewer take full advantage of its available extensions, the …

Google

Microsoft releases PowerShell script to check if your PC is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre

In the wake of the Meltdown and Spectre chip bug revelations, people around the world are wondering whether or not they are affected. Bearing in mind …

'Bannon may already be cooperating with Mueller': tell-all book shifts frame of Russia inquiry

In Fire and Fury, Steve Bannon is specific about what he regards as the most dangerous aspect of the investigation: Jared Kushner’s ties to Deutsche Bank<p>One of the many telling vignettes in Michael Wolff’s book is the sight of Steve Bannon, then White House chief strategist, pacing the West Wing, …

This researcher in Austria hacked his own computer and discovered the massive chip vulnerability that's rocked the tech world

Daniel Gruss didn't sleep much the night he hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the chips made in the past two decades by hardware giant Intel Corp .<p>The 31-year-old information security researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Austria's Graz Technical University had just breached …

Agents Try 72 Times to Buy Guns Illegally Online — Result Will Only Shock Gun Control Advocates

<i>Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images</i><p>The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently set out on a quest to “illegally” purchase firearms on the “surface …

Guns

The CPU catastrophe will hit hardest in the cloud

Cloud platforms have patched fast — but the hardest work is yet to come<p>This week, two disastrous new processor vulnerabilities spilled out into the open — and the tech world is still coming to terms with the damage. The vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, affect nearly every processor …

The Criminal Underworld Is Dropping Bitcoin for Another Currency

Bitcoin is losing its luster with some of its earliest and most avid fans -- criminals -- giving rise to a new breed of virtual currency.<p>Privacy …

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

<b>Final update</b> Speed hits loom, other OSes need fixesA fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the …

Google's Whole Hardware Thing Is Confusing the Hell Out of Me

Compiling the best and worst gadgets list this year I took note of a very sad fact: Google was on both lists. In its second year thoroughly devoted …

Gear & Gadgets

The Grand Tor: How to Go Anonymous Online

Fifteen years have passed since a couple of MIT grads and a Navy-funded researcher first built The Onion Router, or Tor, a wild experiment in …

Privacy

The Republican War on College

For the cost of cutting corporate income taxes, the U.S. could provide universal pre-K and make tuition free at public colleges for nonaffluent students.<p>There are two big problems with the GOP’s claim that its tax-reform proposals help the middle class.<p>The first, and most obvious, is that both the …

'Tone deaf' and 'infuriating': Megyn Kelly lays into Trump for criticizing Al Franken sexual misconduct controversy

Megyn Kelly, the host of NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today," took to the airwaves Friday morning to lay into President Donald Trump for commenting on the sexual misconduct claim against Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota.<p>Radio personality Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of forcefully kissing her without her …

Shape Security introduces tool to blunt impact of stolen password caches

Shape Security is a company you may never heard of, yet it’s been around for five years and its founders include former Googlers and DoD officials. Their products provide the primary line of defense for applications at some of the top companies the world and they’ve raised $106 M.<p>Today, the company …

Security

Researchers warn of new botnet that could take down the internet

Security group Check Point Research claims to have discovered a rapidly growing and evolving botnet which they believe could eventually take down the …

Gold Star Father Says Trump Offered Him $25,000 And Never Followed Through

Chris Baldridge's 22-year-old son was gunned down in Afghanistan earlier this year.<p>The father of a slain U.S. Army corporal says President Donald Trump offered him $25,000 over the phone earlier this year while calling to offer his condolences and then never followed through, according to The …

Forgotten Office 365 accounts targeted by stealthy attack campaign

'KnockKnock' attackers hope to fly under the radar by hacking rarely-used, high-privilege accounts.<p><i>Video: Why does Locky ransomware keep coming back</i> …

Cybersecurity

This ICO for an AI blockchain is the most tech-hype idea of the year

We might have just hit Peak 2017 Buzzword: a startup is about to launch an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) to fund a blockchain-based network of …

Will the Future of AI Learning Depend More on Nature or Nurture?

NYU's Yann LeCun and Gary Marcus debated the degree to which algorithms will need the inherent understanding of the world with which we are hardwired …

Artificial Intelligence

It's official: Your old password is totally worthless

Old habits die hard, and old passwords die harder.<p>But if you ever needed extra motivation to forget that ancient password you've been reusing for …

Apple questioned about Face ID security by the US Senate

A lot of people quickly raised concerns about privacy and security the moment Apple revealed iPhone X and its Face ID feature. Edward Snowden, for instance, thinks it normalizes face scanning, "a tech certain to be abused." Now, US Senator Al Franken is pressing the tech titan for answers, penning …

Tim Cook