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US hits Russian firms with sanctions, citing cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and businessmen for engaging in cyberattacks and assisting Russia's military and intelligence services with other malicious activities.<p>The Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on five …

Russia

Sympathy for Janet on The Good Place

The show is the latest example of pop culture thinking through whether Siri has a soul.<p><b>This article contains mild spoilers through Season 2 of The Good Place.</b><p>“I’m not a girl,” Janet, the friendly afterlife assistant, tells Jason, her charmingly doltish dead boyfriend, in the second-season finale of</i> …

Black Mirror

U.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russian Peddling Trump Secrets

BERLIN — After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and …

Russia

Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America

2,000 years ago, people domesticated these plants. Now they’re wild weeds. What happened?<p>Adventurers and archaeologists have spent centuries …

Dutch team infiltrated Russian hacker group, witnessing U.S. election meddling, DNC attack: report

Two Dutch intelligence services uncovered substantial evidence detailing how a Russian-backed hacking group infiltrated the Barack Obama White House, …

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

When you are the first person to arrive in a meeting room, do you think of it as being empty or full?<p>If you were raised in the West, a meeting room is made for people to meet. Therefore, if there are no people in that room, then of course it must be empty. As philosopher Henk Oosterling remarks, in …

Japan

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested

WASHINGTON — A former C.I.A. officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The collapse of the spy network was one of the American government’s worst intelligence …

Jailed Russian says Russia's FSB ordered him to hack DNC in 2016 | McClatchy Washington Bureau

A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin’s orders to steal emails released during the 2016 …

Instant Pot Carnitas

Well hello, darling beautiful face. It’s a sad day today, mostly because we don’t have The Bachelor franchise to gossip about. What the hell else are …

How Russia Hacked America—And Why It Will Happen Again

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russian hackers attacked the U.S. on two fronts: the psychological and the technical. Hackers usedclassic propaganda techniques to influence American voters, bought thousands of social media ads to propagate fake news, and broke into Democratic party email …

Democratic Party

Uber allegedly hacked rivals, surveilled politicians, and impersonated protestors

Ex-employee accuses secret unit at Uber of multiple unlawful actions<p>Last month, details emerged about a secretive unit within Uber dedicated to stealing trade secrets, surveilling competitors, using self-destructing messages, and dodging government regulators. The accusations came from a former …

Could Russia cut undersea communication cables?

<b>The UK's top military officer has warned that Russia could strike a "catastrophic" blow to the economy by targeting communications and internet cables that run under the sea.</b><p>Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defence staff, said the lines could potentially be cut or disrupted.<p>The …

Top British Officer: Russia May Be Able To Cut Undersea Cables

Britain's senior-most military officer is warning that an improving Russian navy poses risks to undersea communications and Internet cables, saying any disruption could do "catastrophic" damage to the economy.<p>Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said Britain and NATO need to prioritize protecting …

“Suspicious” event routes traffic for big-name sites through Russia

Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft all affected by “intentional” BGP mishap.<p>Traffic sent to and from Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft was …

How to Make an All-Natural Protective Paw Wax for Dogs & Cats

Here at the homestead — in addition to the 3 dairy goats, 21 chickens, 50+ quail, and rabbits, we breed, train, and compete champion bird dogs. …

Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself?

<b>In September,</b> Michal Kosinski published a study that he feared might end his career. The Economist broke the news first, giving it a self-consciously anodyne title: “Advances in A.I. Are Used to Spot Signs of Sexuality.” But the headlines quickly grew more alarmed. By the next day, the Human Rights …

Machine Learning

How to Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel

Checking into a hotel for a holiday vacation? Beware of bed bugs. Hotels and motels can be hot spots for infestations of the small reddish-brown …

Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon

Trove included more than 1.8 billion posts spanning eight years, many from US people.<p>A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts …

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Cybersecurity

Russia to amend law to classify U.S. media 'foreign agents' | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s parliament warned on Friday some U.S. and other foreign media could be declared “foreign agents” and obliged to regularly declare full details of their funding, finances and staffing.<p>Journalists watch Russia's President Vladimir Putin on a big screen during his annual …

42nd and Vanderbilt

Clothbound hardcover with tip-on front and verso<br>160 pages<br>123 plates<br>8 x 10"<br>Afterword by Douglas Coupland<br>ISBN 978-1-942953-31-9<p><i>Between 8:30 am and 9:30</i> …

Reuters Summit: Kaspersky acknowledges taking inactive files in pursuit of hackers | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Eugene Kaspersky said his company’s widely used antivirus software has copied files that did not threaten the personal computers of those customers, a sharp departure from industry practice that could increase suspicions that the Moscow-based firm aids Russian spies.<p>Eugene …

Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats' emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign.<p>The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who worked for Clinton during her first presidential run, the messages …

Security

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U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.<p>FILE PHOTO: A padlock is displayed at the Alert …

The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans

DeepMind’s new self-taught Go-playing program is making moves that other players describe as “alien” and “from an alternate dimension.”<p>It was a tense summer day in 1835 Japan. The country’s reigning Go player, Honinbo Jowa, took his seat across a board from a 25-year-old prodigy by the name of …

Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers

The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its …

Millions of high-security crypto keys crippled by newly discovered flaw

Factorization weakness lets attackers impersonate key holders and decrypt their data.<p>A crippling flaw in a widely used code library has fatally …

Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more

KRACK attack is especially bad news for Android and Linux users.<p>Researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows …

Information Security