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Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

Child abuse imagery found within bitcoin's blockchain

German researchers have discovered unknown persons are using bitcoin’s blockchain to store and link to child abuse imagery, potentially putting the cryptocurrency in jeopardy.<p>The blockchain is the open-source, distributed ledger that records every bitcoin transaction, but can also store small bits …

Blockchain

Amazon just passed Alphabet to become the world's second most valuable company

Amazon has passed Alphabet and now trails just Apple among the list of the world's most valuable companies.<p>The e-commerce giant rose 2.7 percent on …

Stock Markets

An amateur astronomer accidentally caught an exploding star on camera—and it gets better

He was excited to test his new camera, but he also captured something totally unique.<p>Victor Buso was looking forward to testing his new camera on September 20, 2016. The locksmith and amateur astronomer waited for nightfall and headed out to his rooftop observatory in the city of Rosario, …

A major bug is forcing Microsoft to rebuild Skype for Windows

Skype has fallen afoul of a security flaw that can allow attackers to gain system-level privileges to vulnerable computers, Microsoft has confirmed. However, the company won't immediately fix the issue because doing so would require a complete code overhaul. The bug was discovered by security …

Information Security

Equifax under pressure after data breach update

<b>Equifax is facing a fresh demand to disclose the full extent of last year's data breach, following a report that it was bigger than previously disclosed.</b><p>The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Friday that cyber-thieves had accessed US citizens' email addresses, tax ID numbers and more driver …

Government websites have quietly been running cryptocoin mining scripts

A security researcher has discovered thousands of legitimate websites — many belonging to local governments and government agencies — running scripts that secretly force visitors’ computers to mine cryptocoins.<p>In the UK, both the websites of the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Student …

Data Encryption: 4 Common Pitfalls

To maximize encryption effectiveness you must minimize adverse effects in network performance and complexity. Here's how.<p>Employing data encryption is …

Information Systems

DARPA funds unhackable computer project to replace ‘patch-and-pray’ solutions

In its search for hardware solutions to cyberintruders, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $3.6 million grant to the …

DARPA

Slow Down Ahead?

Toll roads, traffic blocks and the future of the Infobahn<p>The other day, I got into a cab and was surprised to see a 9-inch television streaming a local news station—in the front of the cab, so the driver could see it.<p>“What should we watch?” the cabby asked.<p>“The road!” I warbled. “Please, just watch …

Net Neutrality

How a Laid-Off Computer Engineer Built the Most Successful Product on Amazon | Inc.com

This is a story about initiative, opportunity, true success--and just maybe how it can inspire you to do something similar yourself.<p>Nearly a decade ago, when Robert Wang was 44 years old, he was laid off from his job. He'd dreamed of working in artificial intelligence, but this was the height of …

Slow Cookers

Words Of Praise But No Forgiveness For Hacker Who Stopped North Korean Cyberattack

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert praised British researcher Marcus Hutchins for stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack. But Hutchins still faces criminal charges.<p>Formally announcing for the first time that North Korea was behind a ransomware attack that briefly crippled computers around the …

Alibaba's Numbers Raise Questions

Over the past few years, Alibaba Group’s (BABA) market cap has steadily risen and it is fast closing in on Amazon (AMZN). As of this writing Alibaba …

eCommerce

Cisco is linking up with Interpol to share data about the cyber criminals it finds both on and off its network

Just one day after Amazon Web Service (AWS) announced a "secret" cloud service for the CIA, another tech company is aligning itself with a government agency.<p>Cisco will now share "cybercrime" data with the international police network Interpol, the company announced Tuesday. That data includes …

4 reasons you need a VPN app on your phone

We’re not trying to alarm you here, but PSI: your privacy is under attack. Keep peeping eyes from your browsing history with this handy VPN app.<p>The …

npm removes malicious JavaScript packages that were caught stealing data

The developers of the JavaScript programming language package manager "npm" have disclosed that they recently removed approximately 40 fraudulent, …

ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, …

Download 243 Free eBooks on Design, Data, Software, Web Development & Business from O’Reilly Media

Last week we highlighted for you 20 Free eBooks on Design from O’Reilly Media. Little did we know that we were just scratching the surface of the …

Web Development

The science behind how WiFi internet connectivity works

Our Telegraph video series, How It Works, breaks down the basics of everyday technology, revealing how the products we use on a daily basis actually work.<p>The video above reveals how WiFi internet connectivity works, connecting to a computer by converting electronic data into digital signals via an …

Wi-Fi

Why Fake News Is So Incredibly Effective

If you get your news from social media, as most Americans do, you are exposed to a daily dose of hoaxes, rumors, conspiracy theories and misleading …

How Computers Made Humans Better at Chess

The World Chess Championship is nearing its close, with the final tie-breaking match between Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s Sergey Karjakin set …

Cozmo can now recognize pets and see in the dark

When I last took Anki’s Cozmo for a spin, I introduced him to my rabbit, Lucy. Both parties seemed fairly uninterested by the whole interaction. And while I’m bummed that rabbits are nowhere to be found on the plucky little robot’s list of software upgrades, and some pet owners are getting a little …

The head of 3D for Windows explains how the feature became a new centerpiece for the OS

Microsoft’s future is three-dimensional. Up to now, we’ve seen the company embrace the notion in dribs and drabs, through the HoloLens and its work with Minecraft. But earlier this week, at an event in New York City, the company went all in, making 3D content creation a core principle of both its …

Snapsheet raises $20 million for app to help drivers file claims after a crash

A Chicago-based startup called Snapsheet has raised a Series C round of $20 million to make life easier for people who have been through a car crash.<p>The company’s cloud-based software is used by auto insurance providers to guide users through a photo- and information-gathering process on the scene …

This New Camera Can Tell If You're Trying to Cheat the Carpool Lane

The same company that makes your office copier can tell if your backseat companion is a dog or a baby.<p>Remember the dude who got caught in the carpool lane with a cardboard cutout of the most interesting man in the world? He was trying to cheat the system by using the Dos Equis guy as a "passenger" …

Carpool

Old-Fashioned Stings Nab Weapons Buyers As Illicit Markets Move Online

Encryption on dark websites is no match for a tried-and-true law enforcement technique: impersonating vendors of illegal merchandise.<p>According to prosecutors, a Houston man arrested last month on federal explosives charges tried to buy dynamite, a grenade, and a remote detonator through the …

Associated Press News

Google will reward you with $200,000 if you can hack Android with only a phone number and email

Sounds pretty tricky, which is why it's offering a lot of dough to folks who not only know how, but are willing to share the secret with Google and not someone else … like a government that might pay more.<p>Google won't just stop at first place, though. It's awarding $100,000 to the second winner and …

Google is already fighting hackers from the future with post-quantum cryptography

For years, experts have warned users to use secure browser communications whenever possible. If you visit a site and the URL in your browser's …

Quantum Computing