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Who are the hackers who cracked the iPhone?

<b>What do we know about the curious, secretive NSO Group? Very little - but after this week, an awful lot more than we did before.</b><p>The group, an Israeli-based but American-owned company, specialises in creating what it calls tools against crime and terrorism. But the security researchers call them …

Cybercrime

Return to Camel Trophy

A chance to revisit the adventure of the Camel Trophy<p>The Camel Trophy is one of the most iconic and ambitious four-wheel drive events in history. For …

Roads

4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers

Super strength. Super hearing. Super artistry. Super expression. The future of wearables is really a quest for human enhancement.<p>Mark Rolston used to be CCO at Frog Design. Now he runs his new consultancy, Argodesign. And as part of our Wearables Week, his firm generated a series of concepts based …

5 Unexpected Factors That Change How We Forecast The Future

We see the future in terms of technology, but if you actually want to do a better job guessing what will happen, it’s better to look at social, cultural, and environmental inputs.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This post is part of <i>Co.Exist</i>'s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading …

Hacker Shows How To Attack An Airplane's Systems—Using A Phone

Weak aircraft security systems seem vulnerable to mobile hacks.<p>A German security researcher has demonstrated how easy it can be to hack into the digital systems of an airliner in flight using the right coding knowledge and hardware that's not hard to get—including a Samsung smartphone.<p>Hugo Teso …

Cybercriminals Hack Into Factory

The Homeland Security Department disclosed a strange incident in which cybercriminals took over a New Jersey factory's building management software in 2012 thanks to a security flaw.<p>In one of the strangest smart grid hacker attacks ever, cybercriminals managed to penetrate the thermostats of a …

Cybersecurity

How to Prepare for a World that Anticipates Every Outcome

Technology assists us with issues that it was programmed to solve, but how will our lives change when it can learn and act before we even ask?<p>We …

New Level of Smartphone Encryption Alarms Law Enforcement

Moves by Apple and Google Are Latest Fallout From Snowden's Disclosures<p>Moves by Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to put some smartphone data out of the reach of police and the courts are raising alarms inside U.S. law-enforcement agencies, current and former officials say.<p>Several officials in Washington …

Surveillance

Camouflage from Face Detection

Face<p>Once computer vision programs detect a face, they can extract data about your emotions, age, and identity. <br>See how a face is detected<p>Anti …

The FBI Just Finished Its Insane New Facial Recognition System

After six years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its new biometric facial recognition software system is …

Rogue cell towers discovered in Washington, D.C.

Towards the end of July, ESD America, the makers of the ultra-secure CryptoPhone, said that their engineers and customers had discovered more than a …

The making of a cybercrime market

At this year's Black Hat conference, I had the opportunity to speak with two representatives from the Netherlands-based security research firm …

Your Encryption Will Be Useless Against Hackers with Quantum Computers - Motherboard

Computing could soon fundamentally change, and when it does, cryptography will evolve too. Quantum computing "will instantly change the world of encryption," Konstantinos Karagiannis, BT Security's Global Technical Lead of Ethical Hacking, told me. He's set to give a talk on the future of …

Quantum Mechanics

Who Is Running Phony Cell Phone Towers Around The United States?

A multitude of opinions<p>On August 29, Popular Science published a map of interceptor towers -- surveillance devices that masquerade as cell phone towers to intercept voice and data transmissions from every cell user in an area. 19 of the interceptors were found in the United States in August, and …

FBI launches a powerful facial recognition system - Sep. 16, 2014

The FBI can now quickly identify people just by looking at their faces. Coming soon: eyes, voice, palm print and walking stride.<p>It's called the FBI's Next Generation Identification system, and the agency said it became fully operational Monday. The government expects the system's database to house …

How would disruptive technologies affect public life?

Dutch government council wants to hear from futurists. Self driving cars, 3D printing, robotics, these are just a few of the major technologies that …

Innovation

Infographic: Consumers Wary of Mobile Payment Security

After Apple introduced its very own mobile payment service named "Apple Pay" this week, many commentators are predicting a breakthrough for …

Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience

With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker <b>Bruce Lee</b> (November 27, 1940–July 20, 1973) is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless, …

Folding Robot: Inspired by Origami

Most of us have experimented with origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, at least once in our lives. Origami contradicts our instinctive …

Robotics

Out of the Spotlight, Bitcoin Gains Legitimacy

Mainstream perception of bitcoin, much like the crypto-currency itself, has been volatile. Starting last fall and gaining steam throughout the …

Relationships 2.0: The New Role of the Web in Offline Relationships

Today, almost three-quarters of U.S. adults on the internet use social media. Take a moment to let that sink in. In just over a decade, social …

Another Reason To Live In A Diverse Neighborhood: It Could Make Your Kids Smarter

Babies who hear different languages around town may be more open-minded about who they learn from.<p>Babies who hear a variety of different languages outside their home may be more willing to learn from people who don't speak their native language, a new study in the journal <i>Cognition</i> finds.<p>The study …

AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs

Key Findings<p>The vast majority of respondents to the 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will …

How Online Black Markets Have Evolved Since Silk Road’s Downfall

<b>When the FBI</b> tore down the billion-dollar drugs-and-contraband website Silk Road last October, its death made room for a new generation of …

Overstock.com Becomes First Major Retailer to Accept Bitcoin Worldwide

Overstock.com was the first major online retailer to embrace bitcoin, accepting payments in the digital currency here in the U.S. beginning in early …