Giuliano Tavaroli

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Bitcoin now uses as much electricity as Ireland - and its energy demands are not slowing down

While demand and interest in Bitcoin appears to be waning, the money that can be made through Bitcoin "mining, the process of creating new Bitcoins, hasn't let up.<p>Bitcoin mining involves using the power of computers to performing complicated puzzles to process Bitcoin transactions. These can be …

Bitcoin

New clues bolster belief that ISIS leader is still alive — and busy with a chilling new mission

His self-declared caliphate was in ruins when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi summoned some of his top aides to a meeting in eastern Syria last year. The …

The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

The official believed the directorate’s use of XKEYSCORE was “not permissible” under the Japanese Constitution.<p>About 700 miles southwest of Tokyo, …

Surveillance

A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

There are plenty of guides available on how to protect your data, how to secure yourself online, and how to stop digital snoops from tracking you …

Privacy

Cryptocurrency Wealth Dropped $52 Billion During Blockchain Week. Not Even a Snoop Dogg Performance Could Save It

So much for the Blockchain Week bounce.<p>With thousands of cryptocurrency diehards swarming into Manhattan for this week’s Consensus 2018 conference, …

Snoop Dogg

Ex-Intel security expert: This new Spectre attack can even reveal firmware secrets

A new variant of Spectre can expose the contents of memory that normally can't be accessed by the OS kernel.<p><i>Video: AMD and Microsoft join forces to</i> …

Information Security

Do it now! Protect your router from Russian hackers

A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S. These hackers are organized, motivated, and well-funded.<p>They’re not a bunch of misanthropic …

Cyber-attacks

AI will save us from yanny/laurel, right? Wrong

If you haven’t taken part in the yanny/laurel controversy over the last couple days, allow me to sincerely congratulate you. But your time is up. The viral speech synth clip has met the AI hype train and the result is, like everything in this mortal world, disappointing.<p>Sonix, a company that …

Synthesizers

WARD is an app for placing fantasy predictions on esports games

Prediction markets, such as those that exist in the realm of fantasy sports, have taken off amongst consumers in the last few years. But fantasy sports have yet to make much of a play in one of the hottest areas online right now, namely esports. And it’s a big market.<p>Fantasy esports have been …

eSports

Incredible footage shows a self driving racecar hurtling around the streets of Rome

Race against the machine: Incredible footage shows a self driving racecar hurtling around the streets of Rome (although it can't yet beat a human …

Demonstration

Shadowy Hackers Accidentally Reveal Two Zero-Days to Security Researchers

An unidentified hacker group appears to have accidentally exposed two fully-working zero-days when they've uploaded a weaponized PDF file to a public …

Malware

Watch a laser-powered RoboFly flap its tiny wings

Making something fly involves a lot of tradeoffs. Bigger stuff can hold more fuel or batteries, but too big and the lift required is too much. Small stuff takes less lift to fly but might not hold a battery with enough energy to do so. Insect-size drones have had that problem in the past — but now …

University of Washington

Facebook Says It Disabled Almost 1.3 Billion Fake Accounts. (And the Numbers Only Get More Insane From There)

This is like the combined populations of the United States, Russia, Mexico, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Brazil, and the Philippines.<p>It was barely a year ago that Facebook proudly declared it had more than 2.2 billion monthly users. But on Tuesday, the social media giant …

Internet

Philip Morris device knows a lot about your smoking habit

Unlike a conventional cigarette, the iQOS is an electronic device with circuitry that enables it to collect user information. A teardown analysis shows this could give the tobacco giant remarkable insight into people's smoking habits. Philip Morris says it only uses the data to fix malfunctions.

Philip Morris

Google Is Now Under Investigation After Oracle Accused It of Secretly Tracking Android Users

The long-running feud between Google and Oracle has officially spilled over into the tech-privacy debate, with Oracle prompting an Australian …

Privacy

Kaspersky to move to Switzerland following latest government ban

Things are going from bad to worse for Kaspersky Labs, the Russian anti-virus software developer. The Dutch government says it's planning to phase out the use of the software "as a precautionary measure", and is proactively suggesting other companies do the same.<p>Justice Minister Ferdinand …

Cybersecurity

Forests are growing again where human well-being is increasing, finds new study

Countries with high levels of human well-being are more likely to show increasing forest growth. That’s the finding of a new study by a group of …

Forests

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought

The phrase “worse than we thought” is a cliché when it comes to climate change. There are lots of studies suggesting we’re in for more warming and …

Climate Change

HTC is launching a blockchain-powered phone

HTC is developing a new Android phone that will be powered by blockchain technology.<p>The phone, named Exodus, will feature a universal wallet and a built-in secure hardware enclave to support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications.<p>HTC has roped back the creator of its virtual reality …

Blockchain

Iran and Israel's Syrian shadow war laid bare

Tensions between archenemies Iran and Israel are soaring in Syria, complicating an already complex civil war and threatening a regional …

Middle East

European spy chiefs warn of hybrid threats from Russia, IS

BERLIN (AP) — European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage.<p>The heads of Britain and Germany's domestic intelligence agencies, as well as the European Union and NATO's …

Russia

WHO calls for elimination of trans fat in foods by 2023

<b>(CNN) —</b> The World Health Organization wants to eliminate artificial trans fats from the global food supply and has a step-by-step strategy on how to do so by 2023.<p>On Monday, the WHO launched an initiative called REPLACE that will provide guidance for all countries on how to remove artificial trans …

Nutrition

IBM Executives Press U.S. Lawmakers Not to Adopt EU Privacy Law

More than 100 IBM executives will descend on Capitol Hill this week with a simple message for policy makers: don’t bring Europe’s new privacy …

Privacy

Blockchain is crappy technology and a bad vision for the future

This December I wrote a widely-circulated article on the inapplicability of blockchain to any actual problem. People objected mostly not to the technology argument, but rather hoped that decentralization could produce integrity.<p>Let’s start with this: Venmo is a free service to transfer dollars, and …

Blockchain

Iranian Foreign Minister visits Russia and China to try to save nuclear deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif touched down in Moscow on Monday morning as part of a series of international diplomatic meetings aimed at saving the Iran nuclear deal following the United States' withdrawal.<p>Zarif will be discussing the agreement with his Russian counterpart, …

South Asia

The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers

Behind the guards, the blast doors and down corridors of reinforced concrete, sit the encrypted computer servers -- connected to nothing -- that hold …

Cryptocurrency

DNA of every baby born in California is stored. Who has access to it?

<b>SAN FRANCISCO --</b> You probably know where your Social Security card, birth certificate and other sensitive information is being stored, but what about …

Privacy

Valve switches on Steam Controller's mobile connection in beta

Valve's latest beta client activates the Steam Controller's Bluetooth Low Energy function -- a necessary feature if you want to use the gamepad to play on a mobile device in the near future. If you'll recall, the company recently announced that Steam Link will be able beam games to the dedicated …

Gaming

Cyberwar: How Nations Attack Without Bullets Or Bombs

When the U.S., U.K. and France attacked Syria in April to punish the government for its alleged use of chemical weapons, there was concern about …

Cybersecurity

Study Predicts Unexpected Climate Change Effects To Come

We tend to think the main threats of climate change are warmer oceans and changing wind patterns, but a recent study published in Nature Climate …

Climate Change