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Hacking macOS: How to Sniff Passwords on a Mac in Real Time, Part 1 (Packet Exfiltration)

With the rise of website encryption (TLS), sniffing passwords from network activity has become difficult. However, it's still possible to quietly …

Information Security

Industries Recoded: The End Of Enterprise Software (Part 1)

In the cult-classic movie <i>Groundhog’s Day</i>, Bill Murray’s character wakes up every morning on the same day, in the same bed, listening to “I Got You Babe” playing on the radio. No matter what he does, he is stuck in a time loop with the same ending.<p>Enterprise software has been in a time loop. It has …

Enterprise Software

Nokia made a smart, fashionable jacket for first responders

Nokia has been creating unconventional products for years, like that weird touchscreen made of ice from 2010. And now, at MWC 2018, the company is showing off a new, offbeat project that's in the works: the CHASE (connected health and safety equipment) LifeTech FR (first responders) jacket. This …

How Two Police Drones Saved a Woman's Life

An innovative use of the surveillance technology in Virginia offers a reminder that there are often alternatives to confrontation.<p>After years of writing critically about police officers using excessive force and police departments abusing surveillance technology, I couldn’t be happier to relay a …

Law Enforcement

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.<p>The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged …

Human Rights

China Has Already Gene-Edited 86 People With CRISPR

In the U.S., the first planned clinical trials of CRISPR gene editing in people are about to kick off. China, meanwhile, has been racing ahead, …

FDA OKs first gene therapy for hereditary disease

The FDA has approved a new gene therapy that proves the technique can also be used to treat a variety of diseases other than cancer. According to the agency's announcement, the therapy called Luxturna can treat biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy, a rare eye disease that leads to …

Scientists Are Boosting Human Memory With a Brain Implant

From time to time, we all have trouble remembering things. But for people with severe ailments like dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, the severity of …

The Brain

Razer’s latest 802.11ac router brings home a ‘lag-free’ gaming-grade mesh Wi-Fi network

With 2017 on the way out, we’ve recently turned our attention to the most noteworthy games from the past year. And as the next year rolls around, gamers will have a new networking device from the likes of Razer to look forward to. Normally focused on keyboards and other peripherals, Razer will be …

Wi-Fi

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

ProtonMail expands encrypted email service to desktop clients including Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail

Encrypted email service ProtonMail has come a long way since its global launch 18 months ago, having expanding into VPNs, started targeting small businesses, grown into multiple languages, and — most recently — launched an encrypted contacts manager.<p>Now, the Swiss company is making its core service …

Information Systems

Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours

Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.<p>The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being …

Artificial Intelligence

A new black metal album was just published — and it wasn't made by a human

Artificial Intelligence Shreds<p>Artificial intelligence has already proven its prowess at tasks, from driving cars to making nuclear reactors safer. …

Google’s AI builds its own AI child and it’s better than anything humans have made

Is this the beginning of the end for humanity?<p>Google’s AI-building AI actually went ahead and built a fully-functional AI child that, as it turns …

Artificial Intelligence

World’s First Artificial Intelligence Politician Developed In New Zealand

Scientists in New Zealand have developed a robot politician whose “brain” is powered by artificial intelligence. This politician, whose name is SAM, …

Artificial Intelligence

Uber’s ‘flying cars’ could arrive in LA by 2020 — and here’s what it’ll be like to ride one

Los Angeles will be the third test city, and NASA will provide logistical support<p>Uber’s “flying car” project Elevate came whizzing back into view today with a number of key announcements about where it will first appear, who will be working on it, and how this futuristic service will look when it …

Transportation

NVIDIA introduces a computer for level 5 autonomous cars

At the center of many of the semi-autonomous cars currently on the road is NVIDIA hardware. Once automakers realized that GPUs could power their latest features, the chipmaker, best known for the graphics cards that make your games look outstanding, became the darling of the car world.<p>But while …

Autonomous Cars

Accenture left four servers of sensitive data completely unprotected

UpGuard has yet again uncovered a trove of corporate data left unprotected, this time from major consulting and management firm Accenture. The data -- contained on four cloud-based storage servers -- were discovered by UpGuard Director of Cyber Risk Research Chris Vickery in mid-September and …

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs.<p>What gave the Russian hacking, detected more than two years ago, such …

Cybersecurity

Germany has way more industrial robots than the US, but they haven’t caused job losses

The rise of the robots, coming first for our jobs, then maybe our lives, is a growing concern in today’s increasingly automated world. Just today (Oct. 10), the World Bank chief said the world is on a “crash course” to automate millions of jobs. But a recent report from Germany paints a less …

Manufacturing

CRISPR gene-editing could result in more successful birth rates

Gene-edited human embryos are offering new insights into the earliest stages of development, and could reduce the risk of miscarriage at the outset of pregnancy. In a new study, researchers from the UK's Francis Crick Institute used CRISPR Cas9 to block a gene (known as OCT4) in human embryos. By …

Expert: “We are spiraling towards a dystopian future where a few tech companies control our lives”

Who Controls the World?<p>There’s a growing concern that tech companies like Google and Amazon are becoming so large, they will soon be in control of …

The age of AI surveillance is here

For years we’ve been recorded in public on security cameras, police bodycams, livestreams, other people’s social media posts, and on and on. But even if there’s a camera in our face, there’s always been a slight assurance that strangers wouldn’t really be able to do anything that affects us with …

Artificial Intelligence

I was worried about artificial intelligence—until it saved my life

Earlier this month, tech moguls Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg debated the pros and cons of artificial intelligence from different corners of the internet. While SpaceX’s CEO is more of an alarmist, insisting that we should approach AI with caution and that it poses a “fundamental existential risk,” …

Artificial Intelligence

NYC is getting a huge new VR conference this fall

In addition to an upcoming virtual reality hub at NYU, New York City will also host its first VR-focused convention later this year. The NYVR Expo, …

Meet Eva, the workplace robot that won’t necessarily steal your job

The technology industry likes to talk about how automation is set to change the world. Chatbots present a new way of interacting with software, …

Self-driving car demo is the first to cross the US-Canada border

As a rule, self-driving car tests tend to be limited to the country where they started. But that's not how people drive -- what happens when your autonomous vehicle crosses the border? Continental and Magna plan to find out. They're planning to pilot two driverless vehicles all the way from …

Autonomous Cars

Artificial Intelligence Develops Its Own Language

"I know now why you cry."<p>We haven't quite reached the terrifying sci-fi hellscape described by the Terminator franchise, but researchers at Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence

Yale launches Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt w/ HomeKit, Z-Wave & Alexa support

Yale Locks & Hardware is launching its latest smart lock product today with one of its most streamlined designs yet and support for Apple’s HomeKit, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Amazon Alexa platforms.<p>The keyless deadbolt system features a sleek capacitive touchscreen to unlock using pin codes and …

U.S. treads water on cyber policy as destructive attacks mount

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Trump administration's refusal to publicly accuse Russia and others in a wave of politically motivated hacking attacks is creating a policy vacuum that security experts fear will encourage more cyber warfare.<p>In the past three months, hackers broke into official …