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Why SSL is part of the problem behind a dramatic increase in malware and ramsomware in Q1 2018

Attackers are using HTTPS to carry malware, which means companies need to do DPI on SSL packets to guard against it.<p>Bill Conner, CEO of SonicWall, …

Cybersecurity

Government accidentally sends file on "remote mind control" methods to journalist

When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of …

Surveillance

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to "build a three-dimensional picture" on millions of people.<p><i>Video: Scraped and</i> …

Security

The Scariest Thing About Facebook Isn't Even How It Treats Your Data

Its power to influence users makes Facebook a tool for "mass population control," and Mark Zuckerberg's utopian goals only increase the danger.<p>Mark Zuckerberg's marathon date with Congress is over. It might as well never have happened.<p>For two days, Facebook's CEO stuck to his bland talking points, …

Social Media

Cops open locked iPhones with GrayKey all the time

Police around the country are buying and using iPhone unlocking tools like GrayKey. These allow access to the contents of encrypted devices involved in crimes.<p>GrayKey is fairly expensive, and its maker can’t guarantee how long it will work. It depends on a iOS security flaw known only to its maker, …

Privacy

Could artificial intelligence get depressed and have hallucinations?

As artificial intelligence (AI) allows machines to become more like humans, will they experience similar psychological quirks such as hallucinations …

Artificial Intelligence

You will get chipped — eventually

LOS ANGELES — You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time.<p>In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate.<p>Religious activists are so appalled, they’ve been penning …

Apple Pay

Facebook confirms it spies on your Messenger conversations

Facebook revealed this week that it’s scanning users’ Messenger conversations – including text chats, pictures, and links – in an effort to ensure that people play by its rules.<p>CEO Mark Zuckerberg first spilled the beans in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, in which he brought up an incident …

Social Media

Facebook to exclude North American users from some privacy enhancements

There’s no way to sugarcoat this message: Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg believes North America users of his platform deserve a lower data protection standard than people everywhere else in the world.<p>In a phone interview with Reuters yesterday Mark Zuckerberg declined to commit to universally …

Privacy

Google employees sign letter against involvement in Pentagon program

by Scott Shane and Daisuke Wakabayashi<p>Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the …

Artificial Intelligence

'Killer robots': AI experts call for boycott over lab at South Korea university

Academics around the world voice ‘huge concern’ over KAIST’s collaboration with defence company on autonomous weapons<p>Artificial intelligence researchers from nearly 30 countries are boycotting a South Korean university over concerns a new lab in partnership with a leading defence company could lead …

North Korea

Police rolling out technology which allows them to raid victims phones without a warrant

Police forces across country have been quietly rolling out technology which allows them to download the entire contents of victim's phone without a warrant.<p>At least 26 forces now use technology which allows them to to extract location data, conversations on encrypted apps, call logs, emails, text …

Privacy

Thousands of servers found leaking 750MB worth of passwords and keys | Ars Technica

Leaky etcd servers could be a boon to data thieves and ransomware scammers.<p>Thousands of servers operated by businesses and other organizations are …

Information Security

Slack's new policy lets bosses read employees' DMs without consent

If your company uses Slack for group communication, you might want to watch what you say in Direct Messages with your colleagues: the app now lets administrators export all the data shared through it, including those private conversations – without notifying you.<p>That’s thanks to an updated privacy …

Apps

This Is The A-Bomb Moment For Computer Science

Physics made the atomic bomb and chemistry created nerve gas. Today, computer scientists need to confront the weaponization of their work.<p>“Computer science is a field which hasn't yet encountered consequences,” ex-Googler Yonatan Zunger wrote on Sunday. Physics made the atomic bomb, chemistry …

Artificial Intelligence

Bitcoin Could Become Illegal Almost Everywhere, After Shocking Discovery in The Blockchain

There's something hidden inside it.<p>The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence …

Bitcoin

Bitmain's $12K cryptocurrency miner might be useless by the time it ships

Bitcoin mining titan Bitmain has launched a new ultra-powerful cryptocurrency miner specifically designed for the CryptoNight hashing algorithm which powers privacy-oriented coins like Monero (XMR) and Bytecoin (BCN). But there is one massive problem: the device might be virtually obsolete by the …

The Leaked NSA Spy Tool That Hacked the World

An elite Russian hacking team, a historic ransomware attack, an espionage group in the Middle East, and countless small time cryptojackers all have …

Cybersecurity

Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop <b></b>artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a …

Artificial Intelligence

Electric clocks in Europe have been running slow for over a month

Have you noticed your clocks are lagging? It’s not an anomaly in the spacetime continuum, fortunately.<p>The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSOE), the body that sets up the internal energy market and ensures its optimal functioning, put out a statement explaining …

Europe

23,000 HTTPS Certificates Pulled After CEO Sends Private Keys in an Email

The security of tens of thousands of websites is in question after the CEO of a company that sells HTTPS certificates included the private keys for …

How To: Hack Anyone's Wi-Fi Password Using a Birthday Card, Part 1 (Creating the Payload)

With an ordinary birthday card, we can introduce a physical device which contains malicious files into someone's home and deceive them into inserting …

Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology

Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don’t know about<p>In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against …

New Orleans

An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game

The nation's top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to spot errors in contracts — and they lost.<p>A new study, conducted …

MIT's Veil service will make private browsing more private

After reports and studies revealed that browsers' private modes aren't that secure, MIT graduate student Frank Wang decided to take things into his own hands. He and his team from MIT CSAIL and Harvard have created a tool called Veil, which you could use on a public computer -- or on a private one …

Machine learning won’t kill lawyers, but blockchain will

I fear for the professions.<p>Those which have enjoyed a monopoly for so long due to their protection by Royal Societies and Official registries. Those which require accreditation and continued professional development.<p>I’m not saying they never provided a quality professional service, I’m saying they …

Coinbase Introduces a PayPal-like Merchant Solution for Cryptocurrencies

<b>Making cryptocurrency payments more convenient to use is a difficult task. Consumers often struggle to find platforms or shops accepting this form of</b> …

Block ads on your network with Raspberry Pi and pi-hole

Got an old Raspberry Pi lying around? Hate seeing ads while browsing the web? Pi-hole is an open source software project that blocks ads for all …

Raspberry Pi

Here’s the Solution to the 3-Year-Old, $50,000 Bitcoin Puzzle

Motherboard spoke with the person who solved ‘The Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto’ and won over $50,000.<p>On Thursday morning, a closely watched Bitcoin wallet address known as 1FLAMEN6 had a surprise transaction that drained the account of its five bitcoins, worth nearly $50,000 at the time. This Bitcoin …

Mathematics

Security News This Week: 'AutoSploit' Tool Makes Unskilled Hacking Easier Than Ever

Another week, another death by a thousand leaks, from the operational security failure of fitness app Strava exposing the locations of military bases …