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From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-28 12:15:17

Most criminal cryptocurrency is funneled through just 5 exchanges

A few big players are moving a “shocking” amount of currency in a tight market.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-27 19:39:35

#GermanyRIP. Kremlin-loyal hacktivists wage DDoSes to retaliate for tank aid

Killnet hacktivist group appears to have indirect ties to the Russian government.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-27 18:10:24

Pivot to ChatGPT? BuzzFeed preps for AI-written content while CNET fumbles

200 percent BuzzFeed stock rise might signal start of an AI media trend.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-26 21:39:01

Deepfakes for scrawl: With handwriting synthesis, no pen is necessary

Free neural network demo generates dynamic, downloadable handwriting on the fly.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-26 01:15:50

RSA’s demise from quantum attacks is very much exaggerated, expert says

Expert says the focus on quantum attacks may distract us from more immediate threats.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-24 20:31:58

With Nvidia Eye Contact, you’ll never look away from a camera again

Creepy AI-powered eyeballs maintain direct eye contact even if you avert your gaze.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-23 23:47:18

Fearing ChatGPT, Google enlists founders Brin and Page in AI fight

Threatened by upstart OpenAI, Google pledges to fast-track new AI projects.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-23 17:49:55

OpenAI and Microsoft announce extended, multi-billion-dollar partnership

Reported $10 billion outlay follows investments from Microsoft in 2019, 2021.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-23 17:40:08

Ransomware victims are refusing to pay, tanking attackers’ profits

The drying up of payouts is forcing attackers to hunt bigger game and re-extort.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-20 23:00:52

300+ models of MSI motherboards have Secure Boot turned off. Is yours affected?

The shortcoming has left users susceptible to malicious bootloaders for 18 months.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-20 00:20:03

Pioneering Apple Lisa goes “open source” thanks to Computer History Museum

Lisa OS 3.1's 1984 source Pascal code now available under a non-commercial license.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-20 00:00:29

Hacker group incorporates DNS hijacking into its malicious website campaign

The DNS hijacking threat can be especially high for people using public Wi-Fi.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-19 18:29:31

Amazon is discontinuing its AmazonSmile charity program next month

AmazonSmile has reportedly donated almost $450M to global charities since 2013.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-19 16:51:59

1923 cartoon predicts 2023’s AI art generators

H.T. Webster imagined a future world where a "cartoon dynamo" could generate art.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-18 21:55:14

Authorities dismantle crypto exchange Bitzlato, allege it was cybercrime “haven”

Criminal groups served allegedly include Conti, DarkSide, Phobos, and Hydra.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-18 18:09:27

Microsoft to lay off 10,000 workers, blames decelerated customer spending

“We will have to do more with less," CEO Satya Nadella says.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-18 01:31:05

More than 4,400 Sophos firewall servers remain vulnerable to critical exploits

Exploiting vulnerability with 9.8 severity rating isn't particularly hard.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-17 21:49:56

More malicious packages posted to online repository. This time it’s PyPI

It's not always easy to spot malicious impostors posing as legit downloads.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-16 23:36:00

Artists file class-action lawsuit against AI image generator companies

Suit seeks damages from Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-15 12:01:06

ChatGPT has investors drooling, but can it bring home the bacon?

As Microsoft eyes $10B investment, it's unclear what products can be built on the tech.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-14 11:50:19

An aviation expert explains how the FAA’s critical NOTAM safety system works

This is why planes can't fly when NOTAM goes down.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-13 23:28:05

Meta sues “scraping-for-hire” service that sells user data to law enforcement

Israeli firm says it uses AI to analyze “billions of ‘human pixels’ and signals.”

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-13 16:23:27

Third-party Twitter clients are broken, whether by policy or glitch

Developers find their apps "Suspended" or unresponsive, lack Twitter contacts.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-13 00:56:17

Vulnerability with 9.8 severity in Control Web Panel is under active exploit

A patch was released in October, but not all servers have installed it.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-12 19:20:18

Fortinet says hackers exploited critical vulnerability to infect VPN customers

Remote code-execution bug was exploited to backdoor vulnerable servers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-12 18:06:31

Indigenous tech group asks Apache Foundation to change its name

Identity as a "last tribe" is simplification and erasure, indigenous group says.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-12 16:41:59

FAA outage that grounded flights blamed on old tech and damaged database file

Notice to Air Missions outage puts spotlight on FAA's struggles with technology.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 21:16:59

Hundreds of SugarCRM servers infected with critical in-the-wild exploit

Attackers are using the exploit to infect on-premises servers with web shell backdoors.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 21:01:42

Microsoft 365 Basic gives you 100GB of OneDrive space (but no Office) for $2

Basic subscription tier will also remove ads from web and mobile Outlook apps.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 20:54:18

Chuck E. Cheese still uses floppy disks in 2023, but not for long

Employee TikTok reveals a floor show upgrade from floppy and DVD—possibly for the last time.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 19:41:27

A widespread logic controller flaw raises the specter of Stuxnet

Over 120 PLC models contain a serious vulnerability—and no fix is on the way.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 17:31:10

Hackers discover that vulnerabilities are rife in the auto industry

Connected car skeptics have a right to be concerned about the widespread problem.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 17:01:01

Big ambitions, tiny LEDs: Apple said to be developing Micro LED displays for 2024

Screens said to ship in Apple Watch first, with iPhone and others to follow.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 14:30:34

Iran to use facial recognition to identify women without hijabs

Iranian official says algorithms can identify anyone flouting dress codes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 12:39:36

Flights grounded nationwide as FAA’s notice system suffers outage

The notices warn pilots of potential hazards along their routes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-11 01:43:38

A fifth of passwords used by federal agency cracked in security audit

89 percent of the department's high-value assets had easy-to-crack passcodes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-10 23:11:02

Controversy erupts over non-consensual AI mental health experiment

Koko let 4,000 people get therapeutic help from GPT-3 without telling them first.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-10 18:44:19

Report: Apple plans to use its own Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip in future iPhones

End goal is said to be one chip that can handle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-10 13:43:53

Messenger billed as better than Signal is riddled with vulnerabilities

Threema comes with unusually strong claims. They crumble under new research findings.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-09 22:15:19

Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio

Text-to-speech model can preserve speaker's emotional tone and acoustic environment.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-07 12:40:44

What Twitter’s 200 million email leak really means

Exposure of email addresses puts pseudonymous users of the social network at risk.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-06 22:05:06

ChatGPT is enabling script kiddies to write functional malware

For a beta, ChatGPT isn't all that bad at writing fairly decent malware.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-05 23:22:50

NYC schools block ChatGPT, fearing negative impact on learning

Network ban comes amid "concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-05 23:04:40

First LastPass, now Slack and CircleCI. The hacks go on (and will likely worsen)

Don't expect victims to be forthcoming. Their alerts conceal more than they reveal.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-04 20:12:21

Hundreds of WordPress sites infected by recently discovered backdoor

People who use WordPress should check their sites for unpatched plugins.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-01-04 00:23:29

Key Bitcoin developer calls on FBI to recover $3.6M in digital coin

So much for enthusiasts championing the decentralization of cryptocurrencies.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-28 11:55:11

“Please slow down”—The 7 biggest AI stories of 2022

Highlights from a year when generative AI went mainstream.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-23 15:50:02

Meta to pay $725 million to settle Cambridge Analytica lawsuit

Data harvested by Cambridge Analytica was used for political campaigns.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-22 22:43:39

LastPass says hackers have obtained vault data and a wealth of customer info

Password manager says breach it disclosed in August was much worse than thought.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-22 18:04:07

Compromised dispatch system helped move taxis to front of the line

Defendants allegedly conspired with Russians, drew as many as 1,000 daily trips.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-21 22:50:53

Okta says source code for Workforce Identity Cloud service was copied

Code stored on GitHub was copied after threat actor gained unauthorized access.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-21 17:12:11

Eufy publicly acknowledges some parts of its “No clouds” controversy

Eufy changed some cloud behavior, admitted it can do more, ignored some issues.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-20 22:54:41

Man simulates time travel thanks to Stable Diffusion image synthesis

Fictional travelogue shows man taking selfies in ancient Greece, Egypt, and more.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-20 22:03:02

Kremlin-backed hackers targeted a “large” petroleum refinery in a NATO nation

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine grinds on, the country's hackers expand their targets.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-20 21:34:03

Raspberry Pi 5 not arriving in 2023 as company hopes for a “recovery year”

To avoid cannibalizing supply for other Pi products, the next model must wait.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-20 00:35:43

Swatters used Ring cameras to livestream attacks, taunt police, prosecutors say

More than a dozen attacks allegedly logged in a single week.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-19 23:13:35

Make your noisy recording sound like pro audio with Adobe’s free AI tool

"Enhance Speech" uses AI to make poor-quality voice recordings sound professional.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-19 18:46:33

Critical Windows code-execution vulnerability went undetected until now

Microsoft elevates security rating for vulnerability resembling EternalBlue.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-19 18:04:31

Lobbyists have held up nation’s first right-to-repair bill in New York

Passed with bipartisan support, the bill could die on Gov. Hochul's desk.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-19 14:30:31

The risk of escalation from cyberattacks has never been greater

Cyberwarfare is getting real.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-16 21:50:40

Riffusion’s AI generates music from text using visual sonograms

Stable Diffusion-powered music generator processes sound in the visual space.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-15 22:42:10

Stability AI plans to let artists opt out of Stable Diffusion 3 image training

Artists must register and manually flag matched images in the LAION database.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-15 20:02:50

Microsoft discovers Windows/Linux botnet used in DDoS attacks

MCCrash is specially designed to take down Minecraft servers and performs other DDoSes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-15 18:13:29

FuboTV goes kaput during World Cup semifinals, blames “criminal cyber attack”

Streaming service goes dark during one of the most anticipated sporting matches.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-15 18:08:01

ArtStation artists stage mass protest against AI-generated artwork

Users of popular portfolio site seek to castigate and disrupt AI-generated art.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-14 22:31:35

Prosecutors charge 6 people for allegedly waging massive DDoS attacks

48 Internet domains associated with the services have also been seized.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-14 21:54:51

Meet Ghostwriter, a haunted AI-powered typewriter that talks to you

Custom typewriter hack uses Arduino, Rapsberry Pi, and GPT-3 to dramatic effect.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-13 23:36:06

Lensa AI app causes a stir with sexy “Magic Avatar” images no one wanted

Early reports said the app unwantedly sexualized depictions of women using the app.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-13 22:44:51

Only iPhones that can’t run iOS 16 are getting new iOS 15 updates

iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, and the last iPod Touch shift to security-only update model.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-13 21:17:27

Microsoft digital certificates have once again been abused to sign malware

Code-signing is supposed to make people safer. In this case, it made them less so.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-12 23:44:44

Effective, fast, and unrecoverable: Wiper malware is popping up everywhere

Wiper malware from no fewer than 9 families has appeared this year. Now there are 2 more.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-12 22:44:03

China bans AI-generated media without watermarks

China regulates generative AI tech with rules that aim to spur growth and ban deception.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-09 19:10:11

AI image generation tech can now create life-wrecking deepfakes with ease

AI tech makes it trivial to generate harmful fake photos from a few social media pictures.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-08 18:43:57

North Korean hackers once again exploit Internet Explorer’s leftover bits

There are still lots of ways to exploit Internet Explorer through a Word doc.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-06 23:12:30

Adobe Stock begins selling AI-generated artwork

AI-wielding artist must assert ownership and label each piece as "Generative AI."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-05 22:45:41

No Linux? No problem. Just get AI to hallucinate it for you

ChatGPT-generated command line can create virtual files, execute code, play games.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-05 21:54:14

Syntax errors are the doom of us all, including botnet authors

A command typo might have dismantled most of an advanced malware's network.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-03 12:01:00

Darknet markets generate millions in revenue selling stolen personal data

A handful of markets were responsible for trafficking most of the data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-02 22:27:03

Apple slices its AI image synthesis times in half with new Stable Diffusion fix

Creating AI-generated images on Macs, iPhones, and iPads just got a lot faster.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-02 20:57:15

Never-before-seen malware is nuking data in Russia’s courts and mayors’ offices

CryWiper masquerades as ransomware, but its real purpose is to permanently destroy data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-01 21:22:50

OpenAI invites everyone to test new AI-powered chatbot—with amusing results

ChatGPT aims to produce accurate and harmless talk—but it's a work in progress.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-01 20:20:38

Hive Social turns off servers after researchers warn hackers can access all data

Site officials say site will be down for a couple of days.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-01 12:00:53

My secret life as an 11-year-old BBS sysop

Revisiting the wonder and betrayal of online life circa 1992.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-12-01 00:20:21

Google ties Spanish IT firm to 0-days exploiting Chrome, Defender, and Firefox

Variston IT fingerprints found in source code for advanced Chrome exploit.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-30 23:13:19

Disney’s new neural network can change an actor’s age with ease

"Production ready" neural net makes actors younger or older for film or TV.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-30 20:07:49

Play app with 100K downloads booted for forwarding texts to developer server

Texts were used to provide verification codes for fraudulent accounts.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-29 22:49:07

OpenAI upgrades GPT-3, stunning with rhyming poetry and lyrics

Refinement to AI language model generates rhyming compositions in various styles.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-29 22:05:19

How secure a Twitter replacement is Mastodon? Let us count the ways

The demise of Twitter's security and privacy teams has people looking for alternatives.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-29 18:03:00

Used thin client PCs are an unsexy, readily available Raspberry Pi alternative

Turn yesterday's corporate computer into today's Pi-like system—with some work.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-28 22:13:45

Nvidia wins award for AI that can play Minecraft on command

NeurIPS 2022 honors MineDojo for playing Minecraft when instructed by written prompts.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-23 20:59:00

European Parliament DDoSed after declaring Russia a sponsor of terrorism

Pro-Kremlin group called Killnet takes credit.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-23 18:34:41

Apple iPhone factory workers clash with police in China

Violence erupts at Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou as COVID cases rise across country.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-22 23:32:55

Meta researchers create AI that masters Diplomacy, tricking human players

Meta's Cicero can negotiate or persuade with natural language—just like a human.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-22 20:51:52

Thinking about taking your computer to the repair shop? Be very afraid

Not surprisingly, female customers bear the brunt of the privacy violations.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-21 17:56:15

Nvidia’s Magic3D creates 3D models from written descriptions, thanks to AI

New AI aims to democratize 3D content creation, no modeling skills required.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-18 23:30:45

New Meta AI demo writes racist and inaccurate scientific literature, gets pulled

Galactica language model generated convincing text about fact and nonsense alike.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-16 22:24:59

Nvidia and Microsoft team up to build massive AI cloud computer

AI supercomputer will use "tens of thousands" of Nvidia A100 and H100 GPUs.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-16 21:16:38

Amazon begins layoffs of up to 10,000 jobs, blames “uncertain” economy

Amazon confirms Devices & Services layoffs; warehouse jobs apparently safe.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-16 12:00:01

ISP deploys fiber service with a wrinkle—the users themselves own each network

Despite costly Silicon Valley project, CEO says this isn't just for wealthy areas.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-11-15 20:51:52

State-sponsored hackers in China compromise certificate authority

Active in dozens of advanced hacks since 2009, Billbug is still going strong.