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From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-22 00:37:16 (unread)

iMessage gets a major makeover that puts it on equal footing with Signal

How Kybers and ratcheting are boosting the resiliency of Apple's messaging app.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-21 22:01:17 (unread)

Google goes “open AI” with Gemma, a free, open-weights chatbot family

Gemma chatbots can run locally, and they reportedly outperform Meta's Llama 2.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-21 16:57:39

ChatGPT goes temporarily “insane” with unexpected outputs, spooking users

Reddit user: "It's not just you, ChatGPT is having a stroke."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-20 21:29:33

After years of losing, it’s finally feds’ turn to troll ransomware group

Authorities who took down the ransomware group brag about their epic hack.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-20 14:50:37

Will Smith parodies viral AI-generated video by actually eating spaghetti

Actor pokes fun at 2023 AI video by eating spaghetti messily and claiming it's AI-generated.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-20 14:30:03

LockBit ransomware group taken down in multinational operation

Thousands of domains and servers seized from group responsible for thousands of attacks.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-19 21:10:30

Reddit sells training data to unnamed AI company ahead of IPO

If you've posted on Reddit, you're likely feeding the future of AI.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-19 18:15:29

New app always points to the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy

iPhone compass app made with AI assistance locates the heart of the Milky Way.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-16 17:23:10

OpenAI collapses media reality with Sora, a photorealistic AI video generator

Hello, cultural singularity—soon, every video you see online could be completely fake.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-16 16:37:28

DOJ quietly removed Russian malware from routers in US homes and businesses

Feds once again fix up compromised retail routers under court order.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-16 11:30:16

Doing DNS and DHCP for your LAN the old way—the way that works

Are you a sysadmin with control issues who needs a weekend project? Look no further!

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-15 21:33:20

VMware admits sweeping Broadcom changes are worrying customers

Broadcom has cut VMware products, perpetual licenses, and its partner program.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-15 20:45:37

Google upstages itself with Gemini 1.5 AI launch, one week after Ultra 1.0

Google confusingly overshadows its own pro product a week after its last major AI launch.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-15 20:04:56

Nginx core developer quits project in security dispute, starts “freenginx” fork

Disagreement over security disclosures and bug-fixing priorities led to split.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-15 16:54:09

Nvidia’s “Chat With RTX” is a ChatGPT-style app that runs on your own GPU

Nvidia's local private AI chatbot is a high-profile step toward cloud independence.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-14 20:41:10

US says AI models can’t hold patents

Inventors must be human, but there's still a condition where AI can officially help.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-13 22:27:40

Broadcom-owned VMware kills the free version of ESXi virtualization software

Software's free version was a good fit for tinkerers and hobbyists.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-13 22:01:00

OpenAI experiments with giving ChatGPT a long-term conversation memory

AI chatbot "memory" will recall facts from previous conversations when enabled.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-13 16:41:06

Nvidia CEO calls for “Sovereign AI” as his firm overtakes Amazon in market value

Driven by AI boom, the two companies are neck-and-neck behind Apple, Microsoft, and Google.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-12 23:41:17

Ongoing campaign compromises senior execs’ Azure accounts, locks them using MFA

The wide range of employee roles targeted indicates attacker's multifaceted approach.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-12 19:37:29

The Super Bowl’s best and wackiest AI commercials

It's nothing like "crypto bowl" in 2022, but AI made a notable splash during the big game.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-10 01:24:51

Canada vows to ban Flipper Zero device in crackdown on car theft

How do you ban a device built with open source hardware and software anyway?

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-09 19:02:28

London Underground is testing real-time AI surveillance tools to spot crime

Computer vision system tried to detect crime, weapons, people falling, and fare dodgers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-09 18:21:48

Report: Sam Altman seeking trillions for AI chip fabrication from UAE, others

WSJ: Audacious $5-$7 trillion investment would aim to expand global AI chip supply.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-08 22:16:25

A password manager LastPass calls “fraudulent” booted from App Store

"LassPass" mimicked the name and logo of real LastPass password manager.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-08 17:43:35

Google debuts more powerful “Ultra 1.0” AI model in rebranded “Gemini” chatbot

Confusing name shuffles aside, "Gemini Advanced" vies to catch up with ChatGPT-4.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-07 01:37:36

Critical vulnerability affecting most Linux distros allows for bootkits

Buffer overflow in bootloader shim allows attackers to run code each time devices boot up.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-06 18:04:04

Meta will label AI-generated content from OpenAI and Google on Facebook, Instagram

In a big election year, Meta details plans to label AI-generated media on its social media sites.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-06 02:30:33

As if two Ivanti vulnerabilities under exploit weren’t bad enough, now there are 3

Hackers looking to diversify, began mass exploiting a new vulnerability over the weekend.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-05 19:01:00

Microsoft in deal with Semafor to create news stories with aid of AI chatbot

Collaboration comes as tech giant faces multibillion-dollar lawsuit from The New York Times.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-05 15:54:49

Deepfake scammer walks off with $25 million in first-of-its-kind AI heist

Hong Kong firm tricked by simulation of multiple real people in video chat, including voices.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-02 19:26:43

A startup allegedly “hacked the world.” Then came the censorship—and now the backlash.

Anti-censorship voices are working to highlight reports of one Indian company’s hacker past.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-02-01 23:45:04

Agencies using vulnerable Ivanti products have until Saturday to disconnect them

Things were already bad with two critical zero-days. Then Ivanti disclosed a new one.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-31 23:34:02

Chinese malware removed from SOHO routers after FBI issues covert commands

Routers were being used to conceal attacks on critical infrastructure.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-31 22:34:46

ChatGPT’s new @-mentions bring multiple personalities into your AI convo

Bring different AI roles into the same chatbot conversation history.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-30 21:24:43

Ars Technica used in malware campaign with never-before-seen obfuscation

Vimeo also used by legitimate user who posted booby-trapped content.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-30 20:16:08

Rhyming AI-powered clock sometimes lies about the time, makes up words

Poem/1 Kickstarter seeks $103K for fun ChatGPT-fed clock that may hallucinate the time.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-30 17:40:29

Raspberry Pi is preparing for an IPO in London for likely more than $500M

CEO says firm will "keep doing the same stuff," at least "while I'm in charge."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-30 01:43:28

ChatGPT is leaking passwords from private conversations of its users, Ars reader says

Names of unpublished research papers, presentations, and PHP scripts also leaked.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-29 23:12:18

OpenAI and Common Sense Media partner to protect teens from AI harms and misuse

Site gave ChatGPT 3 stars and 48% privacy score: "Best used for creativity, not facts."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-27 00:29:15

In major gaffe, hacked Microsoft test account was assigned admin privileges

How does a legacy test account grant access to read every Office 365 account?

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-26 17:26:51

OpenAI announces ChatGPT-4 Turbo and ChatGPT 3.5 Turbo model updates

GPT-4 wasn't putting in the work. Also, lower prices for GPT 3.5 Turbo, other model updates.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-26 13:15:08

The life and times of Cozy Bear, the Russian hackers who just hit Microsoft and HPE

Hacks by Kremlin-backed group continue to hit hard.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-25 20:08:55

Microsoft cancels Blizzard survival game, lays off 1,900

Job cuts hit Xbox, ZeniMax businesses, too, reports say.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-25 13:44:28

AI will increase the number and impact of cyber attacks, intel officers say

Ransomware is likely to be the biggest beneficiary in the next 2 years, UK's GCHQ says.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-24 22:45:09

Google’s latest AI video generator renders implausible situations for cute animals

Lumiere generates five-second videos that "portray realistic, diverse and coherent motion."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-24 17:46:43

Pope Francis warns of “perverse” AI technology that faked him in a puffy coat

Francis fears "the creation and diffusion of images that appear perfectly plausible but false."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-24 01:36:16

Mass exploitation of Ivanti VPNs is infecting networks around the globe

Orgs that haven't acted yet should, even if it means suspending VPN services.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-23 23:15:43

A “robot” should be chemical, not steel, argues man who coined the word

Čapek: "The world needed mechanical robots, for it believes in machines more than it believes in life."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-23 20:11:33

OpenWrt, now 20 years old, is crafting its own future-proof reference hardware

There are, as you might expect, a few disagreements about what's most important.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-23 16:20:25

Ambient light sensors can reveal your device activity. How big a threat is it?

For now, there's no reason for concern, but that could change in coming years.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-20 01:41:43

Microsoft network breached through password-spraying by Russian-state hackers

Senior execs' emails accessed in network breach that wasn't caught for 2 months.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-19 21:20:23

Convicted murderer, filesystem creator writes of regrets to Linux list

"The man I am now would do things very differently," Reiser says in long letter.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-19 20:05:36

Inventor of NTP protocol that keeps time on billions of devices dies at age 85

Dave Mills created NTP, the protocol that holds the temporal Internet together, in 1985.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-19 14:48:58

$40 billion worth of crypto crime enabled by stablecoins since 2022

Stablecoins like Tether also used for scams and sanctions evasion.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-18 23:19:01

Zuckerberg’s AGI remarks follow trend of downplaying AI dangers

Zuckeberg and Altman both tamp down fear and hype with casual statements about AGI.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-18 00:04:26

Researcher uncovers one of the biggest password breaches in recent history

Roughly 25 million of the passwords have never been seen before by widely used service.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-17 21:25:51

OpenAI opens the door for military uses but maintains AI weapons ban

Despite new Pentagon collab, OpenAI won't allow customers to "develop or use weapons" with its tools.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-17 17:44:39

As 2024 election looms, OpenAI says it is taking steps to prevent AI abuse

ChatGPT maker plans transparency for gen AI content and improved access to voting info.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-17 11:00:12

New UEFI vulnerabilities send firmware devs across an entire ecosystem scrambling

PixieFail is a huge deal for cloud and data centers. For the rest, less so.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-15 23:02:35

AI poisoning could turn open models into destructive “sleeper agents,” says Anthropic

Trained LLMs that seem normal can generate vulnerable code given different triggers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-15 18:04:27

Famous xkcd comic comes full circle with AI bird-identifying binoculars

Swarovski AX Visio, billed as first "smart binoculars," names species and tracks location.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-12 17:52:41

Apple AirDrop leaks user data like a sieve. Chinese authorities say they’re scooping it up.

Chinese authorities are exploiting a weakness Apple has allowed to go unfixed for 5 years.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-11 16:37:11

At Senate AI hearing, news executives fight against “fair use” claims for AI training data

Media orgs want AI firms to license content for training, and Congress is sympathetic.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-10 23:53:41

VMware customers face uncertain future as Broadcom ends VMware partner programs

Only Broadcom's favorites will be able to sell VMware-related offerings.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-10 22:18:15

Actively exploited 0-days in Ivanti VPN are letting hackers backdoor networks

Organizations using Ivanti Connect Secure should take action at once.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-10 19:41:48

OpenAI’s GPT Store lets ChatGPT users discover popular user-made chatbot roles

Like an app store, people can find novel ChatGPT personalities—and some creators will get paid.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-10 16:12:40

Linux devices are under attack by a never-before-seen worm

Based on Mirai malware, self-replicating NoaBot installs cryptomining app on infected devices.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-09 20:58:44

OpenAI says it’s “impossible” to create useful AI models without copyrighted material

"Copyright today covers virtually every sort of human expression" and cannot be avoided.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-09 14:00:34

Hackers can infect network-connected wrenches to install ransomware

Researchers identify 23 vulnerabilities, some of which can exploited with no authentication.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-08 20:47:56

Wi-Fi 7’s theoretical speeds make your Internet connection seem even more sad

More streams, bonded connections, and speeds you can't possibly achieve at home.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-05 22:33:52

Ivanti warns of critical vulnerability in its popular line of endpoint protection software

Customers of the Ivanti Endpoint Protection Manager should patch or mitigate ASAP.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-05 18:41:51

How much detail is too much? Midjourney v6 attempts to find out

As Midjourney rolls out new features, it continues to make some artists furious.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-05 00:01:59

A “ridiculously weak“ password causes disaster for Spain’s No. 2 mobile carrier

BGP tampering caused by poor security hygiene causes major outage for Orange España.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-04 01:32:14

Mandiant, the security firm Google bought for $5.4 billion, gets its X account hacked

Scammer impersonates legitimate cryptocurrency wallet, then pivots to trolling Mandiant.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-03 21:49:18

Millions still haven’t patched Terrapin SSH protocol vulnerability

Terrapin isn't likely to be mass-exploited, but there's little reason not to patch.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2024-01-02 18:08:20

Early Mickey Mouse is now in the public domain—and AI is already on the case

Experimental AI image generator trained on Disney's 1928 cartoons can make eldritch horrors.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-27 17:03:30

4-year campaign backdoored iPhones using possibly the most advanced exploit ever

"Triangulation" infected dozens of iPhones belonging to employees of Moscow-based Kaspersky.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-20 21:08:54

AlphV ransomware site is “seized” by the FBI. Then it’s “unseized.” And so on.

In a bizarre twist, both groups issue dueling notices to ransomware website.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-19 23:14:40

Xfinity waited 13 days to patch critical Citrix Bleed 0-day. Now it’s paying the price

Data for almost 36 million customers now in the hands of unknown hackers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-19 17:35:09

Hackers can break SSH channel integrity using novel data-corruption attack

Novel Terrapin attack uses prefix truncation to downgrade the security of SSH channels.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-18 12:30:50

A song of hype and fire: The 10 biggest AI stories of 2023

When AI hype hit fever pitch—and a market leader nearly tore itself apart.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-17 12:05:25

How Microsoft’s cybercrime unit has evolved to combat increased threats

Microsoft has honed its strategy to disrupt global cybercrime and state-backed actors.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-14 21:34:03

UniFi devices broadcasted private video to other users’ accounts

"I was presented with 88 consoles from another account," one user reports.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-14 01:33:41

Ukrainian cells and Internet still out, 1 day after suspected Russian cyberattack

Hackers tied to Russian military take responsibility for hack on Ukraine's biggest provider.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-13 19:41:35

Dropbox spooks users by sending data to OpenAI for AI search features

Feature turned on by default bothers users who like to keep their files private

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-13 16:57:17

Tesla unveils its latest humanoid robot, Optimus Gen 2, in demo video

Tesla says its new prototype is 30% faster, 10 kg lighter, and has sensors on all fingers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-13 15:21:27

How worried should we be about the “AutoSpill” credential leak in Android password managers?

This newly discovered vulnerability is real, but it's more nuanced than that.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-12 22:04:00

Broadcom ends VMware perpetual license sales, testing customers and partners

Already-purchased licenses can still be used but will eventually lose support.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-12 20:41:07

A New Essential Guide to Electronics by Naomi Wu details a different Shenzen

Eating, tipping, LGBTQ+ advice, and Mandarin for "Self-Flashing" and "RGB."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-12 20:15:01

Everybody’s talking about Mistral, an upstart French challenger to OpenAI

"Mixture of experts" Mixtral 8x7B helps open-weights AI punch above its weight class.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-12 01:48:38

FTC warns consumers to beware of QR codes used in malware and payment scams

The convenience of QR codes is a double-edged sword. Follow these tips to stay safe.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-11 22:50:13

As ChatGPT gets “lazy,” people test “winter break hypothesis” as the cause

Unproven hypothesis seeks to explain ChatGPT's seemingly new reluctance to do hard work.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-11 20:13:41

Elon Musk’s AI bot, Grok, speaks as if made by OpenAI in some tests, causing a stir

Some experts think xAI used OpenAI model outputs to fine-tune Grok.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-09 00:09:06

AI regulation will begin in the EU

Legislation lays out restrictive regime for emerging technology.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-08 20:54:09

Stealthy Linux rootkit found in the wild after going undetected for 2 years

Krasue infects telecom firms in Thailand using techniques for staying under the radar.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-08 15:33:09

Google’s best Gemini AI demo video was fabricated

Google takes heat for a misleading AI demo video that hyped up its GPT-4 competitor.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-06 21:52:14

Meta’s new AI image generator was trained on 1.1 billion Instagram and Facebook photos

"Imagine with Meta AI" turns prompts into images, trained using public Facebook data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-06 18:01:33

Google launches Gemini—a powerful AI model it says can surpass GPT-4

Google claims Gemini beats GPT-4 in "30 of the 32 widely used academic benchmarks."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2023-12-06 15:02:41

Just about every Windows and Linux device vulnerable to new LogoFAIL firmware attack

UEFIs booting Windows and Linux devices can be hacked by malicious logo images.