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From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-29 23:06:48 (unread)

Numerous orgs hacked after installing weaponized open source apps

PuTTY, KiTTY, TightVNC, Sumatra PDF Reader, and muPDF/Subliminal Recording all targeted.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-29 16:39:01

Meta announces Make-A-Video, which generates video from text

Using a text description or an existing image, Make-A-Video can render video on demand.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-29 00:48:03

Never-before-seen malware has infected hundreds of Linux and Windows devices

Small office routers? FreeBSD machines? Enterprise servers? Chaos infects them all.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-28 21:00:18

Cloudflare’s CAPTCHA replacement lacks crosswalks, checkboxes, Google

Cloud giant says its verification tool doesn't challenge or profile users.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-28 18:33:13

DALL-E image generator is now open to everyone

DALL-E launched frenzy of image synthesis development but was invitation-only until now.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-28 18:25:19

Google Fiber touts 20Gbps download speed in test, promises eventual 100Gbps

Google Fiber test delivered 20.2Gbps downloads to exec's home in Kansas City.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-28 17:00:27

Serious vulnerabilities in Matrix’s end-to-end encryption are being patched

Previously overlooked flaws allow malicious homeservers to decrypt and spoof messages.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-28 12:00:08

We interviewed Linux OS through an AI bot to discover its secrets

In the world's first operating system interview, Linux tells all about Windows, Torvalds, and its favorite distro.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-27 21:59:25

Better than JPEG? Researcher discovers that Stable Diffusion can compress images

Lossy compression bypasses text-to-image portions of Stable Diffusion with interesting results.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-27 14:53:58

Apps can pose bigger security, privacy threat based on where you download them

Same app, different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-26 20:14:57

Russia plans “massive cyberattacks” on critical infrastructure, Ukraine warns

Distributed denial-of-service attacks are also likely to increase, advisory says.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-26 16:21:43

Darth Vader’s voice will be AI-generated from now on

Using Respeecher, Lord Vader will live on as a digital voice generated by voice synthesis.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-23 19:04:11

How 3 hours of inaction from Amazon cost cryptocurrency holders $235,000

For 2nd time in 4 years, Amazon loses control of its IP space in BGP hijacking.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-23 18:57:20

Starlink is getting a lot slower as more people use it, speed tests show

Starlink capacity limits hit users—SpaceX says more satellites will make it faster.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-22 22:38:04

Artist receives first known US copyright registration for generative AI art

Registration of AI-assisted comic comes amid fierce online debate about AI art ethics.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-22 17:48:28

AI model from OpenAI automatically recognizes speech and translates it to English

"Whisper" open source model may become a building block in future speech-to-text apps.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-21 23:32:35

Fearing copyright issues, Getty Images bans AI-generated artwork

Getty sidesteps potential legal problems from unresolved rights and ethics issues.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-21 20:15:20

The record-setting DDoSes keep coming, with no end in sight

As DDoSes continue to innovate, their attacks grow ever bigger.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-21 16:43:09

Artist finds private medical record photos in popular AI training data set

LAION scraped medical photos for AI research use. Who's responsible for taking them down?

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-20 22:22:34

$35M fine for Morgan Stanley after unencrypted, unwiped hard drives are auctioned

"Astonishing failures" over a 5-year span.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-20 20:20:42

Comcast promises huge boost to cable upload speeds by end of 2023

Full Duplex DOCSIS expected in 2023 but won't be available to everyone at first.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-20 17:22:56

Nvidia’s powerful H100 GPU will ship in October

Nvidia's H100 "Hopper" GPU is in full production, eight major vendors shipping products soon.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-20 15:52:32

Deepfake audio has a tell and researchers can spot it

With deepfake audio, that familiar voice on the other end of the line might not even be human.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-19 20:32:47

AI software helps bust image fraud in academic papers

Proofig and ImageTwin software help detect fudged "Western blot" image data in academic papers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-19 18:18:22

Kiwi Farms has been breached; assume passwords and emails have been leaked

Harassment site is down for now after hacker gains access to admin account.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-16 21:16:42

Artists begin selling AI-generated artwork on stock photography websites

Using software that creates art on demand, some artists attempt to cash in on AI-generated content.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-16 18:38:52

Twitter pranksters derail GPT-3 bot with newly discovered “prompt injection” hack

By telling AI bot to ignore its previous instructions, vulnerabilities emerge.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-16 18:29:37

Uber was breached to its core, purportedly by an 18-year-old. Here are the basics

“I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach,” intruder says on Slack.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-16 01:37:16

Trojanized versions of PuTTY utility being used to spread backdoor

Threat actor has connections to hackers backed by North Korean government.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-15 22:04:08

Have AI image generators assimilated your art? New tool lets you check

New search engine combs through harvested images used to train Stable Diffusion, others.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-15 18:27:30

Microsoft Teams stores cleartext auth tokens, won’t be quickly patched

Electron-based Teams apps can be easily mined for tokens and used for phishing.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-15 17:52:22

New AI assistant can browse, search, and use web apps like a human

Adept's ACT-1 has learned how to automate complex UI tasks in web apps using an AI model.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-15 17:34:58

Ukraine’s cyberwar chief sounds like he’s winning

Yurii Shchyhol gives a rare interview about the state of the online conflict with Russia.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-14 22:42:38

Iranians hacked US companies, sent ransom demands to printers, indictment says

Alleged victims include domestic violence shelter that paid hackers $13,000.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-14 22:31:08

China’s most advanced AI image generator already blocks political content

Baidu's ERNIE-ViLG text-to-image model prevents users from creating political images.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-14 00:34:47

Breach of software maker used to backdoor as many as 200,000 servers

Hack of FishPig distribution server used to install Rekoobe on customer systems.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-13 17:44:16

Artist uses AI to extract color palettes from text descriptions

New technique uses an image synthesis model and some JavaScript to work its magic.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-12 22:33:28

Meta spins off PyTorch Foundation to make AI framework vendor neutral

PyTorch, which powers Tesla Autopilot and 150K other projects, will join the Linux Foundation.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-12 17:36:10

Flooded with AI-generated images, some art communities ban them completely

Smaller art communities are banning image synthesis amid a wider art ethics debate.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-09 21:22:31

New Linux malware combines unusual stealth with a full suite of capabilities

With polymorphic encoding and a multistage infection chain, Shikitega is hard to detect.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-09 21:01:00

Nvidia’s flagship AI chip reportedly 4.5x faster than the previous champ

Upcoming "Hopper" GPU broke records in its MLPerf debut, according to Nvidia.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-09 16:55:28

Runway teases AI-powered text-to-video editing using written prompts

Promotional video suggests future video editing could be as easy as writing a suggestion in a box.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-09 00:32:04

Feds claw back $30 million of cryptocurrency stolen by North Korean hackers

Blockchain analysis keeps getting better. Expect more seizures to come.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-08 17:24:40

With Koe Recast, you can change your voice as easily as your clothing

New AI tool alters the style and timbre of your voice, concealing your vocal identity.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-08 00:30:03

Ukraine is under attack by hacking tools repurposed from Conti cybercrime group

Researchers from Google and IBM see unprecedented blurring of lines.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-07 20:14:34

New wave of data-destroying ransomware attacks hits QNAP NAS devices

DeadBolt has already infected thousands of QNAP storage devices this year.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-06 20:26:44

Chrome patches high-severity 0-day, its 6th this year

Security hole exists in a browser component known as Mojo.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-06 16:45:06

With Stable Diffusion, you may never believe what you see online again

AI image synthesis goes open source, with big implications.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-02 00:11:49

Actors behind PyPI supply chain attack have been active since late 2021

Group that pulled off successful attack on PyPI has humble origins.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-01 15:58:09

US restricts sales of high-end Nvidia AI chips to China and Russia

Government aims to "keep advanced technologies out of the wrong hands."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-09-01 01:15:18

Microsoft finds TikTok vulnerability that allowed one-click account compromises

Flaw resided in the app's deeplink verification process.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-31 22:44:33

FCC has approved $6 billion in broadband grants despite rejecting Starlink

Fixed wireless and fiber ISPs get money as FCC continues cleanup of Pai program.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-31 22:19:21

AI wins state fair art contest, annoys humans

Stealth win for AI-generated art inspires heated ethics debate on social media.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-31 19:59:42

Chrome extensions with 1.4M installs covertly track visits and inject code

If you've installed any of these extensions, manually remove them stat.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-31 19:16:50

Microsoft EU cloud revisions just so happen to exclude Google, Amazon

Move to appease EU partners bars running MS apps on competitors' infrastructure.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-31 16:48:01

Japan declares war on floppy disks for government use

In Japan, 1,900 government procedures still require submission on floppy disk.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-30 20:04:28

Organizations are spending billions on malware defense that’s easy to bypass

Two of the simplest forms of evasion are surprisingly effective against EDRs.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-30 17:02:00

France reveals hidden swimming pools with AI, taxes them

Computer eyes in the skies make real estate tax evasion in France much harder.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-29 20:06:47

FTC sues data broker that tracks locations of 125M phones per month

Agency says data shows users visits to clinics and homeless shelters.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-26 20:54:39

The number of companies caught up in the Twilio hack keeps growing

2FA provider Authy, password manager LastPass, and DoorDash all experienced breaches.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-25 19:27:12

Phishers who hit Twilio and Cloudflare stole 10k credentials from 136 others

Already regarded among the most advanced, the attacks were also done at a massive scale.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-24 18:33:20

Plex imposes password reset after hackers steal data for >15 million users

Intruders access personal information for the majority of its 30 million users.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-23 18:50:27

Unix legend, who owes us nothing, keeps fixing foundational AWK code

Co-creator of core Unix utility, now 80, just needs to run a few more tests.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-19 17:44:35

Wave of debit card fraud hits Ally Bank customers, hacked vendors

Some are seeing charges on cards they've never activated or hardly used.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-18 17:39:46

Zoom patches critical vulnerability again after prior fix was bypassed

MacOS security researcher was able to bypass the fix issued just last weekend.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-18 17:20:18

Netflix’s ad-supported plan likely to have another drawback: No video downloads

Text found in iOS app code says plan won't allow downloads for offline viewing.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-18 16:38:52

Ring patched an Android bug that could have exposed video footage

After a chain of attacks, security firm got access to locations and recordings.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-17 21:49:47

Update Chrome now to patch actively exploited zero-day

It's the fifth Chrome zero-day patched by Google this year.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-17 17:32:07

iOS VPNs have leaked traffic for more than 2 years, researcher claims

VPNs on Apple mobile devices reportedly keep connections open and expose data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-16 23:09:02

Chrome “Feed” is tantalizing, but it’s not the return of Google Reader

It's not that Google doesn't like RSS, it just wants RSS to look like Google.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-15 21:59:01

1,900 Signal users’ phone numbers exposed by Twilio phishing

No message, profile, or other data exposed—but SMS remains a weakness.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-15 17:21:56

Update Zoom for Mac now to avoid root-access vulnerability

Feature you'd normally want for secure software opened a huge hole.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-15 14:00:00

Machine learning, concluded: Did the “no-code” tools beat manual analysis?

In the finale of our experiment, we look at how the low/no-code tools performed.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-15 13:57:36

A new jailbreak for John Deere tractors rides the right-to-repair wave

Exploit now provides root access to two popular models of the company’s farm equipment.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-12 16:45:42

Samsung heir pardoned due to South Korean economic needs

Lee's ascendancy to Samsung chairman position key to "vitalizing the economy."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-11 23:57:39

I’m a security reporter and got fooled by a blatant phish

Think you're too smart to be fooled by a phisher? Think again.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-11 18:46:59

Amid backlash from privacy advocates, Meta expands end-to-end encryption trial

E2EE prevents anyone other than the sender and receiver from reading messages.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-11 15:41:06

One of 5G’s biggest features is a security minefield

There are vulnerabilities in 5G platforms carriers offer to wrangle embedded device data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-10 18:51:13

Google Fiber was stalled for years but now says it’ll expand to 5 new states

ISP's history suggests you can expect only limited availability in each area.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-10 14:00:18

Man who built ISP instead of paying Comcast $50K expands to hundreds of homes

Jared Mauch gets $2.6 million from gov't to expand fiber ISP in rural Michigan.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-10 00:33:48

Phishers who breached Twilio and fooled Cloudflare could easily get you, too

Unusually resourced threat actor has targeted multiple companies in recent days.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-09 19:01:33

10 malicious Python packages exposed in latest repository attack

Supply-chain attacks are moving GitHub toward digitally signed packages.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-09 18:01:16

SGX, Intel’s supposedly impregnable data fortress, has been breached yet again

ÆPIC Leak spills users' most sensitive secrets in seconds from SGX enclaves.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-09 14:52:46

Crypto and the US government are headed for a decisive showdown

Lawsuits may decide whether most digital assets are illegal securities offerings.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-09 14:29:23

Small businesses count cost of Apple’s privacy changes

Online brands reliant on personalised ads ramp back marketing spending.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-09 14:00:40

Setting our heart-attack-predicting AI loose with “no-code” tools

In the second part of this three-part series, our heart attack predictions take flight.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-08 19:14:57

Crypto-driven GPU crash makes Nvidia miss Q2 projections by $1.4 billion

Cheaper GPUs are good for gamers but bad for Nvidia's bottom line.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-08 19:01:32

Excel esports on ESPN show world the pain of format errors

Where one sheet link can be the difference between success or elimination.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-05 22:30:37

Cyberattack on Albanian government suggests new Iranian aggression

Tehran-linked hack of a NATO member is a significant escalation.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-05 01:32:44

“Huge flaw” threatens US emergency alert system, DHS researcher warns

Hackers can disrupt legit warnings or issue fake ones of their own.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-04 00:43:46

North Korea-backed hackers have a clever way to read your Gmail

SHARPEXT has slurped up thousands of emails in the past year and keeps getting better.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-03 17:59:00

Intel’s loss is AMD’s gain as EPYC server CPUs benefit from Intel’s delays

Success in laptops, game consoles, and servers leads to record quarter for AMD.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-02 13:31:15

Post-quantum encryption contender is taken out by single-core PC and 1 hour

Leave it to mathematicians to muck up what looked like an impressive new algorithm.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-01 18:44:21

Charter loses home Internet customers, blames end of COVID subsidy program

After loss of 42,000 customers, Charter pins growth hopes on new federal funding.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-08-01 14:00:18

No code, no problem—we try to beat an AI at its own game with new tools

In part one of three, we give the cloud a new problem to (heart) attack.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-07-29 16:15:56

How Tor is fighting—and beating—Russian censorship

Russia has been trying to block the anonymous browser since December—with mixed results.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-07-28 21:15:54

Comcast stock falls as company fails to add Internet users for first time ever

Comcast started and ended Q2 with 32.2 million broadband subscribers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-07-27 21:24:22

0-days sold by Austrian firm used to hack Windows users, Microsoft says

Windows and Adobe Reader exploits said to target orgs in Europe and Central America.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-07-27 01:15:54

Newly found Lightning Framework offers a plethora of Linux hacking capabilities

This modular malware framework for Linux has gone undocumented until now.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica at 2022-07-26 18:49:17

How big is the risk that someone will hack an EV charging network?

EV chargers are on the spectrum of the Internet of Things, and that means risk.