ATM Hacking Has Gotten So Easy, the Malware's a Game

ATM Hacking Has Gotten So Easy, the Malware's a Game

(But at that point, ATM cyberthief, why would you?) “These people do have a sense of humor and some spare time.” Konstantin Zykov, Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky started tracking the WinPot family of malware back in March of last year, and in that time has seen a few technical versions on the theme.

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone

Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Fold, Its Futuristic Bendy Phone Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When Samsung first teased its foldable smartphone in November, it mostly left the details to the imagination.

Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

The comically long lists of known side effects of new drugs advertised on television will be dwarfed by the obligatory revelations of the sorts of questions that can not be responsibly answered by particular systems, with heavy penalties for manufacturers who “overlook” flaws in their products.

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

Marc Howard , a cognitive neuroscientist now at Boston University, and Karthik Shankar , who was then one of his postdoctoral students, wanted to figure out a mathematical model of time processing: a neurologically computable function for representing the past, like a mental canvas onto which the brain could paint memories and perceptions.

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud HashiCorp cofounder Mitchell Hashimoto wrote course registration software in college so he didn't have to wake up early to sign up for classes.

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Artificial Intelligence Hammond cofounded a startup called Narrative Science that generates business documents like financial reports by translating data into text.

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

Later calls to the public to rise to the moment include the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-World War II Western Europe; JFK in June of 1963 demanding civil rights legislation, and Lyndon Johnson re-affirming and expanding that a year later, and then articulating a vision for a “great society” that launched a series of government programs ranging from public housing to Medicaid.

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Furloughed cybersecurity employees returned to expired software licenses and web encryption certificates, colleagues burned out from working on skeleton crews, and weeks-worth of unanalyzed network activity logs.

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

When security threatens that, then it becomes a priority, so win-win." "It seems inexcusable that Apple allows this and many other bugs to make it into production code." Patrick Wardle, Digita Security The bug stemmed from a logic issue with FaceTime's group calling feature, which Apple introduced at the end of 2018 as part of launching its new iOS 12 mobile operating system.

New Game of Thrones Images Show ... Umm, the Furs Are Great

New Game of Thrones Images Show ... Umm, the Furs Are Great

Emily Dreyfuss, Senior Writer: Having read all the books and watched every episode of this show, I have to admit that I still can't remember what's happening at this point of HBO's Game of Thrones . Dreyfuss: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) looks like he just realized Daenerys is his sister … five minutes after they slept together.

Your Next Game Night Partner? A Computer

Your Next Game Night Partner? A Computer

The bot you’ll play Iconary with was created by applying machine learning algorithms to records of more than 100,000 Iconary games played by humans, drawing and guessing around 75,000 different phrases.

How Facebook Has Changed Computing

How Facebook Has Changed Computing

"Facebook has been a driving force in open source for years, sharing many critical pieces of technology with the broader community." Jim Zemlin, executive director, Linux Foundation "They went beyond just cloning what Google and Amazon did and innovate, they did something different," says Jonathan Ellis, who used Cassandra extensively as a Rackspace employee and went on to co-found DataStax, a company that supports Cassandra for corporate clients, in 2010.

AG Nominee William Barr Is No Friend of Telecom Competition

AG Nominee William Barr Is No Friend of Telecom Competition

Second, close off consumer access to any other provider of services—forcing the consumer to do business only with companies affiliated with the owner of the pipeline into the home.” In other words, Barr opposed any rules that he believed amounted to allowing, as he put it in 1999, "the scam of taking a free ride on our [phone] network," but favored rules that would require rivals—ie, cable companies—to be burdened with that same kind of obligation.

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

In Maine, a large Nature Conservancy property along the Upper St. John River is now demonstrating another way to diversify revenue streams on private forestland: storing carbon.

Trigger Warning and Netflix's Love of Host-Driven Stories

Trigger Warning and Netflix's Love of Host-Driven Stories

Trigger Warning and Netflix's Love of Host-Driven Stories The confrontational, sometimes Swiftian heart of Killer Mike's show aims to reach common ground by way of unvarnished agitation.

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug Group FaceTime chats let people eavesdrop on whoever they called, a bug so bad that Apple pulled the plug until it comes up with a fix.

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

On Seymour Norte, officials and conservationists are once again banishing the rats, but the war against invasive species for the purity of the world’s islands has only just begun. Fighting invasive species demands constant vigilance, as the return of rats to Seymour Norte shows.

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

When the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, I found comfort amid the nominees for Best Documentary—alongside Liu’s transformative portrait of abuse was Hale County This Morning, This Evening , director RaMell Ross’s impressionistic meditation on black southern life in Selma, Alabama.

Be Careful Using Bots on Telegram

Be Careful Using Bots on Telegram

"A bot would dramatically undercut the security properties of a chat." Kenn White, Open Crypto Audit Project But Telegram's bot platform relies instead on the Transport Layer Security protocol used in HTTPS web encryption. While researching one such malware scheme, Forcepoint accidentally discovered that Telegram chats that include bots have reduced security.

Bracing for a Hazy Robo-Future, Ford and VW Join Forces

Bracing for a Hazy Robo-Future, Ford and VW Join Forces

Aurora has said that it has not ruled out working with other automotive manufacturers on self-driving cars; it also has partnerships with Hyundai and EV startup Byton.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Raises Some Questions

The Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Raises Some Questions

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Early this morning, Tom Holland, aka Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in Marvel's movies, to reveal the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home . No, the plot revealed in the Far From Home trailer doesn't necessarily mean that Peter Parker will be revived after Thanos' dastardly deed.

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 2: Tuesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 2: Tuesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

iPhone Security Yubico Yubico has become close to ubiquitous in the field of hardware authentication. Read the full story.—Brian Barrett Stream Dream Vizio is showing off a lot of televisions at CES this year, as expected.

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

“We’re not exactly there with default settings on an iPhone yet, so there’s some work that developers need to do to enable their apps to work with the Lightning key.” One key limitation: Apple does not yet natively support FIDO2, an open source standard that lets you access your online accounts simply by plugging in a hardware token, rather than using a password.

Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp

Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp

Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp La Tigre As the internet has evolved over its 35-year lifespan, control over its most important services has gradually shifted from open source protocols maintained by non-profit communities to proprietary services operated by large tech companies.

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

One Goldman Sachs tech analyst not only slashed Apple’s share price target, but also compared the company’s challenges to those of Nokia in 2007, when that company dominated the global cell phone market and was hit by a sudden shift in how often people upgraded their phones.

8 Things to Expect From CES, Consumer Tech's Big Shindig

8 Things to Expect From CES, Consumer Tech's Big Shindig

TV manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, Toshiba, and Sharp are widely expected to show off 8K displays at CES this year; LG has even pre-announced what the company claims is the world’s first OLED 8K display.

Roku Channel Streams Shows to Your Phone, No Box Required

Roku Channel Streams Shows to Your Phone, No Box Required

And if you need any more indication that software will drive Roku’s future more than the hardware that powers it, look no further than the Roku Channel. Within a few weeks, the Roku Channel will not only host free, ad-supported content, but offer subscriptions to other streaming services as well.

Is This Photo Real? AI Gets Better at Faking Images

Is This Photo Real? AI Gets Better at Faking Images

NVIDIA These people, cats, and cars don’t exist—the images were generated by software developed at chipmaker Nvidia, whose graphics chips have become crucial to machine learning projects. Generative adversarial networks usually have to be trained to create one category of images at a time, such as faces or cars.

The Year Cryptojacking Ate the Web

The Year Cryptojacking Ate the Web

For example, the cloud monitoring and defense firm RedLock said in February that Tesla's Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure was running mining malware thanks to an inconspicuous, but extensive cryptojacking campaign.

Why 2018 Was a Breakout Year for Open Source Deals

Why 2018 Was a Breakout Year for Open Source Deals

Then, in June, Microsoft announced plans to buy GitHub, the platform used by millions of developers and companies, including Google and Walmart, to host popular open source projects, for $7.5 billion.

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