Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea.He has been a research scientist at the Ethereum Foundation since 2016.This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

So Al Shafei wrote to the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare and its initiative "Project Galileo," which offers free defense tools and technical support to human rights groups, activists, journalists, and artistic organizations around the world.

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Pepper, the Supreme Court ruled that App Store customers have standing to sue the company for antitrust violations. Apple argued that App Store customers technically buy apps from third-party developers and have no direct purchasing relationship with Apple, and therefore no standing to seek damages from the company.

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

According to the Puerto Rican government's recovery plan, the lack of 911-compliant addresses "makes it difficult for emergency responders to locate homes and businesses." So it is unsurprising that Puerto Ricans are resisting exclusively using a geocode addressing system, no matter what problems it can solve from a technical perspective.

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

To that end, Bhutan embarked on the $1.29 million Improving Resilience to Seismic Risk project funded by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Technical Assistance Program to Support Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science

AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science

(The software they used treats the latent space somewhat differently from the way a generative adversarial network treats it, so it is not technically a GAN, though similar.) Their model created artificial data sets as a way of testing hypotheses about physical processes.

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Mexico, under evaluation To test whether Mexico’s PES program is in fact reducing deforestation, an impact evaluation was conducted by a team of researchers from Oregon State University and Amherst College, with funding from the Mexican Government, the i2i Program supported by the United Kingdom, and the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and with technical expertise from the World Bank.

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.

Photo Gallery: Science Lab Or Artist Studio?

Photo Gallery: Science Lab Or Artist Studio?

"Art is a way of thinking." Related Stories Over the course of her 10 years at the Technical University Bürkle has gained a new appreciation for the artistry of scientific research, which, she discovered, is far more unruly than most people realize.

Bing Went Down in China and No One Will Say Why

Bing Went Down in China and No One Will Say Why

Bing is now available again in the country, but it remains unclear if the outage was caused by technical issues or if the Chinese government intentionally blocked the search engine, if only temporarily.

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

In 2019, meme creators are abandoning the typical resolution, which so often feels like a list of personal failings, for something more technical, informed, and designed to hack the human psyche: a quest for subtle shifts that will radically change the way you perceive your world, a kind of psychic weighted blanket to mollify 2019’s inevitable crises.

Arun Kumar Dobhal

Arun Kumar Dobhal

Before joining the Bank, he worked with UNICEF as the WASH Specialist for the southern Indian states for 7 plus years and earlier as Project Manager and Technical Head for the Bank supported water and sanitation programs in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in India.

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

All of Australia's intelligence allies—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, known collectively as the Five Eyes—have spent decades lobbying for these mechanisms."The debate about simplifying lawful access to encrypted communication carries a considerable risk of regulations spilling to other countries," says Lukasz Olejnik, a security and privacy researcher and member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group.

Canada Welcomes AI, But Not All AI Researchers

Canada Welcomes AI, But Not All AI Researchers

Organizers had expected a handful of remote presenters, but ended up with more than 40.Research presented at the workshop covered highly technical topics including recurrent neural networks, finite automata, and how to get machines to detect early signs of breast cancer.The visa problems prompting complaints at NeurIPS appear to reflect longstanding challenges for people from certain countries, particularly in Africa, in traveling to Canada.