Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch is introducing a new tool that the company believes will mitigate bot attacks wreaking havoc in chatrooms on the video game streaming site.The trouble with bot attacks is that Twitch can’t just ban one or one hundred accounts associated with these raids and be done with it.

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Even more akin to a robot vacuum cleaner are the array of sensors in the bot: Astro is packed with “ultrasonic sensors, time-of-flight cameras, and other imaging tools that let the robot know what’s around it and where it’s going,” according to The Verge.

Security News This Week: Even the CIA and NSA Use Ad Blockers to Stay Safe Online

Security News This Week: Even the CIA and NSA Use Ad Blockers to Stay Safe Online

Attackers who try to run malicious ads on unscrupulous ad networks or taint legitimate-looking ads can steal data or sneak malware onto your device if you click, or sometimes by exploiting web vulnerabilities.

The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

The Russian tech giant Yandex said this week that in August and September it was hit with the internet's largest-ever recorded distributed denial-of-service or DDoS attack.

This Tiny Robot Mimics the Mantis Shrimp's Mighty Punch

This Tiny Robot Mimics the Mantis Shrimp's Mighty Punch

Now, a team of Harvard University researchers has come up with a new biomechanical model for the mantis shrimp's mighty appendage , and it built a tiny robot to mimic that movement, according to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Doesn’t Dance. It Has a Warehouse Job

Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Doesn’t Dance. It Has a Warehouse Job

Rolling around on a wheeled base, it’s basically a large robotic arm that grabs boxes using vacuum power, and it’s designed for tasks like unloading trucks or stacking pallets.

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Writing today in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers in Norway and Australia describe how they got DyRET to learn how to lengthen or shorten its limbs to tackle different kinds of terrains.

Bitcoin’s Greatest Feature Is Also Its Existential Threat

Bitcoin’s Greatest Feature Is Also Its Existential Threat

Now the content-delivery network Akamai has reported on a new method: a botnet that uses the Bitcoin blockchain ledger.To be fair, not absolutely everyone who uses a blockchain holds a copy of the entire ledger.

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

Last week, TechCrunch found that Amber Group, the contractor that developed the platform, had an exposed Amazon Web Services cloud server that contained more than 70,000 negative Covid-19 test results and more than 425,000 immigration documents from travelers entering Jamaica.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !How to remember a disaster without being shattered by it A trippy visualization charts the internet's growth since 1997 TV characters don’t have text history.

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Daniel Greenberg, a member of MSCHF, claims there’s a serious side to Spot’s Rampage though.Because the robot periodically checks in with Boston Dynamics servers, it would theoretically be possible to disable the Spot that MSCHF is using.

How Choreography Can Help Robots Come Alive

How Choreography Can Help Robots Come Alive

The scene suggests that Nathan imbued his robot creation with disco functionality, but how did he choreograph the dance on Kyoko, and why?.When roboticists work choreographically to determine robot behaviors, they’re making decisions about how human and inhuman bodies move expressively in the intimate context of one another.

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet's ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet's ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

The global effort, known as Operation Ladybird, coordinated with private security researchers to disrupt and take over Emotet's command-and-control infrastructure—located in more than 90 countries, according to Ukrainian police—while simultaneously arresting at least two of the cybercriminal crew's Ukrainian members.

Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?

Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?

To combat the lack of genetic diversity in the corpse flower and six other species with shallow gene pools, the Chicago Botanic Garden spearheaded the Tools and Resources for Endangered and Exceptional Plant Species (TREES) program in 2019.

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

6, eabd8668 (2021)Once the robots are aware of the positions of their peers, Berlinger and his colleagues can then feed this positional information into simple algorithms to guide the behavior of the seven Bluebots dropped into a tank.

Watch a Robot Dog Learn How to Deftly Fend Off a Human

Watch a Robot Dog Learn How to Deftly Fend Off a Human

It’s a dramatic departure from how a hardware developer like Boston Dynamics goes about teaching a robot how to move , using decades of human experience to hard code, line by line, the way a robot is supposed to react to stimuli like, um, a person’s foot.

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

You see, Davies, along with conservation scientist Emily Duncan of the University of Exeter and other researchers, had not long before released the bottle and nine others into the Ganges as part of a clever experiment to show how plastic pollution moves through rivers and eventually out to sea.

The Best Cyber Monday Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals

The Best Cyber Monday Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals

With a 325W motor, it's powerful enough to do anything a home cook would ask of it, from whipping up fluffy meringue to making multiple batches of cookies to churning bread dough, and the tilt-head makes it easy to add ingredients.

Telegram Still Hasn’t Removed an AI Bot That’s Abusing Women

Telegram Still Hasn’t Removed an AI Bot That’s Abusing Women

Data protection regulators in Italy have also opened an investigation into its use, and access to the bot has been restricted on Apple’s iOS.The scrutiny of Telegram comes as multiple investigations into the use of the messaging service have also discovered private groups sharing non-consensual “revenge porn” photos and videos of women that were not generated by AI.

Forget Imposters. Among Us Is a Playground for Hackers

Forget Imposters. Among Us Is a Playground for Hackers

The crux of the game's security bugs, Sebree says, is that its servers aren't designed to validate information sent by the game client running on the players' computers, a basic safeguard against cheating in most popular PC games.

How NASA Finds the Mass of the Dirt Grabbed From an Asteroid

How NASA Finds the Mass of the Dirt Grabbed From an Asteroid

By looking at the change in rotational rate for the spacecraft, you can determine the amount of extra mass in the collector arm.Let me go over all the important pieces to this physics puzzle.

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

Finding previously undiscovered software bugs and motivating developers to patch them quickly is core to the group’s mission: “Make zero-day hard.” But in 2019, the team broadened its focus beyond just disclosing unique zero-days the researchers found themselves to tracking and studying those that hackers actively exploit in the wild—the exact types of flaws Stone had been stamping out on Android.“The key thing to remember is that the problem we’re working on is not theoretical.

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

Sensity was only able to count images shared publicly and the bot gives people the option to generate photos privately.The images are automatically created once people upload a clothed image of the victim to the Telegram bot from their phone or desktop.

Babies May Be Drinking Millions of Microplastic Particles a Day

Babies May Be Drinking Millions of Microplastic Particles a Day

To count the release of microplastic particles from polypropylene bottles, Boland and his colleagues followed the World Health Organization’s protocol for the safe preparation of baby formula.

14 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

14 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

Amazon's Prime Day shopping event has kicked off, but retail rival Walmart didn't want to feel left out and created its own "The Big Save" sale that started October 11 and runs through Thursday.

18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

We expect to see deals from other retailers too, like Target and Best Buy. You don't have to pay for a Prime membership to get these perks or give to the Amazon Overlords if you'd prefer to spend your money elsewhere.

Reddit Bots Are Hunting Down Racists, One Post at a Time

Reddit Bots Are Hunting Down Racists, One Post at a Time

Improving the bot so that it could respond to comments almost instantly, keep a database of all the users it investigated and comments it replied to, and run on a server for months at a time without crashing took much more learning and effort,” says the creator.

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

The Japanese carmaker launched the Toyota Research Institute with a $1 billion investment in 2015, betting that its expertise in car manufacturing could be parlayed into more advanced robotics for homes and workplaces.

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

But I’ll be honest, I did not see this one coming: A robot named Curly just mastered the sport of curling , beating two Korean national teams.

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, the researchers will present their findings, which suggest that high-wattage IoT botnets—made up of power-guzzling devices like air conditioners, car chargers, and smart thermostats—could be deployed strategically to increase demand at certain times in any of the nine private energy markets around the US.

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

As the robot rolls along, the camera watches passing pedestrians, while ProxEmo overlays each human with that 16-joint skeleton—the objective measurement of gaits, which the algorithm has learned to associate with certain emotions.