You Can Jailbreak Your iPhone Again (But Maybe You Shouldn’t)

You Can Jailbreak Your iPhone Again (But Maybe You Shouldn’t)

Jailbreaking allows iOS users to add apps and other functions that Apple wouldn't normally permit to their iPhones. "This is rather inexcusable, as it puts millions of iOS users at risk," says Patrick Wardle, principal security researcher at the Mac management firm Jamf.

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

The Stanford Prison Experiment has burrowed its way into the culture, inspiring an epiphany-industrial complex that deploys social science research in support of facile claims about human nature, public policy, and interpersonal relationships.

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

According to Cory Pedersen, a psychologist and human sexuality researcher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, about 50 percent of the dick pic senders she interviewed had no qualms sending an unsolicited photo of their genitals.

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

Marcus Hutchins, a security researcher who has closely followed the RDP vulnerabilities and coded a proof-of-concept tool for exploiting BlueKeep, says that there may well be more machines vulnerable to DejaBlue than to BlueKeep.

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

NIC manager Sadie Mills says staff on research vessels and fisheries observers use identification guides to help them to identify common species and over the past few years have become much more proficient at what they do.

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Maybe that’s how the folks at Boeing felt when a security researcher revealed he had found flaws in the code for the 787 Dreamliner .Limited regulations, good weather, and a whole lot of freight to move: Why Kodiak and other AV trucking companies have flocked to Texas .Electric cars still make up a tiny percentage of new car sales, but they’ve now been around long enough to start appearing on used car lots —and the deals are pretty good.

Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

But Matt Wixey, cybersecurity research lead at the technology consulting firm PWC UK, says that it’s surprisingly easy to write custom malware that can induce all sorts of embedded speakers to emit inaudible frequencies at high intensity, or blast out audible sounds at high volume.

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

Apple Gives Hackers a Special iPhone—And a Bigger Bug Bounty

Apple Gives Hackers a Special iPhone—And a Bigger Bug Bounty

Only three years ago did it suddenly shift its attitude towards security researchers, offering bounties as high as $200,000 to researchers who revealed some types of vulnerabilities in the iPhone .But even then, Apple's bug bounty program remained invite-only, open to only a select group of Apple's preferred and trusted researchers.

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

Povolny says that with the Avaya desk phones, it took only basic hacking skills to gain access to the device's systems and firmware (the foundational code that coordinates a device's hardware and software) and analyze them for flaws.

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

An attacker could potentially pivot, Santamarta says, from the in-flight entertainment system to the CIS/MS to send commands to far more sensitive components that control the plane's safety-critical systems, including its engine, brakes, and sensors.

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Using Streams, physicians could be alerted to predictions of acute kidney injury, says Dominic King, a former surgeon who leads DeepMind’s health effort—and eventually other conditions as well, like sepsis or pancreatitis.

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

You might be thinking a lot of things at this point, hopefully among them: Why, in 2019, did a sex researcher have to go to such lengths to detect the physiological signals of orgasms?

Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

But in a world where corporations plant trees to offset their carbon emissions, we badly need to know if their numbers add up, or if they are undermined by the complex chemistry of trees and methane.“In the seasonally flooded part of the Amazon, the trees become a massive chimney for pumping out methane,” says one researcher.

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

“I can see why the platforms would be hesitant,” says Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. People who followed IRA or other state-sponsored accounts may have been manipulated, but they weren’t breaking the law or even violating Twitter’s terms of service.

The Blazing Science of This Year's Total Solar Eclipse

The Blazing Science of This Year's Total Solar Eclipse

“So the detailed observations of the middle corona that we make at eclipses will remain unique for the foreseeable future.” He adds that the new telescope also can’t generate wide-field views the way smaller telescopes can during eclipses—allowing for study of the farthest reaches of the coronal footprint—nor can it match the resolution of the instrumentation on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory now in orbit around Earth.

Hackers Are Poking at a MacOS Flaw Apple Left Unfixed

Hackers Are Poking at a MacOS Flaw Apple Left Unfixed

According to Cavallarin, Apple said it would fix the problem by mid-May. When the company still hadn’t done so by the time a standard 90-day disclosure deadline had passed, Cavallarin went public, publishing a full description and proof-of-concept code on May 24.

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

“If I'm a machine learning researcher, and I only care about going to this X,Y location, I really do not want to be bothered by all the low-level details of how actually the robot ends up getting there,” says Facebook AI researcher Abhinav Gupta.

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Market research firm Forrester recently tested the commercial capabilities of voice assistants from Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The researchers asked each voice assistant 180 questions about products and services, like "what brands sell liquid laundry detergent?"

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

"They’re saying it can be hard to figure out what is an abstract idea, what is a law of nature, what do we mean when we say ‘natural phenomena’?” This bill creates a clarified legal test for how patent evaluators should determine those things in place of Supreme Court precedence.

Microsoft's BlueKeep Bug Isn't Getting Patched Fast Enough

Microsoft's BlueKeep Bug Isn't Getting Patched Fast Enough

When security researcher Rob Graham scanned the entire public internet for BlueKeep-vulnerable machines on Monday, using a tool he built, he found that 923,671 machines hadn't been patched, and were thus still exposed to any potential worm.

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

Foster’s team has a paper in review on actual, longer-term health consequences among the turnaways, but it’s not out yet, and I didn’t find any research comparing outcomes in states with different abortion access levels beyond when women get abortions during a pregnancy—second-trimester abortions become more common—and the admittedly blunt statistical instruments of maternal and infant mortality.

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

“We need to have process representation to understand these mechanisms,” says Eric Kort, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Michigan, “so we can say, for example, with certain changes to temperature and the hydrological cycle, we’d expect methane emissions to increase by X amount.” Without that understanding, Kort suggests, we’re unable to answer some important questions about what looms ahead.

A Dying Scientist's Rogue Vaccine Trial

A Dying Scientist's Rogue Vaccine Trial

Halford confided to Fernandez that he’d secretly tested the vaccine in humans and that a participant named Carolyn had not experienced herpes outbreaks since the injections and had even stopped taking antiviral medications.

SpaceX Is Launching 'Organs on a Chip' to the ISS

SpaceX Is Launching 'Organs on a Chip' to the ISS

The following year, the NIH granted a total of $6 million to five research projects that would study how microgravity affects the human body by sending organ and tissue chips to the ISS.

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

Feelings of helplessness and symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder—like anxiety, guilt, and anhedonia—are on the rise, they said, as warnings go unheeded and their hopes for constructive change are dashed time and time again.“We are in a time where a lot of things feel futile,” says Alice Marwick, a media and technology researcher and professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

Based on Moore’s law and how long it took to run the squaring operation in 1999, Rivest estimated that computing the answer to the puzzle should take approximately 35 years.

Afield with the Gar Professor

Afield with the Gar Professor

And Solomon continues to reach new people every year – students, anglers, social media users – with his love of gar and other primitive fish. I scanned the water and soon saw the first fish come to the surface, a bowfin , another primitive species also of research interest to Solomon.

Scientists Need to Talk More About Failure

Scientists Need to Talk More About Failure

Despite this, scientific failure is rarely talked about openly, which was why when University of Arizona astrophysicist Erika Hamden used her TED 2019 talk last week to share how her work has been characterized by setback after setback, it felt like a radical act.

Don't Praise the Sri Lankan Government for Blocking Facebook

Don't Praise the Sri Lankan Government for Blocking Facebook

After a series of bombings killed over 300 people in Sri Lanka Easter Sunday, the country’s government blocked access to social media sites including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and the chat app Viber, according to state media and independent organizations that monitor internet blocks.

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