Cisco Flaws Put Millions of Workplace Devices at Risk

Cisco Flaws Put Millions of Workplace Devices at Risk

Attackers could use related flaws, also disclosed by Armis, to attack batches of Cisco devices at once—like all the desk phones or all the webcams—to shut them down or turn them into eyes and ears inside a target organization.

Mysterious New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

Mysterious New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

Over the last month, researchers at security firms including Sentinel One and Dragos have puzzled over a piece of code called Snake or EKANS, which they now believe is specifically designed to target industrial control systems, the software and hardware used in everything from oil refineries to power grids to manufacturing facilities.

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

Apple yesterday touted a “new” version of Apple Maps, one that includes faster navigation, more detailed roads, real-time transit updates, lists of favorite places, and access to Look Around, street-level 3-D imagery that’s similar to Google’s Street View .

An AI Virus Warning System, Mac Malware, and More News

An AI Virus Warning System, Mac Malware, and More News

But a Canadian health monitoring platform sent news of the outbreak to its customers more than a week earlier , on December 31.

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

Ruehle says the new software is significantly more accurate than his department's conventional ALPR system, correctly reading plates about 97 percent of the time, compared with about 80 percent for the older technology.

An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News

An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News

Tesla is surging and Microsoft is purging, but first: a cartoon about wedding software updates .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.This stock surge may be a sign the company has finally figured out how to deliver on its promises and execute them smoothly.

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

In a 2013 poll by Spiceworks, 26 percent of respondents projected that they wouldn't migrate away from Windows XP before Microsoft ended support for that operating system in 2014.

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

The Commerce Department is, in fact, still weighing further AI software controls, and the Trump administration is increasingly scrutinizing how Silicon Valley interacts with China.“I don’t think any US government official expects to keep China from developing AI—they are doing quite well—but they don’t want companies like Google or Microsoft helping them,” says James Lewis, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington DC think tank.

Mind Control for the Masses—No Implant Needed

Mind Control for the Masses—No Implant Needed

His startup, NextMind, makes a non-invasive neural interface that sits on the back of one’s head, and translates brain waves into data that can be used to control compatible software.

Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic

Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic

It’s a joke so tired you’ll hear it from someone jumping on a trampoline, but that’s what came into my head as I banked a small turboprop airplane above my neighborhood in the new version of a revived classic, Microsoft Flight Simulator.

5G Is More Secure Than 4G and 3G—Except When It’s Not

5G Is More Secure Than 4G and 3G—Except When It’s Not

With the faster connection speeds will come increased security and privacy protections for users, as the wireless industry attempts to improve on the defenses of 3G and 4G.

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

He also lamented the limitations of that technology, which involves designing software called artificial neural networks that can get better at a specific task by experience or seeing labeled examples of correct answers.“We’re kind of like the dog who caught the car,” Aguera y Arcas said.

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.

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Threat intelligence firm FireEye has warned since 2017 that APT33 had links to another piece of destructive code known as Shapeshifter .Moran declined to name any of the specific industrial control system, or ICS, companies or products targeted by the APT33 hackers.

146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones

146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones

“We wanted to understand how easy it is for someone to be able to penetrate the device without the user downloading an application,” says Kryptowire CEO Angelos Stavrou.

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

The newborn nonprofit said it had commitments totaling $1 billion and would work on AI “to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” But OpenAI restructured into a for-profit this year, saying it needed more money to fulfill its goals, and took $1 billion from Microsoft in a deal that involves helping the company’s cloud division develop new AI technology.

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

But this week, when the National Transportation Safety Board released more than 40 documents related to the 2018 crash in which a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian, it quickly became apparent that the term “mistake” might be generous.

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Know Pedestrians Could Jaywalk

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Know Pedestrians Could Jaywalk

The software inside the Uber self-driving SUV that killed an Arizona woman last year was not designed to detect pedestrians outside of a crosswalk, according to new documents released as part of a federal investigation into the incident.

WhatsApp Hack Targeted Officials in More Than 20 Countries

WhatsApp Hack Targeted Officials in More Than 20 Countries

Government Officials in More Than 20 Countries Targeted via WhatsApp HackingLast May, WhatsApp revealed that hackers at NSO Group had been exploiting a vulnerability in its software that allowed them to compromise a phone simply by targeting it with a voice call that planted malware on the device capable of silently stealing a victim's messages.

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car —once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source

To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source

TenneT recently built its own data collection and analysis platform atop open source components because, Bakker says, the company couldn't find a traditional commercial software product that met its needs.

An iTunes Bug Let Hackers Spread Ransomware

An iTunes Bug Let Hackers Spread Ransomware

The hacker apparently got in through a bug in forum software vBulletin; the Dutch Broadcast Foundation reports that the hacker has attempted to sell the data online.But he also took the time to comb through the malware's code, and stole a database full of decryption keys from the hacking group's server.

7 Cybersecurity Threats That Can Sneak Up on You

7 Cybersecurity Threats That Can Sneak Up on You

The right browser extensions are able to add useful functionality and features to your daily window on the web, but these add-ons need to be vetted like any other piece of software—after all, they have the privilege of being able to see everything you're doing online, if they want to.

An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

Whether human rights violations qualify as a "specific field of endeavor" under that definition is something of an open question, because Ehmke hasn't formally submitted the Hippocratic License to the OSI for review.

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

It’s just 0.28 of an inch thick and weighs 1.7 pounds (the same weight as the other new Surface device announced Wednesday, the Surface Pro 7; more on that below).Microsoft is claiming this “pro” tablet running on Qualcomm’s ARM-based processor should be three times as powerful as the Surface Pro 6 and get about 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

It will run on an Intel heterogeneous chip, designed for smaller form factors, and it will run on a new version of the OS called Windows 10X, which is designed for dual-screen PCs. The Surface Duo, which at first glance looks like a Mini Me of the Surface Neo, is in many ways a completely different product.

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win

Since then, tens of thousands of people from around the globe have entered Pioneer’s eponymous tournament—a convoluted, semi-anonymous online competition that uses software and game mechanics like points, quests, and leaderboards to quantify participants’ real-world productivity and incentivize behaviors Gross and his team believe are key to success.

Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech

Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech

So much of life is about girding oneself against disappointment and adversity, but must those lessons begin freshman year at MIT?Most of the testimony against Stallman is from women who opted out of the free-software movement but stayed in tech, even though the sensible decision upon meeting Stallman and his enablers may well have been to leave the field entirely.

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

Discouraged by the company’s silence, former Chef employee Seth Vargo removed several Chef-related open source tools that he had hosted on two code repositories.In a Thursday night to Chef employees that the company posted online, CEO Barry Crist called Chef’s work with ICE, which he said began under the Obama administration, a "principled decision.".

Apple Will Give Indie Repair Shops the Tools to Fix iPhones

Apple Will Give Indie Repair Shops the Tools to Fix iPhones

For example, some type of certification is still required before Apple will provide the required tools, and the company is demanding that any broken parts collected by the indie repair shops are sent back to Apple.The new repair certification program won’t just provide the hardware parts necessary to fix iPhones, but also software and diagnostics tools.