The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

C. auris has been diagnosed in patients in more than 30 countries on six continents, and when investigators talk about it, they use ominous phrases such as “pandemic potential.” (At an international conference last year, the head of fungal studies at the CDC described the super-yeast as “more infectious than Ebola.”).

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.

How Not To Prevent a Cyberwar With Russia

How Not To Prevent a Cyberwar With Russia

"The idea that we can use cyber offense capabilities to impose sabotage-like effects, and to do so in increasingly large scale and costly ways until they get it through their head that they can’t win, I don’t think that's going to work," says Tom Bossert, who served as White House homeland security advisor and the president's most senior cybersecurity-focused official until April of last year .

The Highly Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers Have Probed the US Grid

The Highly Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers Have Probed the US Grid

or E-ISAC, and the critical infrastructure security firm Dragos have been tracking a group of sophisticated hackers carrying out broad scans of dozens of US power grid targets, apparently looking for entry points into their networks.

The Grid Might Survive an Electromagnetic Pulse Just Fine

The Grid Might Survive an Electromagnetic Pulse Just Fine

The study by the Electric Power Research Institute, a utility-funded research organization, finds that existing technology can protect various components of the electric grid to buffer it from the effects of solar flares, lightning strikes, as well as an EMP from a nuclear blast, all at the same time.

The Case Against Watching the Rest of Game of Thrones

The Case Against Watching the Rest of Game of Thrones

Fans have been waiting years for the living to confront the Night King on Game of Thrones . All along, Martin's series The Song of Ice and Fire , on which the show is based, has driven home the point that the battle for the Iron Throne is a game.

Captain Marvel Has a Very Important Message About Skrulls

Captain Marvel Has a Very Important Message About Skrulls

The first two acts of the movie may set them up as the enemies, and Captain Marvel's Kree as the saviors, but the third act flips that dangerous assumption entirely. (Kree, even with their blue skin, still look more human than Skrulls do.) Or do we side with the people who are forced into hiding?

Machine Learning Can Use Tweets To Spot Critical Security Flaws

Machine Learning Can Use Tweets To Spot Critical Security Flaws

Researchers at Ohio State University, the security company FireEye, and research firm Leidos last week published a paper describing a new system that reads millions of tweets for mentions of software security vulnerabilities, and then, using their machine-learning-trained algorithm, assessed how much of a threat they represent based on how they're described.

Trump Can’t Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

Trump Can’t Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

And while he acknowledges that tensions between Kim and Trump may have escalated to such a dangerous point last summer—thanks in no small part to Trump’s own rhetoric—that a shotgun summit in Singapore was needed, he and others argue that it’s not a viable process for substantive change.

Star Wars News: Is 'Episode IX' Called 'Balance of the Force'?

Star Wars News: Is 'Episode IX' Called 'Balance of the Force'?

The Real Deal: Speaking of Episode IX spoilers on Reddit, someone on there shared what looked like costume reference and concept artwork and photos for new and returning characters, including Kylo Ren wearing a repaired helmet, a new robot to cause trouble for BB-8, and the first glimpse of Old Lando Calrissian, wearing an outfit not unlike something that Donald Glover was wearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story .

What Is Credential Stuffing?

What Is Credential Stuffing?

Credential stuffing attacks also can't try massive numbers of logins on a site with all the tries coming from the same IP address, because web services have basic rate-limiting protections in place to block floods of activity that could be destabilizing.

The Threat That the US Can't Ignore: Itself

The Threat That the US Can't Ignore: Itself

"ISIS very likely will continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries." Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence The hearing instead focused on questions from senators about anti-terrorism efforts, nuclear proliferation, infrastructure hacking, and foreign intelligence and counter-intelligence-gathering.

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

“I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes,” Soros said.

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.

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin ScamEduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesIn offices and universities all across the country Thursday, the same threat appeared in email inboxes: Pay $20,000 worth of bitcoin, or a bomb will detonate in your building.

Thousands of Unstudied Plants May Be at Risk of Extinction

Thousands of Unstudied Plants May Be at Risk of Extinction

Other regions, they found, like the fog-nurtured biome hugging the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula, harbored a large number of potentially threatened species that hadn’t received nearly as much attention.IUCN ratings aren’t the end-all-be-all of conservation assessment; but they do have bearing on which areas are protected as biodiversity hotspots abroad, and are fed into databases that extractive industries use for reducing threats to endangered species as they work.

Russian Hackers Haven't Stopped Probing the US Power Grid

Russian Hackers Haven't Stopped Probing the US Power Grid

But grid hacking comes in less dramatic forms as well—which makes Russia's continued probing of US critical infrastructure all the more alarming.At the CyberwarCon forum in Washington, DC on Wednesday, researchers from threat intelligence firm FireEye noted that while the US grid is relatively well-defended, and difficult to hit with a full-scale cyberattack, Russian actors have nonetheless continue to benefit from their ongoing vetting campaign."There’s still a concentrated Russian cyber espionage campaign targeting the bulk of the US electrical grid," says FireEye analyst Alex Orleans says.

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

The new firms were instead devoted to spreading sweetness and light, goodwill toward all men—whether access to information (Google), good books for cheap (Amazon), or the building of a global community (Facebook).Not only did they not charge high prices, sometimes they didn’t even charge at all.

'Warning of what has already arrived': Florence is a climate change triple threat | Michael Mann

'Warning of what has already arrived': Florence is a climate change triple threat | Michael Mann

If we don’t act on climate change, the destruction potential of slow-moving storms such as Harvey and Florence will only get worse

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

"We remain woefully underprepared to secure the upcoming elections, and an executive order is simply no substitute for congressional action," Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.Analysts also noted that the apparent lack of collaboration between the White House and Congress could indicate that the order is more of a bandaid than a concerted effort by the administration to build deterrents against election meddling."Trump is way late to the game.

Hurricane Florence: How climate change is increasing the threat from tropical storms

Hurricane Florence: How climate change is increasing the threat from tropical storms

James Kossin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a study in the journal Nature in June suggesting that slow-moving tropical cyclones, which would include those like Florence and Harvey, have become more common over the last 70 years, dropping in speed by 10 per cent in that time.

'Apocalyptic threat': dire climate report raises fears for California's future

'Apocalyptic threat': dire climate report raises fears for California's future

California’s summer of deadly wildfires and dangerous heatwaves will soon be the new normal if nothing is done to stop climate change, a report released on Monday warns.

World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital – Samoan PM

World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital – Samoan PM

Speaking at the Lowy Institute, just days before the beginning of the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, the Samoan prime minister seemed to take a swipe at Australia’s commitment to minimising the impact of climate change, which he called the “single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and wellbeing peoples of the Pacific”.