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Verizon kills email accounts of archivists trying to save Yahoo Groups history

Verizon, which bought Yahoo In 2017, has suspended email addresses of archivists who are trying to preserve 20 years of content that will be deleted permanently in a few weeks. As Verizon announced in October, the company intends to wipe all content from Yahoo Groups. As of December 14, all previously posted content on the Read more about Verizon kills email accounts of archivists trying to save Yahoo Groups history[…]

Ring’s Neighbors Data Let Us Map Amazon’s Home Surveillance Network

As reporters raced this summer to bring new details of Ring’s law enforcement contracts to light, the home security company, acquired last year by Amazon for a whopping $1 billion, strove to underscore the privacy it had pledged to provide users. Even as its creeping objective of ensuring an ever-expanding network of home security devices Read more about Ring’s Neighbors Data Let Us Map Amazon’s Home Surveillance Network[…]

NVidia AI auto-generates 3D objects from 2D snaps

Boring 2D images can be transformed into corresponding 3D models and back into 2D again automatically by machine-learning-based software, boffins have demonstrated. The code is known as a differentiable interpolation-based renderer (DIB-R), and was built by a group of eggheads led by Nvidia. It uses a trained neural network to take a flat image of Read more about NVidia AI auto-generates 3D objects from 2D snaps[…]

New Plundervolt attack impacts Intel CPUs SGX

Academics from three universities across Europe have disclosed today a new attack that impacts the integrity of data stored inside Intel SGX, a highly-secured area of Intel CPUs. The attack, which researchers have named Plundervolt, exploits the interface through which an operating system can control an Intel processor’s voltage and frequency — the same interface Read more about New Plundervolt attack impacts Intel CPUs SGX[…]

Researchers report breakthrough in ‘distributed deep learning’

Online shoppers typically string together a few words to search for the product they want, but in a world with millions of products and shoppers, the task of matching those unspecific words to the right product is one of the biggest challenges in information retrieval. Using a divide-and-conquer approach that leverages the power of compressed Read more about Researchers report breakthrough in ‘distributed deep learning’[…]

ICANN demands transparency from others over .org deal. As for itself… well, not so much

Three weeks after the Internet Society announced the controversial sale of the .org internet registry to an unknown private equity firm, the organization that has to sign off on the deal has finally spoken publicly. In a letter [PDF] titled “Transparency” from the general counsel of domain name system overseer ICANN to the CEOs of Read more about ICANN demands transparency from others over .org deal. As for itself… well, not so much[…]

On-Device, Real-Time Hand Tracking with MediaPipe

The ability to perceive the shape and motion of hands can be a vital component in improving the user experience across a variety of technological domains and platforms. For example, it can form the basis for sign language understanding and hand gesture control, and can also enable the overlay of digital content and information on Read more about On-Device, Real-Time Hand Tracking with MediaPipe[…]

Uninstall AVAST and AVG free anti-virus: they are massively slurping your data! Mozilla and Opera have removed them from their stores

Two browsers have yanked Avast and AVG online security extensions from their web stores after a report revealed that they were unnecessarily sucking up a ton of data about users’ browsing history. Wladimir Palant, the creator behind Adblock Plus, initially surfaced the issue—which extends to Avast Online Security and Avast SafePrice as well as Avast-owned Read more about Uninstall AVAST and AVG free anti-virus: they are massively slurping your data! Mozilla and Opera have removed them from their stores[…]

NASA to launch projectile (DART) to see if it can deflect asteroids

DART is a planetary defense-driven test of technologies for preventing an impact of Earth by a hazardous asteroid.  DART will be the first demonstration of the kinetic impactor technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.  The DART mission is in Phase C, led by APL and managed under NASA’s Solar System Exploration Program at Marshall Read more about NASA to launch projectile (DART) to see if it can deflect asteroids[…]

Bol.com partner Toppie Speelgoed loses 10000 Belgian and Dutch customer records, now for sale on hacker forum

Personal information and what they bought, where it was delivered to. De gegevens van vermoedelijk bijna 10.000 Belgische en Nederlandse klanten die een paar jaar geleden online speelgoed kochten, worden door een hacker te koop aangeboden op het internet. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van VRT NWS. Het gaat om persoonlijke gegevens en bepaalde aankopen van Read more about Bol.com partner Toppie Speelgoed loses 10000 Belgian and Dutch customer records, now for sale on hacker forum[…]

Budget Energy and NLE leak 29000 customer records – names, adresses, possibly phone numbers and bank accounts

De persoonsgegevens van mogelijk 29.000 klanten van energiebedrijven Budget Energie en NLE liggen op straat. Naast namen en adressen is er kans dat er ook telefoonnummers en bankrekeningnummers zijn gelekt. De data is niet per ongeluk gelekt, het gaat volgens het bedrijf om een moedwillige diefstal. Moederbedrijf Nuts Groep heeft klanten van Budget Energie en NLE Read more about Budget Energy and NLE leak 29000 customer records – names, adresses, possibly phone numbers and bank accounts[…]

Reddit Uncovers Russian Interference Campaign Ahead of Pivotal UK Election

Fears of Russian interference ahead of a heated U.K. election were all but confirmed this week with a Reddit post. In a post Friday, Reddit announced that its internal investigation found evidence that an account purportedly linked to Russian disinformation campaign was behind last month’s leak of contentious US-UK trade documents on the platform. “We Read more about Reddit Uncovers Russian Interference Campaign Ahead of Pivotal UK Election[…]

Why Are Cops Around the World Using This Outlandish Mind-Reading Tool That Doesn’t Work?

ProPublica has determined that dozens of state and local agencies have purchased “SCAN” training from a company called LSI for reviewing a suspect’s written statements — even though there’s no scientific evidence that it works. Local, state and federal agencies from the Louisville Metro Police Department to the Michigan State Police to the U.S. State Read more about Why Are Cops Around the World Using This Outlandish Mind-Reading Tool That Doesn’t Work?[…]

Most People Experiencing Homelessness Have Had a Traumatic Brain Injury, Study Finds

The study, published in Lancet Public Health on Monday, is a review of existing research that looked at how commonly traumatic brain injuries happen among people. It specifically included studies that also took into account people’s housing situation. These studies involved more than 11,000 people who were fully or partially homeless at the time and Read more about Most People Experiencing Homelessness Have Had a Traumatic Brain Injury, Study Finds[…]

Sundar Pichai Becomes Alphabet CEO, Larry Page to Step Back

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is adding another responsibility to his job: Pichai will also be the CEO of parent holding company Alphabet going forward, taking the helm from co-founder and longtime CEO Larry Page. Additionally, co-founder Sergey Brin will be resigning from his post as the president of Alphabet. Brin and Page jointly announced the Read more about Sundar Pichai Becomes Alphabet CEO, Larry Page to Step Back[…]

Using LimeGPS to spoof a fake location to any GPS device inside the room

This page details experiences using LimeSDR to simulate GPS. Note, update (Aug 15, 2017) – The center frequency should be corrected below to 1575.42MHz. It would marginally work with the original 1545.42 but 1575.42 is rock solid gps sim performance. These experiments were inspired by the excellent procedure written up here [1]. We want to Read more about Using LimeGPS to spoof a fake location to any GPS device inside the room[…]

All new cell phone users in China must now have their face scanned, as do all US citizens entering or leaving the US (as well as all non-US citizens)

Customers in China who buy SIM cards or register new mobile-phone services must have their faces scanned under a new law that came into effect yesterday. China’s government says the new rule, which was passed into law back in September, will “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.” A controversial step: It Read more about All new cell phone users in China must now have their face scanned, as do all US citizens entering or leaving the US (as well as all non-US citizens)[…]

Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank thieves – watch out for permissions being asked from apps you have installed

A vulnerability in millions of fully patched Android phones is being actively exploited by malware that’s designed to drain the bank accounts of infected users, researchers said on Monday. The vulnerability allows malicious apps to masquerade as legitimate apps that targets have already installed and come to trust, researchers from security firm Promon reported in Read more about Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank thieves – watch out for permissions being asked from apps you have installed[…]

123Autoit – NonRoot trial – Apps on Google Play

***** No Root Required, ***** *****Please Look the Following***** ****However need to start a (Backend Service) Per every Boot ***** *****the Install package can be found at the following link***** http://123autoit.blogspot.tw/2016/08/123autoit-non-root-daemon-service.html Please update the backend service for Version 1.3 to use (Speed up mode) ***Daemon Script Install Video*** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awCz9A_FLk0 It is now supported both ARM Read more about 123Autoit – NonRoot trial – Apps on Google Play[…]

This ‘fix’ for economic theory changes everything from gambles to Ponzi schemes, because people adapt their risks wrt their wealth over time

Whether we decide to take out that insurance policy, buy Bitcoin, or switch jobs, many economic decisions boil down to a fundamental gamble about how to maximize our wealth over time. How we understand these decisions is the subject of a new perspective piece in Nature Physics that aims to correct a foundational mistake in Read more about This ‘fix’ for economic theory changes everything from gambles to Ponzi schemes, because people adapt their risks wrt their wealth over time[…]

TrueDialog leaks tens of millions of US SMS messages and user data

Led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, vpnMentor’s research team discovered a breached database belonging to the American communications company, TrueDialog. TrueDialog provides SMS texting solutions to companies in the USA and the database in question was linked to many aspects of their business. This was a huge discovery, with a massive amount of private Read more about TrueDialog leaks tens of millions of US SMS messages and user data[…]

SMS Replacement is Exposing Users to Text, Call Interception Thanks to Sloppy Telecos

A standard used by phone carriers around the world can leave users open to all sorts of attacks, like text message and call interception, spoofed phone numbers, and leaking their coarse location, new research reveals. The Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard is essentially the replacement for SMS. The news shows how even as carriers move Read more about SMS Replacement is Exposing Users to Text, Call Interception Thanks to Sloppy Telecos[…]

Fresh efforts at Google to understand why an AI system says yes or no launches Explainable AI product

Google has announced a new Explainable AI feature for its cloud platform, which provides more information about the features that cause an AI prediction to come up with its results. Artificial neural networks, which are used by many of today’s machine learning and AI systems, are modelled to some extent on biological brains. One of Read more about Fresh efforts at Google to understand why an AI system says yes or no launches Explainable AI product[…]

Internet Society CEO: Most people don’t care about the .org sell-off. Grabbing money at the expense of non-profits is fine by everyone we didn’t consult or listen to their opinion.

El Reg has quizzed Andrew Sullivan, the president and CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC), about his organistion’s decision to sell the non-profit .org registry to private equity outfit Ethos Capital. We have previously covered the controversy over the proposed sale, the continued failure of ISOC and DNS overseer ICANN to answer detailed questions, and Read more about Internet Society CEO: Most people don’t care about the .org sell-off. Grabbing money at the expense of non-profits is fine by everyone we didn’t consult or listen to their opinion.[…]