Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

August 31, 2017

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a filament of DNA ? Now that aqueduct between engineering and matters of substance that starts up every living organism has made a often darker turn. Researchers at the University of Washington took control of a machine exerting a malicious filament of DNA in what is being considered the first “DN-Abased employ…

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How DDoS attacks knock your favorite websites offline

August 14, 2017

On Oct. 21, 2016, an otherwise casual Friday morning, millions of users across the U.S. found themselves unable to access popular websites such as Amazon, GitHub, Shopify, Twitter, and the New York Times. The lack of access had nothing to do with the users themselves or their internet service providers. It was the result of a massive DDoS attack, the largest of its kind seen to date. Thanks to the…

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ISIS allegedly turned to eBay to get cash across borders

August 12, 2017

The flag of the Islamic State.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Like anything, terrorism costs money, but it’s not easy for individuals marked as extremists to transfer significant amounts of cash. Government officials watch for such transactions, forcing extremists to find other ways to send money where they want it to go. For alleged American Islamic State conspirator Mohamed Elshinawy, that meant pretending to sell printers on eBay. SEE ALSO: How Google’s Jigsaw is…

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U.S. Army just kicked Chinese drone company DJI out of all official operations

August 6, 2017

Image: Alex Segre/REX/Shutterstock The U.S. army just kicked one of the biggest drone makers on the planet out of its barracks, all in the name of security. The maker of the drones in question: China’s DJI (also known as SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd.). SEE ALSO: A man escaped maximum-security prison in South Carolina thanks to a drone An Aug. 2 U.S. Army memo obtained by sUAS News and later…

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FBI arrests WannaCry hero for alleged role in Kronos banking malware

August 4, 2017

A malware researcher hailed as a hero earlier this year has been arrested by the FBI for his alleged role in distributing the banking malware known as Kronos. Marcus Hutchins, also known as @malwaretechblog, was detained and then arrested by the bureau at the airport as he was leaving the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas. I guess I can cross “get stranded in Vegas with no money” off…

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Russia adds own VPN crackdown after VPN apps disappear from Apple Store in China

July 31, 2017

Russians hold a banner reading "Internet for users, factory for workers, land for peasants!" during a rally in Moscow, Russia, on23 Jul 2017.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Just one day after it was revealed that Apple had removed virtual private networking (VPN) apps from its China App Store at the behest of the government, we’ve learned that officials in Russia are cracking down on VPN services, too. SEE ALSO: With this move, China…

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Reading your emotions is the creepy next step for facial recognition

July 30, 2017

Image: vicky leta/ mashable Facial recognition is so last week. SEE ALSO: Facial recognition technology is taking over airports: Your face is your new boarding pass If this Russian tech company has its way, emotion-reading recognition is the cool kid on the block right now. With serious consequences for everyone’s privacy and personal data. NTechLab ignited a controversy last year after it released FindFace, an app that can track everyone…

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More funding for AI cybersecurity: Darktrace raises $75M at an $825M valuation

July 12, 2017

With cybercrime projected to reap some $6 trillion in damages by 2021, and businesses likely to invest around $1 trillionover the next five years to try to mitigate that, were seeing a rise of startups that are building innovative ways to combat malicious hackers. In the latest development, Darktrace a cybersecurity firm that uses machine learning to detect and stop attacks has raised $75 million, giving the startup a post-money…

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Virgin Media wants you to change your router password

June 24, 2017

Thousands of Virgin Media clients are affected . Image: REX/ Shutterstock Virgin Media wants you to change your router password. The company recently published advice on how to do that for older router examples after Which? publication a publication “known for researching household products” found that Virgin Media routers weren’t so difficult to hack. SEE ALSO: Step inside the secretive class that alters people into hackers Which? found that Virgin…

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Girl Scouts will offer new cybersecurity badges to increase its STEM focus

June 19, 2017

Girl scouts will be able to earn cyber security badges starting next year.Image: girl scouts of the usa Girl Scouts will soon be ready to take over your IT department. The organization is teaming up with Palo Alto Networks, an internet security company, to introduce a set of new badges to promote computer and internet literacy and cybersecurity. The initiative aims to foster educational programs across all ages of the…

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