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MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

CopySpecial report MIT has taken offline its highly cited dataset that trained AI systems to potentially describe people using racist, misogynistic, and other problematic terms.The database was removed this week after The Register alerted the American super-college. MIT also urged researchers and developers to stop using the training library, and to delete any copies. "We sincerely apologize," a professor told us.The training set, built by the university, has been used to teach machine-learning models to automatically identify and list the people and objects depicted in still images. For...

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It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist

It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist

CopyAT&T has been sued for a second time over allegations its staff gave thieves control of a specific individual’s cellphone number to steal a large chunk of cryptocurrency.Seth Shapiro’s $1.9m claim follows in the footsteps of Michael Terpin, who sued the gigantic US cellular network in 2018 for more or less : staff ported a subscriber's phone number to a hacker's SIM – a so-called SIM swap scam – allowing the miscreant to steal what Terpin claims in his case was $24m in cryptocurrency.But while Terpin’s court battle was allowed to move forward, Shapiro is still fighting AT&T lawyers to...

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Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

CopyFrom September 1, Apple software, from Safari to macOS to iOS, will reject new HTTPS and other SSL/TLS certificates that are valid for more than 398 days, plus or minus some caveats.If that sounds familiar, it's because we in February before the iGiant even formally announced the policy. A month later, it revealed the with a few exceptions. For example, this policy applies to certificates issued ultimately from root CAs known to Apple's operating systems, not user or administrator-added CAs."Connections to TLS servers violating these new requirements will fail," Apple warned in its...

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University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

CopyA California university which is dedicated solely to public health research has paid a $1.14m ransom to a criminal gang in the hopes of regaining access to its data.The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) paid out in the apparently successful hope that the Netwalker group would send it a decryption utility for its illicitly encrypted files, which it referred to as "data ... important to some of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public good".A negotiator acting on behalf of UCSF was said to have opened the bidding for the decryptor at $780,000, according...

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Come glide with me: Virgin Galactic gives Unity some fresh air, looks forward to rocket-powered flight

Come glide with me: Virgin Galactic gives Unity some fresh air, looks forward to rocket-powered flight

CopyIn brief Spaceport America took another tentative step toward actually being a spaceport last week as Virgin Galactic took its SpaceShipTwo for another ."Unity" was flown by Mark "Forger" Stucky and Michael "Sooch" Masucci and hit a glide speed of Mach 0.85 after being dropped from VMS Eve at 51,000ft.It was the second flight of the vehicle from the company's base in New Mexico and the higher speeds this time around will be used to verify aerodynamic models. It also, according to the company, "enables certain vehicle systems to operate close to the environment seen during phases of...

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One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

CopyThe saga of the UK's Brexit Satellite (BS)* took another turn last week as rumours circulated that the government might take a stake in stricken OneWeb with a view to repurposing the constellation for satellite navigation.Blighty has been floundering following the realisation that departing the EU would mean losing access to the club's benefits, including the more sensitive bits of the Galileo navigation system (to which the UK has contributed a ).Galileo is the EU's take on the US GPS system and features a Public Regulated Service (PRS) for military and other security purposes. As it...

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Wanted – DRAM or alive: US Feds bag arrest warrants for three Taiwanese accused of stealing Micron's mem secrets

Wanted – DRAM or alive: US Feds bag arrest warrants for three Taiwanese accused of stealing Micron's mem secrets

CopyThe US Justice Department has been granted arrest warrants for three Taiwanese nationals charged with stealing semiconductor secrets from US-based Micron Technologies.The three men – Chen Zhengkun, a.k.a. Stephen Chen; He Jianting, a.k.a. J.T. Ho; and Wang Yungming, a.k.a. Kenny Wang – were for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to steal trade secrets that involved their employers, Taiwan-based chip maker United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), and China-based state-owned Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit, Co., Ltd. (Jinhua).Chen is a former president of Jinhua who worked...

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After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

CopyA trio of Republican senators on Tuesday proposed legislation that requires service providers and device makers in America to help the Feds bypass encryption when presented with a court-issued warrant.The [PDF] is dubbed the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, which uncharacteristically cannot be condensed into a pandering acronym. This latest legislative attempt to make encryption – math – insecure on-demand should not be confused with another bill up for consideration in the United States' Congress, the , which threatens service providers with liability for supporting private, aka...

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Jun 24
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Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

CopyThe non-profit organizations that fought to halt the sale of the .org registry to a newly created private equity firm are demanding an independent review into the fiasco, which pitted charities against domain registrars over the billion-dollar aborted deal.“While we are pleased that .org is not being sold to Ethos Capital, there’s nothing in [the] recent announcement that addresses the unilateral decision-making that led to the Internet Society (ISOC) board of directors deciding in secrecy over a matter of weeks to sell the .org domain,” noted a [PDF] today from NTEN, the EFF, and...

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Netgear was told in January its routers can be hacked and hijacked. This week, first patches released – after exploits, details made public

Netgear was told in January its routers can be hacked and hijacked. This week, first patches released – after exploits, details made public

CopyNetgear has issued patches to squash security vulnerabilities in two router models that can be exploited to, for instance, open a superuser-level telnet backdoor.Those two devices are the R6400v2 and R6700v3, and you can get hot-fixes for the holes . However, some 77 models remain reportedly vulnerable, and no fixes are available. For the full list of Netgear SOHO products said to be at-risk, see the afore-linked page.Exploit code, developed by infosec outfit Grimm, is on GitHub for all the models said to be vulnerable: it opens telnet daemon on port 8888, if successful. There's...

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Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

CopyAnalysis Microsoft president Brad Smith on Thursday called on antitrust regulators in the US and Europe to scrutinize whether smartphone app store business practices are consistent with antitrust law.Smith's comments, made in an Politico , come just days after the European Commission that it has opened an antitrust investigation into whether Apple's rules for app developers violate EU competition rules.Noting that Microsoft had a run-in with trustbusters two decades ago, and had learned a lot, he insisted the situation today is worse."If you look at the industry today, I think what you...

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For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away

For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away

CopyAnalysis The simmering debate over legal immunity given to online platforms like Facebook and Google in America has grown hotter with a new report from the Department of Justice outlining changes it hopes to make to the rules.In addition, just today, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has outlined his planned legislation for changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) – which provides the aforementioned blanket legal immunity – and an FCC commissioner gave a speech outlining why the regulator should ignore a demand from the President that it develop its own rules for online...

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Google isn't even trying to not be creepy: 'Continuous Match Mode' in Assistant will listen to everything until it's disabled

Google isn't even trying to not be creepy: 'Continuous Match Mode' in Assistant will listen to everything until it's disabled

CopyAmbient computing: The idea that access to Google (and its access to you) is pervasive whatever you are doingGoogle has introduced "continuous match mode" for apps on its voice-powered Assistant platform, where it will listen to everything without pausing. At the same time it has debuted related developer tools, new features, and the ability to display web content on its Smart Display hardware using the AMP component framework.The Chocolate Factory has big plans for its voice assistant. "We consider voice to be the biggest paradigm shift around us," said director of product Baris...

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If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?

CopyComment Fairphone is a tiny player in the smartphone space. Unusually, it competes on the basis of its environmental credentials, touting an ethical supply chain and modular components designed to be easily replaced by end users. So it shouldn't be a surprise that – first released in 2015 – still receives software updates*.Except, it kind of is. When placed against the fragmented Android world, where vital software updates are issued slowly and inconsistently, Fairphone sticks out like a sore thumb. With a few exceptions (namely Nokia and Google), most vendors stop supporting devices...

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It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

An Easyjet Airbus A320 (company press pic): The low-cost airline was hacked in late 2019 and notified customers in May 2020Victims of the Easyjet hack are now being told their entire travel itineraries were accessed by hackers who helped themselves to nine million people’s personal details stored by the budget airline.As , the data was stolen from the airline between October 2019 and January this year. Easyjet kept quiet about the hack until mid-May, though around 2,200 people whose credit card details were stolen during the cyber-raid were told of this in early April, months after the...

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