Start your (artificial intelligence) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is nearly here

Start your (artificial intelligence) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is nearly here

Enlarge / Developers working in the "pit" at the MGM Grand's Garden Arena in Las Vegas during Amazon's re:Invent conference to prepare their DeepRacers for competition. Jason Levitt Sadly, there's one tech toy that Amazon won't be able to sell you for Christmas this year. DeepRacer is an autonomous 1/18th scale race car that was unveiled…
Attempt your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum

Attempt your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone...

Enlarge / An early 1910-era magneto telephone. Cyrus Farivar ROSEVILLE, Calif.—I don’t know about you, but I marvel that, with a tiny device in my pocket, I can instantly hear the voice of any of my loved ones, any time, essentially for free. Of course, this wasn’t always the case. I’m old enough (nearly 37!)…
How 3ve’s BGP hijackers avoided the Web– and made $29 M

How 3ve’s BGP hijackers avoided the Web– and made $29 M

Aurich / Getty Over the past decade, many attackers have exploited design weaknesses in the Internet’s global routing system. Most commonly, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is abused to divert gigabytes, or possibly even petabytes, of high-value traffic to ISPs inside Russia or China, sometimes for years at a time, so that the data can…
4 months after its launching, tricky Mac malware went undiscovered by AV suppliers

4 months after its launching, tricky Mac malware went undiscovered by...

Enlarge / A screenshot of VirusTotal showing only two AV providers detected malware, four weeks after it was outed. Four months after a mysterious group was outed for a digital espionage operation that used novel techniques to target Mac users, its macOS malware samples continued to go undetected by most antivirus providers, a security researcher…
I’ll be drone for Christmas: London airport closed for day by drone harassment

I’ll be drone for Christmas: London airport closed for day by...

Enlarge / LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: A Police helicopter flies over Gatwick Airport as they search for the Drone operator causing closure of the airport on December 20, 2018. In what appears to be the first intentional use of drones to disrupt civil aviation, continued sightings of two remotely piloted aircraft flying over and…
Microsoft problems emergency situation upgrade to repair vital IE defect under active make use of

Microsoft problems emergency situation upgrade to repair vital IE defect under...

Microsoft has issued an emergency update that fixes a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability that attackers are actively exploiting on the Internet. The memory-corruption flaw allows attackers to remotely execute malicious code when computers use IE to visit a booby-trapped website, Microsoft said Wednesday. Indexed as CVE-2018-8653, the flaw affects all supported versions of Windows. The…
Facebook “partner” plans: Are they as bad as they look?

Facebook “partner” plans: Are they as bad as they look?

Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg may be in for another round of hearings, thanks to the latest NYT report on Facebook's sharing of user data with partners. But was it really "sharing?" Getty Images A report by The New York Times on Tuesday evening laid out a series of apparently scandalous revelations about how Facebook gave…
Enormous scale of Russian election trolling exposed in draft Senate report

Enormous scale of Russian election trolling exposed in draft Senate report

Enlarge / A report commissioned by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, based on data provided to the committee by social media platforms, provides a look at just how large and ambitious the Internet Research Agency's campaign to shape the US Presidential election was. A report prepared for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence…
FCC forces California to drop prepare for federal government costs on text

FCC forces California to drop prepare for federal government costs on...

California telecom regulators have abandoned a plan to impose government fees on text-messaging services, saying that a recent Federal Communications Commission vote has limited its authority over text messaging. The FCC last week voted to classify text-messaging as an information service, rather than a telecommunications service. "Information service" is the same classification the FCC gave…
Mass e-mail scam triggers closures throughout the United States and Canada

Mass e-mail scam triggers closures throughout the United States and Canada

A tsunami of emailed bomb threats is prompting closures at hospitals, schools, public transit agencies, and business across the US and Canada. Word of the emails surfaced Thursday morning in tweets such as this one: So I actually just got a bomb threat in my work email today ordering me to send the person $20,000…
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