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When computers refuse to obey: Will this be our terrifying future?

April 30th, 2017 at 5:48 am » Comments Off

Cory Doctorow: In the Foundation series, Isaac Asimov posited three rules to protect humans from robots. As our own technology advances exponentially every day, how can will we make technology that frees us, rather than enslaving us? Let us begin by cleaving this problem into two pieces, only one of which I am qualified to […]



Backyard skinny-dippers losing privacy to peeping drone stalkers

April 28th, 2017 at 3:23 am » Comments Off

Recent advances in technology mean we can no longer rely on fences or barriers around our homes to protect our privacy. This was certainly the case for Darwin resident Karli Hyatt, who on Tuesday explained how a drone invaded the security and privacy of her suburban backyard. Hyatt had returned home last week from an […]



The World Wide Web’s inventor warns it’s in peril on 28th anniversary

March 22nd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, now wants to save it. The computer scientist who wrote the blueprint for what would become the World Wide Web 28 years ago today is alarmed at what has happened to it in the past year. “Over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new […]



Welcome to the Internet of Dangerous Things

March 6th, 2017 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Bruce Schneier:  Last year, on October 21, your digital video recorder — or at least a DVR like yours — knocked Twitter off the internet. Someone used your DVR, along with millions of insecure webcams, routers, and other connected devices, to launch an attack that started a chain reaction, resulting in Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, and […]



Elon Musk believes advanced A.I. could “Take Down the Internet”

November 14th, 2016 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

The internet is about to become a vicious, chaotic battlefield, and Elon Musk says advanced A.I. could make the carnage even worse. According to a short exchange on Musk’s Twitter today, the systems that keep the internet running are particularly vulnerable to simple, brute-force computing attacks — the kind of cyberwarfare that artificial intelligence excel […]



Hackers could steal cellphone pictures from your IoT crock-pot

November 3rd, 2016 at 12:24 pm » Comments Off

If you have an internet-connected home appliance, such as a crock-pot, a lightbulb, or a coffee maker, you can control it from the comfort of your smartphone. However, a bug in the Android app that controls some of those devices made by a popular manufacturer also allowed hackers to steal all your cellphone photos and […]



Somebody Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

October 28th, 2016 at 6:46 am » Comments Off

Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who […]



1.5 Million Connected Cameras Hijacked to Make an Unprecedented Botnet

October 2nd, 2016 at 6:34 am » Comments Off

Last week, hackers forced a well-known security journalist to take down his site after hitting him for more than two days with an unprecedented flood of traffic. That cyberattack was powered by something the internet had never seen before: an army made of more than one million hacked Internet of Things devices. The hackers, whose […]



“Brain Malware”: How Hackers could get inside your brain

September 6th, 2016 at 6:42 am » Comments Off

Hackers have spyware in your mind. You’re minding your business, playing a game or scrolling through social media, and all the while they’re gathering your most private information direct from your brain signals. Your likes and dislikes. Your political preferences. Your sexuality. Your PIN.



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