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Adobe Claims Their AI Can Spot Altered Images

Adobe Claims Their AI Can Spot Altered Images

An Adobe researcher revealed this week that they were able to use artificial technology to scan images for signs of digital manipulation. Vald Morarium, who has had 14 years of expertise in image manipulation research, said that they were able to develop a tool that can scan for image tampering that is typically not visible to the naked eye. He said that their tool is able to recognize artefacts left by manipulation, like strong contrast edges, deliberately smoothed areas, or different noise patterns. One expert remarked that while the core techniques in Adobe and Darpa’s research have been widely known […]

Researcher Builds $300 System for Sniffing Out Illegal Images Online

Researcher Builds $300 System for Sniffing Out Illegal Images Online

It was reported this week that an Austrian security researcher named Christian Haschek was able to build a homegrown system that can detect illegal images online. Haschek says his device cost only $300 to build and uses less power than a light bulb. The device, which was trained to classify images, uses three Raspberry PIs powering two Intel Movidius sticks. Haschek also used an an open source algorithm called NSFW (Not Safe For Work) from Yahoo that can identify explicit material. Prof Alan Woodward from Surrey University called Haschek’s project “encouraging”. He also lamented that the problem, which law enforcement […]

Frontier Password Reset Bug Leaves Accounts Vulnerable

Frontier Password Reset Bug Leaves Accounts Vulnerable

Security researcher Ryan Stevenson recently identified a flaw in internet and cable giant Frontier’s account password reset method that allowed attackers to gain access to an account with just a username or email address. Stevenson said that he used Burp Suite, a network intercept tool, and a test account to automatically send hundreds of six-digit access code iterations to the browser, one after the other. He was able to show that a correct code returned a bigger server response than the incorrect codes. A Frontier spokesperson said that they have temporarily shut down the functionality out of caution while the […]

Apple to Block Facebook’s Web Tracking Tools

Apple to Block Facebook’s Web Tracking Tools

Apple’s software head Craig Federighi announced at the WWDC conference this week that it will be implementing measures in the next version of iOS and Mac to block Facebook from tracking web users. Federighi said that the new OS versions will protect users from Facebook likes and share buttons and comment fields that track web activity whether they are clicked or not. He added that the Safari browser  will now ask owners’ permission before allowing the social network to monitor their activity. The move is likely to fuel increasing tensions between the two tech giants which is said to have […]

Apple Complies with Russian Government, Restricts Telegram

Apple Complies with Russian Government, Restricts Telegram

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov wrote this week that Apple had been preventing Telegram from updating on iOS, possibly to appease the Russian government after it had blocked the encrypted messaging app in the country. It is said that Apple had been pressured by Russia’s telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, who asked the US phone giant to immediately drop Telegram from its app store. Google was reportedly asked to do the same. Durov said that Apple’s move prevented it from fully complying with the EU’s GDPR, but Russia only comprises 7% of its user base and assured the company will continue to find […]

Artist Programs Google Home to Remotely Fire a Gun

Artist Programs Google Home to Remotely Fire a Gun

An artist named Alexander Reben set up this week a contraption that allowed him to remotely fire a toy gun at an apple using Google Home. Reben said that he used a WiFi connected outlet and a change-dispensing solenoid to fire the gun by commanding Google Assistant. Reben clarified that the provocative, proof-of-concept project was not necessarily aimed at Google, but rather he only wanted to raise a conversation that focuses on the possibilities and consequences of weaponizing AI.    Source: CNBC

Microsoft CEO Reveals Research on Brain Implants

Microsoft CEO Reveals Research on Brain Implants

Microsoft this week revealed that it has been doing research on augmenting human intelligence via brain implants. CEO Satya Nadella said that the technology may eventually help people with various disabilities. Nadella also mentioned last Thursday at the company’s 8th Ability Summit an app called Seeing AI which can help blind people understand what is in front of them. He also said that Microsoft researchers are working on technology to assist people with lock-in syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that allows those afflicted to communicate only via eye movement. Facebook is reportedly also exploring technology that will connect brains to […]

Google Fixes reCaptcha Bypass Flaw

Google Fixes reCaptcha Bypass Flaw

Google said that it had patched this week a security bug in reCaptcha which could have been exploited by attackers to bypass the anti-spam system. Google’s reCaptcha is a Turing test-based that uses puzzles or logica cases to screen out bots. However, it is not foolproof and may also trust website visitors using cookies. Security researcher Andres Riancho identified the flaw which he submitted to Google. Riancho said that Google merely said that reCaptcha was working as intended the first time he reported the bug, but eventually confirmed it and awarded him $500. Source: ZDNet

Microsoft to Kill Off Passwords in Windows 10

Microsoft to Kill Off Passwords in Windows 10

Karanbir Singh, principal program manager for enterprise and security at Microsoft, said in a recent blog post that the software giant is looking to do away with passwords since users find them to be inconvenient, insecure, and expensive. Singh additionally revealed that the software giant is looking at multi-factor authentication and biometrics to replace passwords. He said that their Hello biometric log-in is now being used by over 47 million users and over 5000 businesses on a million or more devices. Singh also said that they are working on an authentication method that would allow users to log on to […]

Google to Sue “RoboCall” Scammers

Google to Sue “RoboCall” Scammers

Google said this week that it will be taking legal action against several marketing firms in the US that used the company’s name for their search engine optimization scams. These companies had reportedly been using robocalls to warn small businesses that their listing on Google Search and Maps will be taken down unless they return the call immediately. The scheme is used to coerce these businesses to sign up for the scammer’s SEO services. In a blogspot post, a Google representative said that the company will be suing Kydia Inc. d/b/a BeyondMenu, Point Break Media, LLC (and affiliated entities), and […]