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+ - Will Machine Intelligence Be So Human That It Will Get Religion?-> 1

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Earlier this month Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek raised eyebrows on the Internet by stating his belief that Christians should seek to convert Artificial Intelligences to Christianity if and when they become autonomous. Of course that's assuming that robots are born atheists, not to mention that there's still a vast difference between what it means to be autonomous and what it means to be human."
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+ - Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Sharp is launching a pair of landline phones designed to counter a growing form of fraud in Japan that preys upon the elderly. The 'ore ore' ('it’s me, it’s me') fraudsters pretend to be grandchildren in an emergency and convince their victims to send money, generally via ATM. Sharp’s new phones are designed to alert seniors to the dangers of unknown callers. When potential victims receive that are not registered in the internal memory of Sharp's new phones, their LED bars glow red and the phones go into anti-scam mode. An automated message then tells the caller that the call is being recorded and asks for the caller to state his or her name before the call is answered."
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+ - Uber Offers Free Rides to Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Uber Technologies is offering free rides on its uberX ride-sharing service in the South Korean capital of Seoul, after city authorities intensified their crackdown on illegal drivers by offering a reward to residents who report Uber drivers to police. South Korean law prohibits unregistered drivers from soliciting passengers using private or rented vehicles and carries a penalty of up to two years in prison or fines of up to 20 million won."
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+ - DOJ Offers $3 Million Reward for Gameover Zeus Botnet Suspect->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program announced on Tuesday that they are offering a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a Russian man suspected of having served as an administrator for the destructive Gameover Zeus botnet. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is charged in the U.S. with several crimes related to Gameover Zeus, which targeted banking credentials and other personal information over a two-year period."
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+ - Developers Proceed Cautiously With Swift->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "By just about any objective measure, there’s been rapid and unprecedented growth in the number of programmers asking about, learning, and writing code in Swift. Not surprising, given that Apple has designated Swift to be the eventual replacement for Objective-C. But the volume of interest in Swift doesn't mean that developers should be (or are) diving in. Erica Sadun, an experienced Apple developer who’s been using Swift since Day One, sums up developers' current relationship with Swift like this: 'It takes some grit to be doing Swift development at this time.'"
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+ - Samba vulnerability (CVE-2015-0240)->

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An anonymous reader writes "CVE-2015-0240 is a security flaw in the smbd file server daemon. It can be exploited by a malicious Samba client, by sending specially-crafted packets to the Samba server. No authentication is required to exploit this flaw. It can result in remotely controlled execution of arbitrary code as root."
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+ - Critical remote code execution flaw patched in Samba->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Security researchers are urging users to install new Samba security updates in order to address a critical vulnerability that allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges. 'It can be exploited by a malicious Samba client, by sending specially-crafted packets to the Samba server,' the Red Hat security team said in a blog post. 'No authentication is required to exploit this flaw. It can result in remotely controlled execution of arbitrary code as root.'"
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+ - Advertising Tool PrivDog Compromises HTTPS Security->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "New cases of insecure HTTPS traffic interception are coming to light as researchers probe software programs for implementations that could enable malicious attacks. The latest software to open a man-in-the-middle hole on users’ PCs is a new version of PrivDog, an advertising product with ties to security vendor Comodo. PrivDog is marketed as a solution to protect users against malicious advertising without completely blocking ads. The program is designed to replace potentially bad ads with safer ones that are reviewed by a compliance team from a company called Adtrustmedia. However, according to people who recently looked at PrivDog’s HTTPS interception functionality, consumers might actually lose when it comes to their system’s security if they use the product."
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+ - IoT Sensors Can Run At Lower Power With MIT Chip Design->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a new circuit design that could lead to more power-efficient sensors. Many sensors remain idle most of the time and become active when they send or receive data. The researchers have designed a circuit for a transmitter that could reduce energy leakage by up to 100 times when a sensor is in that idle state. That could extend the battery life of sensors by many months."
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+ - Silicon Valley Unionization Starts From The Bottom Up->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Unionization has long been resisted in Silicon Valley, both by management and by tech workers for whom high pay is an acceptable tradeoff for long hours and job instability. But as employees beyond programmers are pulled into the tech industry's orbit, Silicon Valley may have to reckon with workers with different ideas. For instance, the drivers who shuttle Facebook employees to and from the company's campus are now represented by the Teamsters, and just won a pay increase from $18 to $24.50 an hour."
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+ - NSA, UK's GCHQ Reportedly Hacked Encryption of SIM Card Maker->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies reportedly hacked into the computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and took smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide. According to a story in The Intercept, the hack, which was detailed in a 2010 GCHQ document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, allowed the two spy agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s mobile phone voice and data traffic."
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+ - TrueCrypt Audit Back on Track After Silence and Uncertainty->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "In October 2013 Cryptography professor Matthew Green and security researcher Kenneth White launched a project to perform a professional security audit of TrueCrypt, partly prompted by the leaks from Edward Snowden that suggested the NSA was engaged in efforts to undermine encryption. Their report, published in April 2014, covered the first phase of the audit. Phase two was supposed to involve a formal review of the program’s encryption functions, with the goal of uncovering any potential errors in the cryptographic implementations—but then the unexpected happened. In May 2014, the developers of TrueCrypt, who had remained anonymous over the years for privacy reasons, abruptly announced that they were discontinuing the project and advised users to switch to alternatives. Now, almost a year later, the project is back on track."
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+ - Revenge Porn King Faces At Least Two Years In Prison->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Hunter Moore, the infamous creator of Is Anybody Up, a site that posted nude photos that had been pilfered from people's email accounts, is facing prison time. He pled guilty to unauthorized access to a protected computer for private financial gain, and will serve a minimum prison sentence of two years in prison. But the legality of the act of posting nude photos online without the subjects' permission is still up in the air."
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+ - Does Open Data Have a Dark Side?->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "A Forbes article last month explored some of the potentially darker sides of open data — from creating a new kind of digital divide to making an argument in favor of privatizing certain government services. But how real are these downsides of open data? The World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Program Manager Jose Alonso is unconcerned, telling ITworld's Phil Johnson via email that the WWWF 'believes there is no substantial evidence yet that the availability of Open Data leads to the marketisation of public services or public spending cuts.' But Ben Wellington, a professor in the City & Regional Planning program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and author of the popular blog I Quant NY, takes a more cautious stance, acknowledging that there are some real concerns that may call for regulation. But, at least for now, 'there’s a lot more innovation and positive things coming out than these corner cases,' says Wellington."
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