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+ - How a Blu-ray Disc Could Install Malware on Your Computer->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Stephen Tomkinson of NCC Group, a U.K.-based security consultancy, engineered a Blu-ray disc that detects the type of player the disc is running on and then picks one of two exploits to land malware on a computer. One of the problems is in PowerDVD, an application made by Taiwanese company CyberLink for playing DVDs on Windows computers. The second vulnerability lies in some Blu-ray disc player hardware. Tomkinson presented the research at the Securi-Tay conference at Abertay University in Scotland on Friday."
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+ - Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech->

Submitted by itwbennett
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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+ - LTE Can Mooch Off Of Wi-Fi Spectrum With New Qualcomm Chipset->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "A chipset Qualcomm is introducing at Mobile World Congress next week is likely to make mobile operators happy and some Wi-Fi fans nervous. The FSM 99xx chipset for small cells, along with a matching transceiver that will go into mobile devices, are among the first products coming for so-called Licensed Assisted Access. LAA, sometimes called LTE-Unlicensed, is one of several emerging techniques to take advantage of the large amount of spectrum available in unlicensed bands used by Wi-Fi."
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+ - Google Shares Code To Help Server Software Digest HTTP/2->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Google has released as open source a framework for HTTP/2, the newly updated standard for transmitting Web pages and Web applications over the Internet. The software, called gRPC, handles remote procedure calls (RPC) between servers and clients, such as browsers or mobile applications. The gRPC framework powers most of Google’s services today, fielding tens of billions of Web calls every second."
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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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+ - AI Learns To Beat Classic Atari Games Without Human Help->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "DeepMind, a British AI company recently acquired by Google, has taught software called the Deep Q-network (DQN) onto classic Atari 2600 video games. Well, taught is the wrong word: the AI takes as input only the pixel information from the screen and the score; with an iterative process and a biologically inspired architecture, DQN learned the winning strategy for a number of games, though it fared poorly on games that required long-term planning."
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+ - IBM Provides Software For Management Of Long, Skinny Things->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Most large organizations use software to keep track of the assets they control, use, or sell. But keeping track of widgets in a warehouse is very different from keeping track of something a few feet wide and miles long — like a highway, an oil pipeline, or the London Underground's train lines. Transport for London is using IBM's linear asset management software to try to improve its dodgy uptime record."
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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->

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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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+ - 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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+ - NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data-> 1

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "This may not come as a huge shock, but the director of the NSA doesn't believe that you have the right to encrypt your data in a way that the government can't access it. At a cybersecurity policy event, Michael Rogers said that the U.S. should be able to craft a policy that allows the NSA and law enforcement agencies to read encrypted data when they need to."
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