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Submission + - Facebook's DeepFace Project Nears Human Accuracy In Identifying Faces

kc123 writes: Facebook has reached a major milestone in computer vision and pattern recognition, with ‘DeepFace,’ an algorithm capable of identifying a face in a crowd with 97.25 percent accuracy, which is pretty much on par with how good the average human is (97.5 percent accurate) at recognizing the faces of other walking, talking meat sacks. To get past the limitations of ordinary facial matching software, Facebook’s researchers have managed to find a way to build 3D models of faces from a photo, which can then be rotated to provide matching of the same face captured at different angles. In the past, facial recognition via computer could be pretty easily foiled if a subject is simply tilting their head in a slightly different direction.

Submission + - "Robot" Snowden Takes Stage at TED Promising More Spying Revelations (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Edward Snowden's face appeared on a screen as he maneuvered the wheeled android around a stage at the TED gathering, addressing an audience in Vancouver without ever leaving his secret hideaway. He promised more sensational revelations about US spying programs, saying "some of the most important reporting to be done is yet to come."

Internet creator Tim Berners-Lee briefly joined Snowden's interview with TED curator Chris Anderson, and came down in the hero camp. When Anderson posed the question to the TED audience — known for famous, innovative, and influential attendees — the idea that Snowden was a force for good met with applause. "Hero patriot or traitor; I would say I am an American citizen just like anyone else," Snowden said. "What really matters here is the kind of government we want; the kind of Internet we want."

Submission + - 1% of World's Bitcoins Stolen in Largest Electronic Heist in History (intellihub.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nearly $100M in Bitcoins have been stolen in what has been termed as the biggest electronic heist in history. Some say inside job.

(INTELLIHUB) — While each Bitcoin peeked at $1,203 last week, the currency took a massive dip over the weekend dropping to almost $200 after a $96M heist was carried out onto SheepMarketplace.

At this time it is only speculation that the heist caused the dip in Bitcoin’s value as dips after a high peak are somewhat common in other markets, but most would agree.

SheepleMarketplace is essentially a black market. Brian Donohue writing for Threat Post explained the firm as an “underground marketplace located within the Tor Hidden Services that caters to the sale of drugs, weapons, and other illicit goods”.[1]

Submission + - China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands - Issues War Threat (france24.com)

cold fjord writes: France24 reports, "Beijing on Saturday announced it was setting up an "air defence identification zone" over an area that includes islands controlled by Japan but claimed by China, in a move that could inflame the bitter territorial row. Along with the creation of the zone in the East China Sea, the defence ministry released a set of aircraft identification rules that must be followed by all planes entering the area, under penalty of intervention by the military. Aircraft are expected to provide their flight plan, clearly mark their nationality, and maintain two-way radio communication allowing them to "respond in a timely and accurate manner to the identification inquiries" from Chinese authorities. The outline of the new zone ... covers a wide area of the East China Sea between South Korea and Taiwan that includes the Tokyo-controlled islands known as the Senkakus to Japan and Diaoyous to China. "China's armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in the identification or refuse to follow the instructions," according to the ministry. " — The Politico adds, "Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Saturday the United States is “deeply concerned” over China’s move to establish an air defense zone over a string of disputed islands in the East China Sea. “We view this development as a destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region,” Hagel said in a statement. “This unilateral action increases the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculations.”" — Spiegel Online has background on the conflict with Japan and on related regional issues. — This announcement follows the recent publication in Chinese state media of maps showing nuclear strike plans against the US.

Submission + - Half of TOR Sites Compromised, Including TORMail. (twitlonger.com)

elysiuan writes: "The founder of Freedom Hosting has been arrested in Ireland and is awaiting extradition to USA.

In a crackdown that FBI claims to be about hunting down pedophiles, half of the onion sites in the TOR network has been compromised, including the e-mail counterpart of TOR deep web, TORmail"

The FBI has also embedded a 0-day Javascript attack against Firefox 17 on Freedom Hosting's server. It appears to install a tracking cookie and a payload that phones home to the FBI when the victim resumes non-TOR browsing. Interesting implications for The Silk Road and the value of Bitcoin stemming from this. The attack relies on two extremely unsafe practices when using TOR: Enabled Javascript, and using the same browser for TOR and non-TOR browsing. Any users accessing a Freedom Hosting hosted site since 8/2 with javascript enabled are potentially compromised.

Submission + - The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet!

NobleSavage writes: We all new it was just a matter of time. With the rush to put more and more appliances on-line Japanese toilet maker Satis, one of Japan's largest commode companies, has finally networked the toilet.

Just as you would have predicted, the information security company Trustwave Holdings has published an advisory regarding Satis-brand toilets. According to Trustwave, every Satis toilet has the same hard-coded Bluetooth PIN, which means any person using the 'My Satis' [Android] application can control any Satis toilet.

Submission + - Post Without Worry - Anonymouth Hides Your Identity (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: An open source project to combat "stylometry", the study of attributing authorship to documents based only on the linguistic style they exhibit, is proving that it is possible to change writing style so as to evade detection.
Artificial Intelligence techniques are routinely used to detect plagiarism and recently were employed to reveal that Harry Potter author J K Rowling is indeed the author of The Cuckoo's Calling published under the byline of Robert Galbraith. Now software is tackling the opposite problem — anonymizing writing style to protect the identity of the originator.
The JStylo-Anonymouth (JSAN) framework is work in progress at Privacy, Security and Automation Lab (PSAL) at Drexel University.It anaylizes a written text and detects features which could be used to identify the author. It then suggests changes that need to be made to avoid the authors stylistic fingerprint appearing in the work.
So next time you want to post something to the world and remain anonymous remember to use anonymouth.

Submission + - Arizona gears up to tax and regulate cannabis.

LavishRadish111 writes: ABC15 reports, "The intent of the initiative is to legalize marijuana in Arizona and to treat it as we treat alcohol," said Dennis Bohlke, a Phoenix computer engineer who is the treasurer of the group, Safer Arizona.
Supporters must collect 259,213 valid signatures from registered voters by July 3, 2014 to get the measure on the November 2014 ballot.
Organizers say the initiative campaign will be a grassroots effort relying on volunteers to collect signatures.
Bohlke acknowledged the lack of major funding will be a handicap.
He said it was the thought of young people getting arrested and having a criminal record because of the drug that got the ball rolling.
"To me there was just no other way to get this issue solved," he said. "I wanted to light a fire under the Legislature."

Submission + - Sony & Panasonic New Optical Storage 12x Blu-ray - Format War in the Making? (audioholics.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Sony and Panasonic have teamed up to develop a next-generation physical storage media with 12x the capability of Blu-ray. Does this have commercial implications as an Ultra-HD solution? If so, are we going to see format war brewing? Did the industry not learn its lesson from HD DVD vs Blu-ray, and VHS vs Beta?

Submission + - FreeBSD, Ubuntu Offer Same NVIDIA OpenGL Support As Windows (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: There's some good news if you use NVIDIA graphics on (Ubuntu) Linux or FreeBSD with their binary graphics driver: the OpenGL performance is comparable to Windows 8. Unfortunately, that's not the same for Intel graphics and AMD doesn't even offer a Catalyst driver for FreeBSD. FreeBSD offers a binary Linux compatibility layer to run games at the same (or better) performance as Linux, but unfortunately it's capped to running Linux x86 binaries and NVIDIA is the only GPU vendor with proper BSD graphics driver support.

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