Ransomware attacks in US cities are utilizing a stolen NSA tool

Microsoft has issued fixes for affected Windows version after the NSA disclosed the long-secret vulnerabilities. However, these attacks frequently succeed due to fragmented local governments that tend to be cautious about upgrades. In addition to using a mishmash of software and configurations that complicates updates, cities may be hesitant to patch or upgrade their software…

LaLiga fined $280k for soccer app’s personal privacy breaking spy mode

Spanish soccer’s premier league, LaLiga, has netted itself a €250,000 (~$280k) fine for privacy violations of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) related to its official app. As we reported a year ago, users of the LaLiga app were outraged to discover the smartphone software does rather more than show minute-by-minute commentary of football matches…

Graphene as an open-source material

Don Basile is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with more than 20 years of executive experience in technology, healthcare and telecommunications. More posts by this contributor The open-source model paved the way for significant advancements in the fields of software and programming, and has positively affected industries such as medicine, engineering and even fashion. The…

For less than $10, anyone can make an AI write a phony UN speech

Using less than $8 and 13 hours of training time, researchers from the United Nations were able to develop a program that could craft realistic-seeming speeches for the United Nations’ General Assembly. The study, first reported by MIT’s Technology Review, is another indication that the age of deepfakes is here and that faked texts could…

Software Executive Decries ‘Toxic Certainty Syndrome’

Software Executive Decries ‘Toxic Certainty Syndrome’ (glowforge.com) Posted by EditorDavid on Sunday May 12, 2019 @03:34AM from the reply-hazy-try-again dept. Michael Natkin is the VP of software engineering at the 3D printer company Glowforge. In a recent post on the company blog, he argues that the tech industry has “glorified overconfidence” with its philosophy of…