Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users

Found on BBC News on Friday, 19 April 2019
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Facebook "unintentionally" uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted.

Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of their contacts.

That's not "unintentionally", that is their business model. It also does not sound very legal to grab the data of people who were not asked, just by getting it from someone else.

Mysterious Hackers Hid Their Swiss Army Spyware for 5 Years

Found on Wired on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
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In a talk at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Singapore Wednesday, Kaspersky security researcher Alexey Shulmin revealed the security firm's discovery of a new spyware framework—an adaptable, modular piece of software with a range of plugins for distinct espionage tasks—that it's calling TajMahal.

"TajMahal is an extremely rare, technically advanced and sophisticated framework, which includes a number of interesting features we have not previously seen in any other APT activity. Coupled with the fact that this APT has a completely new code base—there are no code similarities with other known APTs and malware—we consider TajMahal to be special and intriguing."

There are more than enough governments with lots of money and smart programmers who know what to do. Just because bureaucracy is slow and ineffecient, other state-run programs can be very efficient.

Teaser for Addams Family animated film can’t quite beat reboot fatigue

Found on Ars Technica on Tuesday, 09 April 2019
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MGM just dropped the first teaser for its animated reboot of The Addams Family, and it's exactly what you'd expect from the franchise—no more, no less.

The characters proved so popular that ABC created a 1964 live-action sitcom, The Addams Family, based on them.

All these remakes are tasting bland. Reboot once popular shows, bring comics to the theatres and add more and more seasons until viewers are fed up. Even worse, in this case the animated characters just look aweful. You can't just remake a classic like "The Addams Family"; at least "The Munsters Today" was a worthy continuation of "The Munsters".

Want to hang out with criminals but can't be bothered to download Tor? Try Faceboook

Found on The Register on Sunday, 07 April 2019
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It may surprise you to learn that carding, identity theft and spamming services also flourish on Facebook, recently in the news for live streaming hate killings in New Zealand.

According Talos, some of the activities promoted by these Facebook groups are obviously illegal, like selling credit card data dumps, and associated information like photos and identification documents to facilitate identity theft.

Finding these groups can be a challenge. It requires logging into Facebook and typing a search query like "carding" or "cvv," exhausing though that might be. But Facebook will thoughtfully offer search suggestions like "cvv dumps" or "cvv credit card" if your initial query didn't quite lead you to the appropriate den of iniquity.

It's a neverending story. Every day, more and more problems get uncovered.

Researchers trick Tesla Autopilot into steering into oncoming traffic

Found on Ars Technica on Tuesday, 02 April 2019
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The proof-of-concept exploit works not by hacking into the car's onboard computing system, but by using small, inconspicuous stickers that trick the Enhanced Autopilot of a Model S 75 into detecting and then following a change in the current lane.

The attack worked by carefully affixing three stickers to the road. The stickers were nearly invisible to drivers, but machine-learning algorithms used by the Autopilot detected them as a line that indicated the lane was shifting to the left.

That's a point which marketing people often forget: being an attack surface. Driving without help sounds pretty useful, but if three stickers can possibly kill you it's getting less interesting very quickly.

Dubstep artist Skrillex could protect against mosquito bites

Found on BBC News on Monday, 01 April 2019
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According to a recent scientific study, the way to avoid mosquito bites is to listen to electronic music - specifically dubstep, specifically by US artist Skrillex.

"The observation that such music can delay host attack, reduce blood feeding, and disrupt mating provides new avenues for the development of music-based personal protective and control measures against Aedes-borne diseases."

You wouldn't expect his music to be so bad even mosquitos don't want to mate.

Boeing takes $5 billion hit as Indonesian airline cancels 737 MAX order

Found on Ars Technica on Friday, 22 March 2019
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The Garuda cancellation would only put a small dent in the number of total 737 MAX aircraft on order. Based on data from Boeing, as of February there were 4,636 unfilled orders, so the outstanding order from Garuda would account for a little more than one percent of Boeing's backlog. Still, Garuda's exit could signal bigger long-term problems for Boeing as other carriers with mixed fleets of aircraft re-evaluate their positions.

Other major customers such as FlyDubai and the leasing company GECAS (formerly GE Capital Aviation Services) may be less reluctant to pull the plug if they see the aircraft as a potential liability.

If you try to save money by not adding security extras, you get what you deserve.

Hacked tornado sirens taken offline in two Texas cities ahead of major storm

Found on ZD Net on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
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Following the unauthorized intrusion, city authorities had to shut down their emergency warning system a day before major storms and potential tornados were set to hit the area.

According to CBS Dallas, DeSoto and Lancaster officials who investigated the incident confirmed the two emergency alarm systems had been hacked and set off "intentionally," excluding the possibility of a freak technical accident in the two cities at the same time.

It quickly gets obvious when someone found a way to mess with sirens.

Wildlife World Zoo: Jaguar attacks selfie-taker

Found on BBC News on Sunday, 10 March 2019
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When she crossed the barrier and approached the enclosure to photograph herself with the jaguar, it swiped out through the fencing, leaving deep gashes on her arms.

"The jaguar lets go of the girl somewhat because the claw catches on just her sweater. At that moment, I grabbed the girl around the torso and pulled her away from the cage and it unlatches from her claw.

People just get more and more stupid.

Two in five 'AI startups' essentially have no AI, mega-survey of nearly 3,000 upstarts finds

Found on The Register on Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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A full 40 per cent of tech companies describing themselves as "AI startups" had no evidence of machine-learning tech "material" to what the firms actually did, a report by VC investor MMC Ventures.

VC investment in AI has increased 15x in five years, the firm estimated. MMC also found that a greater proportion of AI startups are highly valued – for now.

Obviously. AI is just another buzzword that makes investors drool; like 5G, Smartwhatever, Cloud and Agile. Many of the so-called experts don't even have a clue and define AI as "algorithms".