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SWIFT says hackers still targeting bank messaging system

(5 days ago)
TORONTO (Reuters) - Hackers continue to target the SWIFT bank messaging system, though security controls instituted after last year's $81 million heist at Bangladesh's central bank have helped thwart many of those attempts, a senior SWIFT official told Reuters.

US Supreme Court To Decide Microsoft Email Privacy Dispute

(5 days ago)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. From a report: The justices will hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation. That decision by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals marked a victory for privacy advocates and technology companies that increasingly offer cloud computing services in which data is stored remotely. Microsoft, which has 100 data centers in 40 countries, was the first U.S. company to challenge a domestic search warrant seeking data held outside the country. There have been several similar challenges, most brought by Google.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

(5 days ago)
In a coordinated look at one of the universe's most violent acts, astronomers hit the gold mine of science and even figure out the cosmic origins of gold

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

(5 days ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas.

WPA2 Security Flaw Puts Almost Every Wi-Fi Device at Risk of Hijack, Eavesdropping

(5 days ago)
A security protocol at the heart of most modern Wi-Fi devices, including computers, phones, and routers, has been broken, putting almost every wireless-enabled device at risk of attack. From a report: The bug, known as "KRACK" for Key Reinstallation Attack, exposes a fundamental flaw in WPA2, a common protocol used in securing most modern wireless networks. Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic, who found the flaw, said the weakness lies in the protocol's four-way handshake, which securely allows new devices with a pre-shared password to join the network. That weakness can, at its worst, allow an attacker to decrypt network traffic from a WPA2-enabled device, hijack connections, and inject content into the traffic stream. In other words: hackers can eavesdrop on your network traffic. The bug represents a complete breakdown of the WPA2 protocol, for both personal and enterprise devices -- putting every supported device at risk. "If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected," said Vanhoef, on his website. News of the vulnerability was later confirmed on Monday by US Homeland Security's cyber-emergency unit US-CERT, which about two months ago had confidentially warned vendors and experts of the bug, ZDNet has learned.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Researchers uncover flaw that makes Wi-Fi vulnerable to hacks

(5 days ago)
(Reuters) - Belgian researchers have discovered a flaw in a widely used system for securing Wi-Fi communications that could allow hackers to read information that was previously understood to be encrypted, or infect websites with malware, they said on Monday.

Facebook helps children to fight cyber bullying in UK schools

(5 days ago)
LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook said on Monday it would fund young "digital safety ambassadors" in every secondary school in Britain to help students tackle cyber bullying and other online dangers.

Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint plan merger without selling assets

(6 days ago)
(Reuters) - T-Mobile U.S. Inc and Sprint Corp plan to announce a merger agreement without any immediate asset sales, as they seek to preserve as much of their spectrum holdings and cost synergies as they can before regulators ask for concessions, according to people familiar with the matter.

BlackBerry shares down after another top exec leaves

(6 days ago)
(Reuters) - BlackBerry's U.S.-listed shares fell almost 4 percent to $11.12 on Monday after a second senior executive from its licensing unit quit this month.

Kazakhtelecom may be first key state company to list abroad in 2018

(6 days ago)
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's largest telecom operator may be the first of three big state-run companies to list abroad in 2018, an executive at the Kazakh sovereign wealth fund said on Monday, as the country looks to attract billions of dollars in its privatization drive.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Blocks 322,000 Cheaters

(6 days ago)
The new anti-cheating system installed in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banning more than 6,000 suspected cheaters every day. An anonymous reader quotes PC Gamer:That's according to BattlEye, which polices the game's servers. Its official account tweeted yesterday that between 6,000 and 13,000 players are getting their marching orders daily. On Saturday morning, it had cracked down on nearly 20,000 players within the previous 24-hour period... In total, the service has blocked 322,000 people, double the number that was reported by the game's creator Brendan Greene, aka PlayerUnknown, last month. Yesterday the game had more than 2.2 million concurrent players.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Toyota to test self-driving, talking cars by about 2020

(6 days ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp on Monday said it would begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with drivers, as the company competes with tech firms to develop new vehicles.

Baidu's iQiyi picks BofA, Credit Suisse, Goldman for U.S. IPO: IFR

(6 days ago)
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Baidu Inc's iQiyi, a Netflix style video streaming service in China, has picked three banks to help arrange a U.S. initial public offering (IPO) worth about $1 billion, IFR reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the plans.

German ambassador warns that internet controls could harm companies, isolate China

(6 days ago)
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's internet restrictions have struck a "new blow" against foreign companies working there, Germany's ambassador said on Monday, warning that such moves could undermine Beijing's political and commercial ties with the world.

Oi's largest creditors demand meeting to renegotiate debt plan

(6 days ago)
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A group of bondholders that are Oi SA's largest creditors demanded on Sunday that the company's top executives meet them as soon as possible to renegotiate a debt plan.

Investment firm Investor AB overtakes Cevian as top Ericsson owner

(6 days ago)
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Investor AB has regained the position as the biggest shareholder in mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson during the third quarter, overtaking Cevian Capital, the investment firm said on Monday.

Italy's undersecretary not aware of talks with Telecom Italia over network spin-off

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PRATO, Italy - (Reuters) - The Italian government is not currently talking to Telecom Italia about the idea of spinning off the group's fixed-line network, a junior minister said on Monday.

The dome which could help machines understand behaviour

(6 days ago)
Made up of over 500 cameras, the Panoptic Studio captures motion without the use of markers.

Can we teach robots ethics?

(6 days ago)
We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this - by themselves - is fast approaching.

40 years since the launch of the Atari 2600

(6 days ago)
40 Years ago, video games changed forever with the launch of the Atari 2600.

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

(6 days ago)
Encryption tools in apps such as WhatsApp "thwart law enforcement", says US Deputy Attorney General.

YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

(6 days ago)
YouTube denies accusations of racism, saying it wanted to be culturally sensitive about uploads.

UK mobile coverage 'deplorable', says Lord Adonis

(6 days ago)
The national infrastructure commission head also warns the UK faces gridlock on roads, railways and in the skies.

Microwave breakthrough helps boost hard drive sizes

(6 days ago)
Microwaves could help make drives with much higher capacities than those seen today.

Uber lodges appeal over London ban

(6 days ago)
The ride-hailing firm files an appeal after being denied a licence to operate in the capital.

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

(6 days ago)
The firm is still reeling since disclosure of an earlier cyber-breach that affected millions in the US and UK.

Dow Jones: 'Google acquires Apple' news was 'error'

(6 days ago)
The Dow Jones newswire accidentally published the story during a test.

Websites hacked to mint crypto-cash

(6 days ago)
Hundreds of websites are harbouring malicious code that uses visitors' computers to generate digital cash, suggests a report.

Internet speed guarantees must be realistic, says Ofcom

(6 days ago)
New Ofcom rules require ISPs to be realistic about speeds before customers purchase contracts.

How a girl who cannot speak got a unique voice

(6 days ago)
New digital technology allows people without a voice to sound like themselves for the first time.

BBC presenter challenges table tennis playing robot

(6 days ago)
The robot can track a player's body language allowing it to play shots accordingly.

Drones tasked with catching bad drivers

(6 days ago)
Road police in France have been testing them out in Bordeaux.

How to control your television with any object

(6 days ago)
The Matchpoint system can control the volume, channel or access menus.

WeChat translates 'black foreigner' into racial slur

(6 days ago)
Chinese chat app WeChat apologises after its software translated "black foreigner" into the N-word.

Why are some women boycotting Twitter?

(6 days ago)
Many users are removing themselves from Twitter for a day to protest "women's voices being silenced".

Baidu's iQiyi picks BofA, Credit Suisse, Goldman for U.S. IPO: IFR

(6 days ago)
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Baidu Inc's iQiyi, a Netflix style video streaming service in China, has picked three banks to help arrange a U.S. initial public offering (IPO) worth about $1 billion, IFR reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the plans.

Ask Slashdot: Should Users Uninstall Kaspersky's Antivirus Software?

(6 days ago)
First, here's the opinion of two former NSA cybersecurity analysts (via Consumer Reports):"It's a big deal," says Blake Darche, a former NSA cybersecurity analyst and the founder of the cybersecurity firm Area 1. "For any consumers or small businesses that are concerned about privacy or have sensitive information, I wouldn't recommend running Kaspersky." By its very nature antivirus software is an appealing tool for hackers who want to access remote computers, security experts say. Such software is designed to scan a computer comprehensively as it searches for malware, then send regular reports back to a company server. "One of the things people don't realize, by installing that tool you give [the software manufacturer] the right to pull any information that might be interesting," says Chris O'Rourke, another former NSA cybersecurity expert who is the CEO of cybersecurity firm Soteria. But for that reason, Bloomberg View columnist Leonid Bershidsky suggests any anti-virus software will be targetted by nation-state actors, and argues that for most users, "non-state criminal threats are worse. That's why Interpol this week signed a new information-sharing agreement with Kaspersky despite all the revelations in the U.S. media: The international police cooperation organization deals mainly with non-state actors, including profit-seeking hackers, rather than with the warring intelligence services." And long-time Slashdot reader freddieb is a loyal Kaspersky user who is wondering[..]

Munich Plans New Vote on Dumping Linux For Windows 10

(6 days ago)
An anonymous reader quotes TechRepublic:The city of Munich has suggested it will cost too much to carry on using Linux alongside Windows, despite having spent millions of euros switching PCs to open-source software... "Today, with a Linux client-centric environment, we are often confronted with major difficulties and additional costs when it comes to acquiring and operating professional application software," the city council told the German Federation of Taxpayers. Running Linux will ultimately prove unsustainable, suggests the council, due to the need to also keep a minority of Windows machines to run line-of-business software incompatible with Linux. "In the long term, this situation means that the operation of the non-uniform client landscape can no longer be made cost-efficient"... Since completing the multi-year move to LiMux, a custom-version of the Linux-based OS Ubuntu, the city always kept a smaller number of Windows machines to run incompatible software. As of last year it had about 4,163 Windows-based PCs, compared to about 20,000 Linux-based PCs. The assessment is at odds with a wide-ranging review of the city's IT systems by Accenture last year, which found that most of the problems stem not from the use of open-source software, but from inefficiencies in how Munich co-ordinates the efforts of IT teams scattered throughout different departments. Dr. Florian Roth, leader of the Green Party at Munich City Council, said the review had also not recommended a[..]

Nobel Prize Winner Argues Tech Companies Should Be Changing The World

(6 days ago)
An anonymous reader writes:Tech companies are competing to serve the wealthy, argues the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, complaining there's no "global vision," with big innovations instead "designed and dedicated mostly for commercial successes... while trillions of dollars are invested in developing robotics and artificial intelligence for military and commercial purposes, there is little interest in applying technology to overcome the massive human problems of the world." A genius in the tech industry "can dedicate his work to creating a medical breakthrough that will save thousands of lives -- or he can develop an app that will let people amuse themselves." As an exception, he cites the low-cost Endless computer, which runs Linux and has 50,000 Wikipedia articles pre-installed to enable offline research -- plus more than 100 applications -- for a price of just $79. "One part of Endless's business is operated like a conventional, profit-seeking company, while the other part is a social business that provides underserved populations with educational, health, and creative services they were once denied. Endless is already being shipped around the globe by four of the five largest computer manufacturers. It has become the leading PC platform in Indonesia and much of Southeast Asia. It has also been selected as the standard operating system for the Brazilian Ministry of Education, and in coming months it will be adopted as the primary platform by a number of other Latin[..]
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