Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI

The Register - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 07:32
Plus: New Dota challenge for OpenAI

Roundup Hello, welcome to this week's roundup in AI. The machines have been sending us spooky messages on Google Translate, Facebook is hiring more academics to start new labs and some prat decided to step on a self-driving car in California.…

LabCorp ransomed, 18k routers rooted, a new EXIF menace, and more

The Register - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 02:27
Plus a new worry for enterprises over DNS flaws

Roundup This was the week of blunders by Venmo, million-dollar bank heists, and beefier bug bounties.…

Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:19
Python Language Server an option for those that code

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, the company's Electron-based source code editor for Linux, macOS and Windows, has been bestowed with the company's Python Language Server, making it more fluent in the popular programming language.…

<strong>[NSFW]</strong> Fake prudes: Spoilsport AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 18:01
Send nudes plz... for the purposes of training this machine-learning software

NSFW Artificially intelligent software is used more and more to automatically detect and ban nude images on social networks and similar sites. However, today's algorithms and models aren't perfect at clocking racy snaps, and a lot of content moderation still falls to humans.…

Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 17:04
Russia's Fancy Bear crew caught gearing up for mid-terms

Microsoft says it has already uncovered evidence of Russian government-backed hacking gangs attempting to interfere in the 2018 US mid-term elections.…

Friday FYI - 9 out of 10 login attempts come from hacking attacks

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:18
Hackers hoping people reuse lousy passwords

Up to 90 per cent of the average online retailer's login traffic is generated by cybercriminals trying their luck with credential stuffing attacks, an analysis by security company Shape Security has estimated in its latest Credential Spill Report.…

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter make it easier to download your info and upload to, er, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter etc...

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:43
GDPR put a gun to their heads

Allowing developers to siphon millions of netizens' personal information didn't work out so well for Facebook, given the Cambridge Analytica affair.…

Crypto gripes, election security, and mandatory cybersec school: Uncle Sam's cyber task force emits todo list for govt

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:12
In detail: The threats facing America's computer networks

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) this week released the first report from its Cyber Digital Task Force, which was set up in February to advise the government on how to strengthen its online defenses – and why.…

Encryption gripes, election security, and mandatory cybersec school: DOJ releases first task force report

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:12
Sessions debuts report on government's threat landscape

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has released its first report from its Cyber Digital Task Force, which was set up in February to advise on better online defenses for the Land of the FreeTM.…

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:31
Well, that sucks *ba-dum tsh*

Vulnerabilities in a range of robot vacuum cleaners allow access to the camera and remote control of affected devices.…

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:27
It's make-your-mind-up time

Comment Two contradictory ideas run through statements by Microsoft executives this week.…

Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:30
MoneyTaker lives up to its name

Hackers stole almost $1m from a Russian bank earlier this month after breaching its network via an outdated router.…

Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:30
Most of their core apps were already in the cloud anyway

Financial software flinger Intuit is binning its biggest data centre and plonking its corporate backends onto AWS – in another win for the public cloud's biggest player.…

As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:45
He who controls supplies controls... eh, not much

Four years ago at the height of smartwatch hype, it was the most desirable mineral in the world. The tech superpowers jostled to obtain supplies of the material, just as the superpowers jostled to secure their nitrate supplies* ahead of the First World War.…

UK's Huawei handler dials back support for Chinese giant's kit in critical infrastructure

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:17
'Limited assurance' that there is no risk to national security

A UK government-run oversight board has expressed misgivings about the security of telecoms kit from Chinese firm Huawei.…

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:50
That's not my department say, er... Intel, Apple and Dell ♫

Owners of laptops fitted with Intel's Core i9 high-performance chip, including models made by Apple and Dell, are finding that the machines slow down to the pace of older models.…

If only 3D desktop printers could 3D print sales! Units crash in Q1

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:21
Fewer desktop versions shifted but industrial devices fly

There was a lull after the 3D printer sales storm in 2017 as shipments of personal/desktop boxes declined in the first quarter of this year for the first time, according to distributor stats.…

Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:53
If you're expecting Tizens, Fires or alt-droids to flower, don't hold your breath

Comment The European Commission wants to see a thousand Android forks bloom as the result of its decision yesterday to demand remedies from Google for its anti-competitive conduct on mobile.…

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:23
How to get in free – or for cheap – at the Great British Beer Festival

Competition The fine people at CAMRA are also fans of The Register, and are giving away both free and half-price tickets for possibly one of the greatest show on Earth: the incredible Great British Beer Festival at Olympia next month.…

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

The Register - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 05:46
Devising complex new passwords is character-building

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Try as I might, it won't go in.…