Information Security

Fooling Speech Recognition With Hidden Voice Commands

Hack a Day - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:00

It’s 2018, and while true hoverboards still elude humanity, some future predictions have come true. It’s now possible to talk to computers, and most of the time they might even understand you. Speech recognition is usually achieved through the use of neural networks to process audio, in a way that some suggest mimics the operation of the human brain. However, as it turns out, they can be easily fooled.

The attack begins with an audio sample, generally of a simple spoken phrase, though music can also be used. The desired text that the computer should hear instead is then fed into an algorithm along with the audio sample. This function returns a low value when the output of the speech recognition system matches the desired attack phrase. The input audio file is gradually modified using the mathematics of gradient descent, creating a result that to a human sounds like one thing, and to a machine, something else entirely.

The audio files are available on the site for your own experimental purposes. In a noisy environment with poor audio coupling between speakers and a Google Pixel, results were poor – OK Google only heard the human phrase, not the encoded attack phrase. Given that the sound quality was poor, and the files were generated with a different speech model, this is not entirely surprising. We’d love to hear the results of your experiments in the comments.

It’s all a part of [Nicholas]’s PhD studies around the strengths and pitfalls of neural networks. It highlights the fact that neural networks don’t always work in the way we think they do. Google’s Inception is susceptible to similar attacks with images, as we’ve seen recently.

[Thanks to Wolfgang for the tip!]

Canada charges chap alleged to run stolen data-mart Leakedsource

The Register - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:59
Unlike similar services, this one sold purloined passwords

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has announced it’s cuffed and charged a man for selling stolen identities and passwords at…

Phone camera comparison tool. Made using cardboard, rubber bands, and tooth picks.

Android - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:55

It was just a simple idea I had but it turned out to work pretty well. I imagine it could be extended such that more holes are added vertically to line up other off centered phone cameras as well. Would be cool to have a laser printed version out of wood.

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Direct Mail 5.2.1 - Create and send great looking email campaigns.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:46

Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for macOS. Create, send, and track great looking email campaigns that get results.

Start your newsletter by selecting from a gallery of professionally-designed templates (or import your own), then customize to your heart's content. You'll love not having to hassle with a slow, clunky, web-based editor. When you're ready to send, rely on Direct Mail's built-in email service to deliver your message in a flash. Campaign reports show you a clear summary of opens, clicks, and more. Grow your mailing list by creating customizable subscribe forms and publish them to your website or Facebook Page.

The published price is that for 1000 e-mail credits on the "Pay Per Email Plan". Pricing plans are available to meet the needs of all kinds of senders, from hobbyist to professional. View full pricing info.

Version 5.2.1:
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the subscribe form preview thumbnail from displaying correctly
  • Fixed a bug that could result in incorrect design test previews
  • Fixed a bug that could cause crashes or memory corruption
  • Improved the validation of message editor toolbar user interface elements
  • Additional bug fixes and improvements

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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DocWallet 2.1 - Securely store and access documents from multiple devices.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:41

DocWallet is your personal document lock box on the Mac, iPad, and PC. All data is encrypted and securely stored (tested by Fraunhofer AISEC), so your documents always remain confidential.

  • Securely synchronize your folders and documents
  • Read, save, and manage Adobe PDF documents
  • Use multiple formats such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, photos, and more
  • Organize your documents as desired
Whether for everyday use or for emergencies, whether private or for business, your confidential documents are clearly organized and securely stored in DocWallet: bank and tax documents, contracts and insurance policies, certificates and diplomas, wills and powers-of-attorney, photos and diaries, medical records and medical results. DocWallet securely stores everything under lock and key.

Note: In order to use DocWallet on an iPad or PC, you will need desktop software in addition to the Mac app. You can download this for free in the App Store and from and install it on your iPad or PC.

If you purchase an in-app feature from DocWallet for a 12-month term, you can synchronize your documents over multiple devices. This is not a subscription. After the feature expires, you can still access documents, email attachments, etc., in DocWallet as before, only the synchronization will be limited. By purchasing a new in-app feature, you can activate this functionality again at any time.

Version 2.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later.

  • View of a photo gallery within folders with picture files
  • Import function for any file types
  • Bug fixing

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Messenger for VK 6.1.1 - Messaging app for VK.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:36

Messenger for VK (was VKMessages) best client-messenger for VK. This client allows you to communicate directly from the desktop.

The application has an impressive list of features, including:

  • Forwarding, copying, and deleting messages
  • Search the dialogues and messages
  • Built-in web browser
  • Settings: the ability to disable online show, the transfer of the application in the menu bar, and others.
  • Insert images from the clipboard
  • Smilies and stickers
  • Notification Center, Full-Screen support
  • Retina Display Support
  • Support for short-keys VK
  • Adjust the font size in the dialog
  • View the history of a simple scrolling messages
  • View attachments images directly from the program, as well as saving to disk, etc.
  • And more amazing features.

Version 6.1.1:
  • Fixed crash.

  • OS X 10.7.5 or later

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Network Utility X 6.1.3 - Find out your network information.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:29

Network Utility X allows you to quickly find all of the information pertaining to your network. Information such as internal and external IP, ISP name, network name, MAC address, gateway address, subnet mask, and DNS addresses. In addition, with a single click, you can PING a domain, query a Whois server, or use NSLookup/Dig services to discover all available info about it.

Version 6.1.3:
  • Fixed a bug with the network interfaces stats

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Bad benchmarks bedevil boffins' infosec efforts

The Register - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:58
'Benchmark crimes' under-state the true performance impact of security controls

A group of operating systems specialists believes sloppy benchmarking is harming security efforts, by making it hard to assess the likely performance impact of security countermeasures.…

Question I know java script and I want to know how to ddos

Your hacking tutorial - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:45

I know java script and i have someones ip I just want to know how to ddos

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Latinum 6.0.16 - Trading and technical analysis software.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:21

Latinum supports over a dozen regular time based chart types; Candlestick, HLC (High-Low-Close), Heiken-Ashi, OHLC (Open-High-Low-Close), Step, Dot, Line, Histogram, Area, Candlestick Trend, Invisible, Hollow Candlestick, HL (High-Low), and Colored Line.

Latinum Features
  • Includes over 200 indicators such as ADX, MACD, RSI, Stochastic, Bollinger Bands. Also, contains over 60 candlestick pattern recognition studies such as Engulfing Pattern, Hammer, and Three Black Crows.
  • Supports intraday data intervals from 5 second to 8 hours, along with daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly intervals.
  • Select your desired price field to plot, Bid price, Ask price, or Mid price.
  • Customize how you want your candles built, choose from Open-Equals-Previous-Close or Open-Equals-First-Tick.
  • Draw rectangles, circles, triangles. Draw trend lines, horizontal lines, vertical lines, fib lines, quadrant lines, cycle lines, or channel lines. Draw ABCD, XABCD, Elliot Impulse and Corrective wave patterns. Draw custom patterns with the polyline or polygon tools.

Version 6.0.16: General:
  • Fixed exchange filter in symbol search dialog
  • Fixed drag and drop of symbol from Quotes sidebar, the data feed is
  • now changed too
  • Fixed application locking up when switching from a symbol with a
  • very small value (i.e. less than 1) to a symbol with a very large
  • value (i.e greater than 10000), this only occurred when the chart
  • contained a drawing with extended lines
  • Added ability to edit floating text labels text
  • Fixed saving z-index
  • Changed floating text labels so they are now associated with the
  • chart symbol. Existing labels are not affected, new labels will now
  • be shown or hidden when the symbol of the chart is changed.
  • Added Best Bid/Ask Lines study, this displays horizontal lines for
  • the current bid and ask prices
  • Added Ethfinex charts and Level 1 quotes data. Note, Ethfinex
  • log or error messages may contain the word Bitfinex in place of
  • Ethfinex.
  • RPX
  • Added backup symbol list server, this is used by all crypto feeds

  • OS X 10.8.5 or later

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3D Printing a Better Quadcopter Frame

Hack a Day - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:00

Before you smash the “Post Comment” button with the fury of Zeus himself, we’re going to go ahead and say it: if you want to build a decent quadcopter, buy a commercial frame. They are usually one of the cheaper parts of the build, they’re very light for how strong they are, and replacement parts are easily available. While you could argue the cost of PLA/ABS filament is low enough now that printing it would be cheaper than buying, you aren’t going to be able to make a better quadcopter frame on a 3D printer than what’s available on the commercial market.

The frame features a surprisingly low part count.

Having said that, [Paweł Spychalski] has recently shown off his 3D printed FPV racing quadcopter frame with some surprising results. The frame ended up being surprisingly stuff, and while the weight is a bit high, it’s actually lighter than he expected. If you’re looking to build a quad with the absolute minimum of expense his design might be something to look into.

Of course, [Paweł] is hardly the first person to think about printing a quad frame. But he did give his design some extra consideration to try and overcome some of the shortcomings he noticed in existing 3D printed designs. For one, rather than have four separate arms that mount to a central chassis, his design has arms that go all the way across with a thick support that goes between the motors. The central chassis is also reassuringly thick, adding to the overall stiffness of the frame.

The key here is that [Paweł] printed all the parts with 2 mm thick walls. While that naturally equates to longer print times and greater overall weight, it’s probably more than worth it to make sure the frame doesn’t snap in half the first time it touches the ground.

Beyond the printed parts, all you need to assemble this frame are about a dozen M3 nuts and bolts. Overall, between the hardware and the plastic you’re looking at a total cost of under $5 USD. In the video below [Paweł] puts the frame through its paces doing some acrobatic maneuvers, and it looks like 5 bucks well spent to us.

If you want to go all-in on 3D printed quadcopter parts, you can pair this frame with some printed propellers. Perhaps even a printed camera gimbal while you’re at it.

Microsoft extends patent protection shield on-premises

The Register - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:58
Azure Stack users invited under ‘IP Advantage’ umbrella

Microsoft’s extended its “Azure IP Advantage” litigation protection shield to on-premises technology, by applying it to the Azure Stack hybrid-cloud-in-a-box systems.…


Your hacking tutorial - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:25

I️ know this might not be the right sub to go to but I️ recently got my Xbox account hacked and Microsoft support couldn’t do anything to get it back for me due to my two step verification info being changed and I️ was wondering if there was any way I️ could “hack” it back even though this is most likely illegal or against Microsoft policies I️ was wondering if there was any way.

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Application Context - detect widgets?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:58

I would like to disable monochrome when a particular widget is visible. Currently, I disable monochrome when Launcher3 is in the foreground, but I'd like to be more targeted, and only disable monochrome when the widget is visible- so not when I am viewing the drawer, and not when I am on a home screen tab that does not contain the widget.

How might I do this? Monitoring services certainly won't help, as I believe widgets leave services running at all times.

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