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Obama Administration Concerned United States Falling Behind on AI Research

Posted on October 18th, 2016.

The White House released its “National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan” [PDF] this month. One of the chief concerns in the report is the fact that of the two countries doing the most research on artificial intelligence, more specifically on deep learning, the US has fallen into second place. The below...

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Activism

Is Russia Really Looking to Hack the U.S. Presidential Elections?

Posted on October 12th, 2016.

Hillary Clinton and her party believe it’s Russia’s fault that various scandals surrounding her and the Democratic National Committee have come to light in recent weeks. From the organization’s early unfair treatment of Bernie Sanders to the fact that the DNC knew Donald Trump was the candidate Hillary could most likely beat, and...

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Artificial Intelligence

Beware Uber Drivers! The Robot Cars Are Coming

Posted on September 15th, 2016.

Uber announced that that the world’s first self-driving Uber cars are on the road in Pittsburgh, the Steel City. The road ahead is still long, but the implications are staggering.

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Opinionated

New Bike Simulator Makes it Amusingly Fun to Exercise

Posted on December 15th, 2015.

We joined Activetainment‘s Norway launch of their new B\01 Bike in Oslo earlier this month. The new bike is a part of the training concept named ebove which is: a unique training concept that combines exercise and gaming. Activetainment strives to make indoor exercise more like outdoor exercise, with both visual and motional...

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Hacking

Surveillance Age Love

Posted on December 10th, 2015.

What do you think: Is spying on your lover okay? One survey found approximately one-third of people are okay with spying on their loved ones. A recent report out of Australia showed that nearly half of young Australians think spying on their partner via computer, phone or otherwise is acceptable. A simple Google search shows people are...

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Artificial Intelligence

Smart Car Tattles on Hit-and-Running Driver

Posted on December 8th, 2015.

Drunk and irresponsible drivers beware: your smart car can most definitely rat you out. Cathy Bernstein of Port St. Lucie recently learned as much the hard way after rear-ending two vehicles and fleeing the scene. Her Ford vehicle has a built in “Emergency Assist” feature which proceeded to call 911 having satisfied all its requirements...

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Opinionated

Israel Wants YouTube To Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict

Posted on December 1st, 2015.

According to AlterNet, Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely recently met with Google executives to discuss potential censorship of certain YouTube videos. Specifically, videos that the Israeli state deems to “incite violence.” In a Hebrew-only press release, Hotovely told Maariv that she had attended a meeting with...

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Business

Prison Phone Profiteer Securus Granted Robocalling Patent

Posted on November 30th, 2015.

Readers may recall our story earlier this month about Securus, a leading prison telephony provider, being hacked and how the hackers discovered that the company was recording thousands of privileged communications that lawyers had with inmates. The Intercept had received the tip-off, along with the calls, and reported on the subject....

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Hardware

You Don’t Really Own Your Hardware: The War on Electronics Repair

Posted on November 25th, 2015.

The ways that companies like Apple try to extract more cash from their customer base are many. The notion of planned obsolescence is defined by the Oxford dictionary like so: A policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of...

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Business

Giant German Web Publisher Axel Springer Is Suing an Ad-Blocker

Posted on November 24th, 2015.

It’s a wonder web publishers are able to make a living anymore, in that most people unapologetically use some form of ad-blocking software. The conscientious visitor to a given website will turn off the blocker for that site, in hopes that the site is able to continue to produce the content that brings them there. There is also the...

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Law

Girl Listed Simultaneously As Minor and Adult for Nude Selfie

Posted on November 22nd, 2015.

16-year-old Brianna Denson of Fayetteville, North Carolina plead guilty in July as an adult – for crimes against herself. The girl had taken nude photos of herself, an increasingly common activity among teenagers, and had possessed it. That’s two charges. To avoid becoming a sex offender, which brings with it a lifetime stigma, the...

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Communication

Carnegie Mellon Denies FBI Quid Pro Quo

Posted on November 19th, 2015.

Hacked reported last week that Tor director Roger Dingledine made the bold claim that the FBI had directly paid Carnegie Mellon University researchers at their Software Engineering Institute to help uncloak Tor nodes and aid law enforcement in prosecuting Dark Web criminals. Carnegie Mellon was not consulted in most of the media...

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Cybersecurity

Microsoft Goes $1 Billion Deep on Security

Posted on November 19th, 2015.

After years of having a reputation as the most insecure commercial operating system producers, it appears that Microsoft is taking security more seriously than ever. The company invested $1 billion into security operations over the past year, and increased the number of security executives on its payroll by 100%. Taking a “holistic”...

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Anonymous

Anonymous Takes Down Thousands of Islamic State Twitter Accounts Overnight

Posted on November 18th, 2015.

Despite being called “idiots” by the Islamic State after declaring “total war” on the expressly terrorist organization, hacktivist group Anonymous has already taken down more than a few thousand pro-ISIL Twitter accounts. Two days into the keyboard war and Anonymous claims to have gained control of roughly 5,500 ISIS-related Twitter...

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Communication

ISIS’ Digital Caliphate Going Dark – Darknet, That Is

Posted on November 18th, 2015.

The digital propaganda machine of ISIS has run into trouble staying afloat on the clear net, and so like most other banned information, they’re heading to the deep web. While this may severely limit the ability of the group to dutifully indoctrinate new members who aren’t skilled in the arts of Tor, the group hopes the sites...

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Communication

The DEA Digs Your Instagram Bong Selfies

Posted on November 17th, 2015.

It will come as no surprise to the average Hacked reader that the government is interested in their social media activity. People talk, and a lot of times, give themselves away, even when doing things which can get them in lots of trouble. Thus the DEA, FBI & Secret Service, all of course with some help from the NSA, are quite keen...

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Activism

Hackers Must Eject the SJWs, Says Legendary Hacker Eric Raymond

Posted on November 16th, 2015.

In a post titled “Why Hackers Must Eject the SJWs,” legendary open-source software developer and Libertarian activist Eric Raymond, the author of “The Cathedral and the Bazaar,” warns that the hacker culture is under ideological attack from the so-called “Social Justice Warriors” (SWJs).

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Communication

Facebook Sides With Identity Thieves

Posted on November 13th, 2015.

Open teaching is the idea that people have the right to learn regardless of their ability or circumstance. The diversity of the people they interact with makes for a much larger attack surface, with a huge range of connections on Facebook and elsewhere. But here we’ll focus on Facebook and some recent incidences. Readers may not be...

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Breaches

InstaAgent = InstaTheft – Google and Apple Move to Rid Instagram Malware

Posted on November 12th, 2015.

InstaAgent was an app in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store which claimed to show the user who was looking at their Instagram profile. Never underestimate the vanity of millennials, since as many as half a million installed the app. It rose on the charts near Candy Crush levels. The developer was making money through...

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Business

Facebook Set to Appeal Belgian Data Privacy Decision

Posted on November 11th, 2015.

Belgium recently had a court ruling that determined Facebook was going too far in collecting information about visitors to its site who are not Facebook users. Facebook has said that it will appeal this decision, which it likely considers central to the business model the company uses, whereby they harvest user data and sell it to...