12 Nov 2019

Deal With Taliban Will Free American and Australian Professors, Officials Say

The Afghan government and the Taliban negotiated a prisoner exchange that would liberate American professor Kevin King and Australian professor Timothy Weeks, both former professors at the American University of Afghanistan. Three senior Taliban figures will also be released, including Anas Haqqani. President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan stated that the

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12 Nov 2019

A.I. Systems Echo Biases They’re Fed, Putting Scientists on Guard

A year ago Google reported a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology called BERT. BERT, which is used in Google’s internet search engine, learns from digitized information like Wikipedia entries, news articles, and old books. This presents an issue that has caught the attention of security researchers and experts who claim BERT

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12 Nov 2019

Twitter is trying to figure out how to handle deepfakes

Deepfake technology uses intricate facial recognition technology to create video forgeries that are false or misleading, and can be extremely convincing. Last year, members of Congress urged lawmakers to address the issue of deepfakes and realize their potential risk. Twitter recently announced a plan to combat deepfake technology, stating that

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12 Nov 2019

McDonald’s AI Drive-Thrus May Be Too Smart For Their Own Good

The fast-food chain Mcdonald’s has been implementing measures to stylize restaurants in order to compete in the current landscape in which fast food is becoming increasingly less popular. Following the installation of in-store touchscreens, McDonalds has began testing the use of artificial intelligence technology in drive-throughs. However, many security experts

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12 Nov 2019

TrickBot Malware Uses Fake Sexual Harassment Complaints as Bait

Recently, attackers have formulated fake sexual harassment complaints that appear to come from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to disperse TrickBot malware, which targets financial data and acts to deploy other malware. This spearphishing campaign utilizes social engineering tactics to convince targets into exposing sensitive information. The customized phishing

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12 Nov 2019

Report Reveals Businesses Aren’t Ready for 5G

AT&T recently published a Cybersecurity Insights Report, which found that many businesses are not prepared for a data acceleration to 5G. The report states that enterprises are lacking the expansion of virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities. Only 16% of survey respondents said they have already began preparing for 5G

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12 Nov 2019

Verizon: As credit-card regulation compliance drops, cybersecurity risk rises

For the past nine years, Verizon has released a Payment Security Report (PSR). Verizon’s PSR sheds light on the compliance of companies with regulations within the payment card industry and the value of the Performance Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). While credit cards remain the most popular form

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12 Nov 2019

Large-scale cyberattack hits Labour Party systems

A month out from UK’s General Election, the Labour Party reported they had been hit with a cyberattack. The Labour Party stated that the attack was sophisticated and affected the party website, which was down yesterday while security experts worked on responding to the attack. The Labour Party stated that

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11 Nov 2019

Myanmar Genocide Lawsuit Is Filed at United Nations Court

On Monday, Gambia commenced legal action against the government of Myanmar for their purge of Rohingya Muslims residing in the country. Thousands of the minority group of Rohingya Muslims fled the country following a campaign of rape, arson, and killing. The lawsuit was filed at the International Court of Justice

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11 Nov 2019

IMF to release second tranche of $6 billion Pakistan loan package

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Friday that it would release the second portion of financial assistance to Pakistan. In April, the IMF agreed to the 13th bailout program for Pakistan amid a worsening economy and the financial decline of over 208 million people. The total financial support that

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