05 Sep 2017

Future Spy Satellites Just Got Exponentially Smaller

“By changing the way microchips measure light, researchers are shrinking the size of space-based telescopes.” Source: Future Spy Satellites Just Got Exponentially Smaller – Defense One

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01 Sep 2017

IBM is teaching AI to behave more like the human brain

“DeepMind is even working on a system that ‘remembers’ important information and applies that accrued knowledge to future queries. But IBM is taking that concept and going two steps further. In a pair of research papers presented at the 2017 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence held in Melbourne, Australia

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11 Aug 2017

Artificial Intelligence: Putting Machines to Work for the Spies

“‘Industry is behind the curve right now with cyber defense not keeping pace with offense,’ says Matt Devost, managing director at Accenture Security and frequent adviser to the government on cyber security issues. ‘We have a shortage of human capital, so we don’t have enough skilled people to engage in

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10 Aug 2017

Ethereum Is Coding’s New Wild West

“How can Ethereum be a cryptocurrency and a computer at the same time? Instead of running on a laptop or a server, it runs on thousands of individual computers at once, all kept in sync with blockchain technology. In its simplest form, a blockchain is an ordered list of items

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10 Aug 2017

Malware Encoded Into DNA Hacks the Computer that Reads It

“A team of researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle have demonstrated the first successful DNA-based exploit of a computer system that executes the malicious code written into the synthesised DNA strands while reading it.” Source: Malware Encoded Into DNA Hacks the Computer that Reads It

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09 Aug 2017

US embassy employees in Cuba possibly subject to ‘acoustic attack’

“The US believes several State Department employees at the US embassy in Havana were subjected to an ‘acoustic attack’ using sonic devices that left at least two with such serious health problems they needed to be brought back to the US for treatment, several senior State Department officials told CNN.

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09 Aug 2017

Putin’s Aide Seeks $100 Million to Rival China in Bitcoin Mining

“A company co-owned by one of President Vladimir Putin’s internet advisers plans to raise the cryptocurrency equivalent of as much as $100 million in a push to help Russian entrepreneurs challenge China in bitcoin mining. Russian Miner Coin is holding a so-called initial coin offering, where investors will use units

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09 Aug 2017

Cyber threats prompt return of radio for ship navigation

“The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships’ satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology. Ships use GPS (Global Positioning System) and other similar devices that rely on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts

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08 Aug 2017

How Developing Asia Is Using Blockchain Pilots

“Beyond bitcoin payments and remittances, blockchain exists largely in the pilot stage. Governments and banks are collaborating with technology firms to see if it can be used to solve persistent problems like traceability, identification, and trust. Let’s move beyond hypotheticals to see how blockchain technology is being experimented in some

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06 Aug 2017

Cold War espionage paid off—until it backfired, East German spy records reveal

“But there’s a hidden cost, Meyersson says. Espionage seems to ‘eat up’ investment in research and development. For example, the authors’ model showed that increases in industrial espionage significantly reduced patent applications, a key proxy for research and development. ‘It’s a way to keep up,’ Meyersson says. ‘It’s not a

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