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Microsoft Executives Hacked
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Microsoft Executives Hacked

Microsoft is reporting that a Russian intelligence agency—the same one responsible for SolarWinds—accessed the email system of the company’s executives. Beginning...

Friday Squid Blogging: Footage of Black-Eyed Squid Brooding Her Eggs
From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Footage of Black-Eyed Squid Brooding Her Eggs

Amazing footage of a black-eyed squid (Gonatus onyx) carrying thousands of eggs. They tend to hang out about 6,200 feet below sea level. As usual, you can alsohere...

Chatbots and Human Conversation
From Schneier on Security

Chatbots and Human Conversation

For most of history, communicating with a computer has not been like communicating with a person. In their earliest years, computers required carefully constructed...

Quantum Computing Skeptics
From Schneier on Security

Quantum Computing Skeptics

Interesting article. I am also skeptical that we are going to see useful quantum computers anytime soon. Since at least 2019, I have been saying that this is hard...

Poisoning AI Models
From Schneier on Security

Poisoning AI Models

New research into poisoning AI models: The researchers first trained the AI models using supervised learning and then used additional “safety training” methods...

Side Channels Are Common
From Schneier on Security

Side Channels Are Common

Really interesting research: “Lend Me Your Ear: Passive Remote Physical Side Channels on PCs.” Abstract: We show that built-in sensors in commodity PCs, such as...

AI Bots on X (Twitter)
From Schneier on Security

AI Bots on X (Twitter)

You can find them by searching for OpenAI chatbot warning messages, like: “I’m sorry, I cannot provide a response as it goes against OpenAI’s use case policy.” I...

Friday Squid Blogging: New Foods from Squid Fins
From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: New Foods from Squid Fins

We only eat about half of a squid, ignoring the fins. A group of researchers is working to change that. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about...

Zelle Is Using My Name and Voice without My Consent
From Schneier on Security

Zelle Is Using My Name and Voice without My Consent

Okay, so this is weird. Zelle has been using my name, and my voice, in audio podcast ads—without my permission. At least, I think it is without my permission. It...

Canadian Citizen Gets Phone Back from Police
From Schneier on Security

Canadian Citizen Gets Phone Back from Police

After 175 million failed password guesses, a judge rules that the Canadian police must return a suspect’s phone. [Judge] Carter said the investigation can continue...

Code Written with AI Assistants Is Less Secure
From Schneier on Security

Code Written with AI Assistants Is Less Secure

Interesting research: “Do Users Write More Insecure Code with AI Assistants?“: Abstract: We conduct the first large-scale user study examining how users interact...

The Story of the Mirai Botnet
From Schneier on Security

The Story of the Mirai Botnet

Over at Wired, Andy Greenberg has an excellent story about the creators of the 2016 Mirai botnet.

Voice Cloning with Very Short Samples
From Schneier on Security

Voice Cloning with Very Short Samples

New research demonstrates voice cloning, in multiple languages, using samples ranging from one to twelve seconds. Research paper.

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid from Newfoundland in the 1800s
From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid from Newfoundland in the 1800s

Interesting article, with photographs. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered. Read my...

On IoT Devices and Software Liability
From Schneier on Security

On IoT Devices and Software Liability

New law journal article: Smart Device Manufacturer Liability and Redress for Third-Party Cyberattack Victims Abstract: Smart devices are used to facilitate cyberattacks...

Pharmacies Giving Patient Records to Police without Warrants
From Schneier on Security

Pharmacies Giving Patient Records to Police without Warrants

Add pharmacies to the list of industries that are giving private data to the police without a warrant.

Facial Scanning by Burger King in Brazil
From Schneier on Security

Facial Scanning by Burger King in Brazil

In 2000, I wrote: “If McDonald’s offered three free Big Macs for a DNA sample, there would be lines around the block.” Burger King in Brazil is almost there, offering...

PIN-Stealing Android Malware
From Schneier on Security

PIN-Stealing Android Malware

This is an old piece of malware—the Chameleon Android banking Trojan—that now disables biometric authentication in order to steal the PIN: The second notable new...

Second Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reimagining Democracy
From Schneier on Security

Second Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reimagining Democracy

Last month, I convened the Second Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reimagining Democracy (IWORD 2023) at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center. As with IWORD 2022,...

Friday Squid Blogging—18th Anniversary Post: New Species of Pygmy Squid Discovered
From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging—18th Anniversary Post: New Species of Pygmy Squid Discovered

They’re Ryukyuan pygmy squid (Idiosepius kijimuna) and Hannan’s pygmy squid (Kodama jujutsu). The second one represents an entire new genus. As usual, you can also...
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