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Mother charged with using deepfakes to shame daughter’s cheerleading rivals

A Pennsylvania woman reportedly sent doctored photos and videos of her daughter’s cheerleader rivals to their coaches, in an attempt to embarrass them and get them kicked off the team. She’s alleged to have used deepfake technology to create photo and video depictions of the girls naked, drinking, and vaping, law enforcement officials said. The woman—50-year-old Raffaela Spone—was … [Read more...]

TikTok pays $92 million to end data theft lawsuit

TikTok, the now widely popular social media platform that allows users to create, share, and discover, short video clips has been enjoying explosive growth since it appeared in 2017. Since then, it hasn’t stopped growing—more so during the current pandemic.  While we can no longer categorize TikTok as a kids’ app, most concerns about the app have been around the privacy of children. You … [Read more...]

Deep learning: An explanation and a peek into the future

Deep learning is one of the most advanced forms of machine learning, and is showing new developments in many industries. In this article, we’ll explain the concept and give some examples of the latest and greatest ways it’s being used. What is deep learning? There have been many attempts at creating a definition of deep learning. As we’ve explained in the past, machine … [Read more...]

The face of tomorrow’s cybercrime: Deepfake ransomware explained

While many countries are beginning to ease up on their respective pandemic lock downs—which, in turn, also means that everyone will soon ease into a life that is not quite post-COVID-19—we find ourselves once more on the cusp of change, an outlook that makes some feel anxious and others hopeful. But for forward-looking security experts, there are some futures they dread and, frankly, would … [Read more...]

A zero-day guide for 2020: Recent attacks and advanced preventive techniques

Zero-day vulnerabilities enable threat actors to take advantage of security blindspots. Typically, a zero-day attack involves the identification of zero-day vulnerabilities, creating relevant exploits, identifying vulnerable systems, and planning the attack. The next steps are infiltration and launch.  This article examines three recent zero-day attacks, which targeted Microsoft, Internet … [Read more...]

Facial recognition: tech giants take a step back

Last week, a few major tech companies informed the public that they will not provide facial recognition software to law enforcement. These companies are concerned about the way in which their technology might be used. What happens when software that threatens our privacy falls into the hands of organization which we no longer trust? In general, being aware of tracking software causes a feeling … [Read more...]

Deepfakes laws and proposals flood US

In a rare example of legislative haste, roughly one dozen state and federal bills were introduced in the past 12 months to regulate deepfakes, the relatively modern technology that some fear could upend democracy. Though the federal proposals have yet to move forward, the state bills have found quick success at home. Already three states—California, Virginia, and Texas—have enacted deepfake … [Read more...]

Rules on deepfakes take hold in the US

For years, an annual, must-pass federal spending bill has served as a vehicle for minor or contentious provisions that might otherwise falter in standalone legislation, such as the prohibition of new service member uniforms, or the indefinite detainment of individuals without trial. In 2019, that federal spending bill, called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), once again included … [Read more...]

How brain-machine interface (BMI) technology could create an Internet of Thoughts

She plugged the extension for car transportation in the brain-machine interface connectors at the right side of her head, and off she went. The traffic was relatively slow, so there was no need to stop working. She answered a few more emails, then unplugged her work extension. Weekend mode could now be initiated. How about we play a game? her AI BrainPal companion, Phoenix, suggested. Or would you … [Read more...]

Labs report: Malicious AI is coming—is the security world ready?

Imagine a world in which artificial intelligence has gone rogue—the robots have revolted against their masters and have now enslaved all of humanity. There’s no more natural beauty in the world and everything is awful. Get that out of your system? Good. The reality of malicious AI, at least in the near future, is far less dystopian. However, it is a reality, and it’ll be here … [Read more...]