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Unsecured backup exposes global spam farm

A notorious spamming organisation responsible for the sending of up to a billion unwanted messages a day has inadvertently revealed its entire operation by failing to secure a network-available backup of its operations. A cooperative effort between Mackeeper’s Security Research Centre, CSOonline and Spamhaus took place last month when Chris Vickery, one of Mackeeper’s operatives,… Read More


Lloyds Bank survives three-day DDoS onslaught

Lloyds Bank, the largest retail banking outlet in the UK, was subject to an unusually sustained Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS*) attack earlier this month, according to recent reports. Initially reported (paywalled) by the Financial Times, the attack began on the morning of January 11th and ran until the close of Friday 13th. Business Insider,… Read More


Neural network identifies criminals by facial features

A study from Shanghai Jiao Tong University found that a machine could be trained to identify criminals based on their facial features, raising ethical concerns regarding uses of AI. The researchers used 1856 photographs of real people, half of whom were criminals. They found that via supervised machine learning, the system was able to correctly… Read More


RAISR: Is Google’s AI-driven image resizing algorithm ‘dishonest’?

Google has released the fruits of new research into upscaling low-resolution images using machine learning to ‘fill in’ the missing details. Compared to the hoary standards Photoshop users have been used to for over twenty years, the results are quite impressive. But in a climate where the camera lies a lot more than it used… Read More


UK government wants prisons geoblocked by drone manufacturers

The UK Ministry of Justice, in an attempt to address growing concerns with the prevalence of illegal drone activities at prisons, is working with drone manufacturers to include prison coordinates in pre-programmed no-fly zones. A report on Prison Safety and Reform presented to Parliament includes a section addressing the growing threat that drones present to the… Read More



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