NATO’s going to call space a war zone, but don’t worry there won’t be any fighting

At an upcoming summit in early December, NATO is expected to declare space as a “warfighting domain,” partly in response to new developments in technology.If it does declare space a war zone, NATO could start using space weapons that can destroy satellites or incoming enemy missiles. But what is this technology and how could it enable a war? In a recent first for space technology, Russia has launched a commercial satellite specifically designed to rendezvous with other satellites. The purpose of this vehicle is peaceful: it will perform maintenance tasks on other satellites in orbit. The fact that commercial companies…
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It doesn’t matter ‘who’ hacked your business

China. North Korea. Russia. Iran. Why does it matter to your security posture if any of these countries are behind the latest cybersecurity attack? In most cases, it doesn’t, and as a business leader, it probably shouldn’t matter to you. News attaching specific criminal groups to cyberattacks – and perhaps human nature – are driving a need for attribution and understandably prompting organizational leaders to believe it matters who conducted the attack. Attributing WannaCry ransomware to North Korea or NotPetya to Russia is certainly important to law enforcement, but is best left to intelligence agencies. For business leaders, attribution can…
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin’s median transaction fee hits 8-month low’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Planck used to say: Yolo! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 21 2019, at a price of $8,243. That’s a minor 0.22 percent increase in 24 hours, or $18. It was the highest closing price in six days. We’re still 58 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $148,432,733,155. It…
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5 reasons why Amsterdam is great for blockchain tech development

We all know how blockchain is decentralized, it operates all over the world and has no geographical boundaries. Like the internet, you can be part of the conversation regardless of where you are in the world (give or take a few places). But depending on where you are, some places might help you get more involved in the industry than others. Silicon Valley, for example, is a hotbed of tech startups and it’s overflowing with talent, but it’s not the be-all and end-all for new and emerging technologies like blockchain. Many cities – and even some entire nations, like Malta…
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Facebook will clearly label fake news to prevent 2020 ‘election interference’

Social media, a tool created to guard freedom of speech and democracy, has increasingly been used in more sinister ways. From its role in lowering the levels of trust in media, to inciting online violence, and amplifying political disinformation in elections— Facebook isn’t just a space to share “what’s on your mind,” and you’d be naive to believe so. With just over a year left until the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, Facebook updated its policies on the spread of misinformation and released a bunch of new tools to better “protect the democratic process” in a post published yesterday. Now, Facebook…
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Uber will let you book Delhi metro tickets on its app (at some point)

Uber India said today it’s partnering with Delhi metro to let you plan your whole journey through a new transportation mode. The company said you will be able to book Metro tickets right from the app in the future. The transport mode, rolling out today for users in Delhi, will only show information regarding schedules, fastest and cheapest routes. You can only book a ride to the origin station. You will have to book a ride again when you reach your destination station. At the moment, this is all too similar to the transport mode in Google Maps, which also shows…
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Russian cyber spooks piggyback Iranian hackers to spy on 35 countries

Cybercriminals with ties to the Russian government have been found to piggyback on hacking tools developed by Iranian threat groups to mount their own attacks against 35 countries. The findings — based on a joint report by the US National Security Agency and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) — reveal the focus of the activity was largely in the Middle East, where the targeting interests of both Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) overlap. Named Turla (aka Snake, Uroburos, Waterbug, or Venomous Bear), the state-backed APT is believed to have infiltrated spyware tools such as Neuron and Nautilus — both of which…
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Amazon joins Facebook and Microsoft to fight deepfakes

Deepfakes have come across as serious problems this year and big companies are now paying attention. Amazon announced today it’s joining the DeepFake Detection challenge (DFDC) driven by major corporations such as Facebook and Microsoft to boost efforts to identify manipulated content. The company is going to contribute $1 million in AWS credits over the next two years to researchers. AWS is also working with DFDC partners to explore hosting complicated datasets for deepfake detection on the cloud service using its Amazon S3 scalable infrastructure. Amazon said researchers have to apply for a grant of a minimum of $1,000 and a…
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TikTok fights back against ISIS propaganda

TikTok, the song-and-dance social media app that’s spiked in popularity this year, is allegedly the site of the latest attempt by the Islamic State terrorist organization (ISIS) to spread propaganda. While the site is banning the problematic accounts, it’s still a worrying trend. According a Wall Street Journal report, the organization is attempting to use the TikTok format to make themselves more appealing. Social media intelligence agency Storyful identified two dozen accounts spreading the bad news via TikTok. These accounts posted videos showing corpses, people singing ISIS songs, and women affirming a “jihadist” stance, often as hearts and stars pour across the screen. It sounds…
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The WiCub 2 is an air quality monitor for data nerds like me

Before I wandered – staggered, really – into tech journalism, I was a software developer. My first college internship was at a data science startup, where I spent my summer writing scrapers and learning how to convert clunky HTML tables into elegant spreadsheets that were ripe for analyzing. And although I don’t write much code nowadays, I still get giddy about handling data. This ethos has bled into my journalism career, in a weird way. I’ve got a natural pre-disposition to open systems. If an app or physical product lets me control my own data, I’m far more likely to…
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