With help from Google, impersonated Brave.com website pushes malware

reader comments 256 with 87 posters participating Share this story Scammers have been caught using a clever sleight of hand to impersonate the website for the Brave browser and using it in Google ads to push malware that takes control of browsers and steals sensitive data. The attack worked by registering the domain xn--brav-yva[.]com, an […]

Boeing’s second Starliner mission to the ISS is a make-or-break moment

Now, Boeing is going for a high-stakes redo of that mission. On August 3, Orbital Flight Test 2, or OFT-2, will send Starliner to the ISS again. The company cannot afford another failure. “There is a lot of credibility at stake here,” says Greg Autry, a space policy expert at Arizona State University. “Nothing is […]

Covid clusters among the vaccinated are killing our back-to-normal dreams

They were gold miners in French Guiana, revelers in Cape Cod, and Indian health-care workers. Even though they inhabit worlds apart, they ended up having two things in common. All were vaccinated against covid-19. And they all became part of infection clusters. In recent weeks, cases like these are proving that covid-19 transmission chains and […]

An endlessly changing playground teaches AIs how to multitask

During training, the players first face simple one-player games, such as finding a purple cube or placing a yellow ball on a red floor. They advance to more complex multiplayer games like hide and seek or capture the flag, where teams compete to be the first to find and grab their opponent’s flag. The playground […]

Software downloaded 30,000 times from PyPI ransacked developers’ machines

reader comments 120 with 82 posters participating, including story author Share this story Open source packages downloaded an estimated 30,000 times from the PyPI open source repository contained malicious code that surreptitiously stole credit card data and login credentials and injected malicious code on infected machines, researchers said on Thursday. In a post, researchers Andrey […]

New bank-fraud malware called Vultur infects thousands of devices

reader comments 76 with 55 posters participating, including story author Share this story Recently detected Android malware, some spread through the Google Play Store, uses a novel way to supercharge the harvesting of login credentials from more than 100 banking and cryptocurrency applications. The malware, which researchers from Amsterdam-based security firm ThreatFabric are calling Vultur, […]

Hundreds of AI tools have been built to catch covid. None of them helped.

It also muddies the origin of certain data sets. This can mean that researchers miss important features that skew the training of their models. Many unwittingly used a data set that contained chest scans of children who did not have covid as their examples of what non-covid cases looked like. But as a result, the […]

Two honoured with ITP Honorary Fellowships

ITP Team. 30 July 2021, 5:54 pm ITPNZ awarded 2 Honorary Fellowships over this last week, in Dunedin and Christchurch. Honorary Fellowships are the tech sector’s highest level of recognition, reserved for those the profession wants to recognise for their contribution to tech. Bruce McMillan, earlier this week with one of his babies – an […]

Brislen on Tech: 10 Print ‘Hello World’

Paul Brislen, Editor. 30 July 2021, 5:43 pm The first computer I ever owned was a Sinclair ZX-81. My parents bought it for me for Christmas in, I suspect, 1982. I was very excited. I was 12 years old. Running a programming language called BASIC, the computer looked like it came from the distant future […]

Introducing the Open Cap Table Coalition

Aron Solomon Contributor Aron Solomon, J.D., is the head of Strategy for Esquire Digital and the editor of Today’s Esquire. He has taught entrepreneurship at McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was the founder of LegalX, a legal technology accelerator. On Tuesday, the Open Cap Table Coalition announced its launch through an inaugural […]