Facing tomorrow’s quantum hackers today

Governments and private companies around the world recognize the potential of quantum computing—which could create “value of $450 billion to $850 billion in the next 15 to 30 years,” according to estimates from a 2021 report from Boston Consulting Group—and are working to develop their own quantum strategies and research initiatives. Bracing for the power […]

Feds allege destructive Russian hackers targeted US oil refineries

Enlarge / Critical infrastructure sites such as this oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, rely on safety systems. reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story For years, the hackers behind the malware known as Triton or Trisis have stood out as a uniquely dangerous threat to critical infrastructure: a group of digital […]

FCC puts Kaspersky on security threat list, says it poses “unacceptable risk“

Enlarge / Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and founder of Moscow-based Kaspersky, at the 2020 World Internet Conference (WIC) at Wuzhen, China. Getty Images reader comments 16 with 16 posters participating Share this story The Federal Communications Commission on Friday effectively barred sales of security products from Moscow-based Kaspersky, determining that they pose an unacceptable risk to […]

The Download: We spoke to a radiation expert in Kyiv about the current nuclear accident risk

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 What other sanctions can be imposed on Russia?Cracking down on crypto, and banning oil and gas are hot topics among leaders. (FT $)  +  Russia may start accepting bitcoin from China and Turkey for its oil and gas. (CNBC)  + How the […]

What is the nuclear risk in Ukraine? A radiation expert speaks from Kyiv.

Hospitals have been bombed in Ukraine. Do the radioactive materials in those buildings pose a risk?  It is something we need to consider, because in this war, many unthinkable things have become real.  There are two medical sources of radiation. One is machinery, like X-ray machines or linear accelerators, which are used to treat cancer. […]

North Korean hackers unleashed Chrome 0-day exploit on hundreds of US targets

Getty Images reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story Hackers backed by North Korea’s government exploited a critical Chrome zeroday in an attempt to infect the computers of hundreds of people working in a wide range of industries, including the news media, IT, cryptocurrency, and financial services, Google said Thursday. The flaw, […]

The Download: Ukraine claims it’s using facial recognition to identify dead Russian soldiers

Clearview AI claims to be the world’s “largest facial network,” drawing from a database of more than 10 billion images scraped from publicly-available websites, including social media profiles, for use by customers including law enforcement agencies.  Ukrainian authorities are messaging relatives to suggest they come and collect the bodies, Federov told Reuters, adding that the percentage of […]

A mysterious satellite hack has victims far beyond Ukraine

bjdlzx | Getty Images reader comments 37 with 22 posters participating Share this story More than 22,000 miles above Earth, the KA-SAT is locked in orbit. Traveling at 7,000 miles per hour, in sync with the planet’s rotation, the satellite beams high-speed Internet down to people across Europe. Since 2011, it has helped homeowners, businesses, […]