Up to 29,000 unpatched QNAP storage devices are sitting ducks to ransomware

reader comments 27 with 0 posters participating Share this story As many as 29,000 network storage devices manufactured by Taiwan-based QNAP are vulnerable to hacks that are easy to carry out and give unauthenticated users on the Internet complete control, a security firm has warned. The vulnerability, which carries a severity rating of 9.8 out […]

Netflix stirs fears by using AI-assisted background art in short anime film

Enlarge / A still image from the short film Dog and Boy,, which uses image synthesis to help generate background artwork. reader comments 65 with 0 posters participating Share this story Over the past year, generative AI has kicked off a wave of existential dread over potential machine-fueled job loss not seen since the advent […]

New data illustrates time’s effect on hard drive failure rates

reader comments 18 with 0 posters participating Share this story SSDs have usurped hard disk drives (HDDs) when it comes to performance, but whether building a network-attached storage (NAS) or having high-capacity needs on a budget, plenty of people still rely on spinning platters. Older drives that have seen a lot of use, however, may […]

Paper: Stable Diffusion “memorizes” some images, sparking privacy concerns

Enlarge / An image from Stable Diffusion’s training set compared (left) to a similar Stable Diffusion generation (right) when prompted with “Ann Graham Lotz.” Carlini et al., 2023 reader comments 25 with 0 posters participating Share this story On Monday, a group of AI researchers from Google, DeepMind, UC Berkeley, Princeton, and ETH Zurich released […]

Tackling huge challenges together

About the speakers Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Lead Scientist, COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Development; Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was the scientific lead of the Vaccine Research Center’s coronavirus team at the U.S. National Institutes of Health where she studied coronavirus biology and vaccine development. Those 6 years of research […]

Three ways networking services simplify network management

Networking services can ease network management in nearly every industry. That’s important because highly functioning networks are adding tremendous value to organizations. Three technology benefits illustrate this exciting promise—and showcase how networking services support them. These benefits also address concerns that are top of mind for many organizations—provisioning the growing remote workforce, making use of […]

The Download: risks to Reddit, and the potential return of the dodo

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 OpenAI has released a tool that detects AI-generated textUnfortunately, it’s not very good. (WSJ $)+ The tool returns a lot of both false positives and false negatives. (Axios)+ It identified only 26% of AI-written text correctly. (Bloomberg $)+ What […]

Pig-butchering scam apps sneak into Apple’s App Store and Google Play

Aurich Lawson | Getty Images reader comments 6 with 0 posters participating Share this story In the past year, a new term has arisen to describe an online scam raking in millions, if not billions, of dollars per year. It’s called “pig butchering,” and now even Apple is getting fooled into participating. Researchers from security […]

Who gets to be a tech entrepreneur in China?

I recently talked about this with Lin Zhang, assistant professor of communications and media studies at the University of New Hampshire and author of a new book: The Labor of Reinvention: Entrepreneurship in the New Chinese Digital Economy. Based on a decade of research and interviews, the book explores the rise and social impact of […]

How the Supreme Court ruling on Section 230 could end Reddit as we know it

But another big issue is at stake that has received much less attention: depending on the outcome of the case, individual users of sites may suddenly be liable for run-of-the-mill content moderation. Many sites rely on users for community moderation to edit, shape, remove, and promote other users’ content online—think Reddit’s upvote, or changes to […]