Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Category: Technology

The World's Most Prolific Writer A Chinese Algorithm

The World’s Most Prolific Writer Is A Chinese Algorithm

“Inflatable duck baby pool with canopy.” “Hot selling colourful temporary full arm tattoo for men.” “Splendid reusable dog pee pad (minimum order: 500).” Load up the homepage for e-commerce giant, Alibaba – a wholesale shopping site that’s more or less China’s answer to eBay – and you’ll find images and descriptions of

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The Most Devastating Cyber Attack In History: The Untold Story Of NotPetya

The Most Devastating Cyber Attack In History: The Untold Story Of NotPetya

Petya is a family of encrypting ransomware that was first discovered in 2016. The malware targets Microsoft Windows-based systems, infecting the master boot record to execute a payload that encrypts a hard drive’s file system table and prevents Windows from booting. It subsequently demands that the user make a payment in Bitcoin to regain access to the system. Variants of Petya were

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Russian Hackers Targeting Conservative US Thinktanks And Senate

Russian Hackers Targeting Conservative US Think Tanks And Senate

The Russian group linked to the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s presidential election campaign has been launching fresh attacks in the US, including against two conservative think tanks, in the run-up to the midterm elections, according to Microsoft. The technology company, which uncovered the new attempts, said the hackers created fake websites

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Data Is A Fingerprint

Data Is A Fingerprint

In August 2016, the Australian government released an “anonymised” data set comprising the medical billing records, including every prescription and surgery, of 2.9 million people. Names and other identifying features were removed from the records in an effort to protect individuals’ privacy, but a research team from the University of

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Tech’s Dirty Secret

Tech’s Dirty Secret

What is data mining? The process of digging through data to discover hidden connections and predict future trends has a long history. Sometimes referred to as “knowledge discovery in databases,” the term “data mining” wasn’t coined until the 1990s. But its foundation comprises three intertwined scientific disciplines: statistics (the numeric

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