Category Archives: Tech

Google makes it easier for users to switch on advanced account protection

Getty Images reader comments 17 Google is making it easier for people to lock down their accounts with strong multifactor authentication by adding the option to store secure cryptographic keys in the form of passkeys rather than on physical token devices. Google’s Advanced Protection Program, introduced in 2017, requires the strongest form of multifactor authentication… Read More »

OpenAI reportedly nears breakthrough with “reasoning” AI, reveals progress framework

reader comments 76 OpenAI recently unveiled a five-tier system to gauge its advancement toward developing artificial general intelligence (AGI), according to an OpenAI spokesperson who spoke with Bloomberg. The company shared this new classification system on Tuesday with employees during an all-hands meeting, aiming to provide a clear framework for understanding AI advancement. However, the… Read More »

First “Miss AI” contest sparks ire for pushing unrealistic beauty standards

Enlarge / An AI-generated image of “Miss AI” award winner “Kenza Layli” (left) and an unidentified AI-generated woman beside her. reader comments 51 An influencer platform called Fanvue recently announced the results of its first “Miss AI” pageant, which sought to judge AI-generated social media influencers and also doubled as a convenient publicity stunt. The… Read More »

Exim vulnerability affecting 1.5 million servers lets attackers attach malicious files

reader comments 3 More than 1.5 million email servers are vulnerable to attacks that can deliver executable attachments to user accounts, security researchers said. The servers run versions of the Exim mail transfer agent that are vulnerable to a critical vulnerability that came to light 10 days ago. Tracked as CVE-2024-39929 and carrying a severity… Read More »

Intuit’s AI gamble: Mass layoff of 1,800 paired with hiring spree

reader comments 170 On Wednesday, Intuit CEO Sasan Goodarzi announced in a letter to the company that it would be laying off 1,800 employees—about 10 percent of its workforce of around 18,000—while simultaneously planning to hire the same number of new workers as part of a major restructuring effort purportedly focused on AI. “As I’ve… Read More »

Threat actors exploited Windows 0-day for more than a year before Microsoft fixed it

Getty Images reader comments 9 Threat actors carried out zero-day attacks that targeted Windows users with malware for more than a year before Microsoft fixed the vulnerability that made them possible, researchers said Tuesday. The vulnerability, present in both Windows 10 and 11, causes devices to open Internet Explorer, a legacy browser that Microsoft decommissioned… Read More »

OpenAI board shake-up: Microsoft out, Apple backs away amid AI partnership scrutiny

Benj Edwards / OpenAI / Microsoft reader comments 73 Microsoft has withdrawn from its non-voting observer role on OpenAI’s board, while Apple has opted not to take a similar position, reports Axios and Financial Times. The ChatGPT maker plans to update its business partners and investors through regular meetings instead of board representation. The development… Read More »

How disinformation from a Russian AI spam farm ended up on top of Google search results

Enlarge / Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the media at the 2024 Ukraine Recovery Conference on June 11, 2024 in Berlin. reader comments 38 In the space of 24 hours, a piece of Russian disinformation about Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife buying a Bugatti car with American aid money traveled at warp speed across… Read More »

New Blast-RADIUS attack breaks 30-year-old protocol used in networks everywhere

Getty Images reader comments 19 One of the most widely used network protocols is vulnerable to a newly discovered attack that can allow adversaries to gain control over a range of environments, including industrial controllers, telecommunications services, ISPs, and all manner of enterprise networks. Short for Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service, RADIUS harkens back to… Read More »