Category Archives: Tech

Hackers spent 2+ years looting secrets of chipmaker NXP before being detected

reader comments 17 with A prolific espionage hacking group with ties to China spent over two years looting the corporate network of NXP, the Netherlands-based chipmaker whose silicon powers security-sensitive components found in smartphones, smartcards, and electric vehicles, a news outlet has reported. The intrusion, by a group tracked under names including “Chimera” and “G0114,”… Read More »

New “Stable Video Diffusion” AI model can animate any still image

Enlarge / Still examples of images animated using Stable Video Diffusion by Stability AI. Stability AI reader comments 30 with On Tuesday, Stability AI released Stable Video Diffusion, a new free AI research tool that can turn any still image into a short video—with mixed results. It’s an open-weights preview of two AI models that… Read More »

Thousands of routers and cameras vulnerable to new 0-day attacks by hostile botnet

reader comments 22 with Miscreants are actively exploiting two new zero-day vulnerabilities to wrangle routers and video recorders into a hostile botnet used in distributed denial-of-service attacks, researchers from networking firm Akamai said Thursday. Both of the vulnerabilities, which were previously unknown to their manufacturers and to the security research community at large, allow for… Read More »

USB worm unleashed by Russian state hackers spreads worldwide

Getty Images reader comments 37 with A group of Russian-state hackers known for almost exclusively targeting Ukranian entities has branched out in recent months either accidentally or purposely by allowing USB-based espionage malware to infect a variety of organizations in other countries. The group—known by many names, including Gamaredon, Primitive Bear, ACTINIUM, Armageddon, and Shuckworm—has… Read More »

95% of OpenAI employees have threatened to quit in standoff with board

FT montage reader comments 229 with The future of OpenAI remained uncertain on Tuesday after extraordinary efforts by employees and investors to oust the board had so far failed to persuade its directors to resign and reinstate co-founder Sam Altman. People with direct knowledge of the matter said that by the end of Monday, 747… Read More »

OpenAI employees revolt after board names new CEO; Altman may head to Microsoft

Benj Edwards reader comments 345 with After two days of roller-coaster negotiations at OpenAI HQ due to the surprise ouster of CEO Sam Altman, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that Microsoft plans to hire Altman and former OpenAI President Greg Brockman to head a “new advanced AI research team.” Overnight, the OpenAI board named… Read More »

OpenAI board attempts to hit “Ctrl-Z” in talks with Altman to return as CEO

Enlarge / OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks during the OpenAI DevDay event on November 06, 2023 in San Francisco. reader comments 99 with Just over a day since the surprise firing of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman that sent shock waves through the tech industry, the OpenAI board is reportedly engaging in discussions with Altman to… Read More »

The FCC says new rules will curb SIM swapping. I’m pessimistic

reader comments 6 with After years of inaction, the FCC this week said that it’s finally going to protect consumers against a scam that takes control of their cell phone numbers by deceiving employees who work for mobile carriers. While commissioners congratulated themselves for the move, there’s little reason yet to believe it will stop… Read More »

Details emerge of surprise board coup that ousted CEO Sam Altman at OpenAI

Enlarge / Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI Chief Scientist, speaks at Tel Aviv University on June 5, 2023. reader comments 179 with On Friday, OpenAI fired CEO Sam Altman in a surprise move that led to the resignation of President Greg Brockman and three senior scientists. The move also blindsided key investor and minority owner Microsoft, reportedly… Read More »