IBM researchers have injected viruses with neural nets, making them stealthier and precisely targetable.
On the night of August 8, 2008, Georgian troops started shelling Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, and then began their assault on the city. Within a few hours, Russia’s armed forces entered Georgia, leading to a five-day war that cemented South Ossetia’s secession. The conflict was fought not only on Georgian soil, but also in cyberspace, where Russian hacker groups hijacked the websites of Georgian news outlets and state agencies. This was the moment when Moscow first turned its attention to Russia’s so-called “patriotic bloggers,” and started relying systematically on their services, which were provided both voluntarily and compulsorily.
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
Tech competition is being used to push a dangerous corporate agenda.
Filip Liu, a 31-year-old software developer from Beijing, was traveling in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang when he was pulled to one side by police as he got off a bus.
A Google DeepMind AI system can identify dozens of eye diseases and point out the portions of scans it relies upon to make diagnoses.
There’s a lot of emphasis on cyber threats, but the government is increasingly vulnerable to gaps in supply-chain security.
A BuzzFeed News analysis shows that Russian accounts blamed the violence on the “antifa” and backed Trump all the way. Then most of them abruptly went silent — presumably banned by Twitter.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence can help guard against cyberattacks, but hackers can foil security algorithms by targeting the data they train on and the warning flags they look for.
The 2018 “techlash” shows no sign of slowing. The last week of July saw the release of two papers containing proposals for significant increases regulation of tech companies, particularly with an eye toward protecting the integrity of political processes and elections.