Tomorrow’s Intelligent Malware Will Attack When It Sees Your Face

IBM researchers have injected viruses with neural nets, making them stealthier and precisely targetable.

Source: Tomorrow’s Intelligent Malware Will Attack When It Sees Your Face

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‘It’s our time to serve the Motherland’: How Russia’s war in Georgia sparked Moscow’s modern-day recruitment of criminal hackers

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.

Source: ‘It’s our time to serve the Motherland’: How Russia’s war in Georgia sparked Moscow’s modern-day recruitment of criminal hackers

How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.

Source: How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

From laboratory in far west, China’s surveillance state spreads…

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.

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Russian Trolls Swarmed The Charlottesville March — Then Twitter Cracked Down

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.

Source: Russian Trolls Swarmed The Charlottesville March — Then Twitter Cracked Down

AI for cybersecurity is a hot new thing—and a dangerous gamble

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.

Source: AI for cybersecurity is a hot new thing—and a dangerous gamble

Transatlantic Techlash Continues as U.K. and U.S. Lawmakers Release Proposals for Regulation – Lawfare

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.

Source: Transatlantic Techlash Continues as U.K. and U.S. Lawmakers Release Proposals for Regulation – Lawfare