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Mar 5, 2020

Physicists link quantum memories across the longest distance ever

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, particle physics, quantum physics

A team of scientists in China has linked quantum memories over more than 30 miles (50 kilometers) of fiber optic cable, beating the previous record by more than 40 times over. This feat is an important step toward a hack-proof internet, scientists said.

The internet we use today was truly a revolutionary invention. It connected the world with information and allowed us to share millions of photos of cute and cuddly cats. But the internet is also filled with hackers trying to intercept important or sensitive information. To fight back, physicists have come up with a solution, with a little help from Schrödinger’s cat, the famous, hypothetical dead-and-alive feline meant to expose the weird nature of subatomic particles.

Mar 3, 2020

Could Gene Editing Turn You Into Captain America?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode

DNA hacking could save humanity—or destroy it. Author Jamie Metzl joins Inside the Hive to discuss the future of designer babies.

Feb 25, 2020

UN warns of rise of ‘cybertorture’ to bypass physical ban

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet

Rapporteur warns against trivialising psychological torture as states exploit internet to target individuals.

Feb 12, 2020

Chinese Hackers Charged In Alleged Cyber-Theft Of 145 Million Americans’ Data

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, military

The credit agency Equifax was compromised by a cyberattack that permitted China’s military to steal names, Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information.

Feb 6, 2020

3D Printed Heads Can Unlock Phones. What Does that Mean for Biometric Security?

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, cybercrime/malcode, mobile phones, privacy, robotics/AI

Facial recognition technology is likely not as safe as you may have thought. This was illustrated by a recent test where 3D printed busts of peoples’ heads were used to unlock smartphones.

Out of five tested phones, only one refused to open when presented with the fake head.

Other biometric security measures are also showing less resilience to hacking than you might expect. A group of Japanese researchers recently showed it was possible to copy a person’s fingerprints from pictures like the ones many of us post on social media.

Feb 1, 2020

CAREFUL! Cybersecurity experts warn of viruses disguised as coronavirus information

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode

Cybersecurity experts are issuing a warning surrounding threats of computer viruses posing online as files about the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

“It’s getting their attention, because everyone’s been in tune, around the world, on this virus,” Raleigh cybersecurity expert Giovanni Masucci said to our NBC affiliate WECT.

Jan 31, 2020

Microsoft launches Xbox bug bounty program with rewards of $20,000 or more

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Microsoft is looking for security issues with Xbox Live. The software giant is launching a new Xbox Bounty Program so anyone can report issues and get up to $20,000 in rewards.

Jan 30, 2020

Mark Warner Takes on Big Tech and Russian Spies

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, energy

As the vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he’s also become one of Capitol Hill’s most vocal advocates urging the country to take foreign technology threats seriously, both the possibility of kinetic real-world cyberattacks (such as disabling power plants or water systems) and already-underway information influence operations like the ones that upended the 2016 presidential election, as well as the looming challenges next-generation technologies pose to national security.


A former telecoms entrepreneur, the Virginia senator says that saving the industry (and democracy) might mean blowing up Big Tech as we know it.

Jan 29, 2020

Food Waste Is a Serious Problem. AI Is Trying to Solve It

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, economics, food, information science, robotics/AI

Circa 2019


Technology has long been helping to hack world hunger. These days most conversations about tech’s impact on any sector of the economy inevitably involves artificial intelligence—sophisticated software that allows machines to make decisions and even predictions in ways similar to humans. Food waste tech is no different.

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Jan 28, 2020

Quantum experiments explore power of light for communications, computing

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

A team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has conducted a series of experiments to gain a better understanding of quantum mechanics and pursue advances in quantum networking and quantum computing, which could lead to practical applications in cybersecurity and other areas.

ORNL quantum researchers Joseph Lukens, Pavel Lougovski, Brian Williams, and Nicholas Peters—along with collaborators from Purdue University and the Technological University of Pereira in Colombia—summarized results from several of their recent academic papers in a special issue of the Optical Society’s Optics & Photonics News, which showcased some of the most significant results from optics-related research in 2019. Their entry was one of 30 selected for publication from a pool of 91.

Conventional computer “bits” have a value of either 0 or 1, but quantum bits, called “qubits,” can exist in a superposition of quantum states labeled 0 and 1. This ability makes promising for transmitting, processing, storing, and encrypting vast amounts of information at unprecedented speeds.