Journalism’s Russian propaganda problem could be a blessing in disguise

Russian intelligence weaponized Twitter in its successful attempt to catapult Donald Trump directly into the oval office. And now, it’s believed it did the same with the Brexit vote. Interestingly, according to research from The Guardian, these accounts were so convincing, they were even quoted in at least eighty articles published in a variety of mainstream print and digital titles. The Guardian pored through the archives of fourteen different publications — including The Telegraph, Buzzfeed, The Daily Mail, and The Independent — and crosschecked every article against a list of 2,752 Twitter profiles believed by the microblogging service to be…

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Stock picking robots are here, but are they outsmarting humans?

Although robo-advice will contribute to financial inclusion and helps financially less literate households to be able to invest, it is still not a replacement for financial literacy. Investopedia defines robo-advisers as digital platforms which provide automated, algorithm-driven financial planning services with little to no supervision. If this sounds too simple to be true, you share the views of Chris Sacca, a well-known American start-up investor, when he first heard about the first robo-advisor proposition from Betterment back in 2010. “I worry that it’s too simple,” Sacca said. “People don’t always trust it.” Understandably, the words simple and trust are not…

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Korean Bible reading app turns your Android phone into a botnet

A mischievous band of hackers is using the spirit of Christ to infect unsuspecting users. Researchers have discovered new malware which poses as a legitimate Google Play app for reading the Bible in Korean, but ultimately turns infected Android phones into a botnet. The malicious app was discovered independently by both McAfee and Palo Alto Networks. Curiously, both companies remark that, given the similarities in the code, the malware was likely developed by members of the Lazarus cybercrime group. The McAfee team notes that the app “contains a backdoor file in the executable and linkable format (ELF)” – a technique commonly employed…

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Cryptocurrency startup Tether claims it was robbed of $31 million in tokens

Tether noted in a now-removed post on its site that nearly $31 million worth of tokens were stolen from the treasury in which it stored its dollar-pegged cryptocurrency. The company said that it won’t redeem any of the stolen tokens, and will attempt to prevent them from entering other exchanges. While Tether has been able to identify the address in which the hacker is holding those stolen funds, it hasn’t yet understood how the attack took place. As such, it’s temporarily suspending its backend wallet service for partners, and is updating its Omni Core software client to prevent the missing…

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Researcher informs drone maker DJI about bugs, gets called a ‘hacker’ and threatened

Bug bounty programs are a great way for tech companies to crowdsource help in securing their products – and for skilled tech experts to make some money on the side. Sadly, that’s not how things went for researcher Kevin Finisterre when he pointed out issues in DJI’s publicly shared code. Instead of awarding him the $30,000 bounty that he had qualified for with his discovery, the Chinese drone maker dubbed him a ‘hacker’ who broke into its servers, and threatened to charge him with Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). In a scathing post (PDF), Finisterre explained that DJI had…

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Apple’s Swift language finds its way into Google’s secret Fuchsia OS

Last week, a curious update to Google’s GitHub repository showed that the company had forked Swift, a programming language created by Apple for building iOS/macOS/tvOS/watchOS apps. We previously heard that the idea was for the company to contribute to the open-source language’s base, as well for Google to use it to create internal tools for iPhones and iPads. But there’s more. Android Police noted that some of the most recent code commits made to Google’s Swift repository show that the company is working on building support for it in its own Fuchsia OS. Although it’s been a year since we…

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Uber wants to wipe out car sickness with bursts of air, vibrating seats

Uber’s all-in on self-driving cars. It makes sense. Built on the backs of its drivers, Uber’s future might very well be determined by whether or not it can replace them. Autonomous vehicles don’t get paid, don’t skip out on driving when they’re sick, and (probably) don’t film Travis Kalanick dancing to Maroon 5 in the backseat of an SUV. But, according to user experience designer Molly Nix, much of the thinking around self-driving cars has been about the absence of a driver, not the presence of a passenger. This is something Nix, and Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group hopes to solve.…

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