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Lily Hay Newman June 23, 2017
Phishing schemes tempt users into clicking on problem websites or hand over passwords, and the setups are increasingly sophisticated and customized, designed to appear to come from friends, banks and other legitimate sources that might interest a particular user. Internet users can protect themselves by pausing before clicking, and companies like Google also set up war rooms to provide early...
May 14, 2017
Tens of thousands of computer systems in 99 nations were attacked with ransomware, including those of utilities, banks, universities, manufacturers, government agencies and Britain’s National Health Service. “Although the spread of the malware – known as WannaCry and variants of that name – appears to have slowed, the threat is not yet over,” reports BBC News. The program demanded a $300 payment...
April 26, 2017
Throughout history, experimentation and science have delivered comfort and prosperity – electricity, road and air transportation, cures for disease, satellites and weather forecasting, communication technologies and more. US scientists are alarmed by political leaders who reject policy recommendations based on evidence – notably the near unanimous agreement among climate scientists that reliance...
Megan Molteni April 19, 2017
A disease known as citrus greening, spread by the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus and the psyllid as insect vector, has infected about 90 percent of Florida’s orange groves. Scientists try traditional breeding and genetic engineering methods as well as chemical and heat treatments to slow the disease's spread without luck. One citrus company “is developing something more like an...
Gideon Kimbrell April 7, 2017
Artificial intelligence may be replacing humans for many workplace tasks, but could also be employed to make compassionate choices, suggests Gideon Kimbrell for Entrepreneur. The Center on Artificial Intelligence in Society, at the University of Southern California, is developing algorithms to assist with initiatives – including use of social media and other online data to encourage HIV testing...
Berit Anderson and Brett Horvath April 5, 2017
Stories are always at risk for manipulation, but technology can now analyze and recruit individuals to unwittingly promote specific, even false, ideas. Berit Anderson and Brett Horvath, writing for Scout, argue the challenge is larger than fake news. Big data analysis, surveillance, AI, programmed bots, Facebook posts, sophisticated behavior assessments, computational psychology and fake news...
Leo Kelion March 8, 2017
WikiLeaks reports that the US Central Intelligence Agency has amassed a wide range of hacking tools for televisions, phones and consumer products that rely on the internet. “The alleged cyber-weapons are said to include malware that targets Windows, Android, iOS, OSX and Linux computers as well as internet routers,” reports Leo Kelion for BBC News. “Some of the software is reported to have been...

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