Biz & IT / Information Technology

  1. They plugged GPT-4 into Minecraft—and unearthed new potential for AI

    A bot plays the video game by tapping the text generator to pick up new skills.

  2. Google’s Android and Chrome extensions are a very sad place. Here’s why

    It was a bad week for millions of people who rely on Google for apps and Chrome extensions.

  3. Air Force denies running simulation where AI drone “killed” its operator

    "We've never run that experiment," says original source, who "misspoke."

  4. “Clickless” iOS exploits infect Kaspersky iPhones with never-before-seen malware

    "Operation Triangulation" stole mic recordings, photos, geolocation, and more.

  5. Asus will offer local ChatGPT-style AI servers for office use

    "AFS Appliance" will avoid the cloud and place an AI language model on premises.

  6. Millions of PC motherboards were sold with a firmware backdoor

    Hidden code in many Gigabyte motherboards invisibly and insecurely downloads programs.

  7. Researchers tell owners to “assume compromise” of unpatched Zyxel firewalls

    Poor patching hygiene is fueling a flurry of "downstream attacks" on other targets.

  8. AI-expanded album cover artworks go viral thanks to Photoshop’s Generative Fill

    Generative Fill uses AI to dream up larger versions of famous artwork.

  9. Twitter value keeps falling under Musk, now worth a third of what he paid

    $15 billion valuation after Fidelity lowers value of its Twitter stake again.

  10. A Snap-based, containerized Ubuntu desktop could be offered in 2024

    Ubuntu could join Fedora in offering an immutable desktop option.

  11. Critical Barracuda 0-day was used to backdoor networks for 8 months

    Attackers then went on to steal data from infected systems.

  12. OpenAI execs warn of “risk of extinction” from artificial intelligence in new open letter

    Strategically vague statement on AI risk prompts critics' response.

  1. Inner workings revealed for “Predator,” the Android malware that exploited 5 0-days

    Spyware is sold to countries including Egypt, Indonesia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Serbia.

  2. Green hills forever: Windows XP activation algorithm cracked after 21 years

    Please, please, please do not actually install XP and use it. But if you must…

  3. Among AI dangers, deepfakes worry Microsoft president most

    Brad Smith urges steps to curtail deepfakes "with an intent to deceive or defraud."

  4. Unearthed: CosmicEnergy, malware for causing Kremlin-style power disruptions

    Researchers say never-before-seen malware may be used in Russian training exercises.

  5. OpenAI CEO raises $115M for crypto company that scans people’s eyeballs

    Worldcoin investor insists "Orb" iris scanner is not a "dystopian nightmare."

  6. Minnesota enacts right-to-repair law that covers more devices than any other state

    Just one state demanding free repair manuals could benefit all fixers.

  7. The lightning onset of AI—what suddenly changed? An Ars Frontiers 2023 recap

    Google and Microsoft managers discussed tech's hottest topic during Ars Frontiers.

  8. Chinese state hackers infect critical infrastructure throughout the US and Guam

    Group uses living-off-the-land attack and infected routers to remain undetected.

  9. Legit app in Google Play turns malicious and sends mic recordings every 15 minutes

    The malicious iRecorder app has come to light, but its purpose remains shrouded.

  10. Fake Pentagon “explosion” photo sows confusion on Twitter

    Incident shows weakness of Twitter's verification system, speed of misinformation.

  11. Adobe Photoshop’s new “Generative Fill” AI tool lets you manipulate photos with text

    Firefly-powered AI generations match image perspective, lighting, and style.

  12. Here’s how long it takes new BrutePrint attack to unlock 10 different smartphones

    BrutePrint requires just $15 of equipment and a little amount of time with a phone.

  1. It took 48 hours, but the mystery of the mass Asus router outage is solved

    Asus finally responds after being castigated by users.

  2. Fearing leaks, Apple restricts ChatGPT use among employees

    Cloud AI tools could leak confidential Apple company data; Apple works on its own LLM.

  3. Potentially millions of Android TVs and phones come with malware preinstalled

    The bane of low-cost Android devices is showing no signs of going away.

  4. Google pushes .zip and .mov domains onto the Internet, and the Internet pushes back

    Will new TLDs undo decades of work to stop malicious links?

  5. CEO: Raspberry Pi is “where we said we’d be” for 2023, recovery to follow

    Following "lousy first quarter," Upton expects "hundreds of thousands" by Q3.

  6. AI in your pocket: ChatGPT officially comes to iPhone with new app

    App brings popular AI assistant to an official mobile client app for the first time.

  7. Verizon abandons its confusing mess of six “unlimited” wireless plans

    Verizon simplifies its data plans: Do you want the fast one or the slow one?

  8. Poll: AI poses risk to humanity, according to majority of Americans

    New Reuters/Ipsos poll reveals religious and political divides over AI as well.

  9. Malware turns home routers into proxies for Chinese state-sponsored hackers

    Following in the footsteps of VPNFilter, new firmware obscures hackers' endpoints.

  10. Microsoft is scanning the inside of password-protected zip files for malware

    If you think a password prevents scanning in the cloud, think again.

  11. As AI-generated fakes proliferate, Google plans to fight back

    Google will track image provenance, label AI-generated images, display metadata.

  12. Passkeys may not be for you, but they are safe and easy—here’s why

    Answering common questions about how passkeys work.