By Arielle Mullen
"Stealing" an AI is now Possible: Artificial intelligence (or "AI), is a field of tech that's experienced a huge surge in advances over the last few years. Although this relatively new computer science is advancing quickly, researchers are beginning to realize that one possible security threat to AI is that they can be stolen using the very data relied upon to create it in the first place. AI uses a collection of data, and when challenged with queries, will rely on the base data in order to answer. The problem is that this base collection of data, often referred to as a "black box" system, can be reverse-engineered or even possibly reproduced. A paper released by a team at Cornell Tech has more information on the subject.
Yahoo Confirms Recent Hack Affected more than 500 Million Accounts: In a statement released in late September, Yahoo announced that at least 500 million of their user accounts had been breached. According to their statement the compromised information may have included "names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bycrypt), and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers." If you currently have a Yahoo email account, we strongly suggest changing your passwords.
Justice Department Planning Expansion of Government Hacking: A new amendment to what's known as Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, would allow the government to hack more than a million computers with a single warrant. The Justice Department has argued that they need this expansion in order to investigate networks of devices that have been infected with malware (also called a "botnet). However, critics of the amendment believe such an expansion of leeway would be reckless.