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AT&T Data Breach Exposes Records of Customers From 2022

AT&T announced that a data breach from April earlier this year revealed the data of "nearly all" of its customers over a 6 month period in 2022. At least one cybercriminal behind the attack has been arrested by the FBI.

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Palo Alto Networks Patches Critical Flaw

Palo Alto Networks released updates to patch 5 flaws in its Expedition Migration tool. The vulnerability with a 9.3 CVSS score has missing authentication which could lead to a hijacking of the admin account.

MIT Researchers Introduce Generative AI for Databases

Thanks to GenSQL, a generative AI system for databases created by MIT researchers, users can now make predictions, generate synthetic data, and more with only a few keystrokes. This new tool makes it simpler to perform complicated statistical analysis for database users with minimal behind the scenes knowledge.

Hacker Uploads 10 Billion Passwords to a Crime Forum

After going by the name of 'ObamaCare', a hacker was able to post a database that allegedly contains near 10 billion unique passwords. These passwords were collected from multiple hacks and data breaches across many years.

Is AI the Answer for Better Government Services?

With the emergence of generative AI, it is theorized that AI is sophisticated enough to replicate human-like responses and deal with questions about government services. Many government officials, however, are skeptical of using chatbots as chatbots can't be held accountable for what they do.

Supreme Court Ruling Threatens the Framework of Cybersecurity Regulation

The Supreme Court has struck down a legal principle called the Chevron Doctrine which allows federal agencies to interpret ambiguities in the law. Since most US cybersecurity regulation is delivered through federal agencies rather than directly from Congress, the enforcement of cyber regulation will now be affected.

NIST 2.0 — Why should you be excited?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued version 2.0 of its Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). This NIST standard highlights the supply chain & the vital role the C-suite plays in cybersecurity.

A Hacker Stole OpenAI's Internal Secrets

In early 2023, a hacker was able to access the internal messaging systems of OpenAI and stole information regarding the design of the company's AI technologies. Since no partners or customers information was stolen, the company did not share the news publicly. Now, however, new fears have raised about whether foreign adversaries could steal AI technology that could eventually endanger U.S. national security.
Developer of the long-standing Authy, Twilio, has confirmed in a blog post that it was hacked. They haven't confirmed the number of users affected, but have confirmed that leaked data was limited to phone numbers. They say that Authy accounts were not accessed by the threat actors.

MFA Authenticator App Authy has been Updated Following a Hack

Google's Carbon Emissions Rise by 50% due to AI Demand

The demand for AI is causing Google's carbon emissions to spike as there is an increase in data center energy consumption. With their emissions surging nearly 50%, Google seems to face a major setback in its goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

Patelco Credit Union Suffers From a Ransomware Attack

Patelco Credit Union was hit by a ransomware attack causing many of their banking systems to be shut down. Lacking transparency about the incident with their users, many customers are unsure whether the issue will be resolved in a few days or a few weeks.

MFA Failures are Fueling a 500% Surge in Ransomware Losses

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is now proving not adequate enough against cyberattacks in the modern day. According to Sophos, average ransom payment has increased by 500% with organizations paying ransoms averaging $2 million.

AI-Powered Exoskeleton Addresses Mobility Issues

A new AI-powered exoskeleton developed by researchers at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides energy savings while moving, causing users to feel as if they're carrying 26 pounds less. This game-changing metabolic cost reduction promises to help those with mobility issues.

OpenSSH Vulnerability Affects Linux Systems

A critical security flaw, named regreSSHion, has the potential to result in unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE) with root privileges in Linux systems. OpenSSH maintainers have released a few security updates to contain the flaw. Make sure to update all Linux systems immediately!

Claude 3.5 Sonnet Outperforms GPT-4o

Anthropic's latest AI model, Claude 3.5 Sonnet, outperforms OpenAI's ChatGPT-4o on many performance benchmarks. The safety-focused AI company claims that these models have at the same time been trained to reduce misuse as much as possible.

Microsoft Informs Customers that Russian Hackers Spied on Emails

Hackers from Russia have broken into Microsoft's systems where they spied on Microsoft employees' inboxes. The Russian hackers also acquired emails of Microsoft's customers. This breach comes at a time where Microsoft continues to face scrutiny over the security of its systems. government emails. Microsoft says the hackers targeted their cybersecurity professionals who had been investigating the Russian hacking group's actions.

OpenAI Wants AI to Help Humans Train AI

ChatGPT's success can be attributed to the human trainers who trained the AI model to differentiate good and bad responses. OpenAI initiated the use of reinforcement learning with human feedback in the development of ChatGPT. In this technique an input is taken from human testers to fine-tune the AI and make the responses more coherent. However, human data can be inconsistent, how can AI help?

Android Trojan Targets Banking Users in Seven Countries

An updated version of an Android trojan called Medusa has been targeting banking users in Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the U.K., and the U.S. It allows attackers to use overlay attacks to steal banking credentials.

NBC to use AI Version of Announcer for the Olympics

For their subscribers on Peacock, NBC announced it will use AI software to recreate Al Michael's’ voice to deliver daily recaps of the Summer Games. The use of AI during the Olympics comes as this technology has grown by leaps and bounds, especially in its ability to generate images and audio. These development have raised the question of how AI should be used in creative industries.