Cyber attacks disrupt PayPal, Twitter, other sites

Cyber attacks disrupt PayPal, Twitter, other sites

Hackers unleashed a complex attack on the internet through common devices like webcams and digital recorders and cut access to some of the world’s best known websites on Friday, a stunning breach of global internet stability. The attacks struck Twitter, Paypal, Spotify and other customers of an infrastructure company in New Hampshire called Dyn, which acts as a switchboard for…

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The story behind the Panama Papers leak

BERLIN — It started with an email in early 2015: “Hello, this is John Doe. Interested in data?” “We are very interested,” replied a journalist in Munich. The exchange resulted in internal documents from Mossack Fonseca — a Panama law firm that creates anonymous offshore companies around the world — being sent to staff at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a large German daily. The newspaper had been…

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Kalamazoo Massacre: Uber Driver Says He Was ‘Taken Over’ by App

Here’s a modern twist on an old defense: The app made him do it. The Uber driver charged with killing six people and wounding two in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last month told detectives that the car service’s mobile phone application turned him into “a puppet” and that he wasn’t sure “how much he had or had not done.” According to police…

From Candy Crush to Candy Brush

From Candy Crush to Candy Brush

There’s now a legitimate reason to bring your phone into the bathroom: to help you correctly brush your teeth. Oral-B just introduced a new “smart” toothbrush named the Genius, which works in tandem with a special app to record metrics such as interdental cleaning, pressure applied, brushing duration, and tongue cleanliness. Oral-B unveiled the high-tech tooth tool at Mobile World…

Human Go Player Finally Beats AlphaGo

Human Go Player Finally Beats AlphaGo Software

SEOUL, South Korea — A champion Go player scored his first win over Go-playing computer software on Sunday after losing three straight times in the ancient Chinese game. Lee Sedol’s victory over AlphaGo served as a reminder that Google’s Go-playing program is not perfect and has room for improvement. Lee had said that he lost earlier games because he could…

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Facebook and WhatsApp might be the next Apple

Friction between tech companies and law enforcement over data access and encryption is heating up around the world. Apple and the FBI are in a widely watched standoff, and a similar situation is unfolding in Brazil with WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook (FB, Tech30). At issue: Authorities in Brazil think information transmitted through WhatsApp could help in a criminal…

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