Russian hackers may have their eyes on disrupting the 2020 Summer Olympics. Microsoft claims it's recently detected them trying to infiltrate sporting and anti-doping agencies across three continents. The hacking campaign began on Sept. 16, and has been preying on at least 16 sporting and anti-doping organizations, according to Microsoft vice president Tom Burt. On Monday, he wrote a blog post blaming the suspected attacks on the state-sponsored Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, which famously breached servers belonging to the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election. "Some of these attacks were successful, but the majority were not," Burt said of the group's most recent hacks. "Microsoft has notified all customers targeted in these attacks and has worked with those who have sought our help to secure compromised accounts or systems." Redmond refrained from naming which organizations were targeted. But it isn't the first time Fancy Bear has infiltrated sporting … [Read more...] about Microsoft: Russian Hackers Might Be Targeting 2020 Olympics
Pokemon Go sparked a new wave of augmented reality exploration, but London-based Scape Technologies wants to take AR beyond GPS-driven gaming to provide a more accurate representation of the world around us. GPS can pinpoint location within a foot or so, but Scape can tell exactly where you're standing by comparing data from your phone's camera with a cloud-based, machine-readable 3D map. Its first product is a software development kit that will anchor AR content to specific locations. Currently running trials in the UK, Scape has created 3D maps of 100 cities, and is live in London and San Francisco. The company also recently dropped a teaser for Holoscape, a massively multiplayer AR game. We spoke to Scape co-founder and CEO Edward Miller about large-scale AR, what it means to "Scape" an entire city, and why he believes 3D map data is "the scaffold of the 21st century." Below are edited and condensed excerpts of our conversation. PCMag: You've said '3D map data is the scaffold of the … [Read more...] about This Augmented Reality Platform Is Smarter Than Pokemon Go
What's your daily routine? Perhaps you roll over and scroll through your phone for a few minutes, ask Alexa for the weather, fire up satellite radio on your drive to work or use a credit card to purchase a train ticket, swipe a keycard at the office, and sign into a PC at your desk. You pay for lunch with Apple Pay, keep tabs on your home and pets via a security cam, and buy a few things on Amazon. At home, the kids watch Netflix or play Fortnite as a robot vacuum whirs nearby and you pay bills with a few taps on the iPad. Most of us remember a time before these modern creature comforts. We made do with paper books, physical maps, landlines, and snail mail. But now, it's all but impossible to live a productive life without access to the internet, not to mention more vital resources such as electricity. If any of these services were to go offline—briefly or for a long time—it could seriously disrupt our way of life and the economy, and our foreign adversaries know it. But it … [Read more...] about Cyberwar Is Here: Are You Ready?
In the wake of prime minister Theresa May's chaotic return to Downing Street—where she lost the Tories' mandate to govern and is now reliant on a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to cling on to power—one of the first things on her to-do list is Internet regulation. Further ReadingLondon attack: Tech firms dispute PM’s grandstanding on Internet regulation The PM already threatened to take action against tech giants, such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook, that fail to flush out the sharing of extremist content on their sites. It was in the Conservative manifesto and was repeated after the marauding terror attacks in London Bridge and Borough Market. May seems determined to keep the conversation going, and the PM will travel to Paris later on Tuesday for counter-terrorism talks with French president Emmanuel Macron. The two leaders have struck a deal to campaign against the Internet being "used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals." Number … [Read more...] about Tech giants face fines in UK, France over extremism posts—PM May
On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it is fining Google $170 million following the agency’s investigation into YouTube over alleged violations of a children’s privacy law. In the settlement, the FTC and the New York attorney general allege that Google marketed its video platform, YouTube, to advertisers knowing that many channels were popular with younger audiences. It also alleges that the company tracked the viewing histories of children in order to serve them ads, which violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The $170 million fine is the largest COPPA fine to date, dwarfing the fine TikTok’s parent company received last February for violations of the same law. “YouTube touted its popularity with children to prospective corporate clients,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons. “Yet when it came to complying with COPPA, the company refused to acknowledge that portions of its platform were clearly directed … [Read more...] about Google will pay $170 million for YouTube’s child privacy violations