August 2017

Defiant Trump insists anew: Blame both sides for violence

NEW YORK (AP) — Combative and insistent, President Donald Trump declared anew Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. He showed sympathy for the fringe groups’ efforts to preserve Confederate monuments.… Read more Defiant Trump insists anew: Blame both sides for violence

Der WannaCry-Held Hutchins kämpft um seine Freiheit

Er hat den Krypto-Trojaner WannaCry aufgehalten und wurde dann vom FBI verhaftet: Marcus Hutchins hat nach seiner ersten Anhörung neue Kautionsauflagen. Marcus Hutchins war der Held der Stunde, als der Krypto-Trojaner WannaCry weltweit Computersysteme lahmlegte. Nun erwartet der IT-Sicherheitsexperte seinen Prozess für die angebliche Beteiligung an einer anderen Schadsoftware. Er plädiert auf unschuldig. Marcus Hutchins… Read more Der WannaCry-Held Hutchins kämpft um seine Freiheit

Researchers may have devised a sensitive test for new particles

A phenomenon predicted in the 1930s shows up thanks to lead atom near misses. As with many other things, however, quantum mechanics showed that what we thought was impossible is possible: a photon can, technically, scatter off another photon. But that was recognized back in the 1930s, and we’ve not been able to confirm that… Read more Researchers may have devised a sensitive test for new particles

Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues

In Gainesville, Florida, workers hired by the Daughters of the Confederacy chipped away at a Confederate soldier’s statue, loaded it quietly on a truck and drove away with little fanfare. In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she’s ready to tear down all of her city’s Confederate statues, and the city council voted to have them… Read more Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues

Blatant clone or marketing hoax? The curious case of Tokyo 41 and Tokyo 42

The “demake” trend gets twisted with a touch of ARG (alternate reality game) panache. As manufactured controversies go, this one leaves a lot to be skeptical of. As clever marketing plans go, though, it’s an interesting public performance that touches on some real issues in modern gaming. The first mention of a game called Tokyo… Read more Blatant clone or marketing hoax? The curious case of Tokyo 41 and Tokyo 42

Researchers encode malware in DNA, compromise DNA sequencing software

It’s a proof-of-principle, done after making DNA analysis software vulnerable. The researchers didn’t find an actual vulnerability in DNA analysis software—instead, they specifically made a version of some software with an exploitable vulnerability to show that the risk is more than hypothetical. Still, an audit of some open source DNA analysis software shows that the… Read more Researchers encode malware in DNA, compromise DNA sequencing software