Latest WikiLeaks dump exposes CIA methods to mask malware

WikiLeaks may have dealt another blow to the CIA’s hacking operations by releasing files that allegedly show how the agency was masking its malware attacks.

On Friday, the site dumped the source code to the Marble Framework, a set of anti-forensic tools that WikiLeaks claims the CIA used last year.

The files do appear to show “obfuscation techniques” that can hide CIA-developed malicious coding from detection, said Jake Williams, a security researcher at Rendition InfoSec, who has been examining the files.

Every hacker, from the government-sponsored ones to amateurs, will use their own obfuscation techniques when developing malware, he said.

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Latest WikiLeaks dump exposes CIA methods to mask malware

WikiLeaks may have dealt another blow to the CIA’s hacking operations by releasing files that allegedly show how the agency was masking its malware attacks.

On Friday, the site dumped the source code to the Marble Framework, a set of anti-forensic tools that WikiLeaks claims the CIA used last year.

The files do appear to show “obfuscation techniques” that can hide CIA-developed malicious coding from detection, said Jake Williams, a security researcher at Rendition InfoSec, who has been examining the files.

Every hacker, from the government-sponsored ones to amateurs, will use their own obfuscation techniques when developing malware, he said.

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Source: PC World

It must suck to be LG right now


After last year’s lackluster G5, I was really hoping LG would hit it out of the park this year. It’s one of the few brands that’s continued to cater to people who care about durability and power-user features. And for a while, I thought it might just succeed: I marveled at the miniscule bezels on the LG G6, allowing a huge screen to fit in a small body. And then Samsung announced the S8. Don’t get me wrong: The G6 is probably LG’s best ever phone, with a metal and glass design, a great dual camera setup, and that stunning…

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Cloudera Files for IPO

Big-data software company Cloudera Inc. filed paperwork to go public on Friday, revealing a business that is growing quickly but possibly not fast enough to deliver gains to its big investor Intel Corp.
Source: All Things D (Wall Street Journal)

April Fools' 2017 roundup: The pranks start early this year

It is April 1, which means pranks abound all over the interwebs. We here at Computerworld are taking one for the team, doing the hard work of researching the best pranks around so that we can share them with you. It is a thankless job, but somebody’s gotta do it. 

Everyone is getting in on the fun this year — so many that we couldn’t possibly include them all. But the ones that made the cut are sure to make you laugh. 

So pull up a seat and put down your coffee — because if you don’t, you are bound to spray a mouthful all over your computer screen. 

Google Gnome

Google Home has made our homes smart, but our yards have remained decidedly un-smart. No longer — with Google Gnome, your home’s outside can be just as smart as its inside. 

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39% off Cheetah Mounts Universal TV Wall Mount, Fits 20-75-Inch TVs – Deal Alert

The universal design of this mount fits most 20-75″ TVs up to VESA 600 x 400 and 165lbs. The profile is only 1.5″ for today’s thin TVs, and it tilts to improve viewing and reduce glare. This bundle comes with a 10-foot HDMI cable and a 6-inch 3-axis bubble level. It averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 14,000 people on Amazon (read recent reviews), where its typical list price of $41 has been reduced to just $25. See the discounted mount now on Amazon.

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Twitter changes its default profile photo from an egg to a human-shaped blob

Twitter has ditched the egg, abandoning the bird motif for a more generic option.

On Friday, Twitter introduced a new default profile picture, switching from the well-known egg to a simple human silhouette. Twitter hopes this change will encourage users to replace the default image with a real photo of themselves, dissuading people from remaining anonymous or being associated with trolls.

The egg has been Twitter’s default profile picture for seven years, but recently it has taken on a new meaning beyond the cute bird motif. Obviously, Twitter trolls, bots and others who use the site solely for abuse and harassment choose to remain anonymous, so the egg photo has become a signifier for this type of user. As playwright Ken Armstrong put it, “Never argue with an egg.”

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Gigaom AI Videos: Fireside Chat with Jerry Kaplan

In February 2017, we brought together great minds of AI and business leaders to explore the new opportunities AI opens up for businesses, what it takes to be a cognitively savvy organization, and the possibilities of human-level adaptive thinking.

Welcome to the future, where radical innovation in Artificial Intelligence will turn every major industry upside down.

In this video, widely known Artificial Intelligence expert, technical innovator, serial entrepreneur, and bestselling author, Jerry Kaplan discusses the current state of and the future of AI with Byron Reese.

Fireside Chat: Jerry Kaplan and Byron Reese

Source: GigaOm

Intel's Cannon Lake PC chip shipments may slip into next year

If you were expecting to buy laptops with Intel’s next-generation Core chips—code-named Cannon Lake—by the end of this year, you may be disappointed.

There’s a chance that shipments of Cannon Lake—Intel’s first on the 10-nanometer production process—may slip into next year.

Intel previously said Cannon Lake would ship by year’s end, but that’s now uncertain.

Whether Cannon Lake shipments will happen before or after Christmas is hard to predict, Venkata Renduchintala, president of Intel’s PC, IoT, and chip design businesses, said earlier this week at an Intel manufacturing event.

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Source: PC World