General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

CrowdStrike fixes start at “reboot up to 15 times” and get more complex from there

Admins can also restore backups or manually delete CrowdStrike's buggy driver.
Publish Date: 7/19/2024
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Major outages at CrowdStrike, Microsoft leave the world with BSODs and confusion

Nobody's sure who's at fault for each outage: Microsoft, CrowdStrike, or both.
Publish Date: 7/19/2024
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The next Nvidia driver makes even more GPUs “open,” in a specific, quirky way

You can't see inside the firmware, but more open code can translate it for you.
Publish Date: 7/18/2024
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OpenAI launches GPT-4o mini, which will replace GPT-3.5 in ChatGPT

Lower-cost AI language model will be free for ChatGPT users.
Publish Date: 7/18/2024
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Vulnerability in Cisco Smart Software Manager lets attackers change any user password

Yep, passwords for administrators can be changed, too.
Publish Date: 7/17/2024
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Trump allies want to “Make America First in AI” with sweeping executive order

After repealing Biden's AI order, draft would create "Manhattan Projects" for military AI.
Publish Date: 7/17/2024
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Rite Aid says breach exposes sensitive details of 2.2 million customers

Stolen data includes customer names, addresses, birth dates, and driver's license numbers.
Publish Date: 7/16/2024
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Former OpenAI researcher’s new company will teach you how to build an LLM

Karpathy's Eureka Labs will pair human-made curriculum with an AI-powered assistant.
Publish Date: 7/16/2024
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Here’s how carefully concealed backdoor in fake AWS files escaped mainstream notice

Files available on the open source NPM repository underscore a growing sophistication.
Publish Date: 7/15/2024
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Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott thinks LLM “scaling laws” will hold despite criticism

Will LLMs keep improving if we throw more compute at them? OpenAI dealmaker thinks so.
Publish Date: 7/15/2024
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Google makes it easier for users to switch on advanced account protection

The strict requirement for two physical keys is now eased when passkeys are used.
Publish Date: 7/12/2024
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OpenAI reportedly nears breakthrough with “reasoning” AI, reveals progress framework

Five-level AI classification system probably best seen as a marketing exercise.
Publish Date: 7/12/2024
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First “Miss AI” contest sparks ire for pushing unrealistic beauty standards

Influencer platform's controversial contest awarded prizes to three nonexistent people.
Publish Date: 7/11/2024
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Exim vulnerability affecting 1.5M servers lets attackers attach malicious files

Based on past attacks, it wouldn’t be surprising to see active targeting this time, too.
Publish Date: 7/11/2024
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Intuit’s AI gamble: Mass layoff of 1,800 paired with hiring spree

Intuit CEO: "Companies that aren’t prepared to take advantage of [AI] will fall behind."
Publish Date: 7/11/2024
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Threat actors exploited Windows 0-day for more than a year before Microsoft fixed it

The goal of the exploits was to open Explorer and trick targets into running malicious code.
Publish Date: 7/10/2024
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In bid to loosen Nvidia’s grip on AI, AMD to buy Finnish startup for $665M

The acquisition is the largest of its kind in Europe in a decade.
Publish Date: 7/10/2024
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OpenAI board shake-up: Microsoft out, Apple backs away amid AI partnership scrutiny

Microsoft gives up non-voting observer board role; Apple rethinks a planned similar position.
Publish Date: 7/10/2024
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How disinformation from a Russian AI spam farm ended up on top of Google search results

A fake article about Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife buying a Bugatti with US aid was promoted by bots.
Publish Date: 7/10/2024
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New Blast-RADIUS attack breaks 30-year-old protocol used in networks everywhere

Ubiquitous RADIUS scheme uses homegrown authentication based on MD5. Yup, you heard right.
Publish Date: 7/9/2024
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