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Data is the key to unlocking the UK’s AI potential

While data has the potential to boost the UK economy significantly, the links between data and AI are not sufficiently understood. If we are to seize this potential and position the UK as a global AI superpower, as the National AI Strategy aims to do, we must get a grip on data infrastructure in order…

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OSS leaders detail commitments to bolster software security

The operators of leading open source software (OSS) package repositories, including the Python Software Foundation and the Rust Foundation, have set out the actions they are taking to help better secure and protect the open source software (OSS) ecosystem, underscored by a series of high-profile OSS flaws in the past few years, most notably Log4Shell.…

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I hope iOS 18 will bring generative AI like ChatGPT to the iPhone search

iOS 18 will deliver Apple’s first generative AI features for iPhone. That’s the expectation, at least, considering what’s available out there. ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot, and Google Gemini are only getting better, with updates dropping frequently. Apple isn’t ready to announce anything. But Tim Cook did tease recently big AI announcements for later this year. That…

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38TB Microsoft data leak highlights risks of oversharing

Microsoft has learned an important lesson after having to clean up a major data leak resulting from an “overly permissive” shared access signature (SAS) token accidentally disclosed by one of its employees. The incident took place in June 2023, when a Microsoft researcher shared a URL for an Azure Blob store in a public GitHub repository…

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GitHub fixes race condition that could have led to ‘repojacking’

GitHub has fixed a race condition vulnerability in its repository creation and user renaming operations that could have enabled threat actors to perform what is known as a repojacking attack. Discovered and disclosed by researchers from Checkmarx, had the flaw been exploited, it could have been used to take control of code repositories and hijack…

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ExtraHop open sources 16 million rows of threat domain data

Cloud-native network detection and response (NDR) specialist ExtraHop hopes to give security researchers and defenders a little extra help when it comes to defending against malware and botnet operations, by making its entire 16 million row domain generated by algorithm (DGA) dataset publicly available on GitHub. So-called DGAs are programs that use algorithmic generation to…

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North Koreans using new zero-day to target security researchers

A nation-state threat actor backed by the North Korean government has begun a new phase of a nearly two-year-old campaign targeting legitimate cyber security researchers, leveraging an as-yet undisclosed zero-day to gain access to their victims. The zero-day in question was uncovered by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG). It has been reported to the supplier whose…

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Honeywell goes quantum to protect utilities from future threats

Operational technology specialist Honeywell is to incorporate quantum computing-hardened encryption keys into its smart meters for electric, gas and water meters, through a partnership with sector specialist Quantinuum that it said will provide consumers with heightened protection from future cyber threats. The deal makes Honeywell the first to deploy quantum encryption in such a way,…

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Tips for improving software developer productivity

Imagine the prospect of the first day in a new job as a software developer. Beyond the meetings with HR, managers and team leaders, there is also likely to be a stack of training material and documentation around company policies to get through. These things precede the really hard stuff, which is around getting to…

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Does AI have a future in cyber security? Yes, but only if it works with humans

I believe a part of making sense out of the issue of artificial intelligence (AI) in the world of cyber comes down to definitions. AI is the idea that a machine can mimic human intelligence, while machine learning (ML) teaches a machine how to perform a task and identify patterns. A lot of cyber security…

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