Until further notice, think twice before using Google to download software

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Searching Google for downloads of popular software has always come with risks, but over the past few months, it has been downright dangerous, according to researchers and a pseudorandom collection of queries.

“Threat researchers are used to seeing a moderate flow of malvertising via Google Ads,” volunteers at Spamhaus wrote on Thursday. “However, over the

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ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base in history, report says

Enlarge / A realistic artist’s depiction of an encounter with ChatGPT Plus. (credit: Benj Edwards / Ars Technica / OpenAI)

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that AI bot ChatGPT reached an estimated 100 million active monthly users last month, a mere two months from launch, making it the “fastest-growing consumer application in history,” according to a UBS investment bank research note.

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Paper: Stable Diffusion “memorizes” some images, sparking privacy concerns

Enlarge / An image from Stable Diffusion’s training set compared (left) to a similar Stable Diffusion generation (right) when prompted with “Ann Graham Lotz.” (credit: Carlini et al., 2023)

On Monday, a group of AI researchers from Google, DeepMind, UC Berkeley, Princeton, and ETH Zurich released a paper outlining an adversarial attack that can extract a small percentage of training

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GitHub says hackers cloned code-signing certificates in breached repository

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GitHub said unknown intruders gained unauthorized access to some of its code repositories and stole code-signing certificates for two of its desktop applications: Desktop and Atom.

Code-signing certificates place a cryptographic stamp on code to verify it was developed by the listed organization, which in this case is GitHub. If decrypted, the certificates could allow an attacker to sign

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