Threat actors are using advanced malware to backdoor business-grade routers

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Researchers have uncovered advanced malware that’s turning business-grade routers into attacker-controlled listening posts that can sniff email and steal files in an ongoing campaign hitting North and South America and Europe.

Besides passively capturing IMAP, SMTP, and POP email, the malware also backdoors routers with a remote access Trojan that allows the attackers to download

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Microsoft aims to reduce “tedious” business tasks with new AI tools

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On Monday, Microsoft bundled ChatGPT-style AI technology into its Power Platform developer tool and Dynamics 365, Reuters reports. Affected tools include Power Virtual Agent and AI Builder, both of which have been updated to include GPT large language model (LLM) technology created by OpenAI.

The move

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Twitter revenue, earnings reportedly fell 40% shortly after Musk buyout

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Twitter’s revenue and adjusted earnings reportedly fell about 40 percent year over year in December 2022 amid an advertiser exodus following Elon Musk’s takeover.

Twitter no longer reports earnings publicly since Musk bought the company and took it private in late October. But Twitter reported the December 2022 revenue and earnings declines in

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Twitter API error broke the site today as Musk blames “brittle” platform

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Twitter suffered an embarrassing technology failure today that temporarily broke links to outside websites and even to Twitter’s own webpages. The problem lasted for about 45 minutes or so.

In our tests, clicking any link brought up this error message:

{“errors”:[{“message”:”Your current API plan does not include access to this endpoint, please see

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Unkillable UEFI malware bypassing Secure Boot enabled by unpatchable Windows flaw

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Researchers on Wednesday announced a major cybersecurity find—the world’s first-known instance of real-world malware that can hijack a computer’s boot process even when Secure Boot and other advanced protections are enabled and running on fully updated versions of Windows.

Dubbed BlackLotus, the malware is what’s known as a UEFI bootkit. These sophisticated pieces

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AI-powered Bing Chat gains three distinct personalities

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On Wednesday, Microsoft employee Mike Davidson announced that the company has rolled out three distinct personality styles for its experimental AI-powered Bing Chat bot: Creative, Balanced, or Precise. Microsoft has been testing the feature since February 24 with a limited set of users. Switching between modes produces different results that shift its balance

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Biden administration wants to hold companies liable for bad cybersecurity

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The Biden administration on Thursday pushed for new mandatory regulations and liabilities to be imposed on software makers and service providers in an attempt to shift the burden of defending US cyberspace away from small organizations and individuals.

“The most capable and best-positioned actors in cyberspace must be better stewards of the digital ecosystem,” administration officials

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Microsoft introduces AI model that can understand image content, pass IQ tests

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On Monday, researchers from Microsoft introduced Kosmos-1, a multimodal model that can reportedly analyze images for content, solve visual puzzles, perform visual text recognition, pass visual IQ tests, and understand natural language instructions. The researchers believe multimodal AI—which integrates different modes of input such as

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ChatGPT and Whisper APIs debut, allowing devs to integrate them into apps

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On Wednesday, OpenAI announced the availability of developer APIs for its popular ChatGPT and Whisper AI models that will let developers integrate them into their apps. An API (application programming interface) is a set of protocols that allows different computer programs to communicate with each other. In this case, app developers can extend their apps’ abilities with

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