Detecting the xz-utils Backdoor with Automation

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2024-04-13 09:00:05
In this ObjectSecurity blog post, we discuss how automated binary vulnerability analysis helps detect advanced attacks such as the recently discovered “xz-utils backdoor”, which was committed on March 25, 2024 to a ubiquitous library in the Linux ecosystem, via the xz-utils GitHub reposi...

Long term care insurance as public policy

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2024-04-13 09:00:04
The rising number of elderly in the world brings forth a set of problems which were unanticipated ere the dawn of the modern era. Bismarck, when he created the forerunner to the modern welfare state, did not imagine it needing to take care of a large number of people in their 70s and 80s. Yet here w...

Practical defences to an xz type attack - by Rakkhi Joy

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2024-04-13 09:00:04
If you are in the infosec / cyber security community or even in technology, you have probably heard of the near miss with the xz supply chain attack. If not, the brief summary is as follows: likely a nation state, likely Russian, mounted a campaign for over 2 years to build a set of personas that u...

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity finds 'otherworldly' wreckage on planet's surface

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2024-04-13 09:00:04
NASA's impressive Mars helicopter Ingenuity stumbled upon an 'otherworldly' site as it made its way through space over the Red Planet. As part of the Mars 2020 mission, the helicopter has spent the last four years racking up 72 flights over Mars, with NASA noting this has far exceede...

Boeing whistleblowers say Boeing retaliates against whistleblowers

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2024-04-13 09:00:03
In addition to his claims that the fuselages on the Boeing 787 and 777 models might “break apart” in the sky due to weak safety controls during the production process, longtime company engineer Sam Salehpour says the manufacturer dismissed his fears and and even tried to intimidate him into s...

Germanwings Flight 9525

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2024-04-13 09:00:02
Germanwings Flight 9525[1] was a scheduled international passenger flight from Barcelona–El Prat Airport in Spain to Düsseldorf Airport in Germany. The flight was operated by Germanwings, a low-cost carrier owned by the German airline Lufthansa. On 24 March 2015, the aircraft, an Airbus ...

Pokémon Hacker Arrested For Selling Modified Violet Monsters

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2024-04-13 09:00:02
A Japanese man in his mid-30s has been arrested for allegedly tampering with Pokémon Violet save data to sell rare monsters online to interested buyers. As reported by Automaton (via the Japanese public broadcaster NHK News ), the suspect, 36-year-old interior designer Yoshihiro Yamakawa from Uji...

A Full-Featured Open-Source Framework for Image Processing

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2024-04-13 08:30:05
This gallery gives a quick overview of the kind of features and generic filters available in the G'MIC open-source image processing framework. All the images below have been processed by the CLI interface gmic of G'MIC, from a set of initial 2D color images. Click on an image to ...

Lost In Abstractions

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2024-04-13 08:30:05
We visit a number of websites everyday and it is a pretty common sight to see a padlock in the URL bar of the browser. It is known that it offers security for the data transferred but the process involved is lost in abstractions. Most of the times even developers have very little knowledge on what h...

Comparative Biomechanics at Friday Harbor Labs

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2024-04-13 08:30:03
I am on a mission to scan all the ray-finned fishes in the world. And it's not just me! I am working with collaborators from around the world to create detailed CT scans of fish from museum specimens. One of the very, very useful things is to understand exactly what the skeleton looks like. It is sh...