IBM CEO Ginni Rometty unveiled on Tuesday a new global weather forecasting system designed to provide more accurate and timely forecasts around the world.The IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF), created with The Weather Company, a Big Blue subsidiary, updates every hour and provides forecasts for smaller, more specific areas than are currently covered. GRAF uses IBM supercomputers to analyze crowdsourced and in-flight data from millions of sensors around the world. The system will be available later this year. "If you're a farmer in Kenya, if you're a farmer in Kansas, you're going to get a way better weather prediction," Rometty said at at CES, the huge electronics show in Las Vegas. IBM also used the expo to unveil its Q System One, which it said is the world's first integrated quantum computing system for both scientific and commercial use. Quantum computing could one day be used to find new ways to model financial data, for example, or to … [Read more...] about CES 2019: IBM unveils weather forecasting system, commercial quantum computer
In early 2013, the New York Times reported its networks had been hacked. © Ramin Talaie/Corbis Marvin Gile smooths his tie, takes a sip of coffee and settles in at his desk, ready to begin another day as chief financial officer at the defense contracting company that's been his employer for the past 12 years. His first order of business is slogging through the dozens of e-mails that accumulated in his inbox overnight. Delete. Delete. Delete. Then he notices an e-mail from the company's human resources director announcing a new hire. He double-clicks the attached PDF to learn the details, but the document opens and then crashes. Strange. He moves on to the next task of the day. What Gile doesn't know is that in the few seconds it took him to open the bogus e-mail and attachment, malicious software -- malware -- was released, putting his company's proprietary information at risk. The moment the malware breached his computer, it sent up a virtual flare to signal one or more … [Read more...] about Is the Chinese army hacking American computers?
Sauron's Spies Are Everywhere Even on Computers New Line/Lushik/Turnervisual/Getty Security researchers recently identified an insidiously clever piece of malware that went unnoticed for at least five years. Half a decade! Experts at Symantec call it "Remsec," while others call it "Strider," but the folks at Kaspersky Lab gave it the name "ProjectSauron," after the main antagonist in "The Lord of the Rings." We all know which name is best. The malware is sophisticated and modular. An attacker can modify the malware to best fit the intended target machine. This poses a big challenge for security experts, who typically look for patterns to find evidence of malware (both Kaspersky and Symantec say they've uncovered evidence of ProjectSauron, according to the BBC). With a customizable approach, patterns are few and far between. It also takes advantage of zero-day exploits, which are security vulnerabilities in software that not even the software's creator knows about. Attacking … [Read more...] about Sauron’s Spies Are Everywhere — Even on Computers
Of course the whole fan-spying trick isn't going to work on some MacBooks, which don't have fans. Wavebreakmedia Ltd/CSA-Images/Getty Are you concerned about computer security? Do you practice safe internet browsing behavior? Do you keep your malware detection software current? Maybe you even go so far as to put a sticker over your webcam or to make sure your computer's microphone isn't connected. Perhaps you've even disconnected any speakers on your computer. But have you paid attention to your computer's fan lately? Security researchers recently published a paper detailing a new method to spy on a computer. It turns the computer's fan into a signaling device. A computer fan is one thing you really can't disconnect — heat and computer circuits don't get along. And the fan can communicate subtly enough that you might not even recognize something is wrong. The researchers created malicious software called a Fansmitter that takes the CPU (central processing unit) activity … [Read more...] about Hackers Turn Computer Fans Into Snitches
If your network isn't secure, hackers could get access to your private information. © iStockphoto/Dvorjakusan We've been treated to some pretty entertaining feats of espionage courtesy of Hollywood. Who can forget the way Tom Cruise dangled from the ceiling as he attempted to crack into a computer security system in "Mission Impossible?" Or how about the mysterious hacker who seems to slip past every security to corrupt the Rossum Corporation's data in the "Dollhouse" television series? Hacking into a network must require superhuman skills and knowledge, right? You might be surprised to learn how easy it is for someone to hack into a computer network. The fact is that many computer networks are practically defenseless to intruders. In the early days of home computer networks, the people who put the networks together were experts and enthusiasts. They put their systems together knowing how computers can communicate with each other and built in protective measures … [Read more...] about How to Secure Your Home Network