Dutch police have cracked another encrypted phone company, this time reading messages from, and then shutting down, “Exclu,” according to announcements from the police and Dutch prosecution service.

ChatGPT debuted in November 2022, garnering worldwide attention almost instantaneously. The artificial intelligence is capable of answering questions on anything from historical facts to generating computer code, and has dazzled the world, sparking a wave of AI investment. Now users have found a way to tap into its dark side, using coercive methods to force the AI to violate its own rules and provide users the content — whatever content — they want.

The age of reporters is ending - AI chatbots are the new journalists - opinion MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 12:06

Traditional news outlets, such as print media and broadcast journalism, has been transformed in the past few decades, following the trend of 1960s New Journalism.  New Journalism is a media style that involves subjective reporting, with a conscious intention of relaying specific messages, as opposed to neutral and objective journalism. In other words, the New Journalist is not just reporting news and transmitting information, but is also expressing his own personal opinion.

Meta Sues Israeli Surveillance Firm for Harvesting Data on 600,000 Users via Fake Accounts MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 11:13

Facebook's parent company Meta is suing to ban Israeli surveillance company Voyager Labs from using Facebook and Instagram, alleging that the firm scraped the data of 600,000 users without their knowledge via tens of thousands of fake accounts, according to a report in The Guardian.

The lawsuit states that Facebook deleted 38,000 fake profiles set up by the firm, which has offices in the U.S., U.K., Israel, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates and which carries out research and development through a subsidiary in Israel.

Google's Bard builds on controversial LaMDA bot that engineer called 'sentient' MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 10:49

A year ago, Google's AI scientists released an AI program that was just one of the many AI programs routinely offered up by major research labs. 

Known as LaMDA, an acronym for "language models for dialogue applications," the program, which can produce human-sounding text, might have attracted very little public attention.

A top US cyber diplomat said his Twitter account was compromised over the weekend.

Nate Fick, the inaugural US ambassador at large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy, on Saturday announced the hack of his personal account (not the government agency one) with - of course - a tweet

"Perils of the job," he added, suggesting that his sense of irony remains intact. Assuming that was an authorized tweet, of course.

VMware warns admins to patch ESXi servers, disable OpenSLP service malterwitty Tue, 02/07/2023 - 09:53

VMware warned customers today to install the latest security updates and disable the OpenSLP service targeted in a large-scale campaign of ransomware attacks against Internet-exposed and vulnerable ESXi servers.

The company added that the attackers aren't exploiting a zero-day vulnerability and that this service is disabled by default in ESXi software releases issued since 2021.

Multiple young, female Twitch stars were disgusted to discover their images on a Deepfake porn website earlier this month, where they were seen to be engaging in sex acts. 

They had not consented to their images being used in the footage, nor were they even aware of them. 

The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real. MikeRivero Tue, 02/07/2023 - 08:44

In one video, a news anchor with perfectly combed dark hair and a stubbly beard outlined what he saw as the United States’ shameful lack of action against gun violence.

In another video, a female news anchor heralded China’s role in geopolitical relations at an international summit meeting.

But something was off. Their voices were stilted and failed to sync with the movement of their mouths. Their faces had a pixelated, video-game quality and their hair appeared unnaturally plastered to the head. The captions were filled with grammatical mistakes.