Routine malware checks conducted by Avast Security uncovered malware being propagated on Discord, the popular teen community chat app. The research team was surprised to learn that the activity was coming from teens, and identified the activity as part of a relatively recent trend called “malware-as-a-service,” in which people are given plug-and-play capabilities to be able to hack without the need for technical skills. In this case, it was being done by minors between the ages of 11-16.
A number of major companies announced plans to pull out of the market altogether if India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) is given power to require turnover of private data preemptively for “preventive” security reasons.
Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not. The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers. Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.” How can this be a surprise?