Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store. Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown. Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown.
Bit more comforting.
In the case of Intel's fix, it could slow down the performance of some devices by 30 percent or more. Most users, though, won't see much of an impact, likely only as much as 2 percent, said Steve Smith, head of Intel's data center engineering operations, during a conference call on Wednesday.
Noone seems to *actually* know how many CPU cycles this will rob. I just bought a new iMac. I want that new immune processor. I need speed.
At some time in the not too distant future, analysts will be able to make queries like, “Tell me who was within 15 feet of Person X at least eight times in the last six months.” That will produce a reliable list of their family, friends, lovers, and other close associates.
Sounds paranoid at first read. Most of you here know I've been having a 'war' with Pinterest's AI. I can confirm today that they are somehow scraping information from what I watch on Netflix. The other morning, after having a conversation about neutral tones in our home, articles began to show up in my Flipboard feed ... within five minutes. I suspect Flipboard either listened through my microphone, or linked my interests to my wife's browser-searches - either way, creepy. I had done absolutely no searches or written requests for neutral tone info. These things are being performed *without our consent.* We have no mechanism of control - and that's what I object to.
There are so many positive things these technologies could be used for. They could, for instance, detect educational deficits and gently prod people into greater knowledge. Instead, we are being herded like cattle to the halls of throwaway consumerism.
AI influence via shadowy third parties is coming, faster than you realize. I urge you to experiment with your own social channels, start noticing the patterns of what you're being fed by automation.
Later: Some are pointing to Facebook's Messenger app as a 'listener'. Can't find the link now, but I expect it will be discussed more widely in short order, if true.
Even later: Facebook Messenger, debunked, as expected. Yet. I dug around for a simple voice analysis program, and found patents going back to 2011 for "keyword recognition in conversation". That's dog years ago.
The weaknesses are in the Wi-Fi standard itself, and not in individual products or implementations. Therefore, any correct implementation of WPA2 is likely affected. To prevent the attack, users must update affected products as soon as security updates become available.
C'mon, Register, tell us what you really feel. That title. Sheesh.
... the rub with all of this is that these platforms worked exactly as they were intended to work—allowing marketers to microtarget users based on their previous internet activities and flood people’s streams with engaging content.
If it fits a person's personal bias, they never bother to research the source. Perhaps that is the fix - FTC or some other agency should REQUIRE link source (entire URL) in ads. Source country? Perhaps that's too simplistic. But SOMETHING.
In short, Kaspersky's code, installed on millions of computers around the planet, was being used as a global searchable spying tool by the Russian government, it is alleged. It also means, now that this has been splashed on the pages of the New York Times, that US intelligence insiders have blown the lid on details of a highly sensitive Israeli operation.
It’s a logical reaction: You didn’t ask Equifax to vacuum up data about you, and then resell it to marketers and loan sellers. And it isn’t your fault that the company couldn’t keep that data safe. So why should you pay for a freeze, which keeps new creditors from seeing your credit file and thus can keep thieves from applying for credit in your name?
The growing number of sensors, microphones, cameras, speech recognition and GPS capabilities in modern toys provide a wealth of information about their human playmates. And that doesn't even include potentially intrusive uses like cameras and mics that eavesdrop (and eyedrop?) when they're not actively being used.
Getting to the point where playgrounds and Lincoln Logs are your safest toy options. Hell, my friends and I used to be entertained for a whole weekend by sticks, mud and a generous puddle. We built imaginations. Kids today have their imaginations surgically inserted, programmed for consumption.
Advertising giant Google announced on Friday that later this year it will no longer scan user emails for personalized ads in its free Gmail service, stamping out a policy that has long rankled privacy advocates.
With all that time you save, Google, could you increase the delivery frequency?