Another week, another devastating, industry-shaking, cybersecurity threat. This week’s is particularly haunting, though — the resurrected corpse of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, aptly known as ZombieLoad. It’s been over 16 months since the original Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities were revealed, and little has been done to assure us our PCs are safe. Each of us has to make a choice between performance and security. That really sucks. The Hyper-threading problem Unlike in 2018, the major companies’ products affected by this vulnerability have responded quickly. Statements and patches from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple, and Intel were all released on day one of the publishing of the discovery. It’s great to see Intel confidently announce the problem it discovered and present the available solutions to its customers. There are, however, performance compromises to some of these solutions. Dips in performance (or far worse) were common in the … [Read more...] about Zombieload forces a choice between performance and security. What will you do?
Less than a year and a half since Intel had its first public meltdown after finding the highly publicized Meltdown and Spectre security flaws, researchers have discovered a new security vulnerability called Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) — which leaves computers dating back to 2008 vulnerable to eavesdropping attacks. Fortunately, Intel learned its lesson from the first Meltdown discovery, and it finds itself better prepared to address the recently published security flaw that, if unpatched, could leave computers — ranging from laptops to cloud-based servers — exposed to eavesdropping by an attacker. Back from the grave A series of updates were recently deployed to address the newly uncovered security flaw. Whether you’re on a Windows PC or a Mac, you should stay up to date with your security patches to mitigate the risk of attack. Business customers operating their infrastructure from the cloud should check with their service providers to ensure that … [Read more...] about ZombieLoad is Meltdown resurrected. Here’s how to secure your PC right now
Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards have grown in viewership every year, and we eagerly wait for news on the biggest award-winners when the show rolls around. This year, we will be able to do it in a Cinemark theater, as the chain will be showing the ceremony in a special event that also includes a screening of Jumanji: The Next Level. Available on December 12 at 53 different Cinemark locations in the United States, the special event costs $20 and will open with a screening of Jumanji: The Next Level. The sequel stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, along with Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, and more. The heroes are forced to return to the video game world of Jumanji and rescue one of their friends. Once the film has ended, The Game Awards will begin. It will include the awards themselves, as well as new game reveals and musical performances. In the past, we’ve seen renditions of video game music from nominees that year, and there … [Read more...] about Cinemark Theaters brings The Game Awards to the big screen with Jumanji
The Photoshop name is synonymous with image editing, but the same company behind the popular image editor is training an artificial intelligence program how to recognize manipulated photos. Adobe researchers, including senior researcher Vlad Morariu, recently published work on training a machine learning system to recognize doctored photos. Rather than looking at all adjustments in general, including innocent adjustments like simple color corrections, the team focused on three types of image edits that can be used to create misleading images. Those “tampering techniques” include splicing or merging parts of one image with another, cloning sections within the same image, and removing an object. To train a system to recognize a faked photo within a matter of seconds, the team fed the software thousands of manipulated images in order to help train the computer to spot photo trickery. The software looks at a handful of different clues that suggest an image might be manipulated. … [Read more...] about Want to find out which viral photos were Photoshopped? So does Adobe