Darktrace’s new AI automatically stops cyber attacks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s are increasingly being deployed to expose and eliminate cyber security threats and now fully autonomous cyber security platforms, that take humans out of the loop, are becoming a reality   With the number of cyber attacks rising exponentially and with many organisations now... Read more
Russia gets ready to test its new, ‘unbeatable’ hypersonic missile system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic weapons have the ability to change the balance of global warfare and render many of today’s defensive weapons systems obsolete   The race to develop unstoppable weapons capable of defeating all of today’s military defence systems is getting much too close for comfort,... Read more
Researchers use brain scanning tech to stream movies from peoples brains
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is one of the most complicated objects in the universe but now scientists are managing to decode it to stream our dreams, emotions and thoughts   Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scanners are an intriguing technology. After all, how many other technologies... Read more
Researchers hack classified air gapped systems using drones and LED’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air gapped systems are used to hold and protect top secret data, and they’re becoming increasingly vulnerable to hacks   Air gapped computer systems have always held a special fascination for hackers – firstly because of the challenge that surrounds being able to hack... Read more
A fifth of the Dark Web just got shut down
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Dark Web is home to criminals and political activists, and a hacker who went after the former just showed how vulnerable it is   Last weekend over 10,000 dark web sites were taken down in an attack that aimed to take down sites hosting... Read more
Never seen before fileless malware infects hundreds of global banks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new form of never seen before malware has been discovered and it’s getting more common, unlike previous forms of malware that rely on files to do their dirty work this one lives in computer memory – and that’s a problem   Just a... Read more
New US military intercept tech lets operators take control of enemy drones
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new technology breakthrough from Department 13 will help the US military take control of enemy drones and turn them against their operators   So, the friend of my enemy is my friend? In the past it was enough for governments to want to... Read more
Two world firsts as researchers hack an unhackable quantum network
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A team of Canadian researchers have achieved a world first and hacked a quantum network, then they accomplished another world first and discovered how to identify hacks   As we saw during the recent 2016 US election, protecting traditional computer systems and electoral systems,... Read more
Bromium’s micro-virtualisation technology stops Malware in its tracks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the number of cyber attacks rising exponentially companies are turning to virtualisation to help them contain attacks, and it looks like it’s working   Speak to anyone – anyone at all, even your grandmother, and they’ll tell you that the number of cyber... Read more
World’s best AI robo-hacker takes on Botnets
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Human security experts are having trouble keeping up patching the security exploits in their company’s IoT connected products, now they’re turning to artificial intelligence to do it for them   Last summer the Pentagon, in conjunction with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency... Read more
British Aerospace unveils the world’s first laser deflector shield concept
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SPlenty of companies are developing new laser and direct energy weapons systems but noone has ever managed to create an actual laser deflector shield, and that might be about to change   Deflector shields are the stuff of science fiction – whether it’s the... Read more
Australia hails the end of passports as it rolls out biometrics at airports
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric border technologies can scan and authenticate you without you ever knowing, or needing to stop, now Australia are going to use them to replace passports, for good   Australia, for those that have never been, is a beautiful country – and the last... Read more
Hackers can copy your fingerprints directly from photos
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unlike passwords you can’t change your biometric ID’s, and hackers are finding new ways to lift them and use them for their own nefarious objectives   Thanks Donald. Can I call you Donald? Now pass me your phone and don’t worry – I’ll take... Read more
When satellites fall from the sky DARPA’s new ocean network will still work
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With China and Russia investing more money in anti-satellite weapons DARPA wants to create a new network that can’t be interrupted if their birds go black   It’s never a great time when you lose contact with your $600 billion military machine – particularly... Read more
DARPA wants to build “Vampire Drones” that turn into gas at sunrise
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone in the military wants their technology to be captured, and sometimes it’s handy to be able to deny you were ever there anyway, now DARPA wants to build drones that turn into gas once their missions are done   Drones are everywhere these... Read more
DARPA is bringing the internet to the world’s deepest oceans and mines
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While we think communications are ubiquitous there are still vast areas of the planet – namely oceans, and even mines – where communication is at best difficult, at worst impossible, DARPA’s new project aims to fix that   With the right equipment, you can... Read more
Fringe actors are trying to fight back against our commercial “surveillance state”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Whether it’s online or offline commercial organisations and government institutions are increasingly stripping away our privacy with little regard for the implications or moral consequences, now fringe actors are trying to fight back   You know that you are tracked online. You may also... Read more
Watch the F/A-18 release swarms of autonomous drones into the sky
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Pentagons new autonomous, swarming drones can acquire, identify and take out any target   Swarms of robots are nothing new, universities have been playing around with them for years, but now the Pentagon has gone one step further – as well as scaled... Read more
US Designates Election Infrastructure as ‘Critical’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With only 55% of the world’s population now living in democracies it’s important that voters, governments, and other nations can trust the integrity of a country’s voting systems, but while this move gives US election systems more protection participation is voluntary so we could... Read more
The UN is going to debate banning killer robots
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The increasing weaponisation and automation of new, advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones and robots has the UN worried, now it wants a debate about banning them before it’s too late   This week the UN announced that next year over 100 nations who... Read more
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