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In Hawaii, Robot Dogs Join the Police Force

“If you’re homeless and looking for temporary shelter in Hawaii’s capital, expect a visit from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don’t have a fever,” reports the Associated Press: That’s just one of the ways public safety agencies are starting to use Spot, the best-known of a new commercial category of robots that ... Read More »

Chinese Hackers Used Mesh of Home Routers To Disguise Attacks

An anonymous reader quotes The Record: A Chinese cyber-espionage group known as APT31 (or Zirconium) has been seen hijacking home routers to form a proxy mesh around its server infrastructure in order to relay and disguise the origins of their attacks. In a security alert, the French National Cybersecurity Agency, also known as ANSSI (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des ... Read More »

Free Software Foundation Will Fund Papers on Issues Around Microsoft’s ‘GitHub Copilot’

GitHub’s new “Copilot” tool (created by Microsoft and OpenAI) shares the autocompletion suggestions of an AI trained on code repositories. But can that violate the original coder’s license? Now the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is calling for a closer look at these and many other issues… “We already know that Copilot as it stands is unacceptable and unjust, from our ... Read More »

US Justice Department Says Russians Hacked Its Federal Prosecutors

In January America’s federal Justice Department said there was no evidence that Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds breach had accessed classified systems, remembers the Associated Press. But today? The department said 80% of Microsoft email accounts used by employees in the four U.S. attorney offices in New York were breached. All told, the Justice Department said 27 U.S. Attorney ... Read More »

Nobel Winner Steven Weinberg, Who Unified Two of Physics’ Fundamental Forces, Has Died

Long-time Slashdot reader Mogster quotes : Steven Weinberg, a Nobel-prize winning physicist whose work helped link two of the four fundamental forces, has died at the age of 88, the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) announced Saturday (July 24). HIs work was foundational to the Standard Model, the overarching physics theory that describes how subatomic particles behave. His ... Read More »