Can a Hacker Stop Your Car Or Your Heart? Security and the Internet of Things

An ever-increasing number of our consumer electronics is internet-connected. We’re living at the dawn of the age of the Internet of Things. Appliances ranging from light switches and door locks, to cars and medical devices boast connectivity in addition to basic functionality. The convenience can’t be beat. But what are the security and privacy implications?…

Deepfakes: What Fairies and Aliens Can Teach Us About Fake Videos

“Deepfake” is the name being given to videos created through artificially intelligent deep learning techniques. Also referred to as “face-swapping”, the process involves inputting a source video of a person into a computer, and then inputting multiple images and videos of another person. The neural network then learns the movements and expressions of the person in the source video in order to map the other’s image onto it to look as if they are carrying out the speech or act.

Norwegian Police Investigating Disappearance of Wikileaks’ Arjen Kamphuis

Police in Norway say that they have begun an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Dutch national Arjen Kamphuis, an associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Kamphuis, an expert in cyber security, was last seen in northern Norway on August 20 when he left his hotel in the town of Bodo. Information released by privacy…