History professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yuval Harari, has called for regulating AI.
Humanity needs to develop principles for regulating artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, otherwise large corporations will have the opportunity to “hack” people. This was warned by the Israeli military historian-medievalist, professor of the history department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Yuval Harari.
As Harari said on CBS ’60 Minutes, the rapidly increasing sophistication of AI technology could lead to a generation of “hacked people.” To prevent this, the professor urges world leaders to start regulating AI and data collection by large corporations.
“To hack a person is to know him better than he knows himself, and on the basis of this, to manipulate him more and more,” explained Harari.
At the heart of the problem is the proliferation of tech companies that collect massive amounts of user data. Harari is concerned that people are increasingly trusting their privacy to private individuals who may not always have a good cause.
“Netflix tells us what to watch and Amazon tells us what to buy. After all, after 10, 20 or 30 years, these algorithms can also tell us what to go to college, where to work, who to marry, and even who to vote for.” the professor warned.
Harari urged countries to take the threat of powerful artificial intelligence technologies seriously and establish clear and strict limits to ensure that user data is not used to manipulate the public.
“Of course, we are now at the point where we need global cooperation. The explosive power of artificial intelligence cannot be regulated only at the national level,” Harari said.
The professor also added that data should never be concentrated in one place, as this is “a direct path to dictatorship.”
This is a daunting but plausible prospect – especially now that some tech companies are trying to convince users to completely abandon physical reality and embrace a virtual one created by themselves.
Vulnerability found in the Apple M1 processor that cannot be closed programmatically
Specialists from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that they were able to develop a PACMAN attack technique, which is possible due to a hardware vulnerability in the Apple M1 processor. Moreover, it cannot be closed by software.
The attack itself is carried out using software and hardware, and it can be performed remotely. The PACMAN attack makes it possible to gain access to the kernel of the operating system. At the same time, potentially the same vulnerabilities can be in Qualcomm and Samsung processors, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The technical side of the attack is based on the Pointer Authentication function. It is used to check Pointer Authentication Codes (PACs), allowing only code-signed software to run. However, the PACMAN method allows you to select the necessary PAC values. In part, this technique is similar to Specter and Meltdown in Intel processors.
At the same time, Apple spokesman Scott Radcliffe said that the vulnerability does not pose an immediate threat to users and is not sufficient in itself to bypass operating system protections.
A few years ago, a vulnerability was already found in Arm processors that allows an attacker to gain unauthorized access to data.
So much for Unisoc. Companies have discovered a vulnerability in single-chip systems
Unisoc is actively capturing the market for single-chip systems, although it does so exclusively in the budget segment itself. However, it turned out that these platforms have a critical vulnerability.
According to the source, the problem is in the modem’s firmware and affects both 4G and 5G platforms. The vulnerability, numbered CVE-2022-20210, was discovered while scanning Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message handlers. This vulnerability could be used to neutralize or block the device’s cellular capabilities.
The vulnerability was first discovered in the Motorola Moto G20 smartphone based on the Unisoc T700 SoC. But in the end it turned out that the same vulnerability occurs in other platforms, however, the source did not provide a list.
The Check Point specialists who discovered the vulnerability notified Unisoc back in May, and the company has already released a fix, so smartphone owners should not worry now if they update the software of their devices.
New vulnerability in Microsoft Office is heavily exploited by hackers
A serious vulnerability has been found in the Microsoft Office suite that could potentially allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
She was assigned the number CVE-2022-30190, and among the researchers they gave the name Follina. As noted in Kaspersky Lab, the most unpleasant thing is that there is no fix yet, and in the meantime, the vulnerability is already being actively exploited by attackers. Vulnerability CVE-2022-30190 threatens all operating systems of the Windows family, both regular and server.
While the update is being developed, experts recommend that all Windows users and administrators take advantage of temporary workarounds. As a Microsoft workaround recommends disable the MSDT URL protocol.
The CVE-2022-30190 vulnerability itself is contained in the Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), but due to the implementation of this tool, a single malicious office document is enough to exploit the vulnerability.
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