The problem is related to the Google Maps Timeline feature, which marks the user’s geolocation.
Cybersecurity researcher Pieter Arntz of Malwarebytes discovered that by logging into the Google Play store, a user’s location can be tracked.
“I was able to spy on my wife’s whereabouts without installing anything on her phone,” the expert said.
Arntz logged into his Google Play account on his wife’s phone to pay for the app she wanted to install. He then handed her the phone back to her, forgetting to log out. Soon, the specialist noticed that Google, using the Google Maps Timeline service, marked him in places where he had not been that day.
“It suddenly dawned on me that I was actually getting location updates from my wife’s phone as well as my phone,” he said.
As it turned out, Arntz’s account was added to his wife’s phone accounts when the researcher logged into the Google Play Store. However, the account was not deleted even when the technician logged out. The only thing that could have warned his wife about this unintentional tracking was the initial in a small circle in the upper right corner of her phone.
Arntz reported his findings to Google, but the specialist does not hope that the tech giant will eliminate the potential danger of misuse of the Google Maps Timeline function.
In 2018, Google had an AI ready for a ChatGPT-style chatbot, but it was closed due to security issues.
In recent months, the ChatGPT chatbot has been on the news pages, and this has forced many companies to catch up with OpenAI. Among them are Microsoft, Google and a number of Chinese corporations. However, reportedly, the situation could be different.
As early as 2018, Google is said to have had a natural language processing AI similar to ChatGPT. However, company executives closed the project, considering it too dangerous. One of the developers was research engineer Daniel De Freitas, and Noam Shazeer, a software engineer at Google, also contributed to the project.
The project was called Meena and was a chatbot that could talk about different topics. With him you could discuss TV shows, have discussions about philosophy and joke. At the same time, the developers believed that this technology could be added to the search engine, however, in the end, Google stopped development. The company said the bot did not meet its AI security standards.
Note that later, on the basis of these developments, the LaMDA chat bot was created, which flies into the basis of Bard. Thus, the development nevertheless reached the mass user, albeit with a great delay.
Two-way satellite communications and military-grade security. Presented smartphone Motorola Defy 2
The British company Bullitt Group and Motorola, now owned by the Chinese Lenovo, introduced a new smartphone of the protected Motorola Defy series. The highlights of the Motorola Defy 2 are support for two-way satellite communication, combined with 5G fifth-generation cellular networks, and a very durable design.
The smartphone is resistant to dust, sand, dirt and water (IP68 and IP69K) and has been tested to military standard Mil-Spec 810H for extreme high and low temperatures, humid environments, salt fog, vibration and shock. The Motorola Defy 2 can be washed with soap and water and can also be cleaned with alcohol wipes.
The smartphone itself is equipped with a 6.6-inch Full HD + display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, an 8 MP front camera, a main triple camera (50 MP, 8 and 2 MP), SoC MediaTek Dimensity 930, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB flash memory that can be expanded with microSD cards, and a 5000 mAh battery with support for 15W charging and Qi wireless charging.
MediaTek Bullitt and 3GPP NTN technology, Bullitt satellite messaging service are supported. The smartphone is running Android 12 operating system, two major Android updates and 5 years of security updates are promised.
The Motorola Defy 2 smartphone will be available from Q2 2023 on select carriers in North America, Latin America and Canada starting at $599.
Hogwarts Legacy hacked and uploaded to torrent
Empress hacker hacked into Hogwarts Legacy and today posted it on a torrent – anyone can download the game. The ISO file is just over 88 GB.
The Denuvo V17 provided protection for the Hogwarts Legacy, but it failed. Empress has previously said that it is going to hack the game, it also talked about creating some new technologies that would help bypass the protection of Hogwarts Legacy, and promised to “destroy” Denuvo. There are already over 80 comments on the torrent tracker, most thanks to Empress for the hack.
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