Today’s Tech Sightings:
Which is more dangerous: human or machine? Microsoft launched its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot Wednesday, targeting people 18-24-years old, only to withdraw it 16 hours later. After many hours of chatting, it appears Internet users managed to teach Tay to repeat inflammatory and racist statements.
USB drives are being used to distribute a data-stealing Trojan program that targets unconnected, air-gapped computers. Air-gapping is a security measure to ensure that a computer system is isolated from insecure connections. ESET security researchers say the malware, known as USB Thief, affects USB drives loaded with installations of applications like Firefox or NotePad++ and executes when they do.
A new report from the advocacy group the Center for Digital Democracy says major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have either collaborated with others or acquired analytics and data tracking companies to keep an eye on what Internet users do. The result, according to the report, is a vast data-targeting system that spans devices and platforms and helps trackers make split-second decisions on marketing targets.
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