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Cryptocurrency stealer for Windows, macOS, and Linux went undetected for a year

|| Internet/Privacy || Media Article || Short (5 min or less)

Custom malware disguaised as benign software was used to steal wallet addresses of cryptocurrenct holders for months.

URL ⇲ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/01/cryp…



Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match

|| Facial Recognition || Media Article || Medium (5-10 min)

A New Jersey man was accused of shoplifting and trying to hit an officer with a car. He is the third known Black man to be wrongfully arrested based on face recognition

URL ⇲ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/29/technology/facial-recogn…



The Death and Life of an Admissions Algorithm

|| Algorithmic Bias || Media Article || Short (5 min or less)

U of Texas at Austin has stopped using a machine-learning system to evaluate applicants for its Ph.D. in computer science. Critics say the system exacerbates existing inequality in the field.

URL ⇲ https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2020/12/1…



FireEye, a Top Cybersecurity Firm, Says it was Hacked by a Nation-State

|| Security || Media Article || Medium (5-10 min)

The Silicon Valley company said hackers — almost certainly Russian — made off with tools that could be used to mount new attacks around the world.

URL ⇲ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/technology/fireeye-hacke…



$3.5 billion cybersecurity giant FireEye says it was hacked by a 'nation with top-tier offensive capabilities,' and the attackers made off with its own hacking tools

|| Security || Media Article || Short (5 min or less)

Hackers aligned with a foreign nation-state successfully breached the systems of FireEye, the $3.5 billion Silicon Valley cybersecurity giant. The attackers stole its proprietary "red team" hacking tools, used to assess a client's security and vulnerabilities.

URL ⇲ https://news.yahoo.com/3-5-billion-cybersecurity-giant-2151…



Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Services May Never Get Fixed

|| Security || Media Article || Short (5 min or less)

New research from the IoT security firm Forescout highlights 33 flaws in an open source internet protocol bundles that potentially expose millions of embedded devices to attacks, and affected devices may be difficult or impossible to patch due to the longevity of these bundles.

URL ⇲ https://www.wired.com/story/amnesia33-iot-vulnerabilitiesma…



We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says.

|| Diversity Equity and Inclusion || Media Article || Short (5 min or less)

Gebru, a widely respected leader in AI ethics research, is known for coauthoring a groundbreaking paper that showed facial recognition to be less accurate at identifying women and people of color, which means its use can end up discriminating against them.

URL ⇲ https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/12/04/1013294/google-…



Google fires prominent AI ethicist Timnit Gebru

|| Diversity Equity and Inclusion || Media Article || Short (5 min or less)

Timnit Gebru, one of Google’s top artificial intelligence researchers, says the company abruptly fired her. The technical co-lead of Google’s Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team claims managers were upset about an email she’d sent to colleagues. The email, which was sent to the Brain Women and Allies listserv, voiced frustration that managers were trying to get Gebru to retract a research paper.

URL ⇲ https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/3/22150355/google-fires-ti…



Google’s Co-Head of Ethical AI Says She Was Fired for Email

|| Diversity Equity and Inclusion || Media Article || Medium (5-10 min)

Timnit Gebru, a co-leader of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence team at Google, said she was fired for sending an email that management deemed “inconsistent with the expectations of a Google manager.”

URL ⇲ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-03/google-s…



AI ethics pioneer’s exit from Google involved research into risks and inequality in large language models

|| Diversity Equity and Inclusion || Media Article || Short (5 min or less)

Following a dispute over several emails and a research paper on Wednesday, AI ethics pioneer and research scientist Timnit Gebru no longer works at Google. The research paper surrounding her exit questions the wisdom of building large language models and examines who benefits from them, who is impacted by negative consequences of their deployment, and whether there is such a thing as a language model that’s too big.

URL ⇲ https://venturebeat.com/2020/12/03/ai-ethics-pioneers-exit-…