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Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

The bots spewing out malicious login attempts by the bucketload appear to have cranked it up a notch. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report on credential stuffing (PDF), its customers alone were deluged by 30 billion malicious logins between November 2017 and June this year, an average of 3.75 billion per …
John E Dunn, 24 Sep 2018
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Grubby, tortuous, full of malware and deceit: Just call it Lionel because the internet is MESSY

Reg Lectures Trolls, fake news, Russian bots, radicals – there's plenty to put you off going online. And there's many a politician ready to clamp down on and control the internet, in an attempt to conquer these dark forces bruising our society, systems and discourse. But attempting to control the internet isn't just wrong – it's …
Team Register, 13 Aug 2018

Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali

A law bill that would require AI bots pretending to be humans to identify themselves as such is progressing through California's Congress – but has hit opposition from the Electronic Freedom Foundation. The B.O.T. Act (SB 1001) would make it illegal for a computer to communicate with someone living in the US state without …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2018
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Bots don't spread fake news on Twitter, people do, say MIT eggheads

False news spreads faster and reaches more people than the truth on Twitter and humans are more to blame than bots, according to a paper published in Science on Thursday. As social media giants come under closer scrutiny by governments worldwide hoping to clamp down on the negative political and social effects of fake news, …
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Slack bots have the keys to your processes. What could go wrong? Well...

It’s almost impossible to talk about Agile software development without mentioning bots. If you think that's a bit of a stretch, maybe try and talk about DevOps without some sort of collaboration tool. Then realise that the two are beautifully linked. The collaborative nature of Agile means solutions like Slack are a natural …
Sonia Cuff, 28 Feb 2018

Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

If you thought artificial intelligence was already overhyped to death, this week will have given you a heart attack. On Monday, excitement levels among hacks hit the roof amid claims Facebook had scrambled to shut down its chatbots after they started inventing their own language. Several publications called the programs “ …
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Let's go to work: How bots took over business

Once cloud was accepted as something with various meanings, none of which our customers understood, the IT industry searched for the next big buzzword. It came up with not one but three terms often used interchangeably by people who don't know any better – bots, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This is great news …
Sonia Cuff, 14 Jul 2017
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350,000 Twitter bot sleeper cell betrayed by love of Star Wars and Windows Phone

Computer boffins Juan Echeverria and Shi Zhou at University College London have chanced across a dormant Twitter botnet made up of more than 350,000 accounts with a fondness for quoting Star Wars novels. Twitter bots have been accused of warping the tone of the 2016 election. They also can be used for entertainment, marketing …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jan 2017

Uh-oh! Microsoft has another chatbot – but racism is a no-go for Zo

Microsoft has officially unveiled its AI chatbot Zo, and a series of bot-building applications all geared toward improving machine communication. Many major technology companies are locked in a race to build the best AI assistant, and interest in chatbots has intensified. Conversational agents feature heavily in Microsoft’s …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Dec 2016

Oh God, here comes the artificially intelligent boss bot – look busy!

Finnish IT services firm Tieto has added software to a leadership team that oversees a recently formed data-focused business group. The bot, or "artificial intelligence agent," is referred to as Alicia T. It will have "the opportunity to participate in team meetings and cast a vote on business direction," according to the …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2016

Microsoft completes its Skype bot invasion with Web, OS X versions

Mac users have been wrapped up in the warm embrace of Microsoft's Skype Bot strategy. The Skype bots first hit at the Build conference at the end of March, with Redmond pitching them as bringing “expertise, products, services and entertainment” to Skype (really, truly nothing like Tay, okay?). It's part of Satya Nadella's " …
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Left swipe! That hot Tinder babe is a malware-flinging ROBOT

Hackers are abusing the popular Tinder dating app to spread malware and survey scams using bots and clever social-engineering trickery. Bots are luring users with tempting profiles and pictures using pictures from an Arizona-based photography studio, according to net security firm BitDefender. Some of these images have also …
John Leyden, 7 Apr 2014
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Boffins give chatty robots a creepy human face

Boffins from Germany and Japan have teamed up to create a human-like face for robots. It's also a fairly creepy-looking head on a stick. The researchers have dubbed it Mask-bot. Robotics wizards from Technische Universitat Munchen, along with Japanese scientists, used a projector to beam the 3D image of a human face onto the …
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Robot wars break out on poker sites

The world's two largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, are battling to keep poker bots off their sites. In October, Full Tilt removed an unstated number of players, confiscated the funds in their accounts, and pledged to redistribute this money to players who'd lost to the bots. PokerStars took similar action …
Robert Blincoe, 12 Nov 2010
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DARPA seeks 'Machine Reading' AI auto-analysis bot

The US military is seeking revolutionary new AI software which would be able to read text - and so effectively do research - in the same way that humans do. The so-called "Machine Reading" ware would initially be used for such tasks as automated military-intelligence analysis, but it would have wide consequences in civilian life …
Lewis Page, 18 Nov 2008
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Land Warrior soldier-puter to get hoverbot vid hookup

The US Army's techno-revolution push is making some progress, according to reports. Small military hover-droids in Iraq will be increased by 60 per cent, and there are unspecified plans to integrate footsoldiers' wearable computers into the wider military net. In you go, R2, we're right behind you The Ares blog at Av Week …
Lewis Page, 9 Oct 2008
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Roomba robot maker to build DARPA squidge-droids

Famous robotics company iRobot - maker of the noted Roomba autonomous floor-cleaner and supplier of war-bots to the US military - has announced a radical new development contract. The company is to create a "soft" robot able to wriggle its way through "openings smaller than its actual structural dimensions". It almost goes …
Lewis Page, 18 Jun 2008
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Koreans develop smelly, blushing penguin-droid

Government boffins in Korea have perfected a cutting-edge robot which is able to give off smells as part of a panoply of human-style interaction technologies. Apparently the aroma interface kit is now ready for commercialisation. The revelations come courtesy of the Korea Times, which reported on "Pomi" (Penguin rObot for …
Lewis Page, 16 Jun 2008

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