Security lapse exposed a Chinese smart city surveillance system

Smart cities are designed to make life easier for their residents: better traffic management by clearing routes, making sure the public transport is running on time and having cameras keeping a watchful eye from above.

But what happens when that data leaks? One such database was open for weeks for anyone to look inside.

Security researcher John Wethington found a smart city database accessible from a web browser without a password. He passed details of the database to TechCrunch in an effort to get the data secured.

The database was an Elasticsearch database, storing gigabytes of data — including facial recognition scans on hundreds of people over several months. The data was hosted by Chinese tech giant Alibaba. The customer, which Alibaba did not name, tapped into the tech giant’s artificial intelligence-powered cloud platform, known as City Brain.

“This is a database project created by a customer and hosted on the  [...]  read more

F. Gary Gray Is Working on a ‘Saints Row’ Movie Adaptation

Hello, and welcome once again to Replay, WIRED’s look at the world of gaming. This week, we’re looking at the right and wrong ways to be upset with people, and also how amazing dumb action movies are. People say videogame movies need to be smarter, but I am wise and I say, no, no, they should be much dumber. Let’s get going.

Microsoft’s Official Trash Talk Guidelines Are Good For Gaming, and Also Incredibly Pure

Microsoft, as the host of Xbox Live, plays a major role in shaping what kind of discourse, language, and attitudes are and are not acceptable in online play. To that end, Microsoft this week updated its Community Standards for the platform, which includes some very practical dos and don’ts.

Of course, and thank goodness, there’s a warning against violence, slurs, and sexual harassment. But there are also—and this is incredibly wonderful—examples of what Microsoft calls “acceptable trash talk,” which includes family-friendly insults for your foes that don’t involve any sort of harassment or unwarranted [...]  read more

Hackers target Office 365 business accounts

New research from Barracuda has revealed that account takeover attacks are one of the fastest growing email security threats as hackers set their sights on Microsoft Office 365 accounts.

The IT security company recently analyzed account takeover attacks targeted at its customers to discover that 29 percent of organizations had their Office 365 accounts compromised by hackers in March of this year.

In March alone, over 1.5m malicious and spam emails were sent from hacked Office 365 accounts highlighting the potential impact this security threat poses.

Hackers executed the account takeover attacks using a variety of methods including reusing stolen credentials, brute-force attacks, social engineering, phishing and even SMS to trick their victims into providing their account details.

Account takeover attacks

Office 365 account takeover attacks begin with infiltration and many hackers impersonate Microsoft and other large firms as a means of tricking users into disclosing their login credentials. In fact, Microsoft [...]  read more

Dear Hollywood: Here are five female founders to showcase instead of Elizabeth Holmes

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