Ransomware is one of the most prevalent variety of malicious software, found in 39% of malware-related causes. Once the malware is on your computer, your data is then encrypted (essentially locked) and to get your data back, you would need to come up with a “ransom” normally in the form of Bitcoin. Even though a ransom is asked of you and even if you pay it, you STILL may not get your data back.
“Ransomware remains a significant threat for companies of all sizes,” says Bryan Sartin, Executive Director of Security Professional Services, Verizon. “It is now the most prevalent form of malware, and its use has increased significantly over recent years. With all this happening and cybercriminals becoming smarter, businesses continue to still not invest in the proper security training or professional security protection.
On the morning of March 22, a remote ransomware attack trapped the city of Atlanta’s data behind an encrypted wall. The only way the city can remove this wall is to give the hacker or hackers $50,000, for now, the city is working to come up with a solution to get past the virtual attack without paying its ransom. The attackers gave the city until Wednesday to pay it off. The city is bringing in the “best in class external partners” to guide the fix, according to Atlanta news station WSB-TV.
Experts have warned that cybersecurity is likely the next great security threat for companies and governments around the globe. Most systems in use today are simply not prepared, and Atlanta is not the first of cities to have been hit with virtual attacks. Although some companies have ramped up security following these types of attacks, as Atlanta plans on doing, cities still aren’t adapting their security before an attack happens.
Uber set its sights to the future in hopes of replacing human drivers with Artificial Intelligence (AI) vehicles through its self-driving program. In 2016, Uber users in Pittsburg were able to request self-driving vehicles to take them to their designated locations. These autonomous cars use radar, cameras and LiDAR to detect obstacles and pedestrians in their path. While the car does drive itself without the need of a human driver, a supervisor is placed in the car to make sure things are running smoothly.
The future of Uber’s self-driving car program is looking dull in the state of California. A video that went viral showed an Uber self-driving accident unfold. In the video you could clearly depict both internal and external views of the Uber vehicle, as well as the Uber’s safety driver looking down at their phone, as suddenly a pedestrian crosses paths with the vehicle, being struck and killed. The local police deemed the accident “unavoidable.”
The company announced it will not renew Uber’s permit through the state’s DMV to continue testing a fleet of AI driving vehicles. With this accident in mind, it brings up serious questions and some of those questions are, with this recent accident are we ready for AI vehicles in today’s society? What could this mean for AI like Humans?
In the past year, we have seen a plague of ransomware attacks, with big and small targets including Britain’s National Health Service, San Francisco’s light-rail network, and big companies such as FedEx. Ransomware is a relatively simple form of malware that breaches defenses and locks down computer files using strong encryption. Hackers then demand money in exchange for a digital key to unlock their data. Victims will often pay, especially if the material encrypted hasn’t been backed up.
Human error is the leading cause of data breaches. Unpatched software and social engineering are the causes for most attacks. We should expect to see even more attacks like these as time goes on. Fortunately, the problem of human fallibility may have a budding solution in the form of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the meantime, MVP provides a human Security Training that can train your staff on what threats to look for and what scams to not fall for. Find more information at www.mvpworks.com/PIIProtect
AI can be used to automate the collection of certain information, perhaps relating to a specific organization which may be sourced from support forums, social media platforms and more. Additionally, AI may be able to assist hackers when it comes to cracking passwords by narrowing down the number of probable passwords based on geography, demographics and other such factors. This calls for MORE cybersecurity solutions than ever.
Sam Altman, an American entrepreneur, investor, programmer and blogger has just spent a whopping $10,000 with a start-up company to one day, preserve his brain. According to MIT Technology review, Sam is but 1 of 25 other people who have put down a $10,000 refundable deposit to join a waiting list at Nectome, a company whose sole purpose is to archive your mind.
While being on a waiting list to have your brain archived may seem cool and something to do out of the ordinary, there’s just one tiny catch. Nectome’s Co-founder Robert McIntyre, told MIT Technology Review, that the process is “100 percent fatal”. That’s right, the tiny catch is you must die.
The company needs to embalm a living brain for it to potentially be stimulated later by a computer. The living person or customer, would be hooked up to a machine, and then pumped full of Nectome’s custom embalming fluids and chemicals. Oh yeah, this is where the death part happens. According to Co-founder Robert McIntyre, the user experience is compared to a “physician-assisted suicide”.