IBM Watson computing technology learns Japanese

Aug 3, 2015

IBM Watson computing technology learns Japanese

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The IBM Watson computing technology, which has helped organize massive data and has beaten champions on the “Jeopardy” TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with telecommunications and robotics ...

Aug 2, 2015

Smart gadgets, from guns to cars to kettles, are ripe for hacking

Hackers are not just after your computer: connected devices from cars to home security systems to sniper rifles are now targets for actors looking to steal or cause mischief. The rapid growth in the “Internet of Things” has opened up new opportunities for cyberattacks ...

Authorities slow with data changes ahead of new ID card

Jul 30, 2015

Authorities slow with data changes ahead of new ID card

Municipalities are struggling to reorganize their information technology systems to guard against possible data leaks ahead of the government’s implementation of a new ID card system in January. Under the My Number system, local governments plan to assign every resident in Japan a number ...

Jul 17, 2015

United pays miles to hackers who spotted IT-system flaws

Two hackers have scored a million frequent-flier miles each on United Airlines for finding security holes in the airline’s computer systems. The awards were made under a security program that United started in May. Technology companies have offered so-called bug bounties, but they are ...

Jul 16, 2015

U.S. shuts down top English-language malware marketplace

Investigators have shut down what they call the world’s largest-known English-language malware forum, an online marketplace called Darkode where cybercriminals bought and sold hacked databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computer systems, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

Reddit interim CEO Pao resigns; co-founder Huffman regains title

Jul 11, 2015

Reddit interim CEO Pao resigns; co-founder Huffman regains title

Reddit said Friday that interim CEO Ellen Pao had resigned from the company and co-founder Steve Huffman was back as its CEO. The freewheeling online discussion forum and news site, which had 164 million unique visitors last month, has been rocked by unrest recently. ...

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

Jul 11, 2015

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

The chief of the U.S. federal hiring office resigned on Friday after massive computer hacks at the agency that put the personal data of more than 22 million Americans at risk, including people seeking sensitive security clearances. The White House said Katherine Archuleta stepped ...