Hacker Claims Theft of Thousands of Passport Numbers from Russian Consulate

A hacker claims to have stolen thousands of passport numbers and other pieces of personal information from the website of a Russian consular department.The hacker, who calls himself Kapustkiy, plans to publish around a thousand records out of the 30,000 or so he allegedly obtained. The apparent target was ambru.nl, the website for the Consular Department of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Netherlands.

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7,500 Faceless Coders Paid In Bitcoin Built A Hedge Fund’s Brain

Richard Craib is a 29-year-old South African who runs a hedge fund in San Francisco. Or rather, he doesn’t run it. He leaves that to an artificially intelligent system built by several thousand data scientists whose names he doesn’t know. Under the banner of a startup called Numerai, Craib and his team have built technology that masks the fund’s trading data before sharing it with a vast community of anonymous data scientists. Using a method similar to homomorphic encryption, this tech works to ensure that the scientists can’t see the details of the company’s proprietary trades, but also organizes the data so that these scientists can build machine learning models that analyze it and, in theory, learn better ways of trading financial securities.

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Europol and US authorities bust 34 DDoS attackers and 101 suspects

Since the emergence of Mirai IoT botnet, there have been a noticeable increase in DDoS attacks (Distributed Denial of Service) and it looks like authorities are eager to take on culprits behind these attacks. In a statement released by Europol’s press service on Monday, it has been announced that Europol itself and with the help of US and other European law enforcement agencies 34 culprits have been arrested and 101 suspects “interviewed and cautioned.”

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