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April 3, 2024, 11:40 AM

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Russ Cox / research!rsc:
A timeline of the attack on open-source project XZ Utils, which began in late 2021 and led to a backdoor with RCE in Linux distros Debian, Red Hat, and others  —  Over a period of over two years, an attacker using the name “Jia Tan” worked as a diligent, effective contributor to the xz compression library …
Wired:
A look at XZ Utils attacker “Jia Tan”, a persona experts say was used by a nation state group and that left little trace after working on the project since 2021  —  The thwarted XZ Utils supply chain attack was years in the making.  Now, clues suggest nation-state hackers …
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
TSMC halts some chipmaking and evacuates plants after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, Taiwan's biggest in 25 years, and is assessing the impact; UMC has done so too  —  - Chipmakers move some staff off of unspecified operation areas  — The earthquake rocked Taiwan and triggered tsunami warnings
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Newzoo: PC and console game revenue grew 2.6% YoY to $93.5B in 2023, but average quarterly playtime hours fell 26% from Q1 2021 to Q4 2023  —  The PC and console market grew 2.6% in 2023, but playtime hours fell during the year, according to the second annual report on the market-by-market researcher Newzoo.
Washington Post:
The US Cyber Safety Review Board faults Microsoft for a “cascade of avoidable errors” that led to the 2023 Chinese hack of top US government officials' emails  —  The independent Cyber Safety Review Board's forthcoming report knocks the tech giant for shoddy cybersecurity practices …
Emilia David / The Verge:
Stability AI releases Stable Audio 2.0, letting users create three minute sound clips from copyright-free audio samples, available for free via its website  —  Stable Audio 2., an audio generation model for Stability AI, now lets users upload their own audio samples which they can then transform using prompts …
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Google details Device Bound Session Credentials, a Chrome feature that uses a PC's TPM chip to try to stop cookie theft, available in some Chrome beta versions  —  ‘Device Bound Session Credentials’ will tap the TPM chip in today's PCs.  Google is testing it with some users running the beta version of Chrome.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Anthropic researchers detail “many-shot jailbreaking”, which can evade LLMs' safety guardrails by priming them with dozens of harmful queries in a single prompt  —  How do you get an AI to answer a question it's not supposed to?  There are many such “jailbreak” techniques …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
The FCC plans to vote on April 25 to restore net neutrality rules and assume regulatory oversight of broadband internet that was rescinded under President Trump  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules and assume new regulatory oversight …
Wes Davis / The Verge:
POTUS' official Threads account starts using Meta's ActivityPub beta integration, turning on fediverse posting for the decentralized networking protocol  —  POTUS puts the ‘fed’ in ‘fediverse.’  —  The official US president Threads account, currently helmed by President Joe Biden …
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel says its Foundry division had $18.9B in 2023 revenue, down 31% YoY, a $7B operating loss, up 35% YoY, and expects 2024 to be the peak of its losses  —  - Losses have deepened at chipmaker's new foundry division  — In a change, company breaks out numbers for manufacturing
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft and Quantinuum detail a breakthrough in quantum error correction, helping run 14,000+ experiments with no errors, an issue that has vexed the industry  —  Microsoft and Quantinuum today announced a major breakthrough in quantum error correction.  Using Quantinuum's ion-trap hardware …
New York Times:
An interview with Oren Etzioni, the former CEO of Allen Institute for AI, on his nonprofit TrueMedia.org, which offers free tools for identifying deepfakes  —  Oren Etzioni worries A.I.-generated fakes could overwhelm upcoming elections.Kyle Johnson for The New York Times

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