Security robot terminated after being accused of harassing homeless people

Security robot terminated after being accused of harassing homeless people

Knightscope Inc. CEO William Santana Li demos a security robot like the one deployed by the SPCA at a conference in Laguna Beach, California A security robot has been pulled from the streets amid claims the machine was harassing homeless people.

The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had deployed the robot to try and bolster security and reduce crimes, like car break-ins and vandalism, that had become rampant on the SPCA’s campus, the organisation’s president said in a statement.

The robot’s intent was “not to disrupt homeless people”, Dr Jennifer Scarlett said.

But local media reports quoted people living in a nearby homeless encampment saying they felt targeted, with Dr Scarlett telling the San Francisco Business Times […]

San Francisco SPCA deployed this security robot to chase off homeless people

Crime-Fighting Robot Deployed Near San Francisco Homeless Encampment Fired

The Knightscope robot was benched amid complaints that it was being used to harass a sizable homeless population near the San Francisco SPCA. SAN FRANCISCO—Last month, the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals deployed a 400-pound robot to help combat a sharp rise in car break-ins and other crime at one of its animal shelter facilities here.

On Thursday, the Knightscope K5 was benched amid complaints that it was being used to harass the neighborhood’s sizable homeless population.

The shelter’s officials said in local news reports that break-ins and discarded drug needles had decreased at the Mission District campus after the robot was deployed. The white, Weeble-shaped robot rolled along snapping photos that it relayed to human guards.

Analysis: China’s AI revolution threatens US

Analysis: China’s AI revolution threatens US

A new report from the Washington-based Center for a New American Security raised the alert level of the US defence community over China’s rise as an artificial intelligence (AI) superpower, one that could effectively destroy the American military by 2030.

The meticulous report no doubt will send a chill through the halls of the Pentagon.

The report, ‘Battlefield Singularity: Artificial Revolution, and China’s Future Military Power’, by Elsa Kania, paints a disturbing picture of China’s AI military modernisation programmes. Kania, as co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute, is well suited to write the investigative report using available Chinese-language open-source materials that reveal China’s military thinking and progress on AI.

Kania reported that China’s military is pursuing advances in ‘impact […]

ROBOT exploit from 1998 resurrected, leaves top websites' crypto vulnerable

ROBOT exploit from 1998 resurrected, leaves top websites’ crypto vulnerable

File Photo A number of the most popular websites and services online, including Facebook and PayPal, are vulnerable to an exploit which has resurfaced from 1998.

The security flaw, dubbed ROBOT, was first discovered almost two decades ago by Daniel Bleichenbacher.

PKCS #1 1.5 padding error messages produced by secure sockets layer (SSL) servers allow for an adaptive-chosen ciphertext attack which "fully breaks the confidentiality of TLS when used with RSA encryption," according to researchers Hanno Böck and Juraj Somorovsky from Hackmanit GmbH, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and Tripwire VERT’s Craig Young.

The server implementation bug could be used to perform RSA decryption and key signing in order to decrypt traffic."We discovered that by using some slight variations this vulnerability can still be used […]

Crime gang's massive stash of guns, cocaine, cash, spy gadgets and covert vehicles revealed

Crime gang’s massive stash of guns, cocaine, cash, spy gadgets and covert vehicles revealed

A grenade, hidden cash, hi-tech surveillance equipment and an automatic gun were uncovered by cops Scotland’s most sophisticated crime gang imported a million wraps of cocaine a year before being snared by a massive police operation.

The gun-toting syndicate used high-end counter-surveillance equipment imported from America to block police radio and mobile phone signals.

They transported drugs, cash and firearms around the country in a fleet of cars registered in fake names, with modified chassis to include secret locked compartments.

It allowed them to ply their trade for years – flooding Scotland’s streets with cocaine while raking in up to £2million a week. (L-R, top to bottom) Martyn Fitzsimmons, David Sell, Gerard Docherty, Steven McArdle, Francis Mulligan and Barry O’Neill were six […]

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Pwning the Dark Army in Episode 9

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Pwning the Dark Army in Episode 9

Elliot (Rami Malek) in Mr. Robot Season 3, Episode 9. (USA Network Photo) [Spoiler Alert] This article delves deep into the technical guts of Mr. Robot episode 9. Though it focuses on the show’s hacks, it might describe key plots points too. Only continue if you’ve seen the latest episode.

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Hello Friend. Hacker Elliot is back!

After a short flashback scene, this episode starts where the last left off; with Elliot considering the implications of Trenton’s email. He needs to hack the FBI if he wants to get his hands on Romero’s hardware keyloggers. Only, it seems Mr. Robot is up to some hacks of his own…