The details of six million Instagram users has been put up for sale
Following a breach, which was thought to have only affected a small number of celebrity accounts, hackers have provided security researchers with a sample of 10,000 Instagram accounts, and have indicated that they have data on a total of six million users.
Source: Ars Technica
Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson logs 665 days in space
Following her return from the ISS, Peggy Whitson has clocked up the most hours spent in space of any NASA astronaut. Whitson’s 665 days off the planet – 288 days on this mission alone – exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide.
Source: The Guardian
Genetic study shows how humans are evolving
A huge genetic study is underway, using DNA from 215,000 people, to pinpoint how the human genome is evolving. Interestingly, the study suggests that natural selection is getting rid of harmful genetic mutations that shorten people’s lives.
Hackers gain access to power grid controls
Security firm Symantec has warned that a series of recent hacker attacks, which compromised energy companies in the US and Europe, resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid controls. The level of access the hacker acquired meant that they could have caused blackouts.
Facial recognition could soon identify people with masks on
Using deep learning and a dataset of pictures of people wearing various disguises, researchers were able to train a neural network that could potentially identify masked faces with some reliability. The development means staying anonymous in public could become harder than ever before.
Source: The Verge
Hackers warn of vulnerabilities in German vote counting tech
White hat hackers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), a well-known hacking organisation in Germany, have claimed hackers could have manipulated the results of the upcoming election in Germany by using "trivial" attacks against a program used to count and transmit voting results.