MIT Media Lab celebrates 30 with Martha Stewart, magicians and visionaries

MIT’s Media Lab celebrated its 30th anniversary with tech visionaries including Marvin Minsky, Alan Kay and Danny Hillis.

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U.S. Army tests swarms of drones in major exercise

The U.S. Army has for the first time tested swarms of consumer drones during a major military training exercise and determined the low-cost technology is at a stage where it could be used offensively.

Off-the-shelf drones have brought what was previously complex and expensive technology into the reach of consumers, and the military was curious to see how much of a threat that might pose. So it brought consumer quadcopters and octocopters to the Network Integration Evaluation war games that concluded earlier this month at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and Fort Bliss, Texas.

During the exercise, used by the Army to help evaluate new technology, the drones were deployed as a swarm to simulate a threat. Later, the Army expanded the trials to discover whether it might be able to make use of the same technology.

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All CoinVault and Bitcryptor ransomware victims can now recover their files for free

If your computer was infected with the CoinVault or Bitcryptor ransomware programs you’re in luck — at least compared to other ransomware victims. Chances are high that you can now recover your encrypted files for free, if you still have them.

Researchers from Kaspersky Lab and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service have obtained the last set of encryption keys from command-and-control servers that were used by CoinVault and Bitcryptor, two related ransomware threats.

Those keys have been uploaded to Kaspersky’s ransomware decryptor service that was originally set up in April with a set of around 750 keys recovered from servers hosted in the Netherlands.

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