Bureau of Meteorology in Australia was hacked by foreign spies

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It is "likely" state-sponsored hackers successfully stole information from Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), authorities confirmed Wednesday. A report by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) disclosed new details about an incident in 2015 involving Australia's government weather service. SEE ALSO: It's war: U.S. officially blames Russia for recent hacks In 2015, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) detected "suspicious activity" on two computers within the Bureau's network -- an incident that was first reported by the ABC. In the report, the ASD associated the tools used by the hackers with state-sponsored attacks. "On investigation, ASD identified the presence of particular Remote Access Tool (RAT) malware popular with state-sponsored cyber adversaries, amongst other malware associated with cybercrime," the report explains.



2016 Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Market By Technology (Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Image Processing, And Speech Recognition), Application & Geography - Global Forecast To 2020 - Research and Markets

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Market By Technology (Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (Nlp), Image Processing, And Speech Recognition), Application & Geography - Global Forecast To 2020" report to their offering. The author forecasts the artificial intelligence market to grow from USD 419.7 Million in 2014 to USD 5.05 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 53.65% from 2015 to 2020. The major factors driving the growth of this market include diversified application areas of AI, improved productivity, and increased level of customer satisfaction. In addition, the rising demand for intelligent systems is expected to propel the growth of the market in the next five years. The scope of this report covers the artificial intelligence market by technology, application, and region.


Artificial Intelligence Market by Technology, Application, & Geography - Global Forecast to 2020

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"Diversified application areas are expected to drive the artificial intelligence market" The artificial intelligence market is estimated to grow from USD 419.7 million in 2014 to USD 5.05 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 53.65% from 2015 to 2020. This growth can be attributed to the factors such as diversified application areas, improved productivity, and increased customer satisfaction. "Machine learning technology to gain maximum traction during the forecast period" The machine learning technology is expected to account for the largest share of the overall AI market duing the forecast period. In addition, due to the increase in demand for AI from the media & advertising and finance sectors, the artificial intelligence market is expected to gain traction in the next five years. The machine learning technology market for the retail, healthcare, law, and oil & gas sectors is also expected to witness growth during the forecast period.


Bureau of Meteorology attack was economically targeted: Frost & Sullivan

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Zak Khan, advance cyber defence director at Frost & Sullivan, believes the cyber attack experienced by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in December was a deliberate attempt to cripple the nation's economy. Addressing the Trend Micro Cybercrime 2016 Executive Threat Defence Summit in Sydney on Tuesday, Khan said the BOM was the intended target of the attack due to its impact on the production of produce in Australia. "You are wondering why anybody would want to hack into a system that predicts the weather forecast; if you think about it, in Australia and New Zealand, you have a big economy of agriculture," he said. Based in the research firm's Singapore office, Khan said that more than 50 percent of the groceries his city-state consumes originate in either Australia or New Zealand, and Australia's economy is heavily reliant on its produce exports. "[Australia has] a very big export base which is the food that is farmed in your country," he said.