Russian Hacker Who Allegedly Hacked LinkedIn and Dropbox Extradited to US


A Russian man accused of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring in 2012 and possibly compromising personal details of over 100 million users, has pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court after being extradited from the Czech Republic. Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, 30, of Moscow was arrested in Prague on October 5, 2016, by Interpol agents working in collaboration with the FBI, but he was recently extradited to the United States from the Czech Republic on Thursday for his first appearance in federal court. Nikulin's arrest started an extradition battle between the United States and Russia, where he faces significantly lesser criminal charges of stealing $3,450 via Webmoney in 2009. But the Czech Republic ruled in favor of the United States. In the U.S., Nikulin is facing: 3 counts of computer intrusion 2 counts of intentional transmission of information, code, or command causing damage to a protected computer 2 counts of aggravated identity theft 1 count of trafficking in unauthorized access devices 1 count of conspiracy According to the maximum penalties for each count, Nikulin faces a maximum of 32 years in prison and a massive fine of more than $1 Million.

One of the world's biggest tech shows is about to begin


If CES is the tech industry's Super Bowl, IFA is like the NCAA Football Bowl. Not quite the trendsetting tech event of the year, but still worth getting excited for. Held annually in Berlin, Germany, IFA is essentially Europe's version of CES with one big key difference: It's open to the public and not just industry folks. We'll be bringing you all the major tech news from the proceedings all week. It's been a quiet year for smartwatches.

Facebook gives away 22 more GPU servers for A.I. research


Facebook today named the recipients of 22 servers that Facebook designed specifically for artificial intelligence (A.I.) research. This comes after Facebook's introduction of the giveaway program for academic researchers back in February. University departments in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom are getting the machines, the designs of which Facebook open-sourced in December. The servers can support as many as eight graphics processing units (GPUs), which are often used to train artificial neural networks (ANNs) with lots of data. After being trained, the ANNs can make inferences on new data.

Do Chatbots Face the Same Doomed Future as Branded Apps?


BARCELONA, Spain--Chatbots may be all the buzz for brands these days, but some tech execs anticipate it will be tough for brands to create them--much like they struggled to make branded apps. During a panel at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, execs from PayPal, Google, Adobe, Sprint and GupShup talked about how messaging apps are evolving as platforms for content and commerce. While voice technology and artificial intelligence have been big buzzwords in the industry thanks to Facebook's moves to create bots and apps like Kik and Line gaining steam, not all marketers have the resources to realistically create and manage them, argued Harper Reed, PayPal's entrepreneur in residence of next-generation commerce. "Brands don't know how to adapt these things for the technology that we find everyday and I think there's a lot of hurdles between a normal consumer brand in the West, for instance, to figure out what is their mobile strategy let alone what is their chat app strategy," he said. Harper used his company's own technology to explain marketers' problem.

A Sentinel That Cuts Through Clutter


It could have taken months for the systems administrators at a large bank in Rome to figure out that one of their servers was talking to Facebook, a red flag given that networks in banks don't need to know how many "likes" they've received. And they might not have noticed the streams of data the server then sent to an array of unknown computers. This kind of threat--coming from inside the network, not from outside its firewall--is difficult to detect. According to IT researcher Gartner, it can take an average 229 days for a business to figure out it's been compromised this way. What tipped off the bank's IT department was a little black box containing software from Darktrace, a U.K. startup founded in 2013 by a group of former British spooks and Cambridge University Ph.D.s.