Taxes against bastards, Moscow acid rain and love in the age of artificial intelligence

Wired takes us to a story that is horrific and fascinating: the dismantling by American police of the world’s largest online pedophile network, a site called Welcome to Video, which has been spied on, decrypted months from in the United Kingdom to Thailand, from South Africa to Atlanta, in a global operation led not by the FBI, but by U.S. tax agents. Where we discovered that tax investigators were the only ones capable of tracking the trend of anonymous cryptocurrency transactions, which were used in Welcome to Video to charge voyeurs and pay horrific photo providers.

With a little help. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is spending millions to use the services of a nebula of ultra-specialized private detectives, creators of artificial intelligence programs capable of identifying the holders of bitcoin accounts. To read the article, a true novel decorated with algorithms and endless blockchain code, the operation could not have succeeded without a classic task of investigation, rotation, listening, cooperation between the police. To gain the trust of his Korean colleagues, one of the sleuths of the American tax authorities had to swallow a small live octopus, a delicacy in Seoul. When it comes to motivation …

Long live

Payton Gendron, before killing ten people at a Buffalo supermarket on May 14, attached a camera to his military helmet, the New York Times. His footage of the massacre was streamed live for two minutes on online gaming platform Twitch, before moderators cut the video.

Despite this quick reaction, this fierce show was re-posted and viewed 3 million times on another site before being deleted, and the link was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook. Recorded by thousands of Internet users, these videos will haunt the web and, it should be feared, create emulators. Like other mass killers who preceded him, Gendron slowly conditioned himself by equating his laziness during the pandemic on the morbid forums of Reddit and 4chan. The scenario is repeated before each murder.

Moscow has a heavy hand

The virus is called “Acid Rain”. An entire program. An hour before invading Ukraine, on February 24, Russia launched a massive cyber attack against American satellite operator Viasat, neutralizing its entire network of terrestrial servers and routers, destroying mountain of data. At the same time, explain MIT Technology Analysis, Moscow is attacking Ukrainian government computers in hopes of slowing its response to the offensive. The incident will definitely be directed at military schools as it is the first in terms of coordination between cyber warfare and the battlefield. One downside: the hand of the Russians was too heavy, and lost control of the malware that caused the closure of more than 5,000 wind turbines in Europe, and especially in Germany.

Things in the heart

And love it all? Wired recalled the words of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who knew a lot about the issue. The Omaha (Nebraska) oracle ensures that, “In life, the most important decision is choosing the person you will marry”. Thanks Warren, but we seem to have made a mistake.

The international team led by researcher Samantha Joel from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, has conducted a massive study based on artificial intelligence to determine once and for all the secret of successful unions. By doing thousands of data and questionnaires, he came to the conclusion that none of the criteria that inspire the attraction of lovebirds – physical size and profession (firefighter or lawyer for men), money, level of education, even the sexy first name (an important criterion), political or moral values ​​- does not ultimately explain the endurance and satisfaction of couples. In other words, no algorithm can predict happiness. It’s crazy to know.

All for music

Nostalgia. Apple announced on May 10 the discontinuation of the iPod, this small music box that has sold 450 million copies since its launch in 2001, acknowledged by New York Times as the brilliant introduction to the iPhone. We only sold 3 million of them last year (compared to the 250 million iPhones sold on the planet), because the idea of ​​storing music on a gadget no longer made sense during the Spotify era. But what a saga … Steve Jobs, who returned to rescue the little apple in 1997 in a Microsoft-dominated world, devised a small device that would store songs and sell Apple computers. “Everyone loves music”, he said. Everyone loved the iPod.

Bawal bawal

Texas is a world apart. Protocol It confirms that a federal court has only been convicted on appeal of a local law that allows civil lawsuits against social networks if they decide to block tweets from their users. The law is intended to address so-called social media anti-conservative bias, a Republican term born during the Trump era, in response to Twitter and Facebook’s efforts to tackle pandemic misinformation, and stir up unrest. in public. Qanon Movement. There is currently a new call. The judges, according to the article, “There seems to be nothing really holding on to tech topics.”

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