Tech News #2: YouTube ads cryptojacking, Computer faster than human brain, Battery recycling, Human Waste to Food, mAadhaar App on iOS

YouTube users’ ads secretly mine cryptocurrencies from user’s computer

The anonymous hackers ran Malware advertisements on YouTube which used up the CPU power and electricity on the users’ computers. This way the hackers managed to mine cryptocurrencies remotely for themselves. The initial official reports of the incident come on 26th January 2018 on this Cryptojacking Malware.

Cryptojacking is a method by using this hackers use users computer’s computing power and electricity to mine crypto currency. And now it has his next level  browser-based cryptocurrency mining scripts. That is purely a java script and using this scripts hackers doesn’t need to hack your computer at all.

Whenever a user visit on a webiste that is infected by Cryptojacking Malware. The scripts start running on background and utilise user’s computers cpu for mining crypto currency.

Trend Micro cyber security firm reports that the attackers have placed mining malware on YouTube. This was done using the Google DoubleClick advertising platform. These ads, almost 90 percent using Coinhive based JavaScript code, mainly targeted Japan, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and France;

The Coinhive cryptocurrency mining platform allows users to earn income by utilizing computational power of computers running the infected code in an unauthorized way. According to Trend Micro, Web miner detections tripled due to YouTube ads in the past few days.

As Google has the ownership of YouTube, the company announced the situation to the public. YouTube claims all issues were resolved within two hours after detection;


Artificial neurons compute faster than the human brain

A computing system that mimics neural processing could make artificial intelligence more efficient — and more human.

A team led by researchers from Exeter, Oxford, and Münster universities has developed specialized photonic microchips, which could one day help to create computers that can store and process huge amounts of information at faster speeds than the human brain can.

Because the microchips are powered by light, they could also execute high-speed computing at a lower power supply than could ever be possible with any electronic processing system.

Mindful of the brain’s innate processing power, researchers across the field of “neuromorphic computing” are developing brain-inspired computers, devices, and models for commercial use in electronics. If they’re successful, neuromorphic chips (or neurochips) could one day replace the CPUs (central processing units) in our smartphones and other devices.


Battery recycling breakthrough claimed

Nano-engineers from the University of California, San Diego announced a process, which takes cathodes from used batteries and turns them into new ones.

They explained that the process takes worn-out cathode particles from old batteries, before boiling and heat-treating them. The researchers say there were able to use them to create batteries that operated like new ones.


Convert Human Waste Into Space Food

Scientists have found a potential food source for astronauts, using microbes to convert human waste into Marmite-like food.

researchers at Pennsylvania State University outlined a method to break down solid and liquid waste for producing protein and fat-rich substance from human waste in their study.

According to House and his colleagues, the method involves anaerobic digestion, a process that refers to the breakdown of materials in the absence of oxygen.

It is considered an efficient way of breaking down biodegradable matter.


mAadhaar App Coming Soon for iOS

the mAadhaar app from UIDAI is a digital version of Aadhaar Card. The app enables users to store all Aadhaar details, such as name, date of birth, gender, address, etc. on smartphones, instead of having to keep the physical card all the time.

Now, UIDAI has announced that the iOS version of the mAadhaar app will be arriving soon.

Meanwhile, in order to use the mAadhaar app, users need to have their phone numbers registered with the UIDAI. After the process is complete, the Aadhaar card details can be downloaded on the app, which will store data such as the name, date of birth, gender, address and photograph digitally on their phone.

Meanwhile, UIDAI has informed that “All agencies should accept eAadhaar/mAadhaar. They are equally valid. The government has allowed the mAadhaar to be used as an identity proof for rail journeys in India.


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