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Cyber alert: EU ministers test responses in first computer war game

TALLINN: European Union defense ministers tested their ability to respond to a potential attack by computer hackers in their first cyber war game on Thursday, based on a simulated attack on one of the bloc’s military missions abroad. In the simulation, hackers sabotaged the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean and launched a campaign on social media to discredit the EU operations and provoke protests. Each of the defense ministers tried to contain the crisis over the course of the 90-minute, closed-door exercise in…

Computer hack sets off 156 emergency sirens across Dallas

DALLAS: A computer hack set off all the emergency sirens in Dallas for about 90 minutes overnight in one of the largest known breaches of a siren warning system, officials in the Texas city said on Saturday. Dallas' 156 sirens, normally used to warn of tornadoes and other dangerous weather, were triggered at 11:42 p.m. CDT on Friday. The wailing did not end until 1:17 a.m. CDT on Saturday when engineers manually shut down the sirens' radio system and repeaters, city Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz said. "At…

Elon Musk hints at new brain-computer project

WASHINGTON: Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk hinted on Tuesday that he is working on a new startup focusing on brain-computer interface, part of his vision to help humans keep up with machines. Musk, the founder of electric carmaker Telsa and exploration firm SpaceX, referenced the new company called Neuralink in a tweet, a day after a Wall Street Journal report saying the company had been formed. Musk's tweet said he would elaborate his plans in a blog post soon. "Long Neuralink piece coming out on (blog platform)…

Intel raises outlook on stronger PC demand

Chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O) on Thursday raised its outlook for the second quarter and the full year, citing stronger-than-expected demand for personal computers used by businesses. Shares of Intel jumped more than 4 percent in extended trade as the chipmaker's improved forecast lifted hopes for a PC industry that been shrinking due to consumers' preferences for tablets and smartphones. Intel said it now expects second-quarter revenue of $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million. Intel had previously forecast revenue of…