LLMs pose cyber threat, says NCSC | India becomes global hub for automaker exports
LLMs pose a potential cyber threat, UK’s NCSC warns
Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has said that experts are yet to tackle security issues tied to algorithms that are able to generate human-sounding interactions. Some businesses are incorporating LLMs such as ChatGPT into internet searches but they’re also eyeing these models to aid customer service work and sales calls, for example. According to the NCSC, these could carry risks, particularly if they’re embedded into business processes. For instance, an LLM deployed by a bank may be tricked into authorising a transaction it shouldn’t have if a hacker words it just right.
“Organisations building services that use LLMs need to be careful, in the same way they would be if they were using a product or code library that was in beta,” the NCSC said in one its blog posts, referring to experimental software releases.
“They might not let that product be involved in making transactions on the customer’s behalf, and hopefully wouldn’t fully trust it. Similar caution should apply to LLMs.”
Ukraine launches biggest drone attack yet on Russian territory
On Wednesday morning Ukraine launched six drone attacks targeting Russian regions including Orlov, Bryansk, Ryazan, Kaluga and an airport in the Western city of Pskov. Russia also launched a missile and drone attack against Ukraine’s capital at the same time, described as the “most powerful strike” on Kyiv in months.
Authorities said Ukrainian air defences destroyed more than 20 missiles and drones in the attack, and two security guards were killed by falling debris.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Russian media report a drone attack on an airfield in Pskov, Russia. It hosts both civilian and military aircraft. Some sources report that at least two military aircraft were destroyed.
Russian media report a drone attack on an airfield in Pskov, Russia. It hosts both civilian and military aircraft. Some sources report that at least two military aircraft were destroyed. pic.twitter.com/YANZ0r1Vzy
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) August 29, 2023
Global automakers eye India as an export hub
Last year India sped ahead of Japan as the world’s third-largest car market. As incomes rise, Indian drivers are opting for more expensive vehicles, including electric vehicles, and global makers have responded by launching cars designed specifically for India. Some are now eyeing the country as a new centre for car exports.
According to Frank Torres, president of Nissan India, the Japanese automaker wants to use India as a “big hub for exports.” Analysts say the shift in local demand from to higher-quality vehicles could encourage other global automakers to plan more “India-first” models that are eventually exported.
US DoJ sues Musk’s SpaceX over hiring policy
The US department of Justice (DoJ) said SpaceX falsely claimed that it was not allowed to hire non-US citizens.
According to the DoJ, SpaceX “routinely discouraged asylees and refugees from applying and refused to hire or consider them, because of their citizenship status” from September 2018 to May 2022.
Musk’s company said it was only allowed to hire citizens and green card holders because of export control laws. However, the DoJ contended that this was not correct and that these laws do not mandate such restrictions.
The DoJ has asked SpaceX to look at providing backpay for those who were wrongly denied work because of this alleged discrimination.
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