Cybersecurity

Why the deepfakes threat is shallow

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Despite the sharp alarms being sounded over deepfakes — uncannily realistic AI-generated videos showing real people doing and saying fictional things —security experts believe that the videos ultimately don't offer propagandists much advantage compared to the simpler forms of disinformation they are likely to use.

Why it matters: It’s easy to see how a viral video that appears to show, say, the U.S. president declaring war would cause panic — until, of course, the video was debunked. But deepfakes are not an efficient form of a long-term disinformation campaign.

Broadcom to buy Symantec unit for $10.7 billion

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Broadcom on Thursday said it will buy Symantec's enterprise security business for $10.7 billion in cash. This comes just weeks after Broadcom ended talks about buying Symantec in its entirety.

The bottom line: Symantec is the world's largest provider of cybersecurity software, while Broadcom is seeking to expand beyond its core competency of chips.