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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED
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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED

A few hours after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
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NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.

Novel Technique Tracks More Web Users Across Browsers
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Novel Technique Tracks More Web Users Across Browsers

Researchers say they have developed the first cross-browser fingerprinting technique using machine-level features to identify users.

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention
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The need for a Digital Geneva Convention

Responding to the rise in nation-state cybersecurity attacks.

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
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Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections for Millions of Devices
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A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections for Millions of Devices

The VUSec team at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands has demonstrated an exploit that undercuts a basic safeguard used in all modern operating...

Fixing the Fake News Problem
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Fixing the Fake News Problem

Unsubstantiated information can spread like wildfire through social media; new tools aim to make it easy to track down sources of misinformation, no matter where...

Automated Rescue
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Automated Rescue

The Texas A&M University Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue builds robots that can work with first responders in search-and-rescue operations.

New System Makes It Harder to Track Bitcoin Transactions
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New System Makes It Harder to Track Bitcoin Transactions

Researchers have developed a program that could make it more difficult for observers to track any single bitcoin transaction.

NAE's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists
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NAE's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists

Seventeen computer scientists were among the 84 new members and 22 new foreign members recently announced by The National Academy of Engineering. 

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
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Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control...

Kingston University to Explore How Drones, Smart Wristbands, and Cameras Could Transform Future of Concert Security
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Kingston University to Explore How Drones, Smart Wristbands, and Cameras Could Transform Future of Concert Security

Researchers will investigate how networked drones, smart wristbands, and body-mounted video cameras could enhance concert security.

Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa
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Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa

A wearable device under development at the University of Michigan provides continuous authentication for voice assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa...

Rolf Noskwith Obituary
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Rolf Noskwith Obituary

A member of the Bletchley Park team breaking the German navy’s Enigma ciphers during the second World War.

Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access
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Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access

Volunteers are working to archive public databases hosted by U.S. government agencies because they are worried access to the data could be cut off by the Trump...

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter
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China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

Robert O. Work, the veteran defense official retained as deputy secretary by President Trump, calls them his "A.I. dudes."

Israeli Scientist Wins Japan Prize for Cryptography Work
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Israeli Scientist Wins Japan Prize for Cryptography Work

Adi Shamir, a professor at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, is one of three winners of the 2017 Japan Prize.

Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump
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Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump

Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking...

Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'
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Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NSCTA) recently held the first hackathon at the Adelphi Laboratory...

In Not-Too-Distant Future, Brain Hackers Could Steal Your Deepest Secrets
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In Not-Too-Distant Future, Brain Hackers Could Steal Your Deepest Secrets

In the beginning, people hacked phones.
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