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Network Architect Who Built His Own ISP Is Expanding His Service
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Network Architect Who Built His Own ISP Is Expanding His Service

Jared Mauch, a Michigan man who built a fiber-to-the-home Internet provider because he couldn't get good broadband service from AT&T or Comcast, is expanding with...

Researcher Uses 379-Year-Old Algorithm to Crack Crypto Keys
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Researcher Uses 379-Year-Old Algorithm to Crack Crypto Keys

Researcher Hanno Böck reports breaking cryptographic keys generated with older software now owned by technology company Rambus by using Fermat's factorization method...

Fermilab Exposes Proprietary Data for All to See
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Fermilab Exposes Proprietary Data for All to See

Security researchers of the Sakura Samurai ethical hacking group used multiple unsecured entry points to access data, code, messages, and passwords belonging to...

Contractor Planted Logic Bombs In His Software to Ensure He'd Get New Work
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Contractor Planted Logic Bombs In His Software to Ensure He'd Get New Work

A former contractor for Siemens planted logic bombs in projects he designed that caused them to periodically malfunction. Then wait for a call to come fix things...

Google Pays $11 Million to Settle Age Discrimination Claims
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Google Pays $11 Million to Settle Age Discrimination Claims

Google will pay $11 million to settle the claims of 227 people who say they were unfairly denied jobs because of their age, according to court filings.

­ber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona
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­ber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona

A prosecutor in Arizona has decided not to press charges against Uber in the March 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg. One of Uber's self-driving cars crashed into Herzberg...

How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent
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How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent

The US Federal government is in the midst of the longest gap in funding for many of its agencies in history. As the "shutdown" extends into a second month, the...

Facebook Yanks Content Tied to Iranian Effort Due to 'Inauthentic Behavior'
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Facebook Yanks Content Tied to Iranian Effort Due to 'Inauthentic Behavior'

Today, Facebook took down 30 pages, 33 Facebook accounts, three Facebook groups, and 16 Instagram accounts that Facebook's head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel...

Why a 40-Year-Old SCOT­S Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today
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Why a 40-Year-Old SCOT­S Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today

Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, the US Supreme Court came close to banning software patents.

Supercomputers Are Driving a Revolution in Hurricane Forecasting
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Supercomputers Are Driving a Revolution in Hurricane Forecasting

A dramatic increase in computing power helps explain the dramatic increase in hurricane forecast accuracy over the past 20 years.

Amazon Blocks Domain Fronting, Threatens to Shut Down Signal's Account
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Amazon Blocks Domain Fronting, Threatens to Shut Down Signal's Account

Last week, Amazon announced a change to an Amazon Web Service designed specifically to end the use of domain fronting—the exploitation of a content delivery network's...

Despite Backlash, Loot Boxes Could Be Essential to Gaming's Future
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Despite Backlash, Loot Boxes Could Be Essential to Gaming's Future

With all the controversy, scrutiny, and international regulation randomized video game loot boxes are facing these days, you might think the practice of charging...

Army Researchers Find the Best Cyber Teams Are Antisocial Cyber Teams
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Army Researchers Find the Best Cyber Teams Are Antisocial Cyber Teams

Army researchers have discovered what experienced information security teams already know: actual human interaction isn't a key to success when you already know...

What the Latest Strike on Syria Succeeded At (and What It Didn't)
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What the Latest Strike on Syria Succeeded At (and What It Didn't)

On April 13, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched the largest barrage of cruise missiles since the opening of the Gulf War.

What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond ­ser Data
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What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond ­ser Data

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations regarding the exposure of profile data for millions of users, Facebook is now facing an investigation into its...

Twitter 'Bot' Purge Causes Outcry from Trollerati as Follower Counts Fall
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Twitter 'Bot' Purge Causes Outcry from Trollerati as Follower Counts Fall

A number of "alt-right," pro-Trump, and self-described conservative social media personalities awoke this morning to find that they had a lot fewer followers on...

License Expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch
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License Expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch

Wow, that 2017, though. Quite a year. Let's grab a Juicero and take a moment to reflect on the utter dumpster fires that we've witnessed over the past 12 months...

Bitcoin's Insane Energy Consumption, Explained
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Bitcoin's Insane Energy Consumption, Explained

The skyrocketing value of Bitcoin is leading to soaring energy consumption. According to one widely cited website that tracks the subject, the Bitcoin network is...

Survey of Bug Bounty Hunters Shows Who Pans For Pwns
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Survey of Bug Bounty Hunters Shows Who Pans For Pwns

Asking the crowd for help in fixing security problems is going mainstream.

Members of Congress Want You to Hack the ­S Election Voting System
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Members of Congress Want You to Hack the ­S Election Voting System

This summer, DefCon's "Voting Machine Hacking Village" turned up a host of US election vulnerabilities (PDF). Now, imagine a more mainstream national hacking event...
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