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Did the Russians 'hack' the Election? A Look at the Established Facts
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Did the Russians 'hack' the Election? A Look at the Established Facts

President-elect Donald Trump continues to discount or attempt to discredit reports that the intelligence community has linked the hacking of the DNC, the Hillary...

Google Warns Journalists and Professors: Your Account Is ­nder Attack
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Google Warns Journalists and Professors: Your Account Is ­nder Attack

A flurry of social media reports suggests a major hacking campaign has been uncovered.

Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future
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Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future

Japan plans to build the world's fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country's manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop...

Internet-Based and Open Source: How E-Voting Works Around the Globe
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Internet-Based and Open Source: How E-Voting Works Around the Globe

Although electronic voting in various forms has become more prevalent outside the U.S., its primary difficulties include its inability to verify source code and...

Google Teaches 'ais' to Invent Their Own Crypto and Avoid Eavesdropping
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Google Teaches 'ais' to Invent Their Own Crypto and Avoid Eavesdropping

Google Brain researchers say they have developed artificial intelligence technology that can form encryptions and communicate securely.

The Perpetual Lineup: Half of ­S Adults in a Face-Recognition Database
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The Perpetual Lineup: Half of ­S Adults in a Face-Recognition Database

Half of American adults are in a face-recognition database, according to a Georgetown University study released Tuesday.

Humanity's War on Latency: Semaphore to Silicon Photonics and Beyond
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Humanity's War on Latency: Semaphore to Silicon Photonics and Beyond

For most of humanity's existence, communication has been incredibly slow.

Minding the Gap, Blind
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Minding the Gap, Blind

Most commuters keep their eyes down in the morning while traipsing through the gleaming corridors of London’s Euston Underground station.

Obama's Science Advisors: Much Forensic Work Has No Scientific Foundation
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Obama's Science Advisors: Much Forensic Work Has No Scientific Foundation

Last year, the US Department of Justice released a report that involved some painful self-examination.

Building a New Tor that Can Resist Next-Generation State Surveillance
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Building a New Tor that Can Resist Next-Generation State Surveillance

Since Edward Snowden stepped into the limelight from a hotel room in Hong Kong three years ago, use of the Tor anonymity network has grown massively.

So Much for Counter-Phishing Training: Half of People Click Anything Sent to Them
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So Much for Counter-Phishing Training: Half of People Click Anything Sent to Them

Security experts often talk about the importance of educating people about the risks of "phishing" e-mails containing links to malicious websites. But sometimes...

Hints Suggest an Insider Helped the Nsa 'equation Group' Hacking Tools Leak
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Hints Suggest an Insider Helped the Nsa 'equation Group' Hacking Tools Leak

A group called the Shadow Brokers made headlines this month by leaking a hacking tool belonging to the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) team. Now this week...

Linux Turns 25, Is Bigger and More Professional Than Ever
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Linux Turns 25, Is Bigger and More Professional Than Ever

The Linux operating system kernel is 25 years old this month. It was August 25, 1991 when Linus Torvalds posted his famous message announcing the project, claiming...

New Air-Gap Jumper Covertly Transmits Data in Hard-Drive Sounds
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New Air-Gap Jumper Covertly Transmits Data in Hard-Drive Sounds

Researchers have devised a new way to siphon data out of an infected computer even when it has been physically disconnected from the Internet to prevent the leakage...

Fbi Chief Comey: 'we Have Never Had Absolute Privacy'
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Fbi Chief Comey: 'we Have Never Had Absolute Privacy'

FBI Director James Comey has some phones—650 of them, to be exact—that he'd really, really like to take a look at.

Good News—the Robocalling Scourge May Not Be Unstoppable After All
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Good News—the Robocalling Scourge May Not Be Unstoppable After All

New data shows that the majority of robot-enabled scam phone calls came from fewer than 40 call centers, a finding that offers hope the growing menace of robocalls...

Frequent Password Changes Are the Enemy of Security, Ftc Technologist Says
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Frequent Password Changes Are the Enemy of Security, Ftc Technologist Says

Shortly after Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Cranor became chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission in January, she was surprised by an ...

Tour De France to ­se Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping
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Tour De France to ­se Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping

They call it "mechanical doping," but the name simply doesn't do it justice.

Smile, You're in the Fbi Face-Recognition Database
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Smile, You're in the Fbi Face-Recognition Database

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has access to as many as 411.9 million images as part of its face-recognition database. 

Goodbye, Obamaberry. Hello, Obamadroid.
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Goodbye, Obamaberry. Hello, Obamadroid.

When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he pushed to keep his BlackBerry.
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