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FBI/DHS: Government Systems Face Threat From Zerologon Exploits
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FBI/DHS: Government Systems Face Threat From Zerologon Exploits

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security have detected attackers exploiting a Windows vulnerability against state and local...

One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit
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One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit

Microsoft warns a high-impact vulnerability that allows hackers to instantly take control of Windows' Active Directory is being actively exploited by malicious...

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency

Microsoft's Azure Security Center reported a cryptojacking scheme in which attackers hijacked machine learning clusters inside the Azure cloud computing service...

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...

Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate
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Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate

Fingerprint-based authentication is fine for most people, but it's hardly foolproof.

Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware
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Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.

Researchers Have Already Tested YouTube’s Algorithms for Political Bias
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Researchers Have Already Tested YouTube’s Algorithms for Political Bias

More moderation associated with more hate speech and misinformation, not politics.

Ransomware Forces Hospitals to Turn Away All but Most Critical Patients
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Ransomware Forces Hospitals to Turn Away All but Most Critical Patients

Ransomware has crippled hospitals in Alabama and Australia, blocking admission for all but the most critical new patients.

Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry
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Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry

Microsoft warns a serious vulnerability in Windows Remote Desktop Services could be exploited to launch a WannaCry-level attack against Internet-connected computers...

'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks
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'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks

A "RobbinHood" ransomware attack earlier this week crippled networks used by Baltimore's city government.

Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again
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Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again

The pilots of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 apparently followed the proper steps to shut down an errant flight control system as they struggled to regain control...

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option
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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system...

­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...

Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI
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Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI

OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained...

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...

A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost ­nprecedented Scale
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A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost ­nprecedented Scale

Federal authorities and private researchers are warning companies about a wave of domain hijacking attacks.

The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?
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The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013. In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that...

Spectre, Meltdown Researchers ­nveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks
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Spectre, Meltdown Researchers ­nveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks

Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.

What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament
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What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament

Legislation now goes to a three-way negotiation within the EU.
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