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Researchers ­se Spoofing to 'hack' Into a Flying Drone
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Researchers ­se Spoofing to 'hack' Into a Flying Drone

American researchers took control of a flying drone by hacking into its GPS system—acting on a $1,000 (£640) dare from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?
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Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?

Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner—the tale of a hunt for four dangerous "replicant" humans—is a classic...

Flame Malware Makers Send 'suicide' Code
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Flame Malware Makers Send 'suicide' Code

The creators of the Flame malware have sent a "suicide" command that removes it from some infected computers.

Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware
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Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware

Iran says it has developed tools that can defend against the sophisticated cyber attack tool known as Flame.

Web War Ii: What a Future Cyberwar Will Look Like
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Web War Ii: What a Future Cyberwar Will Look Like

How might the blitzkrieg of the future arrive? By air strike? An invading army? In a terrorist's suitcase? In fact it could be coming down the line to a computer...

The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats
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The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats

Criminals do not stop at stealing someone's personal data.

Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn
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Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn

Karen Sandler has a big heart. And that's not just because she is head of the Gnome Foundation—a non-profit community group dedicated to making and giving away...

Will We Ever Create a Perfect Lie Detector?
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Will We Ever Create a Perfect Lie Detector?

To create machines that can always tell when someone is lying, we need to know much more about what goes on in our brains.

The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code
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The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code

A pair of rare Enigma machines used in the Spanish Civil War have been given to the head of GCHQ, Britain's communications intelligence agency.

How Hackers Are Caught Out By Law Enforcers
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How Hackers Are Caught Out By Law Enforcers

The Internet has gained a reputation as somewhere you can say and do anything with impunity, primarily because it is easy to disguise your identity.

Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'
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Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'

Twitter has admitted copying entire address books from smartphones and storing the data on its servers, often without customers' knowledge.

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Fbi Plans Social Network Map Alert Mash-­p Application

The FBI is seeking to develop an early-warning system based on material "scraped" from social networks.

How ­seful Is a Captured Drone?
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How ­seful Is a Captured Drone?

An American surveillance drone has been captured and filmed in Iran, where experts are apparently examining it.

Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data
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Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data

University of British Columbia researchers were able to collect 46,500 email addresses and 14,500 home addresses from Facebook by using socialbots. 

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Robot Wars 'Still a Long Way Off'

"I'll be back" said Arnold Schwarzenegger as cyborg-assassin the Terminator, back from the year 2029 to carry out a murder in 1984. But it seems that, when it...

New Emotion Detector Sees When We're Lying
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New Emotion Detector Sees When We're Lying

A sophisticated new camera system can detect lies just by watching our faces as we talk, experts say. The computerized system uses a simple video camera, a high...

'smart' Cctv Could Track Rioters
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'smart' Cctv Could Track Rioters

Researchers at Kingston University have created a system that uses artificial intelligence to recognise specific types of behaviour, such as someone holding a...

U.k. Seeks Cyber Security Champions
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U.k. Seeks Cyber Security Champions

Britons who can defend the nation's networks armed only with a keyboard are being sought in a national competition.

Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life
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Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life

The National Museum of Computing has finished restoring a Tunny machine—a key part of Allied code-cracking during World War II.

New Net Rules Set to Make Cookies Crumble
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New Net Rules Set to Make Cookies Crumble

The way Websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behavior is about to undergo a big shake-up. From 25 May, European laws dictate that "explicit consent"...
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