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The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes
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The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes

The bots convincingly and effortlessly help hackers break into Coinbase, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts.

Ransomwared Bank Tells Customers It Lost Their SSNs
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Ransomwared Bank Tells Customers It Lost Their SSNs

A data breach that already hit bank employees just got much worse.

Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm
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Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm

An Italian court determined that companies can be held liable even if an algorithm unintentionally discriminates against a protected group.

Researchers Find Critical Backdoor in Swiss Online Voting System
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Researchers Find Critical Backdoor in Swiss Online Voting System

An international research team warned of a critical backdoor flaw in Switzerland's new Internet voting system.

The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in The New York Times since 1995
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The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in The New York Times since 1995

This really gives a new meaning to the "paper of record."

Not Even AI Can Make Total Sense of a Privacy Policy
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Not Even AI Can Make Total Sense of a Privacy Policy

A new tool uses artificial intelligence to crawl 7,000 of the Web's most popular sites to flag privacy policy issues of potential concern to specific users.

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic
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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

Researchers have developed an intelligent routing algorithm designed to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams across a roadway network.

The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed For the First Time
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The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed For the First Time

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers next month will make the first-ever revision of the Root Zone Signing Key.  

'faceless Recognition System' Can Identify You Even When You Hide Your Face
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'faceless Recognition System' Can Identify You Even When You Hide Your Face

With widespread adoption among law enforcement, advertisers, and even churches, face recognition has undoubtedly become one of the biggest threats to privacy out...

Pc Hardware Is Physically Leaking Your Encryption Keys
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Pc Hardware Is Physically Leaking Your Encryption Keys

Your computer has an aura. That sentence causes me actual physical pain to type, but there's not really a better way to put it—whether you're surfing really fucked...

The Internet of Drones Is Coming
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The Internet of Drones Is Coming

A significant barrier to commercial use of drones remains drone traffic density, and Robert J. Hall at AT&T Labs believes the answer lies in an "Internet of drones...

The Backbone of the Internet Could Detect Earthquakes, but No One's ­sing It
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The Backbone of the Internet Could Detect Earthquakes, but No One's ­sing It

December 26, 2004: It is an idyllic morning at a beachside resort in Indonesia.

The Internet Is Killing Most Languages
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The Internet Is Killing Most Languages

You might be living through another mass extinction of species—brought on by us humans, who have been changing climate and fragmenting habitats at an increasing...

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested
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The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

Check it out, I'm working on a reboot of The Graduate, set in 2013.
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