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Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results
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Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results

Concrete proof that security robots reduce crime is lacking, despite wider deployment by U.S. government agencies and the private sector.

Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law
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Supreme Court Limits Reach of Computer Crime Law

The court said the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act does not cover people who "have improper motives for obtaining the information that is otherwise available to them...

Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis
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Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis

Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data stored in an automobile's onboard computers to solve crimes.

Police in Mississippi Want Access to Live Home Security Video, Alarming Privacy Advocates
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Police in Mississippi Want Access to Live Home Security Video, Alarming Privacy Advocates

Officials in Jackson, MS, are expanding police surveillance by permitting live feeds from private security cameras to be sent to the city's real-time command center...

In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life
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In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life

Singaporeans will be able to access government and other services through a facial recognition feature in its SingPass national identity program.

With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard
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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity
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Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity

A University of Chicago program aims to strengthen U.S. election security by enlisting volunteer experts to aid local election officials.

Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students
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Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students

The Trump administration may suspend OPT, a program for foreign students to stay in the U.S. to get 1 or 2 years of occupational training after their educations...

Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect
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Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect

A man convicted for murder is on track to have his conviction overturned, thanks to an algorithm that reanalyzed DNA and pointed to a new suspect. 

CIA Prepping For Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
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CIA Prepping For Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia

The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential...

Cyber Spy High: Meet the Nsa's Hacker Recruiter
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Cyber Spy High: Meet the Nsa's Hacker Recruiter

The National Security Agency has a recruiting problem.

Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims
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Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims

Tor, a service that helps cautious Internet users stay anonymous online, is facing increased scrutiny and potentially new attacks as the global debate on surveillance...

'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom
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'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom

Google hopes a little browser tool will help change the world.

Your Phone Is Blabbing Your Location to Anyone Who Will Listen
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Your Phone Is Blabbing Your Location to Anyone Who Will Listen

Everywhere you go, your phone is sending out signals that can be assembled to form a picture of your movements.

How Snowden Did It
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How Snowden Did It

When Edward Snowden stole the crown jewels of the National Security Agency, he didn't need to use any sophisticated devices or software or go around any computer...

Government Can Grab Cell Phone Location Records Without Warrant, Appeals Court Says
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Government Can Grab Cell Phone Location Records Without Warrant, Appeals Court Says

In a major victory for the Justice Department over privacy advocates, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that government agencies can collect records showing...

In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone
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In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone

Drone pilots escape the physical demands and dangers of a traditional cockpit. There's no g-force pinning them to their seats, no uncomfortable pressure suit to...

Tech-Savvy Public Plays Key Role in Hunt For Bombing Suspects
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Tech-Savvy Public Plays Key Role in Hunt For Bombing Suspects

Since the bombs went off in Boston's Copley Square on Monday, the FBI and Boston Police Department have been enlisting the public's help with what may be the world's...

As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?
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As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?

When bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, there were nearly as many camera-equipped smartphones as people there in Copley Square.

Cyberattack on Florida Election Is First Known Case in U.s., Experts Say
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Cyberattack on Florida Election Is First Known Case in U.s., Experts Say

An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according...
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