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Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School
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Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School

Some student-athletes and coaches at Eatonville High School in Eatonville, WA, are being required to wear proximity monitors to trace potential COVID-19 exposure...

At a Summer Camp, Juice Boxes and Bitcoin Mining
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At a Summer Camp, Juice Boxes and Bitcoin Mining

The Crypto Kids Camp hosted five days of activities in Los Angeles to familiarize 26 children ages five to 17 with money and cryptocurrency.

McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products
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McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products

McAfee researchers discovered a vulnerability in the Peloton Bike+ that could enable attackers to install malware in the system through a USB port.

Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer
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Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer

A boutique online community of computer programmers has emerged to help family and friends gain a competitive advantage in securing vaccination appointments.

Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems
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Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems

Experts said hackers' attempted lye-poisoning of a drinking water reservoir in Oldsmar, FL, last Friday highlights the vulnerability of the U.S. water supply.

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...

Cybersecurity Company Finds Hacker Selling Info on 186 Million U.S. Voters
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Cybersecurity Company Finds Hacker Selling Info on 186 Million U.S. Voters

Cybersecurity company Trustwave says it discovered a hacker selling personally identifying information on 245 million Americans, including voter registration data...

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.

Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App
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Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App

The hope is that smartphone tracking — combined with widespread testing — can help create a framework for cities to let people resume their lives.

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...

The Growing Need For More Women Cybersleuths
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The Growing Need For More Women Cybersleuths

The recent rash of online hacks highlights a mounting need for cybersecurity professionals, including women. 

Scientists Aspire to Nature's Genius With 'biomimetic' Research
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Scientists Aspire to Nature's Genius With 'biomimetic' Research

Engineers and researchers looking for the next big thing are turning more than ever to their own back yards for inspiration.

Monkey Thoughts Move Virtual Arms—human-Machine Mind-Meld Next?
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Monkey Thoughts Move Virtual Arms—human-Machine Mind-Meld Next?

Rhesus monkeys in a lab are using their brains to move two arms of a virtual primate on a screen, moving researchers one step closer towards outfitting paralyzed...

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.

Virtual Reality Gaming Is Nearly Here; We Just Need the Right Controller
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Virtual Reality Gaming Is Nearly Here; We Just Need the Right Controller

Video games have long promised to offer their players "immersive experiences," but full-blown virtual reality—the holodeck or the matrix—was still a fantasy.

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...

One Year Later, Nasa Looks Back at Curiosity Rover's Scariest Moment
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One Year Later, Nasa Looks Back at Curiosity Rover's Scariest Moment

For the Curiosity rover, it's just another day on Mars—but back on Earth, Tuesday was a day to look back at the $2.5 billion mission's first year, including a moment...
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