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Spies Can Send Messages Hidden in a Google Search

The peculiar list of search options that Google suggests as you type in a query could be hijacked to let people communicate secretly.

Gender-Spotting Tool Could Have Rumbled Fake Blogger
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Gender-Spotting Tool Could Have Rumbled Fake Blogger

A gender analysis program developed by Stevens Institute of Technology researcher Na Cheng could have determined the sex of a 40-year-old U.S. man writing online...

The Defenders: Inside an Online Siege
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The Defenders: Inside an Online Siege

In a quiet, windowless auditorium in Bristol, in the west of England, Lucy Robson and her team hunch over their laptops as the seconds on a giant clock above...

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Covert Hard Drive Fragmentation Embeds a Spy's Secrets

Good news for spies. There is now a way to hide data on a hard drive without using encryption. Instead of using a cipher to scramble text, the method involves...

Quantum Trickery Could Lead to Stealth Radar
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Quantum Trickery Could Lead to Stealth Radar

Stealthy radar systems and the ability to transmit large amounts of data over long distances are a step closer thanks to a technique that could improve the efficiency...

AI Lie Detection Could Help Crack Terror Cells
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AI Lie Detection Could Help Crack Terror Cells

In A bar in Maastricht University in the Netherlands, 12 students are each given an envelope marked "Top Secret." Inside are plans for a terror attack somewhere...

GPS Chaos: How a $30 Box Can Jam Your Life
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GPS Chaos: How a $30 Box Can Jam Your Life

Signals from GPS satellites now help you to call your mother, power your home, and even land your plane – but a cheap plastic box can jam it all.

Augmented Reality Iphone Helps Police Track Suspects
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Augmented Reality Iphone Helps Police Track Suspects

Picture the scene: armed police officers are warned on their radios that a suspected male terrorist has been tracked to a crowded football stadium.

The Cyberweapon That Could Take Down the Internet
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The Cyberweapon That Could Take Down the Internet

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a cyberweapon that turns the structure of the Internet against itself, but ultimately could be used to make the...

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Cryptographers Chosen to Duke It Out in Final Fight

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has selected five Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-3) entrants as finalists for its competition to find a replacement...

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Cryptographers Chosen to Duke It Out in Final Fight

A competition to find a replacement for one of the gold-standard computer security algorithms used in almost all secure, online transactions just heated up.

Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers
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Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers

For 16 years, car immobilisers have kept car thieves at bay, but that may now be changing.

Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers
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Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers

For 16 years, car immobilisers have kept car thieves at bay, but that may now be changing.

Why the Stuxnet Worm Is Like Nothing Seen Before
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Why the Stuxnet Worm Is Like Nothing Seen Before

Stuxnet is the first worm of its type capable of attacking critical infrastructure like power stations and electricity grids: those in the know have been expecting...

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Flawed Proof ­shers In Era of Wikimath

His prospects of answering one of the biggest questions in mathematics may be fading, but Vinay Deolalikar of Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, may...

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Hiding Files in Flickr Pics Will Fool Web Censors

Life is about to become more difficult for countries trying to censor access to foreign Websites. A system dubbed Collage will allow users in these countries...

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P ? Np? It's Bad News For the Power of Computing

Has the biggest question in computer science been solved? On 6 August, Vinay Deolalikar, a mathematician at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, sentdraft...

Social Web: The Great Tipping Point Test
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Social Web: The Great Tipping Point Test

Every move you make, every twitter feed you update, somebody is watching you. You may not think twice about it, but if you use a social networking site, a cellphone...

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The Tech Refresher Russia's Spies Needed

From James Bond to Johnny English, the movies give us the impression that spies are top of the tree when it comes to money-no-object espionage technology. But that...

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Entangle Qubits for a True Random Number Machine

Pure randomness is surprisingly difficult to create, even if you draw on the inherent randomness of quantum mechanics. Now, though, a "true" random number generator...
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