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Panel Outlines Massive Federal Cybersecurity Overhaul
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Panel Outlines Massive Federal Cybersecurity Overhaul

The Congressional Cyberspace Solarium Commission report on the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. included sweeping recommendations for shoring up cyberdefense....

Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State
From ACM News

Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State

A Florida election software company targeted by Russians in 2016 inadvertently opened a potential pathway for hackers to tamper with voter records in North Carolina...

Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines
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Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines

ACM has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to prohibit Internet connections from all voting equipment under an updated set of voluntary guidelines.

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates
From ACM News

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology....

Europe and ­S Lock Horns on Transatlantic Privacy
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Europe and ­S Lock Horns on Transatlantic Privacy

Europe's effort to export its tough privacy rules around the world is about to run into a wall of U.S. resistance.

Attack on Commonly ­sed Voting Machine Could Tip an Election, Researchers Find
From ACM News

Attack on Commonly ­sed Voting Machine Could Tip an Election, Researchers Find

A malicious hacker could alter the outcome of a U.S. presidential election by taking advantage of numerous flaws in one model of vote-tabulating machine used in...

How Trump Could Hurt Google
From ACM News

How Trump Could Hurt Google

President Donald Trump's Tuesday morning attack on Google for delivering "rigged" search results met with a swift denial from the company, but Trump's threat to...

Campaigns and Candidates Still Easy Prey for Hackers
From ACM News

Campaigns and Candidates Still Easy Prey for Hackers

Some bathrooms have signs urging people to wash their hands. But at the Democratic National Committee, reminders hanging in the men's and women's restrooms address...

How ­.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin
From ACM Opinion

How ­.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin

President Donald Trump's insistence on holding a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin hobbled U.S. intelligence agencies that would usually...

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of ­.S. Technology
From ACM Careers

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of ­.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

John Bolton, Cyber Warrior
From ACM News

John Bolton, Cyber Warrior

John Bolton has spent years imploring the U.S. to go on the attack in cyberspace—a stance that some digital warfare experts caution could set up the nation for...

British Cyber Option to Punish Russia Prompts Fear of 'Electronic War'
From ACM News

British Cyber Option to Punish Russia Prompts Fear of 'Electronic War'

Of all the ways Theresa May could hit back against Russia over the poisoning of an agent on British soil, a cyberattack seems almost fitting.

Justices Struggle with ­.S. Demands for Overseas Data
From ACM News

Justices Struggle with ­.S. Demands for Overseas Data

The Supreme Court appeared to be divided Tuesday as it struggled to interpret whether a three-decade-old federal law gives the U.S. government the right to access...

The Real Future of Work
From ACM News

The Real Future of Work

In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

How the Loss of Net Neutrality Could Change the Internet
From ACM News

How the Loss of Net Neutrality Could Change the Internet

The repeal of net neutrality ushers in a new chapter of the internet that could eventually transform the way Americans communicate, shop and consume information...

Facebook Struggles to Contain Russia Narrative
From ACM Careers

Facebook Struggles to Contain Russia Narrative

Facebook has been happy to keep congressional investigators focused on the Russian-bought online ads that helped sway voters in last year's election—despite the...

The Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis
From ACM TechNews

The Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis

More than 10,000 female "cryptoanalysts" were enlisted by the U.S. Army and Navy to help crack Nazi codes and ensure the Allies' victory in World War II.

Conservatives, Liberals ­nite Against Silicon Valley
From ACM Careers

Conservatives, Liberals ­nite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

How the Government Can Read Your Email
From ACM News

How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales
From ACM News

That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales

During a private meeting in the Oval Office earlier this month, President Donald Trump is understood to have disclosed highly classified intelligence to two senior...
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