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China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets
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China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets

At a highway check point on the outskirts of Beijing, local police are this week testing out a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features...

Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears
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Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities...

Twitter Bars Tactics ­sed by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories
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Twitter Bars Tactics ­sed by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and...

Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely ­sed By ­.s. Government
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Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely ­sed By ­.s. Government

Major global technology providers SAP (SAPG.DE), Symantec (SYMC.O) and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded...

Fbi Chief Calls ­nbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'
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Fbi Chief Calls ­nbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director...

How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw
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How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw

The flaw, now named Meltdown, was revealed on Wednesday and affects most processors manufactured by Intel since 1995.

Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: Ntsb
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Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: Ntsb

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday "operational limitations" in the Tesla Model S played a "major role" in a May...

­kraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks
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­kraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks

When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login password.

New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales
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New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales

The goal is to prevent cyber attacks and restore trust in digital operations.

­nder Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets
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­nder Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time...

­.s. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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­.s. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national...

Chinese Exam Authorities ­se Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
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Chinese Exam Authorities ­se Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam...

­.s. Set to Announce Response to Russian Election Hacking: Sources
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­.s. Set to Announce Response to Russian Election Hacking: Sources

The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals...

­.s. Proposes Requiring Vehicles to 'talk' to Each Other to Avoid Crashes
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­.s. Proposes Requiring Vehicles to 'talk' to Each Other to Avoid Crashes

The U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday proposed requiring all new cars and trucks to be able to "talk" to one another using short-range wireless technology...

Spy Chief Adds to Warnings of Russian Cyber Attacks on Germany
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Spy Chief Adds to Warnings of Russian Cyber Attacks on Germany

Germany's spy chief has warned that Russian hackers are pelting his country with disinformation that could undermine the democratic process, echoing concerns already...

Digitizing the Cia: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar
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Digitizing the Cia: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar

When America goes to the polls on Nov. 8, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, it will likely experience the culmination of a new form of...

Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North
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Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North

In one college major at Seoul's elite Korea University, the courses are known only by number, and students keep their identities a secret from outsiders.

Cybercrime Market Sells Servers For as Little as 6 Dollars to Launch Attacks
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Cybercrime Market Sells Servers For as Little as 6 Dollars to Launch Attacks

A major underground marketplace acting like an eBay for criminals is selling access to more than 70,000 compromised servers allowing buyers to carry out widespread...

Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight
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Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight

After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies...

­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone
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­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities...
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