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Nsa Leaks Could Inspire a Global Boom in Intrusive Surveillance
From ACM TechNews

Nsa Leaks Could Inspire a Global Boom in Intrusive Surveillance

The recent leaks of U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs could inspire authoritarian governments in developing economies to boost NSA-style...

Stores Sniff Out Smartphones to Follow Shoppers
From ACM News

Stores Sniff Out Smartphones to Follow Shoppers

You've just tossed a jar of peanut butter in your grocery cart when your smartphone buzzes.

Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)
From ACM News

Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)

Trying to derive a person's wants and needs—conscious or otherwise—from online browsing and buying habits has become crucial to companies of all kinds.

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
From ACM News

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.

Nsa's Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a 'problem From Hell'
From ACM TechNews

Nsa's Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a 'problem From Hell'

Computer hardware into which secret backdoors have been inserted by the U.S. National Security Agency and its adversaries is a tremendous security problem. 

Encrypted Heartbeats Keep Hackers from Medical Implants
From ACM TechNews

Encrypted Heartbeats Keep Hackers from Medical Implants

Rice University researchers have found a solution to the potential for hacking an implanted defibrillator. 

Academics Launch Fake Social Network to Get an Inside Look at Chinese Censorship
From ACM News

Academics Launch Fake Social Network to Get an Inside Look at Chinese Censorship

Harvard University professor Gary King this year launched a social media site to gain firsthand experience of online censorship in China.

Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem
From ACM Opinion

Cryptographers Have an Ethics Problem

Last week, I visited the MIT computer science department looking for a very famous cryptographer.

Mapping the Bitcoin Economy Could Reveal Users' Identities
From ACM TechNews

Mapping the Bitcoin Economy Could Reveal Users' Identities

An analysis of the public log of Bitcoin digital currency transactions could enable law enforcement to pinpoint user identities. 

Hacked Feature Phone Can Block Other People's Calls
From ACM TechNews

Hacked Feature Phone Can Block Other People's Calls

A few changes to a standard phone can block calls and text messages intended for nearby users of the same GSM cellular network.

'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course
From ACM News

'spoofers' Use Fake Gps Signals to Knock a Yacht Off Course

University of Texas researchers recently tricked the navigation system of an $80 million yacht and sent the ship off course in an experiment that showed how any...

More Connected Homes, More Problems
From ACM News

More Connected Homes, More Problems

As a growing number of Internet-connected home appliances hit the market, David Bryan and Daniel Crowley worry that digital ne'er-do-wells will get new ways to...

Electric Therapy For Medical-Device Malware
From ACM TechNews

Electric Therapy For Medical-Device Malware

A new system designed to catch malware on medical devices by noting subtle changes in their power consumption is designated WattsUpDoc. 

Touch Screen Ids ­sers via Fingerprints
From ACM News

Touch Screen Ids ­sers via Fingerprints

Tabletop computers have not exactly taken the world by storm, as some predicted they would.

Siri's Creators Demonstrate an Assistant That Takes the Initiative
From ACM News

Siri's Creators Demonstrate an Assistant That Takes the Initiative

In a small, dark, room off a long hallway within a sprawling complex of buildings in Silicon Valley, an array of massive flat-panel displays and video cameras track ...

Quantum Invisibility Cloak Hides Objects from Reality
From ACM News

Quantum Invisibility Cloak Hides Objects from Reality

Invisibility cloaks are all the rage these days.

Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, Without the Glasses
From ACM News

Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, Without the Glasses

For those who find Google Glass indiscreet, electronic contact lenses that outfit the user’s cornea with a display may one day provide an alternative.

Wanted For the Internet of Things: Ant-Size Computers
From ACM News

Wanted For the Internet of Things: Ant-Size Computers

If the Internet is to reach everywhere—from the pills you swallow to the shoes on your feet—then computers will need to get a whole lot smaller.

Marketing to the Big Data Inside ­S
From ACM News

Marketing to the Big Data Inside ­S

Companies market to you according to your shopping habits, your age, your salary, and your social-media activities. In the future, they may be able to advertise...

What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?
From ACM Careers

What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?

Microsoft announced a new version of the Xbox One earlier this week, and with it an improved and essentially reinvented version of Kinect, the company's body- and...
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