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In Belgium, an Encryption Powerhouse Rises
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In Belgium, an Encryption Powerhouse Rises

Belgium's University of Leuven has become a stage where privacy and surveillance advocates are fighting over digital encryption.

Does Encryption Really Help Isis? Here's What You Need to Know
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Does Encryption Really Help Isis? Here's What You Need to Know

There's the war on terrorism, and then there's the war on how to fight the war on terrorism.

Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone
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Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone

In the era of big data, when demand for statistics is higher than ever, a shadow of danger looms over the numbers revolution: People are increasingly refusing to...

Google Says It Reviewed 1.2 Million Web Pages For 'right to Be Forgotten'
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Google Says It Reviewed 1.2 Million Web Pages For 'right to Be Forgotten'

Alphabet Inc.'s Google on Wednesday said it has evaluated more than 1.2 million Web pages for compliance with Europe's "Right to Be Forgotten" ruling, and removed...

Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate
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Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate

White House and congressional staffers have asked Silicon Valley executives for new talks in Washington, D.C., to resolve a standoff over encrypted communication...

U.s. Tech Firms Look To Data Centers on European Soil
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U.s. Tech Firms Look To Data Centers on European Soil

Silicon Valley companies say they’ve been preparing for yesterday's European Court of Justice decision invalidating the U.S.-Europe Safe Harbor agreement on data...

Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do
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Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. are racing to anticipate the needs of their users.

China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet
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China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

China's government aims to redraft the rules of the global Internet so it can regulate the Internet on its own terms. 

Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts
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Moxie Marlinspike: The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts

Dreadlocked programmer has spooked the FBI by creating a tool that police cannot crack.

Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles
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Automakers Tackle the Massive Security Challenges of Connected Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accelerating its efforts to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communications, a step that could help lower the number...

When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?
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When Does a Hack Become an Act of War?

A tremendous number of personnel records—including some quite personal records—have likely been stolen by computer hackers.

Vietnam's Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age
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Vietnam's Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age

To get an idea of how the mobile Web is catapulting millions of people into the digital age by skipping landline connections, have a look at Vietnam.

U.s. Surveillance Backlash Could Cost Tech Companies More Than $35 Billion By 2016
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U.s. Surveillance Backlash Could Cost Tech Companies More Than $35 Billion By 2016

The U.S. government's widespread data surveillance practices are likely to cost U.S. cloud computing and other technology companies more money than originally expected...

New Computer Bug Exposes Broad Security Flaws
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New Computer Bug Exposes Broad Security Flaws

An international team has discovered an Internet bug that enables an attacker to trick a Web browser into believing it is using a regular key rather than the export...

Google's Vint Cerf Warns Against Fragmentation of Internet
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Google's Vint Cerf Warns Against Fragmentation of Internet

Internet pioneer Vinton G. Cerf warned Thursday that political and technological forces threaten universal access and integrity, which he described as the foundation...

In Nato Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia
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In Nato Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia

Somewhere near Iceland, a new NATO member, Berlya is under cyber-attack, most likely launched from its arch-rival Crimsonia, although the Berlyans can’t be completely...

Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?
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Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?

People's distress over the privacy of their communications has never been more acute. Whether the fear is over U.S. surveillance or breaches by hackers of unknown...

Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools
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Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools

Earlier this year, the film Blackhat got high marks for realistic scenes in which hackers and information security specialists work at their computers to hunt down...

Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses
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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses

Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days.

Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World
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Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World

Smartphones are about to get smarter, chip makers say, exploiting technologies that recognize people, objects and sounds to boost security and take helpful actions...
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