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Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks
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Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks

Smart office buildings in the U.S. raise concerns about privacy and cybersecurity.

FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says
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FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says

Searches in national-security investigations came without warrants, could stoke privacy concerns in Congress.

Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data
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Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data

Santiago Garces will start as CIO of the New England city in May, following top roles in open-data efforts in South Bend and Pittsburgh.

Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups
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Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups

Hundreds of small drones from U.S. startups are searching for survivors and Russian hideouts in Ukraine, after Ukrainian government officials cited Chinese drones...

Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent
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Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

With demand exceeding the available workforce, more cybersecurity and risk executives are seeking candidates without degrees or traditional technology backgrounds...

U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack
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U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack

Lazarus Group allegedly has stolen nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency since 2017.

Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha
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Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha

Authorities in Ukraine have deployed technology as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged war crimes by Russian forces in the town of Bucha.

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Google has pulled dozens of applications from its Google Play store amid researchers' findings that they contain software that secretly harvests data.

Ukraine Thwarts Cyberattack on Electric Grid, Officials Say
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Ukraine Thwarts Cyberattack on Electric Grid, Officials Say

The attack, which was set for last Friday, used software similar to the 'industroyer' code used in a 2016 hack of Kyiv's grid, experts noted.

Hackers Target Bridges Between Blockchains for Crypto Heists
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Hackers Target Bridges Between Blockchains for Crypto Heists

Hackers pulled off a $540-million cryptocurrency heist by exploiting Ronin Network software that lets players of the online game "Axie Infinity" transfer digital...

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Code placed in consumer-facing apps is tied to U.S. national-security contractors, documents show.

Tech Giants to Be Forced to Share More Data Under EU Proposal
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Tech Giants to Be Forced to Share More Data Under EU Proposal

Groups say rules unfairly target the biggest firms and could push companies to store more data in Europe.

Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say
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Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say

The lawmakers called for the immediate declassification of details about the surveillance program and what data was collected.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets
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Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets

Diem Association is selling its technology to crypto-focused bank Silvergate Capital for $200 million.

The 'Most Serious' Security Breach Ever is Unfolding Right Now. Here's What You Need to Know
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The 'Most Serious' Security Breach Ever is Unfolding Right Now. Here's What You Need to Know

Much of the Internet, from Amazon's cloud to connected TVs, is riddled with the log4j vulnerability, and has been for years.

Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug
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Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug

Companies and governments scrambled this past weekend to patch a major bug in a piece of popular Internet software that security experts warned could grant hackers...

Amazon Fined $1.3 Billion in Italian Antitrust Case
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Amazon Fined $1.3 Billion in Italian Antitrust Case

Fine comes amid a similar investigation being carried out by EU authorities.

Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies
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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies

U.S., rivals seek ways to adapt spycraft to a changing world; being on the grid can blow your cover, but so can staying off

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws
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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication
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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.
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