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Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say
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Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say

Federal investigators say there is evidence the suspected Russian hack of U.S. government and businesses went beyond compromising SolarWinds' software.

Google Pursues Plan to Remove Third-Party Cookies
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Google Pursues Plan to Remove Third-Party Cookies

Google is moving ahead with a plan to strip third-party cookies from its Chrome Web browser and replace them with privacy-friendly alternatives.

Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines
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Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines

Six quantum computing experts are raising ethical issues about the technology's potential to create new weapons and ramp up human genetic manipulation.

Apple, Google to Stop X-Mode From Collecting Location Data From Users' Phones
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Apple, Google to Stop X-Mode From Collecting Location Data From Users' Phones

Apple and Google said they will bar data broker X-Mode Social from culling location information from mobile devices running their operating systems.

Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General
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Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General

Claims target social-media giant's past acquisitions, tactics against competitors.

In Battle Against Hackers, Companies Try to Deceive the Deceivers
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In Battle Against Hackers, Companies Try to Deceive the Deceivers

Companies are attempting to trap hackers by enticing them with deception technology.

Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks
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Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks

Schools struggling to stay open during the Covid-19 pandemic are being targeted by ransomware, as hackers threaten to post sensitive student information online....

How to Make AI Less Biased
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How to Make AI Less Biased

Academic researchers and the technology industry are working to eliminate bias from artificial intelligence systems.

'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results
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'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results

U.S. election officials used voting machines and other devices linked to the "sneakernet" to process results from Tuesday's elections.

Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid
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Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid

A computer hacker publicly released election-related files from Hall County, GA, after county officials failed to pay a ransom.

Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks
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Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks

Researchers at Visa Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are developing new processes to try to thwart eventual quantum computing cyberattacks.

The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet
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The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet

Hundreds of the world's leading cryptographers are competing to develop encryption standards to protect online data against classical and quantum-computing cyberattacks...

Can Businesses Keep Up With Cyber Threats?
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Can Businesses Keep Up With Cyber Threats?

Market research firm Gartner forecasts cybersecurity spending by companies and governments will grow 9% annually from 2021 to 2024.

Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data
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Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data

U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russel George said he will review Internal Revenue Service use of software that enables warrantless surveillance...

Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom
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Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom

A hacker who locked computer servers in Las Vegas' Clark County School District with ransomware released documents with stolen private data after officials refused...

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

The deep-learning application makes more accurate decisions on behalf of banks experiencing network disruptions, Visa says.

NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat
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NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat

The U.S. National Security Agency has released new guidance for military and intelligence community staff, warning of threats to national security from cellphone...

Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech
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Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech

Surveillance technology deployed in schools to prevent or contain coronavirus infection raises issues about its effectiveness, as well as its post-pandemic applications...

Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked
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Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti worries the U.S. voting system is rife with unpatched vulnerabilities that leave it susceptible to election rigging.
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