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The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors
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The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors

Health-care chatbots have been used for years, but they exploded in popularity over the past year as the system became overwhelmed with covid-related questions...

TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies
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TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive imposes new rules requiring pipeline operators to strengthen their cyberdefenses.

U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks
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U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks

This is the first time Washington and other U.S. allies have assigned blame for the Microsoft Exchange hack, which compromised more than 100,000 servers worldwide...

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Facebook and Google have engineered artificial intelligence systems capable of understanding dozens of languages through the efforts of scientists like Alexis Conneau...

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack
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Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses.

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Alexis Conneau's work has helped Facebook and Google build artificial intelligence systems that can understand dozens of languages with startling accuracy.

Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet
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Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet

The Internet giant is throwing tracking cookies in the dustbin, prompting big questions about privacy, competition, and advertising.

No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs
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No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs

Faced with no semiconductor chips for their ordering machines, restaurants pivot away from human servers and toward contact-less ordering.

Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows
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Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows

A four-year study by Dartmouth College researchers uncovered higher rates of anxiety and depression among college students since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

U.S. officials say more than $2 million in cryptocurrency payments to the hackers who held Colonial Pipeline hostage in May has been recovered.

Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit
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Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit

The problems appear related to Fastly, which runs a content delivery network, and have been largely resolved.

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

The seizure of cryptocurrency paid by Colonial Pipeline to a Russian hacker ring marks a major milestone for the Department of Justice.  

Hackers hit JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, in ransomware attack
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Hackers hit JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, in ransomware attack

The breach is the latest targeting a crucial supply chain, and comes three weeks after the Colonial Pipeline hack disrupted fuel operations in the U.S.

The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game
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The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game

The U.S. Army is training on a new night-vision system that generates a videogame-like view of a scene.

Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

DOD Isn't Armed to Combat Growing Threat of Info Warfare, Experts Warn
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DOD Isn't Armed to Combat Growing Threat of Info Warfare, Experts Warn

Experts will say in today's Congressional testimony that the U.S. can learn from how cyberthreats have evolved in addressing growing online information operations...

Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.
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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services
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The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services

Even as federal officials and Microsoft race to contain a recebt breach, stakeholders need to make certain they are no longer compromised, to prevent follow-up...

Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown
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Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown

The deal came after intense negotiations and backlash.
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