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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo
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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo isn't as private as you think, facing criticism over its tracking agreement with Microsoft.

The Hacker Gold Rush That's Poised to Eclipse Ransomware
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The Hacker Gold Rush That's Poised to Eclipse Ransomware

As governments crack down on ransomware, cybercriminals may soon shift to business email compromise—already the world's most profitable type of scam.

Companies Are Hacking Their Way Around the Chip Shortage
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Companies Are Hacking Their Way Around the Chip Shortage

The supply chain issues have no end in sight, so manufacturers are being forced to improvise.

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences
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Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.

Ukraine's Digital Battle With Russia Isn't Going as Expected
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Ukraine's Digital Battle With Russia Isn't Going as Expected

Even the head of the country's online offensive is surprised by the successes—although they're not without controversy.

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale
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Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

Many cybercriminals and ransomware groups have links to Russia and don't target the nation. Now, it's being opened up.

Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve
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Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve

Ukraine claims to have doxed Russian troops and spies, while hacktivists are regularly leaking private information from Russian organizations.

The Senate Bill That Has Big Tech Scared
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The Senate Bill That Has Big Tech Scared

The proposal would stop the biggest platforms from giving themselves an advantage over the little guys. Who's afraid of a little competition?

Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System
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Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System

Lawmakers advance proposals to let police forces across the EU link their photo databases—which include millions of pictures of people's faces.

Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream
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Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream

For years, the country has been trying to create its own sovereign Internet—a goal given new impetus by the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine.

Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine
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Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine

The biggest hack since Russia's war began knocked thousands of people offline. The spillover extends deep into Europe.

Europe's Digital Markets Act Takes a Hammer to Big Tech
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Europe's Digital Markets Act Takes a Hammer to Big Tech

The EU targets tech giants' walled gardens with aggressive new rules, but the smaller companies the DMA is meant to help are skeptical it will work.

The Workaday Life of the World's Most Dangerous Ransomware Gang
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The Workaday Life of the World's Most Dangerous Ransomware Gang

A Ukrainian researcher leaked 60,000 messages from inside Conti. Here's what they reveal.

Leaked Ransomware Docs Show Conti Helping Putin From the Shadows
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Leaked Ransomware Docs Show Conti Helping Putin From the Shadows

Members of the hacker gang may act in Russia's interest, but their links to the FSB and Cozy Bear hackers appear ad hoc.

How Wrongful Arrests Based on AI Derailed 3 Men's Lives
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How Wrongful Arrests Based on AI Derailed 3 Men's Lives

Robert Williams, Michael Oliver, and Nijeer Parks were misidentified by facial recognition software. The impact cast a long shadow.

The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests
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The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests

The technology is spreading fast among police, and often wrong. But people charged with crimes are rarely told an algorithm came into play.

War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question
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War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question

War in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia have made cryptocurrency a hot potato for international politics.

Hackers Find a New Way to Deliver Devastating DDoS Attacks
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Hackers Find a New Way to Deliver Devastating DDoS Attacks

Cybercriminals are exploiting a fleet of more than 100,000 misconfigured servers to knock websites offline.

Biden Puts Big Tech's Favorite Business Model on Notice
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Biden Puts Big Tech's Favorite Business Model on Notice

The regulation of surveillance advertising used to be a fringe idea. Now it's in the State of the Union address, at least when it comes to kids.

Russia's War in Ukraine Could Spur Another Global Chip Shortage
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Russia's War in Ukraine Could Spur Another Global Chip Shortage

Ukraine is home to half of the world's neon gas, which is critical for manufacturing semiconductor chips.
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