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Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits
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Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits

Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field.

This AI Software Can Tell If You're at Risk From Cancer Before Symptoms Appear
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This AI Software Can Tell If You're at Risk From Cancer Before Symptoms Appear

Artificial intelligence software developed by researchers at the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Texas can accurately predict breast cancer risk.

Forget Software: Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics
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Forget Software: Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics

Practically every word we use to describe a computer is a metaphor.

The Shadow Brokers Mess Is What Happens When the Nsa Hoards Zero-Days
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The Shadow Brokers Mess Is What Happens When the Nsa Hoards Zero-Days

When the NSA discovers a new method of hacking into a piece of software or hardware, it faces a dilemma.

Ironic Windows Vulnerability Shows Why Backdoors Can't Work
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Ironic Windows Vulnerability Shows Why Backdoors Can't Work

Apple's refusal to comply with a court order to help the FBI crack an iPhone highlighted the pressure tech companies face to include backdoors in their software...

A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens
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A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens

In 2013, when University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia and a team of researchers were preparing to reveal a vulnerability that allowed them todelayed...

Martians Might Be Real. That Makes Mars Exploration Way More Complicated
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Martians Might Be Real. That Makes Mars Exploration Way More Complicated

History will note that the guy who discovered liquid water on Mars was an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, a 20-year-old who played guitar in a death...

Hackers Hijack a Big Rig Truck's Accelerator and Brakes
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Hackers Hijack a Big Rig Truck's Accelerator and Brakes

When cybersecurity researchers showed in recent years that they could hack a Chevy Impala or a Jeep Cherokee to disable the vehicles' brakes or hijack their steering...

America's Electronic Voting Machines Are Scarily Easy Targets
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America's Electronic Voting Machines Are Scarily Easy Targets

This week, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump openly speculated that this election would be "rigged." Last month, Russia decided to take an active role in...

How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There
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How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There

Our machines are littered with security holes, because programmers are human.

Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards
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Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard.

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn If Your Iphone's Radios Are Snitching
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Snowden Designs a Device to Warn If Your Iphone's Radios Are Snitching

When Edward Snowden met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA's secrets, he famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any...

Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win
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Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win

Microsoft pulled the strings. At least, that’s what Google and so many business and tech journalists said when the search giant first faced antitrust complaints...

Clever Tool Shields Your Car From Hacks By Watching Its Internal Clocks
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Clever Tool Shields Your Car From Hacks By Watching Its Internal Clocks

Car-hacking demonstrations tend to get all the glory in the security research community—remotely paralyzing a Jeep on the highway or cutting a Corvette’s brakes...

Artificial Intelligence Is Setting ­p the Internet For a Huge Clash With Europe
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Artificial Intelligence Is Setting ­p the Internet For a Huge Clash With Europe

Neural networks are changing the Internet.

Google Tests New Crypto in Chrome to Fend Off Quantum Attacks
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Google Tests New Crypto in Chrome to Fend Off Quantum Attacks

For anyone who cares about Internet security and encryption, the advent of practical quantum computing looms like the Y2K bug in the 1990s: a countdown to an unpredictable...

Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law
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Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

In the age of big data analytics, the proprietary algorithms web sites use to determine what data to display to visitors have the potential to illegally discriminate...

Clever Attack ­ses the Sound of a Computer's Fan to Steal Data
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Clever Attack ­ses the Sound of a Computer's Fan to Steal Data

In the past two years a group of researchers in Israel has become highly adept at stealing data from air-gapped computers—those machines prized by hackers that,...

China's New Supercomputer Puts the ­S Even Further Behind
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China's New Supercomputer Puts the ­S Even Further Behind

This week, China's Sunway TaihuLight officially became the fastest supercomputer in the world. The previous champ? Also from China.

The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step
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The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step

In the early 1970s, at Silicon Valley's Xerox PARC, Alan Kay envisioned computer software as something akin to a biological system, a vast collection of small cells...
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