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How to Sabotage Encryption Software (and Not Get Caught)
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How to Sabotage Encryption Software (and Not Get Caught)

In the field of cryptography, a secretly planted "backdoor" that allows eavesdropping on communications is usually a subject of paranoia and dread.

Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project For Developing Cyber Attacks
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Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project For Developing Cyber Attacks

"What we really need is a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity." It's a sentiment that swells up every few years in the wake of some huge computer intrusion—most...

Spies Can Track You Just By Watching Your Phone's Power ­se
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Spies Can Track You Just By Watching Your Phone's Power ­se

A new paper from a team of researchers found it is possible to determine an Android phone's location and movement by monitoring and analyzing its power consumption...

Spies Can Track You Just By Watching Your Phone's Power ­se
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Spies Can Track You Just By Watching Your Phone's Power ­se

Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal...

The Hot Yet Little-Known Trend That'll Supercharge AI
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The Hot Yet Little-Known Trend That'll Supercharge AI

When Andrew Ng trained Google's army of computers to identify cat videos using artificial intelligence, he hit a few snags.

A Crypto Trick That Makes Software Nearly Impossible to Reverse-Engineer
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A Crypto Trick That Makes Software Nearly Impossible to Reverse-Engineer

Software reverse engineering, the art of pulling programs apart to figure out how they work, is what makes it possible for sophisticated hackers to scour code for...

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web
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DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

Memex is a search engine under development that is being designed to access the Dark Web to help law enforcement track illegal activity. 

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web
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DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

A new search engine being developed by Darpa aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement...

Nsa Acknowledges What We All Feared: Iran Learns From Us Cyberattacks
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Nsa Acknowledges What We All Feared: Iran Learns From Us Cyberattacks

After the Stuxnet digital weapon was discovered on machines in Iran in 2010, many security researchers warned that US adversaries would learn from this and other...

AI Won't End the World, But It Might Take Your Job
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AI Won't End the World, But It Might Take Your Job

There's been a lot of fear about the future of artificial intelligence.

In the Future, Your Touchscreens Will Touch You Back
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In the Future, Your Touchscreens Will Touch You Back

You comfort your grieving friend online over chat, but you can't reach out and touch their shoulder.

How the Home Telephone Sparked the ­ser-Centered Design Revolution
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How the Home Telephone Sparked the ­ser-Centered Design Revolution

Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door's height, instead of right in the middle? Or why a washing machine is...

Hands-On With Microsoft's ­nbelievable New Holographic Goggles
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Hands-On With Microsoft's ­nbelievable New Holographic Goggles

It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.

Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision For Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations
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Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision For Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations

A new patent application titled Planar Waveguide Apparatus with Diffraction Element(s) and System Employing Same sounds like a scientific snoozefest, but just also...

Why the Silk Road Trial Matters
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Why the Silk Road Trial Matters

Ross Ulbricht is finally getting his day in court, 15 months after plainclothes FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library...

The Leap Second Is About to Rattle the Internet. But There's a Plot to Kill It
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The Leap Second Is About to Rattle the Internet. But There's a Plot to Kill It

The Qantas Airways computers started crashing just after midnight.

A Cyberattack Has Caused Confirmed Physical Damage For the Second Time Ever
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A Cyberattack Has Caused Confirmed Physical Damage For the Second Time Ever

Amid all the noise the Sony hack generated over the holidays, a far more troubling cyber attack was largely lost in the chaos. Unless you follow security news closely...

Simple Pictures That State-of-the-Art AI Still Can't Recognize
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Simple Pictures That State-of-the-Art AI Still Can't Recognize

Look at these black and yellow bars and tell me what you see.

The Space Missions and Events We're Most Looking Forward to in 2015
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The Space Missions and Events We're Most Looking Forward to in 2015

This year will be another exciting one for space exploration.

Our Brains Are Being 'continuously Reshaped' By Smartphone ­se
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Our Brains Are Being 'continuously Reshaped' By Smartphone ­se

Extensive use of smartphone touchscreens is changing the sensory relationship between our brains and our thumbs, a study published in Current Biology has revealed...
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