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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


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.

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.

Google's New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras
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Google's New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras

The company's ATAP research team is using radar to help computers respond to your movements, like turning off a TV if it senses you've dozed off.

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.

The Quiet Way Advertisers Are Tracking Your Browsing
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The Quiet Way Advertisers Are Tracking Your Browsing

Cookies are on the way out—but not enough is being done about browser fingerprinting. So what is it?

Is Firefox Okay?
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Is Firefox Okay?

Mozilla's privacy-heavy browser is flatlining. What it does next is crucial for the future of the web.

DeepMind Has Trained an AI to Control Nuclear Fusion
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DeepMind Has Trained an AI to Control Nuclear Fusion

The Google-backed firm taught a reinforcement learning algorithm to control the fiery plasma inside a tokamak nuclear fusion reactor.

Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ
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Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ

Researchers say their GT Sophy is the first artificial intelligence able to beat professional esports players in the motorsport game Gran Turismo.

Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info
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Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info

The attackers exploited a known vulnerability and installed credit card skimmers on more than 500 websites.

Safari Flaws Exposed Webcams, Online Accounts, More
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Safari Flaws Exposed Webcams, Online Accounts, More

Apple awarded a $100,500 bug bounty to the researcher who discovered the latest major vulnerability in its browser.

The Future of Robot Nannies
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The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them.

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down
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Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

Many solar and wind projects face a problem: getting the energy from where it's made to where it's needed. 

Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon
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Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon

Even Amazon's new AI-powered machines aren't nearly capable enough to handle the most important fulfillment tasks.

Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech
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This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech

The National Security Commission on AI included members from Oracle, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Some of its recommendations are already federal law.

How to Fix Facebook, According to Facebook Employees
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How to Fix Facebook, According to Facebook Employees

Internal research documents provide a blueprint for solving the company's biggest problems.

A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook
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A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook

Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel's ontological proof, and a mascot's moment of weakness.

AI's Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag
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AI's Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag

As language models get more complex, they also get more expensive to create and run. Some companies are locked out.

Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt
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Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt

Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes, but it's hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans.
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