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How Russian Spies Infiltrated Hotel Wi-Fi to Hack Victims ­p Close
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How Russian Spies Infiltrated Hotel Wi-Fi to Hack Victims ­p Close

For years, the Kremlin's increasingly aggressive hackers have reached across the globe to hit targets with everything from simple phishing schemes to worms built...

Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking
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Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking

When apps want to access data from your smartphone's motion or light sensors, they often make that capability clear.

Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology
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Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology

After three bitter years and tens of millions of dollars in legal fees, the epic battle over who owns one of the most common methods for editing the DNA in any...

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation
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How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

At a certain point, you think you have a good grasp of what to expect from weather graphics. A color-coded map, a five-day forecast with a sassy cloud.

A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen
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A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen

You probably assume that someone can only see what's on your computer screen by looking at it.

How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts
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How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts

When the cybersecurity industry warns about the nightmare of hackers causing blackouts, the scenario they describe typically entails an elite team of hackers ...

This Bomb-Simulating ­S Supercomputer Broke a World Record
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This Bomb-Simulating ­S Supercomputer Broke a World Record

Brad Settlemyer had a supercomputing solution in search of a problem.

The Big Problem with Big Data? Without Theory, It's Just Garbage
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The Big Problem with Big Data? Without Theory, It's Just Garbage

"The idea that big data will enable more control of behavior may be a lot of hype."

Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News
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Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

When we met in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend.

The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban
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The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban

Seven weeks after Iran's conservative-led judiciary banned the secure communications app Telegram inside the country, Iranians are still reeling from the change...

Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI
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Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI

One day last summer, Microsoft's director of artificial intelligence research, Eric Horvitz, activated the Autopilot function of his Tesla sedan.

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

Cracking the Crypto War
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Cracking the Crypto War

On December 2, 2015, a man named Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on employees of the Department of Public Health in San Bernardino,...

Most Links to Popular Sites on Twitter Come From Bots
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Most Links to Popular Sites on Twitter Come From Bots

Sixty-six percent of links to popular sites shared on Twitter stem from automated accounts, including legitimate accounts from organizations that schedule tweets...

A 200-Year-Old Idea Offers a New Way to Trace Stolen Bitcoins
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A 200-Year-Old Idea Offers a New Way to Trace Stolen Bitcoins

Researchers are using an 1816 legal precedent to track down stolen bitcoins.

The Next NSA Chief Is More ­sed to Cyberwar Than Spy Games
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The Next NSA Chief Is More ­sed to Cyberwar Than Spy Games

After sailing through two friendly Senate hearings—one so uncontroversial that only six senators tops bothered to even show up at any given point in the hour—Lieutenant...

Emmanuel Macron Talks About France's AI Strategy
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Emmanuel Macron Talks About France's AI Strategy

The French government will spend €1.5 billion ($1.85 billion) over five years to support research in artificial intelligence, encourage startups, and collect data...

Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers
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Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers

Last week, when news broke (again) that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused 50 million Facebook users' data, it immediately raised a difficult question: When...

Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More
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Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More

Consumers have long wondered just what Google and Facebook know about them, and who else can access their personal data. But internet giants have little incentive...

The Decentralized Internet Is Here, With Some Glitches
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The Decentralized Internet Is Here, With Some Glitches

I usually write in Google's online word processor Google Docs, even when noting the company's shortcomings.
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