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$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs
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$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs

Researchers at Check Point Research said the Windows-based malware variant known as Formbook has been upgraded to infiltrate Mac computers.

Quantum Computing's Next Big Challenge: A Quantum Skills Shortage
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Quantum Computing's Next Big Challenge: A Quantum Skills Shortage

Increasing qubit counts and improving error correction is hard enough. But quantum computing companies are finding one of the biggest challenges might be to find...

Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System
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Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System

SentinelOne analysts were able to recreate the July 9 attack and identify the threat actor behind it.

Top Programming Language for Data Science: Python Still Rules, Followed by SQL
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Top Programming Language for Data Science: Python Still Rules, Followed by SQL

While data scientists might be creating clever data visualizations, many decision makers still don't understand stories told through data.

Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw
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Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw

Microsoft offers a workaround to a bug that could give attackers the ability to copy an organization's password hashes for offline cracking.

Tech Workers Are Preparing to Quit. Persuading Them to Stay Won't Be Easy
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Tech Workers Are Preparing to Quit. Persuading Them to Stay Won't Be Easy

A survey of 1,000 technology workers and 500 IT decision makers found that only 29% of employees surveyed plan to remain at their current jobs for the next 12 months...

Data Security Rules Instituted for U.S. Payment Processing System
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Data Security Rules Instituted for U.S. Payment Processing System

New data security rules governing the payment system that facilitates direct deposits and direct payments for nearly all U.S. bank and credit union accounts are...

IBM Researchers Demonstrate the Advantage Quantum Computers Have Over Classical Computers
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IBM Researchers Demonstrate the Advantage Quantum Computers Have Over Classical Computers

Scientists at IBM have proved quantum computing's superiority to classical computing in miniature, via a microscopic experiment with limited available memory.

Mozilla Partners with Princeton Researchers for Privacy-Focused Data Sharing Platform on Firefox
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Mozilla Partners with Princeton Researchers for Privacy-Focused Data Sharing Platform on Firefox

The Mozilla Web browser's newly-launched Rally data sharing platform is designed to strengthen users' data privacy.

A New Supercomputer Has Joined the Top Five
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A New Supercomputer Has Joined the Top Five

The Perlmutter supercomputer is the newest addition to the top 10 of the Top500 listing of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners
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Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners

The Linux Foundation and partners Target, Microsoft, Veritone, Schwarz Gruppe, Wegmans Food Markets, and Deutsche Telekom, created the Open Voice Network.

IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey
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IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey

In a JumpCloud survey of IT decision-makers at small and medium-sized enterprises, 56% think their organizations are spending too much to enable remote work.

Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity
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Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity

It might be making the ransomware crisis worse, say researchers.

Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report
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Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report

The average time to correct critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities grew from 197 days to 205 days between April and May 2021, according to WhiteHat Security. 

Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer
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Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has unveiled the largest supercomputer in Latin America, with 200 terabytes of RAM and a 100Gbps network.

Most Firms Face 2nd Ransomware Attack after Paying Off 1st
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Most Firms Face 2nd Ransomware Attack after Paying Off 1st

Some 80% of businesses that pay to regain access to encrypted systems experience a subsequent ransomware attack.

The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components
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The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components

Industry analysts believe that the global chip shortage is creating the perfect environment for counterfeit semiconductors to enter the market.

This Is How Attackers Bypass Microsoft's AMSI Anti-Malware Scanning Protection
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This Is How Attackers Bypass Microsoft's AMSI Anti-Malware Scanning Protection

Researchers outline common tactics for circumventing the security software.

An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?
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An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?

Critics grapple with Biden's Cybersecurity Safety Review Board plan.

Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data
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Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data

Microsoft has issued a warning over RevengeRAT, a remote access tool that has been used to target aerospace and travel industries with spear-phishing campaigns....
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