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Intel's Cryogenic Chip Shows It Can Control Qubits Even in a Deep Freeze
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Intel's Cryogenic Chip Shows It Can Control Qubits Even in a Deep Freeze

Intel's researchers have proven that Horse Ridge could be used to control qubits directly next to the quantum processor.

Colonial Pipeline Paid Nearly $5 million in Ransomware Blackmail Payment
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Colonial Pipeline Paid Nearly $5 million in Ransomware Blackmail Payment

The payment was reportedly made soon after the attack began. It wasn't enough to stop the disruption.

This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?
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This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?

One 'boring but really important' change could improve your security posture significantly. But not everyone does it.

Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers
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Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers

Millions of U.K. households use old broadband routers that hackers could exploit.

This Massive DDoS Attack Took Large Sections of a Country's Internet Offline
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This Massive DDoS Attack Took Large Sections of a Country's Internet Offline

More than 200 organizations across Belgium, including the government and parliament, were affected by a DDoS attack that overwhelmed them with bad traffic.

Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology
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Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology

A Microsoft security research unit discovered a number of poor memory allocation operations in code used in Internet of Things and operational technology.

Emotet Botnet Harvested 4.3 Million eMail Addresses; FBI Using 'Have I Been Pwned' to Alert the Victims
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Emotet Botnet Harvested 4.3 Million eMail Addresses; FBI Using 'Have I Been Pwned' to Alert the Victims

The law enforcement agency is working with the data breach service to alert people that their information may have been harvested by the botnet.

Brazilian Government Launches Toolkit to Support Data Protection Compliance
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Brazilian Government Launches Toolkit to Support Data Protection Compliance

Brazil's Digital Government Secretariat has rolled out a toolkit to facilitate central government agencies' compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation...

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer
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AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer

Amazon's cloud subsidiary has unveiled a new architecture for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet
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First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet

Researchers in the Netherlands have established an entanglement-based network between three quantum processors for the first time.

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace
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Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace

The results of a recent survey indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.

These New Vulnerabilities put Millions of IoT Devices at Risk, so Patch Now
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These New Vulnerabilities put Millions of IoT Devices at Risk, so Patch Now

Detailed by researchers at Forescout, the Name:Wreck vulnerabilities could allow attackers to control devices and remotely execute code, act as a gateway to the...

IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab
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IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab

IBM has agreed to deploy a quantum computer at a new research center for researching viral pathogens, virus-induced diseases, genomics, immunology, and immunotherapies...

This Old Programming Language is Suddenly Getting More Popular Again
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This Old Programming Language is Suddenly Getting More Popular Again

Apple's Objective-C finally exits the top 20 list of popular programming languages tracked by Tiobe, but a 'dinosaur' language has had an unexpected boost.

Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art
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Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art

South Australian researchers at Flinders University are analyzing the evolution of rock art via machine learning.

Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough
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Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough

Businesses are too busy patching to worry about firmware attacks, according to a Microsoft-commissioned study.  

Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber
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Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber

New defense plans for the next decade come with a strong focus on new technologies, pitching leaner but more effective armed forces.

This Powerful Supercomputer Was Built in Just 20 Weeks, With a Bit of Help From a Tiny Robot
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This Powerful Supercomputer Was Built in Just 20 Weeks, With a Bit of Help From a Tiny Robot

The Cambridge-1 supercomputer has entered its first stages of operation just 20 weeks after it was first announced.

Technology Will Create Millions of Jobs. The Problem Will Be to Find Workers to Fill Them
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Technology Will Create Millions of Jobs. The Problem Will Be to Find Workers to Fill Them

A new economic analysis indicates that new technologies will create tens of millions of jobs by 2030, but are unlikely to offset job losses from automation.

High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed
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High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed

Positive Technologies' Alexander Popov detected five high-severity security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel's virtual socket implementation.
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