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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys
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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys

Researchers at French security company NinjaLab found a vulnerability impacting chips used in Google Titan and YubiKey hardware security keys.

Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks
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Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks

The Defense Digital Service and HackerOne are calling on military and civilian hackers to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the U.S. Army's computer systems...

Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration
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Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration

Software engineer Tillie Kottmann said Nissan North America's misconfiguration of a Bitbucket Git server led to the online leakage of the automaker’s source code...

Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification
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Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification

A newly discovered malware strain collects an infected user's Basic Service Set Identifier, in order to ascertain the location of the user and their Wi-Fi access...

Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology
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Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced that open source software developer David Recordon will serve as the White House Director of Technology.

10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead
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10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead

Software company Burning Glass Technologies projected quantum computing and connected technologies will be among the 10 most "disruptive" information technology...

Digital Transformation Is Lopsided, Even Within the Same Organization
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Digital Transformation Is Lopsided, Even Within the Same Organization

A Harvard Business Review study of organizations found "a growing divide between teams with ready access to automation and AI tools and teams without."

Farmers Get Their Own Security Advice as Cyberattacks Increase
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Farmers Get Their Own Security Advice as Cyberattacks Increase

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center has published guidance for farmers to help guard against cyberattacks.

MIT ML Models Find Gaps in Coverage by Moderna, Pfizer, Other Warp Speed Covid-19 Vaccines
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MIT ML Models Find Gaps in Coverage by Moderna, Pfizer, Other Warp Speed Covid-19 Vaccines

Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and others in Phase III clinical trials may not be as effective in people of Black or Asian genetic ancestry...

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering
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Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering

Each subscriber gets eight or sixteen hours per month of dedicated time with Honeywell scientists to run algorithms on the trapped-ion hardware.

Brazil Launches AI Center
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Brazil Launches AI Center

Brazil's Artificial Intelligence Center officially launched earlier this month.

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers
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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.

4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies
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4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies

Positive Technologies' Sergey Puzankov said that outstanding issues in the Signaling System 7  protocol continue to plague the telecommunications industry as it...

People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped
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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

Researchers surveyed several hundred people to determine whether they view artificial intelligence as an agent or a tool.

Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug
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Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug

Defiant Inc. reports millions of WordPress sites have been attacked by hackers exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the "File Manager" WordPress plugin.

Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most
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Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most

A survey by freelance hiring platform Upwork found that freelance software developers who work with old, relatively unpopular coding languages command the highest...

Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo
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Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Pilotless planes are here, and the FAA is getting onboard for short-distance regional transportation.  

Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide
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Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Researchers have developed a "smart ear" to help prevent fatal collisions involving elephants and trains in India.

Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties
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Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties

Microsoft has awarded $13.7 million to security researchers since July 2019 for reporting bugs in its software, which is triple the $4.4 million from the same period...
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