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IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising
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IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising

IBM's Artificial Intelligence Fairness 360 toolkit has confirmed the existence of bias in digital advertising.

Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden
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Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden

Researchers discovered the Syslogk Linux rootkit delivers a backdoor trojan hides on a targeted machine until triggered.

Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch
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Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch

A study of 164 government-endorsed education technology products found 146 endangered children's privacy by collecting and selling their data to ad tech companies...

Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited
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Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited

Researchers found that a bug in Zyxel firewalls that could enable unauthenticated remote attackers to execute code.

Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software
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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Researchers at cybersecurity software company SentinelOne reported two high-severity bugs in Avast and AVG antivirus products that have gone undetected for a decade...

Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield
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Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield

A programmer behind the popular open-source npm program node-ipc poisoned it with malware that erased the hard drives of computers located in Russia or Belarus....

Brazilian Academics Create Automated Fake News Detection Platform
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Brazilian Academics Create Automated Fake News Detection Platform

A team of researchers has developed a Web platform that can automatically detect fake online news.

More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities
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More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities

The 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report estimates 53% of medical devices in hospitals connected to the Internet of Things have critical flaws.

Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets
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Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets

There's been growth in cheap, easy-to-use malware available to hackers who want to steal cryptocurrency from users.

Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip
From ACM TechNews

Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip

National University of Singapore engineers have constructed a robotic hand that can grasp various objects using three-dimensionally-printed fingers.

Developers: Intel's Automated Debugging Tool ControlFlag Now Open Source
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Developers: Intel's Automated Debugging Tool ControlFlag Now Open Source

ControlFlag can automatically detect anomalies in software code - and it could spare developers hours of tedious work.

Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels
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Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels

Singapore and Finland have agreed to recognize each other's cybersecurity labels for Internet of Things devices.

Google to Pay Developers to Make Open Source Projects More Secure
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Google to Pay Developers to Make Open Source Projects More Secure

Google is investing $1 million in the Linux Foundation's Secure Open Source pilot program to make open source projects more secure.

AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger
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AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger

Amazon Web Services' Mario Berta combined the capabilities of two quantum computers in order to generate truly random numbers to strengthen cryptographic keys. ...

Cyberattackers Now Quietly Selling Off Their Victim's Internet Bandwidth
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Cyberattackers Now Quietly Selling Off Their Victim's Internet Bandwidth

Hackers and malware developers are now targeting victims' Internet connections to produce illicit income clandestinely via proxyware infections, according to researchers...

Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities
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Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Nozomi Networks Labs have identified five vulnerabilities in Mitsubishi's safety programmable logic controllers, centered on the...

Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux

Microsoft security researchers are warning customers about the LemonDuck crypto-mining malware that attacks Windows and Linux systems.

$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.

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.

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.
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