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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


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.

How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity
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How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity

All individuals transacting in Bitcoin are within six degrees or fewer of separation from a core group, say researchers.

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...

Highest Paying Jobs with a Computer Science Degree
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Highest Paying Jobs with a Computer Science Degree

Computer science is a broad and rewarding field. Find out the computer science degree salary you can expect depending on your chosen career path.

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....

How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed
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How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed

Researchers have designed a new version of the Mini Cheetah robot that can achieve high running speeds more efficiently than its predecessors.

UC Berkeley Robot Navigation Could Chart New Course for Self-Driving Systems
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UC Berkeley Robot Navigation Could Chart New Course for Self-Driving Systems

An approach that uses hours of video and elements of reinforcement learning can guide a robot vehicle almost two miles without a full map of the surroundings.

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.

Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations
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Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations

Miso Robotics' Flippy 2 robot fry cook is being deployed in 100 White Castle fast food restaurants.

 IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy
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IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy

IonQ and DoE are trying to create a stable, domestic pipeline for sourcing the barium qubits used in quantum processors built by IonQ.

Intel Invests in Open-Source RISC-V Processors, Creates Billion-Dollar Fund
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Intel Invests in Open-Source RISC-V Processors, Creates Billion-Dollar Fund

Intel and RISC-V working together is a game-changer, and today is the day that RISC-V becomes a chip power.

Software Is Crammed Full of Bugs. This 'Exciting' Project Could Banish Most of Them
From ACM TechNews

Software Is Crammed Full of Bugs. This 'Exciting' Project Could Banish Most of Them

Chip designer Arm has released a prototype development board based on the Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions (CHERI) architecture.

Tech Salaries Just Hit Record Highs. So Why Do IT Staff Still Feel Underpaid?
From ACM TechNews

Tech Salaries Just Hit Record Highs. So Why Do IT Staff Still Feel Underpaid?

According to the latest Dice Tech Salary Report, the average salary for U.S. technologists reached a record high of $104,566 in 2021.

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.

Researchers Develop Method Embedding Atoms One-by-One to Build Quantum Chip
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Researchers Develop Method Embedding Atoms One-by-One to Build Quantum Chip

A new silicon construction technique developed by German and Australian researchers could potentially make building quantum computers more affordable and reliable...

Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need
From ACM TechNews

Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need

Hiring managers expect finding qualified developers will be the biggest recruitment challenge of 2022, according to a survey of 14,000 developers and technology...

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.
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