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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth
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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth

Live now and enabled by default, Sidewalk keeps other people's devices near your home connected by passing their signals through your Echo and Ring devices.

Internet Outage Hits Major Websites
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Internet Outage Hits Major Websites

Hourlong disruption affected sites including The New York Times, U.K. government portal; cloud-services provider Fastly reports internal problem.

F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department
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F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department

City lawyers' computer network was disabled after the attack, which the police and federal officials believe was the work of hackers.

Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit
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Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit

The problems appear related to Fastly, which runs a content delivery network, and have been largely resolved.

Apple Announces Enhanced Privacy in New iPhone OS
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Apple Announces Enhanced Privacy in New iPhone OS

The next version of iPhone operating software will have improved privacy features, Apple says.

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

The seizure of cryptocurrency paid by Colonial Pipeline to a Russian hacker ring marks a major milestone for the Department of Justice.  

Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices
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Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices

Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics.

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos
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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments must make future requests for home security video from its doorbells and cameras...

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users
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TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok has revised its U.S. privacy policy to say it is permitted it to "collect biometric identifiers and biometric information" from users' content, including...

PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks
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PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks

Shadow Figment technology is designed to contain cyberattacks by luring hackers into artificial environments and feeding them false indicators of success.

White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections
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White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections

A memo issued by the White House offers recommendations for private sector organizations to guard against cyberattacks.

EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life
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EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life

The European Union has announced plans for a post-pandemic smartphone application to enable EU residents to access services across the bloc.

Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered
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Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered

The Twitter Trends platform's algorithm for identifying and alerting Twitter users to popular hashtag-fueled topics is vulnerable to mass-scale manipulation, researchers...

Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet
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Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet

Researchers at Spain's Institute of Photonic Sciences have taken a step toward a secure quantum Internet by using crystals to execute quantum teleportation of information...

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.

Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications
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Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications

CodeShield software can detect and patch security bugs in cloud applications by automatically analyzing vulnerabilities in the program code.

Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says
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Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says

Meat processing plants operated by JBS, which handles a fifth of the cattle and hog slaughter in the U.S., were coming back online on Wednesday but were not all...

The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge
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The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge

Hackers with suspected ties to China penetrated the New York transit agency's computer systems in April, an M.T.A. document shows. Transit officials say the intrusion...

Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw
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Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw

The covert channel bug is harmless, but it demonstrates that even new CPUs have mistakes in them.
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