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Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers
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Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers

Researchers discovered that code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has been used to support Chinese hacking operations.

AI vs. AI: The Race to Generate, Share, and Detect Deepfakes
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AI vs. AI: The Race to Generate, Share, and Detect Deepfakes

Fakers and researchers alike are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to produce and identify manipulated digital content.

SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data
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SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data

Major technology companies are debating the safest data storage measures for customers following the SolarWinds hack.

Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes
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Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes

A submarine fiber-optic cable owned by Google was used by researchers to detect earthquakes and ocean waves generated by storms.

'Farms Are Going to Need Different Kinds of Robots'
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'Farms Are Going to Need Different Kinds of Robots'

Farmers worldwide are using new precision-farming technologies to address agricultural issues.

Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin
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Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin

The nonprofit MAUI63 organization hopes to preserve New Zealand's endangered Maui dolphin with an aerial drone.

Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds
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Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds

An analysis by PiiQ Media found that bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop and other meme stocks.

Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns
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Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns

The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog for deployment in dangerous situations, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.

How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

Prototype of Intelligent Underground Robotic System for Urban Environments Developed
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Prototype of Intelligent Underground Robotic System for Urban Environments Developed

An international research team has developed a robot that can intelligently navigate underground in urban environments.

Security Flaw Detected for 2nd Time in Credit Cards
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Security Flaw Detected for 2nd Time in Credit Cards

Researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich have uncovered a method for bypassing security measures to use certain credit and debit cards without a PIN code.

Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden addressed a global chip shortage with an executive order that aims to strengthen supply chains.

Heavy Rain Affects Object Detection by Autonomous Vehicle LiDAR Sensors
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Heavy Rain Affects Object Detection by Autonomous Vehicle LiDAR Sensors

Researchers have found that the LiDAR sensors in autonomous vehicles are less effective in detecting objects at a distance during periods of heavy rain.

Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?
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Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?

The giant chipmaker's new boss has his work cut out.

Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language
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Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language

Software engineer Pablo Galindo discusses the challenges of enabling a programming language to grow and evolve without sacrificing backward compatibility.

France Ties Russia's Sandworm to Multiyear Hacking Spree
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France Ties Russia's Sandworm to Multiyear Hacking Spree

The French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems said attackers associated with Russian military hackers have been compromising French targets...

Flexible Terahertz Camera Can Inspect Objects With Diverse Shapes
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Flexible Terahertz Camera Can Inspect Objects With Diverse Shapes

A flexible, free-standing terahertz (THz) camera patch can film irregularly shaped objects more easily than traditional bulky and rigid THz cameras.

Mining Traffic Data for Insights About the Pandemic
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Mining Traffic Data for Insights About the Pandemic

TomTom's 2020 analysis of the world's traffic shows how the coronavirus spread across the globe.

This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers
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This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers

The U.K. Cyber Security Council aims to serve as a "one-stop shop" for people seeking careers in information security.

Is MFA Needed to Improve Security?
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Is MFA Needed to Improve Security?

Considering the outlook for multi-factor authentication applications.
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