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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.


Facebook Takes on Superspreaders
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Facebook Takes on Superspreaders

Internet companies are making it harder for those with big followings to spread misinformation. Finally!

Changing How Data is Used
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Changing How Data is Used

Federated AI Learning promises to reshape data security, privacy.

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches
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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline...

As Chips Shrink, Rowhammer Attacks Get Harder to Stop
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As Chips Shrink, Rowhammer Attacks Get Harder to Stop

A full fix for the "Half-Double" technique will require rethinking how memory semiconductors are designed.

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success
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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

Russian Hackers Launch Major Cyberattack Through U.S. Aid Agency's Email System, Microsoft Says
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Russian Hackers Launch Major Cyberattack Through U.S. Aid Agency's Email System, Microsoft Says

Microsoft said the hacking group known as Nobelium targeted over 150 organizations worldwide in the last week.

Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns
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Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns

Clearview AI has been marketing facial recognition software to law enforcement around the country. In Minnesota, some agencies are finding out the technology doesn't...

WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules
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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules

Facebook's WhatsApp mobile-messaging service sued India's government to block new regulations that would force the company to enable outside parties to trace people's...

Malware Caught Using macOS Zero-Day to Secretly Take Screenshots
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Malware Caught Using macOS Zero-Day to Secretly Take Screenshots

Researchers found XCSSET malware has been exploiting a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability to bypass macOS security defenses and take screenshots without the...

EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit
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EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit

The EU has released plans to strengthen its three-year-old voluntary code of practice on online disinformation.

Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems
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Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems

The release comes a week after the health system's information services were shut down by hackers.

GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules
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GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules

However, the decision to operate such scheme did not itself breach the European convention on human rights, it says

Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action
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Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

With consumer drone use surging in U.S. airspace above critical sites like airports, federal agencies are acting to address potential safety and security issues...

Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls
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Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls

A security researcher found 12 fragmentation vulnerabilities and aggregation attack exploits in Wi-Fi systems.

Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?
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Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?

The new 5G networks increase hacker access to the Internet of Things.

An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?
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An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?

Critics grapple with Biden's Cybersecurity Safety Review Board plan.

Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Jack Minker (1927–2021)
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Jack Minker (1927–2021)

ACM Fellow Jack Minker was a leader in the development of automating logistic reasoning, but he is perhaps best known for his efforts to promote the social responsibility...

Taking the Heat
From Communications of the ACM

Taking the Heat

Maxwell's demon and the high cost of erasure.

Let the Algorithm Decide?
From Communications of the ACM

Let the Algorithm Decide?

Algorithms fail their first test to replace student exams.
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