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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find
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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find

U.S. users have opted out of application tracking nearly all of the time following Apple's release of iOS 14.5 in April.

Election Security: A Scientific View
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Election Security: A Scientific View

Barbara Simons and the issues with Internet voting.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties
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60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties

A study analyzing 73 "utility" apps for school districts found that nearly two-thirds of them share some student data with third-party marketing companies.

Where Should Our Digital Data Go After We Die?
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Where Should Our Digital Data Go After We Die?

A study by computer scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada considered ways for people to control their personal digital data after they...

Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply
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Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply

While the impact has been limited so far, some energy analysts warned of possible shortages and higher prices as the suspension continues.

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission
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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.

Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers
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Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers

Millions of U.K. households use old broadband routers that hackers could exploit.

NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash
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NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

The New York Police Department has abruptly terminated its deployment of a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics after several incidents prompted allegations of...

This Massive DDoS Attack Took Large Sections of a Country's Internet Offline
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This Massive DDoS Attack Took Large Sections of a Country's Internet Offline

More than 200 organizations across Belgium, including the government and parliament, were affected by a DDoS attack that overwhelmed them with bad traffic.

Twitter Begins to Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies
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Twitter Begins to Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies

The tech company tested the prompts last year and said they led to fewer offensive replies on its service. So, it's rolling them out widely.

'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing
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'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing

Internet companies are using the threat of government action as a cudgel against rivals. That could make the Communist Party the ultimate arbiter over the industry...

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots
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The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

There are concerns commercial data being generated by mobile phones and other digital services used by U.S. soldiers is available for purchase by the nation's adversaries...

France’s Macron Eyes Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Terrorism
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France’s Macron Eyes Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Terrorism

The move comes as the French president comes under pressure to crack down on terrorism and Islamist separatism.

Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks
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Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force to address the increase in ransomware attacks on critical U.S. organizations...

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass
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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19...

Cyber-Securing the Home Office
From ACM News

Cyber-Securing the Home Office

Patching the security holes that arise when working from home.

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why
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Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Farewell, advertising cookie.
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