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Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years
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Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years

A malware botnet has been launching brute-force attacks against Microsoft SQL databases for nearly two years.

A Digital Court for a Digital Age
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A Digital Court for a Digital Age

Researchers have created a mechanism that uses blockchain to settle legal disputes.

Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate
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Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate

Fingerprint-based authentication is fine for most people, but it's hardly foolproof.

WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
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WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation

From today, messages identified as "highly forwarded" can be forwarded to a single person, instead of five.

Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools
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Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools

As authorities seek technological solutions to the pandemic, experts fear the consequences for civil liberties.

COVID-19 Malware Will Wipe Your PC, Rewrite MBR
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COVID-19 Malware Will Wipe Your PC, Rewrite MBR

ZDNet has identified five COVID-19-themed malware strains that can wipe an infected PC's files or rewrite its master boot record (MBR).

Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See
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Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See

Cybersecurity researchers have found that many mobile phone applications allow others to access private data or block user-provided content through "backdoor secrets...

Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines
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Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines

Fraudulent Twitter accounts created by the Russian Internet Research Agency may have contributed to politicizing Americans’ views on vaccines.

Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor
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Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor

U.S. Army researchers have developed a quantum sensor that could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum.

A Vector for Skulduggery
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A Vector for Skulduggery

Dark patterns have been migrating to smartphone apps.

Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information
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Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information

A new model could be used to quickly displace false information on social networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) and replace it with accurate information.

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus
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Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus

Silicon Valley technology experts are pursuing various projects to combat the coronavirus, with thousands of volunteers contributing to hundreds of hastily organized...

Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election
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Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election

Major technology companies have spent billions in the past three years to prevent election meddling, but new challenges are adding to their struggle in the run-up...

Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic
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Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic

"Private" hotels, online tour-company teasers for future travelers, and other ways that travel companies are keeping their businesses alive.

Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks
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Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks

Researchers found that the time-cost of software updates and users' risk preferences significantly impact whether they apply any specific update, and how long it...

 If It Quacks Like a Duck...
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If It Quacks Like a Duck...

The looming threat of artificial intelligence-based deepfake voice conversion.

Windows Code-Execution Zero-day Is Under Active Exploit, Microsoft Warns
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Windows Code-Execution Zero-day Is Under Active Exploit, Microsoft Warns

Microsoft has issued a warning that a Windows zero-day vulnerability is being exploited in "limited targeted attacks" to execute malicious code on fully updated...

Cybercriminals Take Advantage of Coronavirus
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Cybercriminals Take Advantage of Coronavirus

Hackers are targeting critical healthcare systems already strained by the coronavirus pandemic, compromising computer networks and disrupting patient care.\

Keeping Government Out of Your Business
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Keeping Government Out of Your Business

The Enforcer software can keep government surveillance from straying into illegality.
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