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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies
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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies

U.S., rivals seek ways to adapt spycraft to a changing world; being on the grid can blow your cover, but so can staying off

White House Blacklists 8 Chinese Quantum Computing Companies Citing National Security Risks
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White House Blacklists 8 Chinese Quantum Computing Companies Citing National Security Risks

The eight Chinese entities were added to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Entity List specifically for risks related to quantum computing technology.

Researchers Find Security Flaw Affecting 37% of Smartphones
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Researchers Find Security Flaw Affecting 37% of Smartphones

Researchers at Check Point Research have identified security flaws in the audio digital signal processor used in MediaTek's system-on-chip products.

Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight
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Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight

Princeton University researchers have developed a millimeter-wave wireless microchip that can thwart interception of wireless transmissions.

 Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats
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Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats

Government agencies are also warning companies and consumers to be on guard against holiday attacks.

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones
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Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of "flagrant" violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure
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Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure

A hacking group is targeting a broad range of organizations, taking advantage of vulnerabilities that have been patched but not yet updated.

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How
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We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse
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This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse

The SugarCoat tool developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Brave Software can better protect users' private data as they browse...

Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
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What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge
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Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge

Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated.

BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits
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BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits

AT&T researchers found the BotenaGo malware botnet uses 33 exploits to attack millions of routers, modems, network attached storage, and Internet of Things devices...

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk
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Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk

The vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to the CPU to bypass the security measures protecting some of its most sensitive data.

Top 200 Most Common Passwords
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Top 200 Most Common Passwords

The list of passwords was compiled in partnership with independent researchers specializing in research of cybersecurity incidents. They evaluated a 4TB database...

Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper
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Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper

Rice University hashing method slashes cost of implementing differential privacy.

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand
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Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand

Hackers put companies under intense pressure to pay ransoms quickly to get their computers systems back online.

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.
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