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Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches
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Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches

Nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks, due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI

Researchers have developed an automated artificial intelligence system for training and running certain types of neural networks, which has a small carbon footprint...

A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org
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A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org

The deal for the Internet domain for nonprofit organizations had set off fierce opposition.

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...

Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties
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Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties

Thermal imaging may be used to identify those suspected of having the coronavirus, but civil liberties experts warn such systems will monitor some who may not know...

Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked
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Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti worries the U.S. voting system is rife with unpatched vulnerabilities that leave it susceptible to election rigging.

Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years
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Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years

Apple will patch a flaw that iPhones and iPads may have harbored for years.

Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era
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Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era

Demand is on the rise for alternative data that show how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting industries and trade worldwide.

Connecticut Suburb Deploys 'Pandemic Drones' to Try to Enforce Social Distancing
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Connecticut Suburb Deploys 'Pandemic Drones' to Try to Enforce Social Distancing

The suburban town of Westport, CT, is deploying specialized police drones to yell at people who aren't standing six feet apart.

Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement
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Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement

Microsoft has announced its support for the open data movement.

COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.
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COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.

States race to upgrade their legacy mainframe systems to meet the cascade of unemployment claims caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy
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How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy

Governments worldwide are using digital surveillance technologies to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns about the erosion of privacy...

Algorithms in the Courtroom
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Algorithms in the Courtroom

The use of software to determine bail and sentencing terms has gone mainstream. How fair are these systems?

U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak
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U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak

Cybersecurity officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that state-backed hackers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

'Unkillable' Android Malware Gives Hackers Full Remote Access to Your Phone
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'Unkillable' Android Malware Gives Hackers Full Remote Access to Your Phone

A researcher at cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab found the xHelper malware uses a system of nested programs that makes it difficult to root out.

Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge
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Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge

The scientific evidence is clear: Security risks pose threat to free and fair elections

 Give Tax Time Phishing Attacks the Slip
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Give Tax Time Phishing Attacks the Slip

Learning how to recognize tax-time email scams can help taxpayers and businesspeople avoid them.

Hackathons Target Coronavirus
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Hackathons Target Coronavirus

Thousands of technology enthusiasts and others worldwide are participating in hackathons to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting
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Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting

U.S. lawmakers have urged House leaders to consider virtual voting in order to conduct business while complying with health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic...

Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic
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Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic

The Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 reports that a hacker group has been eavesdropping on corporate networks since at least early December.
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