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Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds
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Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds

Researchers have found that giving smart assistant users the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, does not necessarily increase trust...

Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic
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Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption to elections worldwide has rekindled interest in voting online, but experts warn it would be too vulnerable to breaches and cyberattacks...

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.

Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers
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Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers

White-hat hackers are helping thwart cybercriminals attempting to exploit healthcare organizations' increased reliance on networks during the COVID-19 pandemic....

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.

Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers
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Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers

Leading researchers have proposed a system of financially rewarding users to spot bias in algorithms.

Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference
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Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference

A team of researchers has developed an end-to-end framework for secure computation of artificial intelligence models and batch normalization.

Ford , Volkswagen Smart Cars May Come With Some Major Security Risks
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Ford , Volkswagen Smart Cars May Come With Some Major Security Risks

A study by independent consumer body Which? found serious security flaws in connected cars from Ford and Volkswagen.

France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker
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France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker

France said Apple's Bluetooth policy is delaying a government contact-tracing application designed to contain the coronavirus.

U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom
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U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to hold a "virtual Parliament" to maintain the machinery of democracy via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
From Communications of the ACM

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.

Critical 'Starbleed' Vulnerability in FPGA Chips Identified
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Critical 'Starbleed' Vulnerability in FPGA Chips Identified

Scientists have discovered a vulnerability in field-programmable gate array chips.

Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations
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Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations

Academics have developed a technique for stealing data from air-gapped systems by manipulating the vibrations of the fans inside computers.

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back
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Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back

After months of criticism, the cryptocurrency is moving ahead with significant revisions.

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
From ACM News

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

Docker Servers Targeted by Kinsing Malware Campaign
From ACM TechNews

Docker Servers Targeted by Kinsing Malware Campaign

Over the past few months, a malware campaign has been scanning the Internet for Docker servers running API ports exposed without a password.

 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.

Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012
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Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012

A BlackBerry research and intelligence team said five Chinese advanced persistent threat groups have long been attacking Linux servers.
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