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Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet
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Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet

Researchers at Spain's Institute of Photonic Sciences have taken a step toward a secure quantum Internet by using crystals to execute quantum teleportation of information...

This Is How Attackers Bypass Microsoft's AMSI Anti-Malware Scanning Protection
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This Is How Attackers Bypass Microsoft's AMSI Anti-Malware Scanning Protection

Researchers outline common tactics for circumventing the security software.

Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications
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Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications

CodeShield software can detect and patch security bugs in cloud applications by automatically analyzing vulnerabilities in the program code.

Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says
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Russian Cybercriminal Group Was Behind Meat Plant Attack, F.B.I. Says

Meat processing plants operated by JBS, which handles a fifth of the cattle and hog slaughter in the U.S., were coming back online on Wednesday but were not all...

The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge
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The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge

Hackers with suspected ties to China penetrated the New York transit agency's computer systems in April, an M.T.A. document shows. Transit officials say the intrusion...

Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw
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Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw

The covert channel bug is harmless, but it demonstrates that even new CPUs have mistakes in them.

Facebook Takes on Superspreaders
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Facebook Takes on Superspreaders

Internet companies are making it harder for those with big followings to spread misinformation. Finally!

Changing How Data is Used
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Changing How Data is Used

Federated AI Learning promises to reshape data security, privacy.

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches
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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline...

As Chips Shrink, Rowhammer Attacks Get Harder to Stop
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As Chips Shrink, Rowhammer Attacks Get Harder to Stop

A full fix for the "Half-Double" technique will require rethinking how memory semiconductors are designed.

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success
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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

Russian Hackers Launch Major Cyberattack Through U.S. Aid Agency's Email System, Microsoft Says
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Russian Hackers Launch Major Cyberattack Through U.S. Aid Agency's Email System, Microsoft Says

Microsoft said the hacking group known as Nobelium targeted over 150 organizations worldwide in the last week.

Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns
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Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns

Clearview AI has been marketing facial recognition software to law enforcement around the country. In Minnesota, some agencies are finding out the technology doesn't...

WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules
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WhatsApp Sues India's Government to Stop New Internet Rules

Facebook's WhatsApp mobile-messaging service sued India's government to block new regulations that would force the company to enable outside parties to trace people's...

Malware Caught Using macOS Zero-Day to Secretly Take Screenshots
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Malware Caught Using macOS Zero-Day to Secretly Take Screenshots

Researchers found XCSSET malware has been exploiting a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability to bypass macOS security defenses and take screenshots without the...

EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit
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EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit

The EU has released plans to strengthen its three-year-old voluntary code of practice on online disinformation.

Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems
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Hackers Release Patient Data Stolen from New Zealand Health Systems

The release comes a week after the health system's information services were shut down by hackers.

GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules
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GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules

However, the decision to operate such scheme did not itself breach the European convention on human rights, it says

Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action
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Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

With consumer drone use surging in U.S. airspace above critical sites like airports, federal agencies are acting to address potential safety and security issues...

Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls
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Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls

A security researcher found 12 fragmentation vulnerabilities and aggregation attack exploits in Wi-Fi systems.
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