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A Growing Problem of 'Deepfake Geography': How AI Falsifies Satellite Images
From ACM TechNews

A Growing Problem of 'Deepfake Geography': How AI Falsifies Satellite Images

Researchers used satellite photos of three cities and manipulation of video and audio files to identify new methods of detecting deepfake satellite images.

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why
From ACM News

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Farewell, advertising cookie.

Emotet Botnet Harvested 4.3 Million eMail Addresses; FBI Using 'Have I Been Pwned' to Alert the Victims
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Emotet Botnet Harvested 4.3 Million eMail Addresses; FBI Using 'Have I Been Pwned' to Alert the Victims

The law enforcement agency is working with the data breach service to alert people that their information may have been harvested by the botnet.

Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams

Researchers found that next-generation sensors and controls used with high-performance computing, analytics, and machine learning could minimize road congestion...

SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security
From ACM TechNews

SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security

A U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson said the public and private sectors should adopt zero-trust models of security.

Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities
From ACM TechNews

Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said hackers had infiltrated federal agencies and other critical organizations.

Catching the Fakes
From Communications of the ACM

Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

Facebook's Ad Algorithms Still Excluding Women from Seeing Jobs
From ACM News

Facebook's Ad Algorithms Still Excluding Women from Seeing Jobs

Its ad-delivery system is excluding women from opportunities without regard to their qualifications. That would be illegal under U.S. employment law.

Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias

Facebook has made public its Casual Conversations dataset, comprised of more than 45,000 videos of 3,000 individuals of different skin tones sharing their age and...

U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash

Several U.S. banks are rolling out artificial intelligence systems to analyze customer preferences, monitor employees, and detect suspicious activity near ATMs....

A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos
From ACM TechNews

A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos

Ohio State University scientists demonstrated a method of using physically unclonable functions to thwart hackers.

Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU
From ACM TechNews

Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU

The European Commission has proposed new rules constraining the use of facial recognition and other artificial intelligence applications.

A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived
From ACM News

A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

Never before have so many countries, including China, moved with such vigor at the same time to limit the power of a single industry.

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps
From ACM TechNews

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps

Disney, Viacom, and 10 advertising technology firms will remove or disable tracking software from popular children's gaming apps.

A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas
From ACM News

A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which authorities said was operating without a driver, crashed into a tree in a Houston suburb on April 17.

A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack
From ACM News

A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack

An NPR investigation into the SolarWinds attack reveals a hack unlike any other,

Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings
From ACM TechNews

Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings

A machine learning model can help identify flooded buildings within 24 hours of a disaster using news media photos.

Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own
From ACM TechNews

Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own

Researchers  used three-dimensional printing to create a robotic elephant trunk that uses artificial intelligence to emulate how sensory input triggers synaptic ...

Millions of Devices at Risk From NAME:WRECK DNS Bugs
From ACM TechNews

Millions of Devices at Risk From NAME:WRECK DNS Bugs

Researchers discovered nine new Domain Name System vulnerabilities that could imperil more than 100 million connected Internet of Things devices.

FBI Launches Operation to Remove Backdoors from Hacked Microsoft Exchange Servers
From ACM News

FBI Launches Operation to Remove Backdoors from Hacked Microsoft Exchange Servers

Hundreds of Exchange servers remain vulnerable because the backdoors are difficult to find and eliminate.
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