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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA
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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA

Dutch cybersecurity firm Fox-IT said in a report that a hacker group associated with the Chinese government has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in...

Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet
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Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet

Russia's Ministry of Communications announced a successful test of a nationwide alternative to the Internet and claimed ordinary users did not detect any changes...

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...

New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten
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New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten

A report from Israeli security firm Upstream paints a grim picture of the state of vehicular cybersecurity.

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.

Password Meters Could Increase Risk of Cyberattack
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Password Meters Could Increase Risk of Cyberattack

A study evaluating 16 popular password meters found these tools offer "inconsistent and misleading" advice that could elevate the risk of cyberattack.

How the Internet Spans the Globe
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How the Internet Spans the Globe

The modern Internet is made possible by hundreds of thousands of miles of undersea cables.

Handling Holiday Hackers
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Handling Holiday Hackers

How to defend intimate details and card data while shopping online this season.

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

How the world's biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path
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On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path

India is considering its first major data privacy statute.

Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets
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Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets

A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.

Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections
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Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections

Graphika, a cyber-intelligence firm, discovered a campaign on Reddit and Twitter to disseminate leaked trade documents ahead of elections in the U.K.

A World With a Billion Cameras Watching You Is Just Around the Corner
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A World With a Billion Cameras Watching You Is Just Around the Corner

Industry researcher IHS Markit expects the number of cameras used for surveillance worldwide to rise above 1 billion by the end of 2021.

Cellphone Detection Cameras Rolled Out in Australia
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Cellphone Detection Cameras Rolled Out in Australia

Australia's state of New South Wales has started using high-definition detection cameras to identify drivers illegally using cellphones while driving.

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns
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That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning consumers that televisions that offer Internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities may be vulnerable...

Bug Bounties: Big Business
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Bug Bounties: Big Business

Companies are learning that bug bounty programs are just one aspect of good security protocols.

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store
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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.
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