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AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions
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AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

Renegade staff theoretically could insert undetectable backdoors in third-party artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling hackers to commandeer the AIs...

Does Presenting Credibility Labels of Journalistic Sources Affect News Consumption? Study Finds Limited Effects
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Does Presenting Credibility Labels of Journalistic Sources Affect News Consumption? Study Finds Limited Effects

New York University researchers found labeling the credibility of information sources may improve the online news consumption to a limited degree.

Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds
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Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The attack focused on a system run by Viasat, a California company that provides high-speed satellite communication services — and was used heavily by the Ukrainian...

Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack
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Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

The attack crippled the country's customs and taxes platforms alongside several other government agencies, even bringing down one Costa Rican town's energy supplier...

Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software
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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Researchers at cybersecurity software company SentinelOne reported two high-severity bugs in Avast and AVG antivirus products that have gone undetected for a decade...

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database
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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.

Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard
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Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are launching a "joint effort" to "expand support for a common password-less sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the...

How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain
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How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

A tremendous surge in VPN downloads represents a challenge to Putin and his version of the Ukraine war.

Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw
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Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw

Researchers at security firm Nozomi Networks identified an unpatched vulnerability in third-party code libraries used by 200 hardware and software vendors.

Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails
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Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails

An Advanced Persistent Threat gang discovered by researchers at security company Mandiant is penetrating corporate networks to steal Exchange emails from those...

Anticipating the War's Direction
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Anticipating the War's Direction

Is the U.S. at risk of Russian cyberattacks related to Ukraine?

Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks
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Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks

Smart office buildings in the U.S. raise concerns about privacy and cybersecurity.

Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'
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Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is starting a new office, the Disinformation Governance Board, that will focus on countering "misinformation" and "disinformation...

FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says
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FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says

Searches in national-security investigations came without warrants, could stoke privacy concerns in Congress.

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection
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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection

Developers can begin declaring how they use collected data, with a deadline of July 20 to complete their submissions.

How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
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How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Ciaran Martin, founding head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre and now an Oxford University professor, called the attacks "extraordinary" in a tweet....

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale
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Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

Many cybercriminals and ransomware groups have links to Russia and don't target the nation. Now, it's being opened up.

New Approaches to Biometric Security
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New Approaches to Biometric Security

The latest biometric security methods place a priority on contactless identification.

U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet
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U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet

The Declaration represents "a political commitment among Declaration partners to advance a positive vision for the Internet and digital technologies."
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