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How AI Can Help Curb Traffic Accidents in Cities
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How AI Can Help Curb Traffic Accidents in Cities

An interdisciplinary research team led by Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya is leveraging artificial intelligence to reduce traffic accidents in cities.

U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO
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U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says that distribution systems within the country's electrical grid are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack

Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers
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Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers

The effects of a breach of a car, or fleet, could be devastating. Auto manufacturers and suppliers have aggressive plans, and a lot of firewalls.

Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap
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Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap

A new report found hackers targeting servers running Microsoft Exchange software used U.S.-based computers from at least four service providers.

Researchers Explore Possibilities for Ultra-Secure Gun Registry
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Researchers Explore Possibilities for Ultra-Secure Gun Registry

Brown University computer scientists have proposed an ultra-secure, decentralized firearm registry database that allays privacy concerns with encryption.

California Passes Regulation Banning 'Dark Patterns' Under Landmark Privacy Law
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California Passes Regulation Banning 'Dark Patterns' Under Landmark Privacy Law

New rules enacted under California's Consumer Privacy Act bar dark patterns, underhanded practices that encourage users to behave atypically.

Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity
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Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity

Developers of the first digital "vaccine passports" for post-pandemic travel said the applications are designed for ease of use.

Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms
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Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms

Researchers at China's Nanjing Agricultural University discovered unique cybersecurity issues stemming from agricultural Internet of Things applications.

High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed
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High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed

Positive Technologies' Alexander Popov detected five high-severity security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel's virtual socket implementation.

Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers
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Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers

Amazon Live is a prominent example of how interactive video shopping, popularized by TV networks like QVC, has moved online.

White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks
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White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership...

License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving But Spur Little Privacy Debate
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License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving But Spur Little Privacy Debate

Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data gathered by the vast network of automated license-plate scanners to solve crimes.

Large Computer Language Models Carry Environmental, Social Risks
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Large Computer Language Models Carry Environmental, Social Risks

Researchers warn fast-growing natural-language models can worsen environmental and social issues as the amount of training data increases.

How to Spot Deepfakes? Look at Light Reflection in the Eyes
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How to Spot Deepfakes? Look at Light Reflection in the Eyes

A new tool can automatically identify deepfake photos of people by analyzing light reflections in their eyes for minute deviations.

Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital
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Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital

Ashley Honey at New Zealand-based Nui hopes to use his company's electronic trading platforms to automate trading of meat and poultry products.

Bug Bounties: More Hackers Spotting Vulnerabilities Across Web, Mobile, IoT
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Bug Bounties: More Hackers Spotting Vulnerabilities Across Web, Mobile, IoT

HackerOne's 2021 Hacker Report reveals a 63% jump in the number of ethical hackers submitting vulnerabilities to bug bounty programs during the last year.

Hackers Exploit Websites to Give Them Excellent SEO Before Deploying Malware
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Hackers Exploit Websites to Give Them Excellent SEO Before Deploying Malware

Cybersecurity researchers have found hackers are using search engine optimization to push compromised websites higher up Google's rankings.

Your Loved Ones, and Eerie Tom Cruise Videos, Reanimate Unease With Deepfakes
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Your Loved Ones, and Eerie Tom Cruise Videos, Reanimate Unease With Deepfakes

A tool that allows old photographs to be animated, and viral videos of a Tom Cruise impersonation, shined new light on digital impersonations.

Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals
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Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals

Hackers say they have compromised data from as many as 150,000 surveillance cameras, including footage from electric vehicle company Tesla.

Singapore Eyes More Cameras, Technology to Boost Law Enforcement
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Singapore Eyes More Cameras, Technology to Boost Law Enforcement

Singapore intends to utilize more cameras and technology to support law enforcement and first responders.
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