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Pinterest Bans All Climate Misinformation
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Pinterest Bans All Climate Misinformation

The image-focused social network says it will take down content that distorts or denies facts of climate crisis.

You're Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way
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You're Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way

Apple and Google are pushing privacy changes, but a shift in digital tracking is giving some platforms a bigger advertising advantage.

Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography
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Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography

The existence of secure cryptography depends on one of the oldest questions in computational complexity.

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Code placed in consumer-facing apps is tied to U.S. national-security contractors, documents show.

Hackers' Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren't Fooling Anyone. So What's Their Goal?
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Hackers' Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren't Fooling Anyone. So What's Their Goal?

Experts say the hackers' intentions might not be to actually trick anyone, but to erode confidence in Ukrainian media outlets and institutions.

Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV
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Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV

Researchers in the Shadytel telecommunications and embedded device hacking group used a decommissioned Canadian satellite to broadcast a livestream to the Northern...

State Department Launches Cyber Bureau
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State Department Launches Cyber Bureau

The newly-minted office starts its work as U.S. and world leaders fret about cyberattacks spilling out of Russia's unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers
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BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers

One ransomware attack struck a professional football team as competitors were preparing for the Super Bowl.

Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco
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Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco

Waymo has deployed fully driverless cars onto the streets of San Francisco to provide free rides to its employees.

Putting 3D Printers to Work in Ukraine's War Zone
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Putting 3D Printers to Work in Ukraine's War Zone

Entrepreneurs in Poland are rushing three-dimensional printers to Ukraine for the manufacture of defensive equipment.

Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'
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Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'

A researcher found that Yandex, known as "Russia's Google," embedded code in apps for mobile devices that allows data to be sent to servers in Russia.

Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream
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Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream

For years, the country has been trying to create its own sovereign Internet—a goal given new impetus by the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine.

Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests
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Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests

Data was used to enable harassment, may aid financial fraud.

Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table
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Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table

Group is trying to define what is acceptable in cyberspace.

Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution
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Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution

HP issued security advisories for three critical-severity vulnerabilities impacting its LaserJet Pro, Pagewide Pro, OfficeJet, Enterprise, Large Format, and DeskJet...

Spam Texts From Your Own Number? 'Bad Actors' Sent Them, Verizon Says
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Spam Texts From Your Own Number? 'Bad Actors' Sent Them, Verizon Says

The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did...

Researchers Protect Solar Technologies from Cyberattack
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Researchers Protect Solar Technologies from Cyberattack

University of Georgia researchers unveiled a sensor system that watches power electronic converters at solar energy farms for signs of cyberattack in real time....

Tiny, Cheap Solution for Quantum-Secure Encryption
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Tiny, Cheap Solution for Quantum-Secure Encryption

Researchers at Washington State University in St. Louis have proposed a quantum-secure system that is inexpensive, convenient, and scalable.

Behold, a Password Phishing Site that Can Trick Even Savvy Users
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Behold, a Password Phishing Site that Can Trick Even Savvy Users

A proof-of-concept "browser in the browser" exploit could phish passwords using a malicious site that does not contain suspicious domains or substitute letters....

Do EV Charging Stations Open the Power Grid to Attack?
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Do EV Charging Stations Open the Power Grid to Attack?

Electric vehicle Charging Station Management Systems need greater focus on security.
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