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Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge
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Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge

Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated.

BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits
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BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits

AT&T researchers found the BotenaGo malware botnet uses 33 exploits to attack millions of routers, modems, network attached storage, and Internet of Things devices...

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk
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Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk

The vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to the CPU to bypass the security measures protecting some of its most sensitive data.

Top 200 Most Common Passwords
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Top 200 Most Common Passwords

The list of passwords was compiled in partnership with independent researchers specializing in research of cybersecurity incidents. They evaluated a 4TB database...

Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper
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Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper

Rice University hashing method slashes cost of implementing differential privacy.

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand
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Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand

Hackers put companies under intense pressure to pay ransoms quickly to get their computers systems back online.

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

What Caused the Facebook Outage?
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What Caused the Facebook Outage?

Why was the social media service and its related properties out of service for hours, frustrating users and Facebook engineers alike?

True, Untrue Viral News Move Equally Through Twitter
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True, Untrue Viral News Move Equally Through Twitter

A study found both true and untrue viral news spread through Twitter at the same speed, breadth, and depth.

When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls
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When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls

A nation's scientists took to social media in response to criticism of their research, with surprising results. Sami Syrjämäki describes what happened.

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao Receives 2021 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology
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Andrew Chi-Chih Yao Receives 2021 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology

Yao contributed to cutting-edge research in areas including security, secure computing, and quantum computation.

Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim at Algorithms
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Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim at Algorithms

The bill would require Internet platforms to let people use a version of their services where content is not selected by "opaque algorithms" driven by personal...

Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories
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Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories

Shielding users' interests in topics like race, health, religion, and politics.

Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving
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Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving

The U.S. Congress is requiring automakers to develop technologies that prevent drunk driving.

Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust
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Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust

The International Boxing Association used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate judges and referees before clearing them for the current men's world championships...

Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking
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Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking

Scientists  have developed a secure identity verification technique based on the precept that information cannot exceed the speed of light.

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws
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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication
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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.

Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs
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Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Companies offer big money to 'white-hat hackers' to find flaws in software products before the black hats do.
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