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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers have compromised multiple supercomputers in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, and possibly Spain with cryptocurrency-mining malware.

Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks
From ACM TechNews

Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks

New software identifies ransomware attacks before attackers can cause catastrophic damage, even if the ransomware has not been previously used.

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI
From ACM News

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI

Organizations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the U.S. Department...

Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees
From ACM TechNews

Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees

As companies navigate an increase in cyberattacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, they must contend with the security threats posed by their own employees.

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns
From ACM TechNews

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns

Reports warn that legislation to curb disinformation on the coronavirus could damage legitimate journalism's efforts to combat this "disinfodemic."

Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies
From ACM News

Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies

Crowdsourced data, artificial intelligence, and cryptography are emerging as vital tools for controlling transmission of COVID-19 as countries look for exit strategies...

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds
From ACM News

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds

The app, which allows people to record their symptoms, was remarkably effective in predicting infections. The most reliable indicators, researchers found, were...

Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users
From ACM TechNews

Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users

Intel has verified a newly disclosed security flaw in Windows that exposes an apparently critical vulnerability on millions of computers.

Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November
From ACM TechNews

Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November

The University of Southern California Election Security Initiative is scrambling to virtually train campaign and election officials across the U.S. before the November...

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
From ACM TechNews

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet
From ACM News

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
From ACM TechNews

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home
From ACM TechNews

China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home

A study by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab in Canada warns that China's multipurpose WeChat application is monitoring foreign users to strengthen government...

India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers
From ACM TechNews

India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers

India's government has directed all public- and private-sector employees to use a state-supported coronavirus contact tracing app.

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications
From ACM TechNews

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications

The Europe Technology Policy Committee of ACM has detailed essential principles and practices for policymakers about deploying COVID-19 contact tracing systems....

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches

Nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks, due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI
From ACM TechNews

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI

Researchers have developed an automated artificial intelligence system for training and running certain types of neural networks, which has a small carbon footprint...

A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org
From ACM News

A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org

The deal for the Internet domain for nonprofit organizations had set off fierce opposition.

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
From ACM TechNews

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...
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