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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

A Brazen Online Attack Targets V.I.P. Twitter Users in a Bitcoin Scam
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A Brazen Online Attack Targets V.I.P. Twitter Users in a Bitcoin Scam

In a major show of force, hackers breached some of the site's most prominent accounts, a Who's Who of Americans in politics, entertainment and tech.

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
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Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Phishing Attacks: This Sophisticated Group Has Been Operating Undiscovered for at Least a Year
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Phishing Attacks: This Sophisticated Group Has Been Operating Undiscovered for at Least a Year

Cybersecurity researchers found a new phishing group targeting large companies worldwide, which may have been operating undiscovered for over a year.

Filter Protects Against Deepfake Photos, Videos
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Filter Protects Against Deepfake Photos, Videos

Computer scientists at Boston University have created an algorithm that prevents deepfakes by adding an imperceptible filter to videos and photos before they are...

Google Fixes Smartwatch Security Problem
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Google Fixes Smartwatch Security Problem

Google corrected a security vulnerability in its Wear OS smartwatches that could have allowed attackers to crash applications, render the app or the watch unresponsive...

National Security Agency Warns That VPNs Could Be Vulnerable to Cyberattacks
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National Security Agency Warns That VPNs Could Be Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

A cybersecurity advisory issued by the National Security Agency's Cybersecurity Directorate warns that virtual private networks may be vulnerable to cyberattacks...

Home Security Camera Wi-Fi Signals Can be Hacked to Tell When People Are Home
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Home Security Camera Wi-Fi Signals Can be Hacked to Tell When People Are Home

Scientists in the U.K. and China have demonstrated exploits of Internet-connected security camera uploads that allows hackers to learn whether homes are occupied...

São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy
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São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy

Consumer rights groups say the agency operating the subway system in São Paulo, Brazil, has not shown that a new facial recognition technology platform protects...

Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'
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Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'

Hardware drivers still appear to be causing havoc for users trying to upgrade to Windows 10 version 2004.

 Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet
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Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet

Harvard University researchers achieve “a milestone along the path to a worldwide quantum Internet.”

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs
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Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Security updates have been silently deployed to customers on Tuesday through the Windows Store app.

Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise
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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

Officials promised to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on the country's offensive capabilities to take the online battle overseas.

Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit
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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit

The influential pro-Trump community broke the rules on harassment and targeting, said Reddit, which also banned other groups.

Stopping the Exploiters
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Stopping the Exploiters

An angry public demands an end to phishing sites exploiting Covid-19.  

Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day
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Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day

Netgear said it is close to releasing a patch for a software vulnerability that could enable hackers to remotely exploit home Internet routers to access devices...

Blocking Facial Recognition
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Blocking Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology faces opposition from technology industry giants, and from the grass roots.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months
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Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Starting Wednesday, the search giant will make a previously opt-in auto-delete feature the norm.
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