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New Approaches to Biometric Security
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New Approaches to Biometric Security

The latest biometric security methods place a priority on contactless identification.

U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet
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U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet

The Declaration represents "a political commitment among Declaration partners to advance a positive vision for the Internet and digital technologies."

Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds
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Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds

A study by Microsoft shows that Russian cyberattacks often happened within days or even hours of missile strikes.

Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform
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Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform

The attack, which lasted less than 15 seconds, was launched from a botnet of approximately 6,000 unique bots and originated from 112 countries around the world....

Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch
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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

European policymakers reached a deal on the Digital Services Act which would force Silicon Valley companies to more aggressively police harmful content on their...

Investing is Not Enough: Andreessen Horowitz has New Crypto Research Lab
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Investing is Not Enough: Andreessen Horowitz has New Crypto Research Lab

The firm is trying to bridge academia and the crypto industry, an unusual investment in venture capital.

Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent
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Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

With demand exceeding the available workforce, more cybersecurity and risk executives are seeking candidates without degrees or traditional technology backgrounds...

AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency
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AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency

Expert witness in Lords police tech inquiry welcomes committee's findings but questions whether its recommendations.

Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards
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Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards

A circuit board's power consumption can reveal malicious tampering designed to facilitate Trojan attacks to steal sensitive data or crash a device when triggered...

A 2020 Ransomware Attack is Still Harming Baltimore Teachers
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A 2020 Ransomware Attack is Still Harming Baltimore Teachers

A glitch that affects up to 9,000 retirees is one of the longest-lasting effects of the devastating ransomware attack that cost the district roughly $10 million...

U.S. Authorities Link $600m Cryptocurrency Theft to Notorious North Korean Lazarus Group
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U.S. Authorities Link $600m Cryptocurrency Theft to Notorious North Korean Lazarus Group

The hacking incident occurred in March 2022, resulting in the theft of more than $600 million in Ethereum and USDC stablecoins.

Magnetic Snoops Plunder Deep Learning's Secrets
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Magnetic Snoops Plunder Deep Learning's Secrets

Even the smallest window of opportunity for snooping cab pose a threat to the intellectual property and privacy of neural architectures.

How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens
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How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens

The inside story of the world's most notorious commercial spyware and the big tech companies waging war against it.

Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green
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Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University found driverless cars could be fooled into seeing red traffic lights as green.

Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed
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Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed

Researchers at New York-based cybersecurity startup Cynerio identified five zero-day vulnerabilities affecting Aethon TUG smart autonomous robots used in hospitals...

U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack
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U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack

Lazarus Group allegedly has stolen nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency since 2017.

Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve
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Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve

Ukraine claims to have doxed Russian troops and spies, while hacktivists are regularly leaking private information from Russian organizations.

Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader
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Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader

Symantec researchers have identified a campaign perpetrated by a hacker group associated with the Chinese government using VLC Media Player to launch a custom malware...

U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems
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U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems

The alert said the actors are specifically targeting Schneider Electric MODICON and MODICON Nano PLCs, and OMRON Sysmac NJ and NX PLCs.

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free
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Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free

A new virtual reality haptics system eliminates hand-based hardware by manipulating the forearm instead of the hand to generate physical sensations.
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