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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study
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Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study

Researchers in Singapore found that support for autonomous vehicle adoption generally is based on perceptions of safety issues.

Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size
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Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size

Researchers say a botnet targeting Windows devices is expanding, due to a new infection method that lets malware spread between computers with weak passwords.

Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets
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Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets

Researchers said a technique called Polymer Substrate Fingerprinting could be used to identify the unique, unclonable “fingerprints” of Bank of England banknotes...

New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says
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New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says

The White House is leading an interagency effort focused on software development that will determine federal procurement of information technology.

What a Gambling App Knows About You
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What a Gambling App Knows About You

Sky Bet, the most popular gambling app in Britain, compiled extensive records about a user, tracking him in ways he never imagined.

Ransomwared Bank Tells Customers It Lost Their SSNs
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Ransomwared Bank Tells Customers It Lost Their SSNs

A data breach that already hit bank employees just got much worse.

The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services
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The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services

Even as federal officials and Microsoft race to contain a recebt breach, stakeholders need to make certain they are no longer compromised, to prevent follow-up...

The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

How AI Can Help Curb Traffic Accidents in Cities
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How AI Can Help Curb Traffic Accidents in Cities

An interdisciplinary research team led by Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya is leveraging artificial intelligence to reduce traffic accidents in cities.

U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO
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U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says that distribution systems within the country's electrical grid are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack

Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers
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Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers

The effects of a breach of a car, or fleet, could be devastating. Auto manufacturers and suppliers have aggressive plans, and a lot of firewalls.

Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap
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Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap

A new report found hackers targeting servers running Microsoft Exchange software used U.S.-based computers from at least four service providers.

Researchers Explore Possibilities for Ultra-Secure Gun Registry
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Researchers Explore Possibilities for Ultra-Secure Gun Registry

Brown University computer scientists have proposed an ultra-secure, decentralized firearm registry database that allays privacy concerns with encryption.

California Passes Regulation Banning 'Dark Patterns' Under Landmark Privacy Law
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California Passes Regulation Banning 'Dark Patterns' Under Landmark Privacy Law

New rules enacted under California's Consumer Privacy Act bar dark patterns, underhanded practices that encourage users to behave atypically.

Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity
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Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity

Developers of the first digital "vaccine passports" for post-pandemic travel said the applications are designed for ease of use.

Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms
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Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms

Researchers at China's Nanjing Agricultural University discovered unique cybersecurity issues stemming from agricultural Internet of Things applications.

High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed
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High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed

Positive Technologies' Alexander Popov detected five high-severity security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel's virtual socket implementation.

Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers
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Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers

Amazon Live is a prominent example of how interactive video shopping, popularized by TV networks like QVC, has moved online.

White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks
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White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership...
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