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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger
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AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger

Amazon Web Services' Mario Berta combined the capabilities of two quantum computers in order to generate truly random numbers to strengthen cryptographic keys. ...

Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network
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Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Scientists have programmed a universal algorithm to enable a silicon chip to decode any data transmitted across a network, irrespective of structure.

Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says
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Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says

The arrangement allows the Russian government some plausible deniability for attacks, researchers found.

Crypto's Rapid Move Into Banking Elicits Alarm in Washington
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Crypto's Rapid Move Into Banking Elicits Alarm in Washington

The boom in companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts is disrupting the banking industry and leaving regulators scrambling to catch...

Study: Crowds Can Wise Up to Fake News
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Study: Crowds Can Wise Up to Fake News

Scientists suggest crowdsourced assessments from groups of normal readers can virtually match those of professional fact-checkers in vetting news stories.

Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud
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Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud

Multiparty Computation permits computation on encrypted values.

Imaginary Numbers Protect AI from Very Real Threats
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Imaginary Numbers Protect AI from Very Real Threats

Computer engineers at Duke University have shown that numbers with both real and imaginary components can be critical in securing artificial intelligence algorithms...

The Cloud: Game Changer in IT Security
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The Cloud: Game Changer in IT Security

The move to the cloud makes it harder for companies to keep track of all Internet-connected digital assets.

Cyberattackers Now Quietly Selling Off Their Victim's Internet Bandwidth
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Cyberattackers Now Quietly Selling Off Their Victim's Internet Bandwidth

Hackers and malware developers are now targeting victims' Internet connections to produce illicit income clandestinely via proxyware infections, according to researchers...

Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks
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Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin said the blockchain survived a flaw from outdated software that divided the digital ledger last week, thanks to a quick program...

Popular Smart Home Security System Can Be Remotely Disarmed
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Popular Smart Home Security System Can Be Remotely Disarmed

Researchers at cybersecurity company Rapid7 found vulnerabilities that can be used to remotely disarm the Fortress S03 smart home security system.

Biden Administration Establishes Program to Recruit Tech Professionals to Serve in Government
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Biden Administration Establishes Program to Recruit Tech Professionals to Serve in Government

The Biden administration has established the U.S. Digital Corps to enlist and train technology professionals to serve in digital positions within the federal government...

Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School
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Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School

Some student-athletes and coaches at Eatonville High School in Eatonville, WA, are being required to wear proximity monitors to trace potential COVID-19 exposure...

Have You Really Deleted Your Personal Data From Your Device When You Dispose of It?
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Have You Really Deleted Your Personal Data From Your Device When You Dispose of It?

Many users leave sensitive personal information on their electronic devices when discarding them, according to scientists at Canada's universities of Guelph and...

How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?
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How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?

Verizon aims to find out by testing the technology, which is geared at enhancing encryption methods using session key exchange security mechanisms, the carrier...

At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity
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At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity

The tech giants also pledged to step up their efforts to address a dire talent shortage that has hampered efforts to counter hacking.

DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo
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DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says the hackers it invited to try to hack the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems all failed.

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info
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38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

Misconfigured Power Apps from Microsoft led to more than 1,000 Web apps accessible to anyone who found them.

Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images
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Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images

An open letter from more than 90 policy and rights groups worldwide calls on Apple to drop a plan to scan children's messages for nudity and adults' phones for...
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