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Algorithms in the Courtroom
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Algorithms in the Courtroom

The use of software to determine bail and sentencing terms has gone mainstream. How fair are these systems?

U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak
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U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak

Cybersecurity officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that state-backed hackers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

'Unkillable' Android Malware Gives Hackers Full Remote Access to Your Phone
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'Unkillable' Android Malware Gives Hackers Full Remote Access to Your Phone

A researcher at cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab found the xHelper malware uses a system of nested programs that makes it difficult to root out.

Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge
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Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge

The scientific evidence is clear: Security risks pose threat to free and fair elections

 Give Tax Time Phishing Attacks the Slip
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Give Tax Time Phishing Attacks the Slip

Learning how to recognize tax-time email scams can help taxpayers and businesspeople avoid them.

Hackathons Target Coronavirus
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Hackathons Target Coronavirus

Thousands of technology enthusiasts and others worldwide are participating in hackathons to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting
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Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting

U.S. lawmakers have urged House leaders to consider virtual voting in order to conduct business while complying with health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic...

Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic
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Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic

The Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 reports that a hacker group has been eavesdropping on corporate networks since at least early December.

Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years
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Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years

A malware botnet has been launching brute-force attacks against Microsoft SQL databases for nearly two years.

A Digital Court for a Digital Age
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A Digital Court for a Digital Age

Researchers have created a mechanism that uses blockchain to settle legal disputes.

Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate
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Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate

Fingerprint-based authentication is fine for most people, but it's hardly foolproof.

WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
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WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation

From today, messages identified as "highly forwarded" can be forwarded to a single person, instead of five.

How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early
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How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early

More than 2 million Britons and 150,000 Israelis have completed health surveys to trace COVID-19 outbreaks and send resources where they can do the most good.

Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See
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Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See

Cybersecurity researchers have found that many mobile phone applications allow others to access private data or block user-provided content through "backdoor secrets...

Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban
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Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed the first U.S. state law curbing law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology.

Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines
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Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines

Fraudulent Twitter accounts created by the Russian Internet Research Agency may have contributed to politicizing Americans’ views on vaccines.

A Vector for Skulduggery
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A Vector for Skulduggery

Dark patterns have been migrating to smartphone apps.

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election
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Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election

Major technology companies have spent billions in the past three years to prevent election meddling, but new challenges are adding to their struggle in the run-up...

Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware
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Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.
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