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Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals
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Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals

Hackers say they have compromised data from as many as 150,000 surveillance cameras, including footage from electric vehicle company Tesla.

Singapore Eyes More Cameras, Technology to Boost Law Enforcement
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Singapore Eyes More Cameras, Technology to Boost Law Enforcement

Singapore intends to utilize more cameras and technology to support law enforcement and first responders.

White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch
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White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch

The White House has advised computer network operators to further efforts to determine whether their systems were targeted by an attack on Microsoft's Outlook email...

A.I. Here, There, Everywhere
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A.I. Here, There, Everywhere

Many of us already live with artificial intelligence now, but researchers say interactions with the technology will become increasingly personalized.

Honda Launches Advanced Self-Driving Cars in Japan
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Honda Launches Advanced Self-Driving Cars in Japan

Japanese automaker Honda has launched a limited roll-out of its new Legend, which it calls the most advanced driverless vehicle licensed for the road, in Japan....

Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads
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Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads

Google says it will no longer track users across Internet searches to sell targeted advertising, and will not build alternative user-tracking models.

Cybersecurity Researchers Build Better 'Canary Trap'
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Cybersecurity Researchers Build Better 'Canary Trap'

The WE-FORGE data protection system uses an artificial intelligence version of the "canary trap," which distributes multiple false documents to conceal secrets....

The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down
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The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down

Researchers found that a botnet they have been following disguised one of its IP addresses in the bitcoin blockchain to guard against a command-and-control server...

China Charges Ahead with National Digital Currency
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China Charges Ahead with National Digital Currency

China is forging ahead with a national digital currency called the electronic Chinese yuan (eCNY).

Could Mobile Voting Ring True?
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Could Mobile Voting Ring True?

Voting on smartphones could result in higher voter turnouts.

AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise
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AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's final report to Congress calls on the U.S. to enhance its AI skills as a means of countering China...

Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers
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Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers

Researchers discovered that code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has been used to support Chinese hacking operations.

AI vs. AI: The Race to Generate, Share, and Detect Deepfakes
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AI vs. AI: The Race to Generate, Share, and Detect Deepfakes

Fakers and researchers alike are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to produce and identify manipulated digital content.

SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data
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SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data

Major technology companies are debating the safest data storage measures for customers following the SolarWinds hack.

Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes
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Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes

A submarine fiber-optic cable owned by Google was used by researchers to detect earthquakes and ocean waves generated by storms.

Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds
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Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds

An analysis by PiiQ Media found that bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop and other meme stocks.

Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns
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Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns

The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog for deployment in dangerous situations, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.

How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

Security Flaw Detected for 2nd Time in Credit Cards
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Security Flaw Detected for 2nd Time in Credit Cards

Researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich have uncovered a method for bypassing security measures to use certain credit and debit cards without a PIN code.

The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality
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The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality

Where the war over net neutrality stands, and why it (sort of) matters today.
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