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Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool
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Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft helped recover encrypted files of victims of the BlackMatter ransomware operation.

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
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Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...

Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent
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Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent

Researchers said the ransomware group Fin7 has established a counterfeit company to recruit potential technology talent.

Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks
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Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks

Microsoft warns the Russia-based agency Nobelium has targeted hundreds of U.S. companies and organizations, in its latest cyberattack.

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
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Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.

Holograms on the Horizon?
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Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

Filtering for Beauty
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Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.

Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes
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Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes

A former head of State Department programs on Internet freedom said, "Russia's censorship model can quickly and easily be replicated by other authoritarian governments...

A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware
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A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware

A team of private security sleuths, in their first public detailing of their efforts, discuss how they used cybercriminals' mistakes to quietly help victims recover...

Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation
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Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation

The new campaign came only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of spy operations it had conducted around the world....

Developers: Intel's Automated Debugging Tool ControlFlag Now Open Source
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Developers: Intel's Automated Debugging Tool ControlFlag Now Open Source

ControlFlag can automatically detect anomalies in software code - and it could spare developers hours of tedious work.

Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report
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Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report

REvil was hacked and forced offline this week in a multiple-country effort, according to Reuters.

FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data
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FTC Calls Out Internet Providers for Amassing User Browsing Data

Six major ISPs collect far more user data than consumers realize, the FTC warns, including data grouping those consumers by race and sexual orientation.

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs
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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.

Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China
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Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China

The rule is not intended to keep American researchers from working with colleagues overseas to find software flaws.

Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks
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Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks

The McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team found a bug in the Netop Vision Pro Education software used by about 3 million teachers and students worldwide...

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System
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Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System

Privacy activists warn the Moscow metro's Face Pay facial recognition payment system constitutes a sinister move by Russia to monitor and control its people.

Facebook Researchers Collect Thousands of Hours of First-Person Video to Train AI
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Facebook Researchers Collect Thousands of Hours of First-Person Video to Train AI

The solution to machine learning problems is generally either more or better data.

How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience
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How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience

Our all-in guide to ferreting out falsehoods.

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans
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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Over a dozen cybersecurity experts have criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union to scan phones for illegal content.
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