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Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers
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Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers

Researchers have found the operators of the Gootkit access-as-a-service malware now are using legal documents to get unsuspecting users to download them.

Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown
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Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, of insider trading and securities fraud...

Using AI to Control Digital Manufacturing
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Using AI to Control Digital Manufacturing

An international team of researchers taught a machine learning system with computer vision to monitor and control three-dimensional printing in real time.

NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work
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NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work

Former NASA roboticists who helped developed the Robonaut 2 astronaut assistant robot are part of a research team that has developed a deep-sea robot.

College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?
From ACM TechNews

College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?

This fall, students at 10 U.S. universities will attend metaversities, virtual reality (VR) platforms where educators and students wear VR headsets and interact...

Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour
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Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour

Researchers ruled out an algorithm selected by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology as a potential post-quantum encryption program.

Quantum Algorithm Simulates Evolving State of Quantum Particles
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Quantum Algorithm Simulates Evolving State of Quantum Particles

Algorithm enables a new way to study properties of materials resulting from strong electron-electron interactions.

Experts Uncover 'CosmicStrand' UEFI Firmware Rootkit Used by Chinese Hackers
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Experts Uncover 'CosmicStrand' UEFI Firmware Rootkit Used by Chinese Hackers

Rootkit hides in firmware images of Gigabyte or ASUS motherboards, all related to designs using the H81 chipset.

Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms
From ACM TechNews

Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms

Opens the door to using commercially available health monitors to detect other infectious diseases.

New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser
From ACM News

New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser

Researchers have found a way to use the web's basic functions to identify who visits a site—without the user detecting the hack.

Scientists Expand Entomological Research Using Genome Editing Algorithm
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Scientists Expand Entomological Research Using Genome Editing Algorithm

A team of scientists from Japan's Hiroshima University, the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences...

Formalizing Fairness
From Communications of the ACM

Formalizing Fairness

Algorithmic fairness aims to remedy issues stemming from algorithmic bias.

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions
From ACM TechNews

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable earphone device that can reconstruct the wearer's face using sonar.

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
From ACM TechNews

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Raising the Voices of the Dead
From ACM News

Raising the Voices of the Dead

Experts urge caution in using AI agents to simulate dead people.

Hundreds of Windows Networks Infected with Raspberry Robin Worm
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Hundreds of Windows Networks Infected with Raspberry Robin Worm

A private threat intelligence advisory issued by Microsoft warns that hundreds of Windows networks are infected with the Raspberry Robin worm.

A 'Wise Counsel' for Synthetic Biology
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A 'Wise Counsel' for Synthetic Biology

Researchers have developed a modular software application for optimizing biological systems, which they said does not require computational skills to use.

New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias
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New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias

oVRcome, a phone-based virtual reality (VR) application designed to treat phobias, successfully completed a six-week clinical trial.

Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware
From ACM TechNews

Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware

Researchers have discovered at least 80 routers in North America and Europe have been infected by a remote access Trojan as part of a larger hacking campaign.

Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air
From ACM TechNews

Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air

A new system incorporates a robotic arm that generates sound waves to levitate and move objects to build complex structures in mid-air without touching the parts...
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