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Why NASA Is Sending National Secrets to the Moon
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Why NASA Is Sending National Secrets to the Moon

NASA will work with startup Lonestar plus the Isle of Man to send a data payload to the Moon next February to assess lunar-based backup storage as part of the Artemis...

Cyber Experts Set Out to Secure 2024 U.S. Election
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Cyber Experts Set Out to Secure 2024 U.S. Election

A team of cybersecurity experts established through the U.S.-based nonprofit Information Technology – Information Sharing and Analysis Center will undertake a "clear...

The Fight to Repair
From Communications of the ACM

The Fight to Repair

How the battle over the right to repair is tipping in favor of consumers.

Using Psychology to Bolster Cybersecurity
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Using Psychology to Bolster Cybersecurity

Getting into the minds of attackers to protect the enterprise.

Microsoft AI Researchers Accidentally Exposed Big Cache of Data
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Microsoft AI Researchers Accidentally Exposed Big Cache of Data

Scientists at cloud security company Wiz discovered Microsoft artificial intelligence researchers accidentally compromised a large collection of private data.

Flaw Found in Apple Devices Led to Spyware Infection: Researchers
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Flaw Found in Apple Devices Led to Spyware Infection: Researchers

Researchers at Canada-based Citizen Lab found a vulnerability in Apple devices was used to spread spyware from Israeli cyber-intelligence group NSO.

Voice Deepfakes Are Coming for Your Bank Balance
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Voice Deepfakes Are Coming for Your Bank Balance

Artificial intelligence tools have given scammers a potent weapon for trying to trick people into sending them money.

Major Websites Are Blocking AI Crawlers From Accessing Their Content
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Major Websites Are Blocking AI Crawlers From Accessing Their Content

In the AI era, publishers are more aggressively blocking crawlers because there's no upside, for now, in handing over their data to AI companies.

Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision
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Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision

Exploring ways to supplement conventional computer vision data with metadata collected from physics-based sensors and systems.

Twelve Nations Urge Social Media Giants to Tackle Illegal Data Scraping
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Twelve Nations Urge Social Media Giants to Tackle Illegal Data Scraping

A joint statement from a dozen countries called on social media platforms to address illegal data scraping, emphasizing that local laws require them to protect...

AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It
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AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It

Determining what's real online is getting more difficult. But there are steps you can take to deal with it.

These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI
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These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI

However, these tools are neither perfect, nor enough on their own.

YouTube Ads May Have Led to Online Tracking of Children, Research Says
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YouTube Ads May Have Led to Online Tracking of Children, Research Says

Adalytics reported Google's YouTube advertised adult products from over 300 brands on close to 100 YouTube videos geared toward children, with several ads displaying...

Making Your Phone Screen Blurry Could Stop Snooping
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Making Your Phone Screen Blurry Could Stop Snooping

A new system can blur smartphone screens to prevent snooping.

Google Algorithm Makes FIDO Encryption Safe from Quantum Computers
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Google Algorithm Makes FIDO Encryption Safe from Quantum Computers

A post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithm developed by researchers at Google and Switzerland's ETH Zurich enables quantum-resistant encryption for FIDO2 security...

Research Hack Reveals Call Security Risk in Smartphones
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Research Hack Reveals Call Security Risk in Smartphones

A multi-institutional team of researchers developed malware to extract caller information by screening vibration data from ear speakers recorded by a smartphone's...

Shining a Light on the Dark Web
From Communications of the ACM

Shining a Light on the Dark Web

How the Dark Web continues to operate, and why law enforcement will not shut it down anytime soon.

Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash
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Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash

A driverless Cruise taxi with a passenger collided with a fire truck Thursday night, just one week after state officials allowed the service to expand.

LLM Tool Finds and Remediates Software Vulnerabilities
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LLM Tool Finds and Remediates Software Vulnerabilities

Software company Vicarius unveiled vuln_GPT, a generative artificial intelligence tool that automatically identifies and repairs software vulnerabilities, at the...

Data Centers at Risk Due to Flaws in Power Management Software
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Data Centers at Risk Due to Flaws in Power Management Software

Cybersecurity researchers at Trellix have identified vulnerabilities in commonly used applications in data centers that could allow hackers to gain access and shut...
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