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Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks
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Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks

New software identifies ransomware attacks before attackers can cause catastrophic damage, even if the ransomware has not been previously used.

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI
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China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI

Organizations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the U.S. Department...

Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees
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Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees

As companies navigate an increase in cyberattacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, they must contend with the security threats posed by their own employees.

Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies
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Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies

Crowdsourced data, artificial intelligence, and cryptography are emerging as vital tools for controlling transmission of COVID-19 as countries look for exit strategies...

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets
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Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets

Researchers have demonstrated the first countermeasure for shielding artificial intelligence from differential power analysis attacks.

Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November
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Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November

The University of Southern California Election Security Initiative is scrambling to virtually train campaign and election officials across the U.S. before the November...

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet
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The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.

Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps
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Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google said they would not allow the use of location tracking in apps using their new contact tracing system to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

Keeping Online Testing Honest? Or an Orwellian Overreach?
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Keeping Online Testing Honest? Or an Orwellian Overreach?

The rise of proctoring software to deter cheating alarms privacy advocates. Some students and professors find it invasive, too.

Israel to Launch 'Cyber Defense Shield' for Health Sector
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Israel to Launch 'Cyber Defense Shield' for Health Sector

Israeli Health Ministry official Reuven Eliahu said Israel has developed a "cyber defense shield" to provide real-time protection from attacks on that nation’s...

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications
From ACM TechNews

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications

The Europe Technology Policy Committee of ACM has detailed essential principles and practices for policymakers about deploying COVID-19 contact tracing systems....

Privacy Threat Combines Device Identification with Biometric Information
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Privacy Threat Combines Device Identification with Biometric Information

Computer scientists have discovered a new privacy threat from electronic devices that allows cyber attackers to access and combine device identification with biometric...

Why We Adopt Then Abandon Online Safety Practices
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Why We Adopt Then Abandon Online Safety Practices

A survey found security practices such as not clicking on unknown links  or emails were more widely adopted than countermeasures like ad blockers or credit report...

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches

Nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks, due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Quibi, JetBlue and Others Gave Away Email Addresses, Report Says
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Quibi, JetBlue and Others Gave Away Email Addresses, Report Says

Personal data from millions of customers ended up with Google, Facebook, and other trackers, making it easier for them to be tracked online and targeted with ads...

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
From ACM TechNews

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...

Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate
From ACM TechNews

Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate

Researchers have proposed a new technique for permanently altering survey datasets to shield consumers’ privacy, while retaining a reasonable degree of accuracy...

Power to the People
From ACM News

Power to the People

Artificial Intelligence software helps citizens end-run censors.

Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds
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Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds

Researchers have found that giving smart assistant users the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, does not necessarily increase trust...

Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic
From ACM TechNews

Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption to elections worldwide has rekindled interest in voting online, but experts warn it would be too vulnerable to breaches and cyberattacks...
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