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U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers
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U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers

U.S. officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized control of thousands of routers and firewall appliances from Russian hackers.

Hackers Target Bridges Between Blockchains for Crypto Heists
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Hackers Target Bridges Between Blockchains for Crypto Heists

Hackers pulled off a $540-million cryptocurrency heist by exploiting Ronin Network software that lets players of the online game "Axie Infinity" transfer digital...

Facial Recognition Goes to War
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Facial Recognition Goes to War

Hoan Ton-That enlisted his facial recognition company Clearview AI in Russia’s war on Ukraine by tapping its technology to help bring some clarity to the conflict...

Brokenwire Hack Could Let Remote Attackers Disrupt Electric Vehicle Charging
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Brokenwire Hack Could Let Remote Attackers Disrupt Electric Vehicle Charging

Researchers have identified a method for attacking the Combined Charging System and interrupting electric vehicle charging sessions.

Google Pulls Apps that May Have Harvested Data from Millions of Android Devices
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Google Pulls Apps that May Have Harvested Data from Millions of Android Devices

The apps took users' precise location, email, phone numbers, and more, researchers said.

Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users
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Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users

Apple recently released patches for two critical zero-day vulnerabilities discovered by an anonymous researcher that affect the operating systems of iPhones, iPads...

Chinese AI Turns Commercial Satellite into Spy Tracker Able to Follow Small Objects with Precision: Paper
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Chinese AI Turns Commercial Satellite into Spy Tracker Able to Follow Small Objects with Precision: Paper

The AI algorithm could be uploaded to processors on some of China's Earth observation satellites already in orbit without any ground assistance: researchers.

U.S. Disrupts Prolific Botnet Controlled by Russian Military
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U.S. Disrupts Prolific Botnet Controlled by Russian Military

U.S. officials worked with law enforcement in the U.K., and network security company WatchGuard, to analyze the malware and develop detection and remediation tools...

Hackers Target Customers of 8 Malaysian Banks
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Hackers Target Customers of 8 Malaysian Banks

According to Slovak security firm ESET, the malicious apps are tied to websites spoofing legitimate services in Malaysia, including six clearing services and a...

First, There Were Bug Bounties. Now, Here Come the Bias Bounties
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First, There Were Bug Bounties. Now, Here Come the Bias Bounties

Offering rewards for the identification of bias in algorithms.

Pinterest Bans All Climate Misinformation
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Pinterest Bans All Climate Misinformation

The image-focused social network says it will take down content that distorts or denies facts of climate crisis.

You're Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way
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You're Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way

Apple and Google are pushing privacy changes, but a shift in digital tracking is giving some platforms a bigger advertising advantage.

Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography
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Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography

The existence of secure cryptography depends on one of the oldest questions in computational complexity.

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Code placed in consumer-facing apps is tied to U.S. national-security contractors, documents show.

Hackers' Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren't Fooling Anyone. So What's Their Goal?
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Hackers' Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren't Fooling Anyone. So What's Their Goal?

Experts say the hackers' intentions might not be to actually trick anyone, but to erode confidence in Ukrainian media outlets and institutions.

Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV
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Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV

Researchers in the Shadytel telecommunications and embedded device hacking group used a decommissioned Canadian satellite to broadcast a livestream to the Northern...

State Department Launches Cyber Bureau
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State Department Launches Cyber Bureau

The newly-minted office starts its work as U.S. and world leaders fret about cyberattacks spilling out of Russia's unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers
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BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers

One ransomware attack struck a professional football team as competitors were preparing for the Super Bowl.

Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco
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Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco

Waymo has deployed fully driverless cars onto the streets of San Francisco to provide free rides to its employees.

Putting 3D Printers to Work in Ukraine's War Zone
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Putting 3D Printers to Work in Ukraine's War Zone

Entrepreneurs in Poland are rushing three-dimensional printers to Ukraine for the manufacture of defensive equipment.
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