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Encrypting Photos on the Cloud to Keep Them Private
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Encrypting Photos on the Cloud to Keep Them Private

Computer scientists at Columbia University have developed a system that allows mobile users to encrypt personal images on cloud photo services in order to maintain...

NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding
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NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding

Tests of face recognition software indicate the most accurate algorithms are able to confirm airline passenger identities at boarding while committing few errors...

Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night
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Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night

Chinese video game publisher Tencent has added a facial recognition system to more than 60 of its China-specific smartphone games.

Stanford Researcher's Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling
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Stanford Researcher's Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling

Researchers have devised cryptography that permits searching for DNA matches in criminal cases while protecting the suspect's genetic privacy.

Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find
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Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find

A new study suggests Amazon's recommendation that users factory reset their Internet of Things devices to erase personal information before reselling them may not...

Are We Engaged in a Cyber-war?
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Are We Engaged in a Cyber-war?

Here are the reasons why we're not.

For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It
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For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It

A boon for all things quantum.

Singapore Launching $50 Million Program to Advance Research on AI, Cybersecurity
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Singapore Launching $50 Million Program to Advance Research on AI, Cybersecurity

Singapore intends to invest $50 million in research on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity for next-generation communications infrastructures.

Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters
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Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters

Facial recognition systems increasingly are a target for fraudsters.

Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade
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Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade

A $16-billion effort to modernize health records at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ran into major problems in its first installation, two watchdog reports...

AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow
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AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow

Technology companies are developing artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to debug code as software maintenance becomes ever more challenging.

MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves
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MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves

Researchers designed an algorithm to help a robot efficiently dress a human, theoretically ensuring human safety by reasoning about the human model's uncertainty...

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack
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Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses.

Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability
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Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability

Researchers warn a Microsoft software patch did not fully correct a flaw in the Windows operating system that allows hackers to commandeer infected networks.

Fallout From Hack of City Law Department Could Linger for Months
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Fallout From Hack of City Law Department Could Linger for Months

One department official was reassigned, and lawyers still lack remote access to case files, leading to delays with lawsuits.

Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists as They Wrestle With Mysteries
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Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists as They Wrestle With Mysteries

American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries like the coronavirus and UFOs that are as much about science as they...

Game Over: Chinese Company Deploys Facial Recognition to Limit Youths' Play
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Game Over: Chinese Company Deploys Facial Recognition to Limit Youths' Play

Tencent Games says it has been using facial recognition to enforce China's rules on how much time people under 18 can spend playing video games.

Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said the Russia-associated REvil hacker gang last weekend exploited previously unknown software flaws to cause a mass ransomware attack...

Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw
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Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw

Bad actors can exploit the flaw to remotely run code on victims' computers.

Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now
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Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now

As of June 30, all major voice providers in the U.S., including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Comcast, are required to implement technology to minimize illegal robocalls...
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