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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit
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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit

The influential pro-Trump community broke the rules on harassment and targeting, said Reddit, which also banned other groups.

Stopping the Exploiters
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Stopping the Exploiters

An angry public demands an end to phishing sites exploiting Covid-19.  

Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day
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Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day

Netgear said it is close to releasing a patch for a software vulnerability that could enable hackers to remotely exploit home Internet routers to access devices...

Blocking Facial Recognition
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Blocking Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology faces opposition from technology industry giants, and from the grass roots.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months
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Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Starting Wednesday, the search giant will make a previously opt-in auto-delete feature the norm.

Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy
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Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy

A new tool can determine whether mobile applications for children comply with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

This Dangerous Keylogger Could Change the Entire Malware Space
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This Dangerous Keylogger Could Change the Entire Malware Space

Cofense Intelligence, a developer of “intelligent phishing defense solutions,” is raising concerns about a new keylogger because of how quickly the malware is updated...

Uber, Lyft Pricing Algorithms Charge More in Non-White Areas
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Uber, Lyft Pricing Algorithms Charge More in Non-White Areas

George Washington University researchers found apparent racial bias in pricing algorithms used by ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.

Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots
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Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots

Forced reboots are affecting some machines running Windows 10 version 1809 and above.  

Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency

Microsoft's Azure Security Center reported a cryptojacking scheme in which attackers hijacked machine learning clusters inside the Azure cloud computing service...

Quantum Satellite Links Extend More Than 1,000 Kilometers
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Quantum Satellite Links Extend More Than 1,000 Kilometers

The new system brings us one step closer to practical quantum cryptography.

L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws
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L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws

The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office attributes delays and long lines during the March 3 primary election to a feature of its new electronic voting system....

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste
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Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

We need to mitigate the environmental impact of disposing of electronics at their end of useful life.

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS
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U.S. HHS Battles DDoS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services networks were hit by a Distributed Denial of Service attack just as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up.

Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’
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Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’

The digital companions may sound like science fiction. But when social isolation became the norm, they helped deal with the loneliness, some users say.

Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots
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Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots

Thousands of votes in Georgia's primary may not have been counted, due to faulty software or poorly calibrated scanners used to count mailed ballots.

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning
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Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning

Norway has suspended use of a coronavirus contact tracing application to allow changes to be made.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
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Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Researchers  have developed a long-distance eavesdropping method that exploits vibrations on the glass surface of a light bulb's interior.

Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak
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Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak

The breach came nearly three years after Edward Snowden stole and disclosed classified information about NSA surveillance operations.

KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner
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KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner

U.K. cybersecurity firm Sophos is advising MSSQL database owners to fortify their servers against botnet-orchestrated brute-force attacks.
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