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Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps
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Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps

"Everything was a lie," said one woman lured into a recent scam.

Fake Faces Created by AI Look More Trustworthy than Real People
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Fake Faces Created by AI Look More Trustworthy than Real People

Researchers found that people have a hard time distinguishing images of human faces created by artificial intelligence from images of real faces.

A Source of Security Challenges for Years to Come
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A Source of Security Challenges for Years to Come

Cybersecurity experts agree the recently uncovered Log4Shell software vulnerability is the most dangerous on record.

Thanks to Glitch, Some Seattle Mazda Drivers Can't Tune Their Radios Away from KUOW
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Thanks to Glitch, Some Seattle Mazda Drivers Can't Tune Their Radios Away from KUOW

Some Seattle-area drivers in Mazdas are finding that the HD Radios in their vehicles will only play KUOW 94.9 FM, the National Public Radio station.

Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion
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Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion

Google routinely restricts in-depth information until a majority of users have had the chance to apply the update, which will be rolled out in the near future. ...

Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info
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Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info

The attackers exploited a known vulnerability and installed credit card skimmers on more than 500 websites.

Remote Sensing Technology Reduces Urban Air Pollution
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Remote Sensing Technology Reduces Urban Air Pollution

Researchers found that a city’s use of a remote emissions sensing system could significantly improve that city’s air quality.

Fingerprinting the IoT
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Fingerprinting the IoT

Carnegie Mellon University researchers strengthened the security of Internet of Things devices by making them more resilient against exploitation.

Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say
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Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say

The lawmakers called for the immediate declassification of details about the surveillance program and what data was collected.

Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking
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Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking

The $29 devices have become a headache for the company.

Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware
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Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware

Threat groups often hide malware behind macros in innocent-seeming documents, but Microsoft's proposed change should make that route less effective.

As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow
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As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow

As automakers add technology to cars, software bugs follow.

Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online
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Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online

Researchers have determined that birthday wishes on Twitter can inadvertently expose private data that could jeopardize recipients' online security.

I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification
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I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification

After a bipartisan backlash, the agency will transition away from using a service from ID.me.

The New Spy Wars
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The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus, and the world.

277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP
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277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP

Akamai researchers found as many as 277,000 routers capable of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) connectivity protocol vulnerable to "Eternal Silence" attacks....

GPU Fingerprinting Can Be Used to Track You Online
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GPU Fingerprinting Can Be Used to Track You Online

And we thought cookies were dangerous enough.

U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks
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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks

Intelligence assessments suggest that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would most likely be preceded by cyberattacks on the country.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature
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Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature

The software recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.
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