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Hackers-For-Hire Group Develops 'PowerPepper' In-Memory Malware
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Hackers-For-Hire Group Develops 'PowerPepper' In-Memory Malware

Kaspersky cybersecurity researchers revealed a previously undiscovered in-memory Windows backdoor for executing remote malware and stealing data.

Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased
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Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased

Researchers at Harvard University and Germany's Technische Universität Berlin analyzing how "fair" ranking algorithms affect gender uncovered inconsistent ranking...

Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General
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Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General

Claims target social-media giant's past acquisitions, tactics against competitors.

Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed
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Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed

Internet of Things security firm Forescout uncovered 33 flaws in seven open source TCP/IP stacks that potentially leave millions of IoT devices vulnerable.

In Battle Against Hackers, Companies Try to Deceive the Deceivers
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In Battle Against Hackers, Companies Try to Deceive the Deceivers

Companies are attempting to trap hackers by enticing them with deception technology.

Spies with Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Believed to have Hacked a top American Cybersecurity Firm, Stolen its Sensitive Tools
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Spies with Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Believed to have Hacked a top American Cybersecurity Firm, Stolen its Sensitive Tools

"We are witnessing an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities," FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia said in a blog post.

Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds
From ACM News

Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds

IP theft and financial crime account for at least 75% of cyber losses and pose the greatest threat to companies, according to the report.

Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing
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Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing

A machine learning system can be used with voice assistants to detect typing on touchscreens nearby, using artificial intelligence (AI) tools to determine what...

Cyberattacks Discovered on Vaccine Distribution Operations
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Cyberattacks Discovered on Vaccine Distribution Operations

IBM has found that companies and governments have been targeted by unknown attackers, prompting a warning from the Homeland Security Department.

China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code
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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for a uniform set of policies and standards to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the global economy during the pandemic...

Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault
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Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault

Computer scientists have engineered a solution to partial network partitioning, which can cause catastrophic system failures.

Software Stalks Malware in the Wild
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Software Stalks Malware in the Wild

A new tool can pinpoint online malware source code repositories with 89% accuracy.

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act to strengthen the cybersecurity of Internet-connected...

AI Research Finds 'Compute Divide' Concentrates Power, Accelerates Inequality in Era of Deep Learning
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AI Research Finds 'Compute Divide' Concentrates Power, Accelerates Inequality in Era of Deep Learning

An unequal distribution of compute power in academia is exacerbating inequality in deep learning, say researchers at Virginia Tech and Western University.

Disaster Apps Share Personal Data in Violation of Their Privacy Policies
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Disaster Apps Share Personal Data in Violation of Their Privacy Policies

Popular disaster applications are violating their privacy policies by continuing to track users' whereabouts, or providing personal information to third parties...

Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks
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Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks

Schools struggling to stay open during the Covid-19 pandemic are being targeted by ransomware, as hackers threaten to post sensitive student information online....

'Extremely Aggressive' Internet Censorship Spreads in the World's Democracies
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'Extremely Aggressive' Internet Censorship Spreads in the World's Democracies

University of Michigan researchers used an automated censorship tracking system to demonstrate that online censorship is proliferating in even the freest countries...

How to Make AI Less Biased
From ACM TechNews

How to Make AI Less Biased

Academic researchers and the technology industry are working to eliminate bias from artificial intelligence systems.

 Future Series: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology and Systemic Risk
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Future Series: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology and Systemic Risk

Unless action is taken now, by 2025 next generation technology, on which the world will increasingly rely, has the potential to overwhelm the defences of the global...

Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters

University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists have developed a countermeasure against video game cheaters.
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