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Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'
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Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'

Cloud-computing usage at large companies is measured in millions of records a day, making it 'humanly impossible' to keep track of costs.

Britain Sounds Alarm on Spyware, Mercenary Hacking Market
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Britain Sounds Alarm on Spyware, Mercenary Hacking Market

Britain's National Cybersecurity Centre also warned about hackers-for-hire, mercenary spies whose activities it said "raise the likelihood of unpredictable targeting...

How Generative Models Could Go Wrong
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How Generative Models Could Go Wrong

A big problem is that they are black boxes.

U.K. Police Double Down on 'Improved' Facial Recognition
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U.K. Police Double Down on 'Improved' Facial Recognition

The U.K.'s Metropolitan Police Service and South Wales Police remain commited to using Live Facial Recognition after research revealed "substantial improvement"...

The End of Faking It in Silicon Valley
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The End of Faking It in Silicon Valley

Recent charges, convictions, and sentences all indicate that the start-up world's habit of playing fast and loose with the truth actually has consequences.

CISA Releases Secure-by-Design, -Default Guidance
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CISA Releases Secure-by-Design, -Default Guidance

CISA and federal and international partners released a report providing software manufacturers with advice and specific guidance for creating products built and...

Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors
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Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors

A project at Carnegie Mellon University to build a secure Internet of Things infrastructure has erupted into a dispute over monitoring and privacy.

OpenAI Will Pay People to Report Vulnerabilities in ChatGPT
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OpenAI Will Pay People to Report Vulnerabilities in ChatGPT

OpenAI announced a new bug bounty program that will offer people $200 to $20,000 for finding and reporting vulnerabilities in the ChatGPT chatbot.

ACM Prize in Computing Recognizes Yael Tauman Kalai for Fundamental Contributions to Cryptography
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ACM Prize in Computing Recognizes Yael Tauman Kalai for Fundamental Contributions to Cryptography

ACM has named Yael Tauman Kalai to receive the 2022 ACM Prize in Computing for fundamental contributions to cryptography that have influenced modern practices. ...

'Digidog Is Out of the Pound': Robot Dog Rejoins New York Police
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'Digidog Is Out of the Pound': Robot Dog Rejoins New York Police

New York City Mayor Eric Adams says the New York Police Department will deploy the technology this summer.

Samsung Workers Made a Major Error by Using ChatGPT
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Samsung Workers Made a Major Error by Using ChatGPT

Samsung meeting notes and new source code are now in the wild after being leaked in ChatGPT.

Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns
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Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns

Move prompted by a recent data breach that exposed the personal information of ChatGPT users.

One of China's Most Popular Apps can Spy on its Users, say Experts
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One of China's Most Popular Apps can Spy on its Users, say Experts

"I've never seen anything like this."

Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail
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Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail

A man falsely accused of theft in a state he said he had never even visited.

A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.
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A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.

The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has...

Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice
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Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice

Participants of the Pwn2Own software exploitation conference hacked technology from automaker Tesla twice at the Zero Day Initiative's Pwn2Own software exploitation...

As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware
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As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware

The Biden administration says commercial spyware has proliferated in recent years with few controls and a high risk of abuse.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug
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Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug

General Bytes reported that over $1.5 million in bitcoin was drained from Internet-accessible wallets via its bitcoin ATMs by hackers that exploited a previously...
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