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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

The search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped
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You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped

People in the U.S. and China who think others are being deceived by online misinformation on COVID-19 are more likely to back corporate and political countermeasures...

AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation
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AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation

The Reconnaissance of Influence Operations program was developed to identify disinformation narratives and the individuals spreading them via social media.

Defending Against the Next Stuxnet
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Defending Against the Next Stuxnet

Experts are skeptical of an Iranian plan to evade Stuxnet replay attacks.

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

U.S. officials say more than $2 million in cryptocurrency payments to the hackers who held Colonial Pipeline hostage in May has been recovered.

Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth
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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth

Live now and enabled by default, Sidewalk keeps other people's devices near your home connected by passing their signals through your Echo and Ring devices.

Internet Outage Hits Major Websites
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Internet Outage Hits Major Websites

Hourlong disruption affected sites including The New York Times, U.K. government portal; cloud-services provider Fastly reports internal problem.

F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department
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F.B.I. Investigates Cyberattack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department

City lawyers' computer network was disabled after the attack, which the police and federal officials believe was the work of hackers.

Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit
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Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit

The problems appear related to Fastly, which runs a content delivery network, and have been largely resolved.

Apple Announces Enhanced Privacy in New iPhone OS
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Apple Announces Enhanced Privacy in New iPhone OS

The next version of iPhone operating software will have improved privacy features, Apple says.

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

The seizure of cryptocurrency paid by Colonial Pipeline to a Russian hacker ring marks a major milestone for the Department of Justice.  

Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices
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Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices

Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics.

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos
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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments must make future requests for home security video from its doorbells and cameras...

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users
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TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok has revised its U.S. privacy policy to say it is permitted it to "collect biometric identifiers and biometric information" from users' content, including...

PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks
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PNNL's Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks

Shadow Figment technology is designed to contain cyberattacks by luring hackers into artificial environments and feeding them false indicators of success.

White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections
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White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections

A memo issued by the White House offers recommendations for private sector organizations to guard against cyberattacks.

EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life
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EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life

The European Union has announced plans for a post-pandemic smartphone application to enable EU residents to access services across the bloc.

Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered
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Mass-scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered

The Twitter Trends platform's algorithm for identifying and alerting Twitter users to popular hashtag-fueled topics is vulnerable to mass-scale manipulation, researchers...
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