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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise
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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

Officials promised to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on the country's offensive capabilities to take the online battle overseas.

Who Shares the Most Fake News?
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Who Shares the Most Fake News?

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers determined that Facebook promulgates more fake news than Twitter, which is most likely to be spread by liberal-conservative...

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems
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Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.

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...

Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving
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Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving

The United Nations announced that 53 countries have agreed on common automated driving regulations.

California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First
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California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First

Santa Cruz, CA, has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing.

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.

AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods
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AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods

A coalition of more than 1,000 researchers, academics, and experts in artificial intelligence condemned soon-to-be-published research claims of predictive crime...

GDPR's Two-Year Review Flags Lack of 'Vigorous' Enforcement
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GDPR's Two-Year Review Flags Lack of 'Vigorous' Enforcement

Front and center for GDPR enforcement is the issue of resourcing for national data protection authorities tasked with providing oversight and issuing enforcement...

Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm
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Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm

In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit.

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa
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President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

The administration said the move will give U.S. workers access to an additional 525,000 jobs. But sectors with lots of H-1B visas tend to have low unemployment....

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...

A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office
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A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office

Tech, catering and design companies are rushing to sell employers on fever scanners, box lunches, and office floor-planning apps for social distancing. But it's...
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