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Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks
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Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks

The McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team found a bug in the Netop Vision Pro Education software used by about 3 million teachers and students worldwide...

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System
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Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System

Privacy activists warn the Moscow metro's Face Pay facial recognition payment system constitutes a sinister move by Russia to monitor and control its people.

Facebook Researchers Collect Thousands of Hours of First-Person Video to Train AI
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Facebook Researchers Collect Thousands of Hours of First-Person Video to Train AI

The solution to machine learning problems is generally either more or better data.

How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience
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How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience

Our all-in guide to ferreting out falsehoods.

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans
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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Over a dozen cybersecurity experts have criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union to scan phones for illegal content.

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants
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AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according to University of Chicago scientists.

Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software
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Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software

An Apple analysis of the threats of side-loading warned of malicious apps migrating to third-party stores and infecting consumer devices.

Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones
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Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones

Vendor-customized Android variants transmit significant amounts of data from mobile phones to the operating system developer and third parties.

Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels
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Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels

Singapore and Finland have agreed to recognize each other's cybersecurity labels for Internet of Things devices.

'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch
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'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch

A spokesman for Check Point said it was the company's "strong suspicion" that Twitch's code had truly been leaked, which was "potentially disastrous."

Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them
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Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them

The leaders of Venice, Italy, are gathering the cellphone data of tourists and are using it, along with surveillance cameras, to monitor them.

Google to Pay Developers to Make Open Source Projects More Secure
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Google to Pay Developers to Make Open Source Projects More Secure

Google is investing $1 million in the Linux Foundation's Secure Open Source pilot program to make open source projects more secure.

Trust Still at Heart of NHS COVID App Reluctance
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Trust Still at Heart of NHS COVID App Reluctance

A survey of more than 1,000 U.K. residents showed high compliance among the half of participants who had downloaded the National Health Service App.

Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software
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Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software

Google's Open Source Security Team is starting with a $1-million investment, and plans to expand the program's scope based on community feedback.

Post-Quantum Cryptography: Protecting Today from Tomorrow
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Post-Quantum Cryptography: Protecting Today from Tomorrow

Crafting more difficult algorithms to protect secrets so they are resilient to future quantum computers is creating, in effect, post-quantum cryptography.

Widely Used Bitcoin ATMs Have Major Security Flaws
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Widely Used Bitcoin ATMs Have Major Security Flaws

Security researchers at crypto exchange Kraken warn that many bitcoin ATMs contain serious vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit.

In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law
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In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law

Chile has become the first country to pass a "neuro rights" law that establishes the rights of individuals to personal identity, free will, and mental privacy. ...

Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations
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Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone accelerometers could be used to eavesdrop on phone conversations, according to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers.

Active Defenders
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Active Defenders

How the new self-healing cybersecurity software works.

Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices
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Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices

Researchers discovered "critical cryptographic flaws" in the smartphone companion apps of 16 popular smart home devices.
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