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The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down
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The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down

Researchers found that a botnet they have been following disguised one of its IP addresses in the bitcoin blockchain to guard against a command-and-control server...

China Charges Ahead with National Digital Currency
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China Charges Ahead with National Digital Currency

China is forging ahead with a national digital currency called the electronic Chinese yuan (eCNY).

AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise
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AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's final report to Congress calls on the U.S. to enhance its AI skills as a means of countering China...

Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers
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Chinese Spyware Code Was Copied From America's NSA: Researchers

Researchers discovered that code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has been used to support Chinese hacking operations.

AI vs. AI: The Race to Generate, Share, and Detect Deepfakes
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AI vs. AI: The Race to Generate, Share, and Detect Deepfakes

Fakers and researchers alike are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to produce and identify manipulated digital content.

SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data
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SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data

Major technology companies are debating the safest data storage measures for customers following the SolarWinds hack.

Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes
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Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes

A submarine fiber-optic cable owned by Google was used by researchers to detect earthquakes and ocean waves generated by storms.

Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds
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Bots Hyped GameStop on Major Social Media Platforms, Analysis Finds

An analysis by PiiQ Media found that bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop and other meme stocks.

Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns
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Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns

The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog for deployment in dangerous situations, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.

How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

Security Flaw Detected for 2nd Time in Credit Cards
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Security Flaw Detected for 2nd Time in Credit Cards

Researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich have uncovered a method for bypassing security measures to use certain credit and debit cards without a PIN code.

The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality
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The Long, Painful Path of Net Neutrality

Where the war over net neutrality stands, and why it (sort of) matters today.

France Ties Russia's Sandworm to Multiyear Hacking Spree
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France Ties Russia's Sandworm to Multiyear Hacking Spree

The French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems said attackers associated with Russian military hackers have been compromising French targets...

This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers
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This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers

The U.K. Cyber Security Council aims to serve as a "one-stop shop" for people seeking careers in information security.

Is MFA Needed to Improve Security?
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Is MFA Needed to Improve Security?

Considering the outlook for multi-factor authentication applications.

GCHQ to Use AI to Tackle Child Sex Abuse, Disinformation, Trafficking
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GCHQ to Use AI to Tackle Child Sex Abuse, Disinformation, Trafficking

The U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has published a paper outlining how artificial intelligence could be used to help protect that nation. ...

Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior
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Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior

A study by Northwestern University researchers highlighted how the public can influence companies they think are misusing their data or engaging in unethical behavior...

EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation
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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Senators and corporate executives warned Tuesday that the "scope and scale" of the hacking of government agencies and companies were still unclear.
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