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277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP
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277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP

Akamai researchers found as many as 277,000 routers capable of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) connectivity protocol vulnerable to "Eternal Silence" attacks....

GPU Fingerprinting Can Be Used to Track You Online
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GPU Fingerprinting Can Be Used to Track You Online

And we thought cookies were dangerous enough.

U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks
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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks

Intelligence assessments suggest that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would most likely be preceded by cyberattacks on the country.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature
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Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature

The software recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.

The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon
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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains from NSO's Pegasus spyware, a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros
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Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros

Polkit, a system-wide privilege manager for Unix-like operating systems, contains a 12-year-old memory-corruption vulnerability.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One
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It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One

Crypto prices are highly volatile, but die-hard enthusiasts believe prices will keep soaring in a world where traditional notions of value don't apply.

Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users
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Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users

Security researchers have uncovered macOS malware that can be installed by exploits almost impossible for most users to detect.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

Minecraft DDoS Attack Leaves Small European Country Without Internet
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Minecraft DDoS Attack Leaves Small European Country Without Internet

Andorra Telecom experienced repeated distributed denial-of-service attacks during the SquidCraft Games tournament in Minecraft, a multi-day Twitch gaming tournament...

The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies
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The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies

New water cybersecurity standards are coming – but they're voluntary.

How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China
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How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China

A war game and study by a think tank illustrate how dependent the world is on Taiwan's semiconductor foundries.

Safari Flaws Exposed Webcams, Online Accounts, More
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Safari Flaws Exposed Webcams, Online Accounts, More

Apple awarded a $100,500 bug bounty to the researcher who discovered the latest major vulnerability in its browser.

New Supply Chain Security Standard for ICT
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New Supply Chain Security Standard for ICT

This is the first global standard to measure and verify supplier strust, and to protect digital infrastructure.

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots
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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?

Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout
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Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

Amazon will open a 30,000-sq.-ft. clothing store in Los Angeles later this year.

More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities
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More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities

The 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report estimates 53% of medical devices in hospitals connected to the Internet of Things have critical flaws.
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