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MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves
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MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves

Researchers designed an algorithm to help a robot efficiently dress a human, theoretically ensuring human safety by reasoning about the human model's uncertainty...

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack
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Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses.

Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability
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Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability

Researchers warn a Microsoft software patch did not fully correct a flaw in the Windows operating system that allows hackers to commandeer infected networks.

Fallout From Hack of City Law Department Could Linger for Months
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Fallout From Hack of City Law Department Could Linger for Months

One department official was reassigned, and lawyers still lack remote access to case files, leading to delays with lawsuits.

Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists as They Wrestle With Mysteries
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Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists as They Wrestle With Mysteries

American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries like the coronavirus and UFOs that are as much about science as they...

Game Over: Chinese Company Deploys Facial Recognition to Limit Youths' Play
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Game Over: Chinese Company Deploys Facial Recognition to Limit Youths' Play

Tencent Games says it has been using facial recognition to enforce China's rules on how much time people under 18 can spend playing video games.

Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said the Russia-associated REvil hacker gang last weekend exploited previously unknown software flaws to cause a mass ransomware attack...

Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw
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Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw

Bad actors can exploit the flaw to remotely run code on victims' computers.

Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now
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Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now

As of June 30, all major voice providers in the U.S., including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Comcast, are required to implement technology to minimize illegal robocalls...

Mozilla Partners with Princeton Researchers for Privacy-Focused Data Sharing Platform on Firefox
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Mozilla Partners with Princeton Researchers for Privacy-Focused Data Sharing Platform on Firefox

The Mozilla Web browser's newly-launched Rally data sharing platform is designed to strengthen users' data privacy.

Danger Caused by Subdomains
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Danger Caused by Subdomains

A security vulnerability could enable hackers to commandeer Website subdomains and inflict severe damage.

Hackers Infecting Gamers' PCs with Malware to Make Millions From Crypto
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Hackers Infecting Gamers' PCs with Malware to Make Millions From Crypto

Hackers are exploiting gamers with "Crackonosh" malware to generate millions by mining cryptocurrency using gamers’ computers.

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

How Big Tech Created a Data 'Treasure Trove' for Police
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How Big Tech Created a Data 'Treasure Trove' for Police

In the first half of 2020, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft together fielded more than 112,000 data requests from local, state, and federal officials.

IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey
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IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey

In a JumpCloud survey of IT decision-makers at small and medium-sized enterprises, 56% think their organizations are spending too much to enable remote work.

Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity
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Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity

It might be making the ransomware crisis worse, say researchers.

Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report
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Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report

The average time to correct critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities grew from 197 days to 205 days between April and May 2021, according to WhiteHat Security. 

GPS Cyberattack Falsely Placed U.K. Warship Near Russian Naval Base
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GPS Cyberattack Falsely Placed U.K. Warship Near Russian Naval Base

A cyberattack may have been involved in a naval confrontation this week between Russia and a British warship in the Black Sea that never really happened.

Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023
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Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023

Plan to remove web-tracking technology from Chrome has faced pressure from competition regulators, privacy zealots, and the digital media industry.

Data Breaches: Most Victims Unaware When Shown Evidence of Multiple Compromised Accounts
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Data Breaches: Most Victims Unaware When Shown Evidence of Multiple Compromised Accounts

Most data breach victims do not realize their personal data has been exposed, according to a new study.
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