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As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards
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As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards

Investors have poured $12.2 billion into cybersecurity companies so far this year, nearly $2 billion more than the total for all of 2020.

QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.
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QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.

Fueled by a desire for touchless transactions, QR codes popped up everywhere in the pandemic. Businesses don't want to give them up.

 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI
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Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI

Prosecutors in Chicago are being forced to withdraw evidence generated by the technology, which led to the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo earlier this...

Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime
From ACM TechNews

Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute.

Better Security Through Obfuscation
From Communications of the ACM

Better Security Through Obfuscation

The quest to find greater security through obscurity.

Fixing the Internet
From Communications of the ACM

Fixing the Internet

Internet security was once based on trust and needs to be updated.

The Unionization of Technology Companies
From Communications of the ACM

The Unionization of Technology Companies

New unions could change how tech giants engage with their employees.

Upholding ACM's Principles
From Communications of the ACM

Upholding ACM's Principles

Repeated ethical violations ends with membership revocation and ban.

TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies
From ACM TechNews

TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive imposes new rules requiring pipeline operators to strengthen their cyberdefenses.

Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking Webcam
From ACM TechNews

Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking Webcam

Researchers uncovered a security feature bypass vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows Hello system that permitted them to manipulate a USB webcam to unlock a Windows...

Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' And It Worked Scarily Well
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Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' And It Worked Scarily Well

  In a proof-of-concept, researchers reported they could embed malware in up to half of an AI model's nodes and still obtain very high accuracy.

Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw
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Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw

Microsoft offers a workaround to a bug that could give attackers the ability to copy an organization's password hashes for offline cracking.

The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself
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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

A new "red team" will try to anticipate and thwart attacks on machine learning programs.

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance
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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.

Constant but Camouflaged, Flurry of Cyberattacks Offers Glimpse of New Era
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Constant but Camouflaged, Flurry of Cyberattacks Offers Glimpse of New Era

Once imagined as a new kind of warfare, government-linked hacking has instead become a widespread and perhaps permanent feature of the global order.

U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks
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U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks

This is the first time Washington and other U.S. allies have assigned blame for the Microsoft Exchange hack, which compromised more than 100,000 servers worldwide...

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones
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As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real-time crowd monitoring along 18 km of beach as COVID-19 cases rise.

Encrypting Photos on the Cloud to Keep Them Private
From ACM TechNews

Encrypting Photos on the Cloud to Keep Them Private

Computer scientists at Columbia University have developed a system that allows mobile users to encrypt personal images on cloud photo services in order to maintain...

NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding
From ACM TechNews

NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding

Tests of face recognition software indicate the most accurate algorithms are able to confirm airline passenger identities at boarding while committing few errors...
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