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Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw
From ACM TechNews

Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw

Polish security researcher Dawid Potocki discovered a vulnerability in MSI's motherboards that occurs when the Secure Boot default settings for "Image Execution...

NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Candidate Cracked
From ACM News

NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Candidate Cracked

It took researchers in Belgium just an hour to crack the SIKE cryptographic algorithm.

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
From ACM TechNews

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

Post-Quantum Cryptography
From Communications of the ACM

Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
From ACM News

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates
From ACM TechNews

Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates

U.K. informed consumer brand Which? warns smart appliances could stop operating after only two years due to a cessation of software updates from manufacturers. ...

The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It
From ACM News

The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It

Regulation is on the menu of a national cybersecurity strategy.

China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes
From ACM TechNews

China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes

The Cyberspace Administration of China Tuesday began enforcement of its "deep synthesis" technology regulations in an effort to prevent the production of "deepfakes...

Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates
From ACM TechNews

Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates

Security researchers identified a vulnerability in the app and website of Reviver, a company that sells digital license plates in California, Arizona, and Michigan...

Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans
From ACM TechNews

Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans

A survey of nearly 1,500 U.S. respondents found Russian Twitter campaigns during the 2016 presidential race primarily reached a small subset of users, most highly...

Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers

Scientists in China are claiming they have found a way for current-generation quantum computers to crack the RSA algorithm underlying the most common form of online...

Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity
From ACM News

Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity

Irish privacy regulator tells the Facebook and Instagram owner it can't use its contracts with users to justify sending them such ads.

To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
From ACM TechNews

To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

Tracking Fraudulent Mouse Movements
From ACM TechNews

Tracking Fraudulent Mouse Movements

An international research team led by Markus Weinmann at the University of Cologne identified online fraudsters by their mouse movements, which were found to be...

Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance
From ACM TechNews

Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance

Police forces worldwide are tapping technologies developed for coronavirus contact tracing for mass surveillance.

Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker
From ACM TechNews

Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert advising online users to install and use ad blockers.

How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System
From ACM News

How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System

An information technology director was put on leave for negligence after Suffolk County officials released the results of their investigation.

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures
From Communications of the ACM

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures

The overhead of error correction presents a serious challenge to scaling up quantum computing and may produce unexpected winners.

The Outlook for Crypto
From Communications of the ACM

The Outlook for Crypto

Can cryptocurrencies cut their environmental impact?

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
From Communications of the ACM

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.
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