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U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election
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U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election

The U.S. government intends to launch a program to shield voter registration databases and systems from hackers ahead of the 2020 election.

Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine
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Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine

The Swedish Data Protection Authority fined the municipality of Skelleftea for using facial recognition to track students in violation of the European Union's General...

Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests
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Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests

A new study predicts 44% of the $135 billion projected to be spent in 2024 to secure critical city infrastructure against hackers will be invested in data safeguards...

Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call
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Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call

The Democratic National Committee warned its Rules and By-Laws Committee that virtual caucusing via teleconferencing may be untenable, as experts successfully hacked...

The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar
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The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar

The threat of cyberwar looms over the future: a new dimension of conflict capable of leapfrogging borders and teleporting the chaos of war to civilians thousands...

EU Plans Sweeping Regulation of Facial Recognition
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EU Plans Sweeping Regulation of Facial Recognition

The European Commission is planning regulation that will entitle European Union citizens to control the use of their facial recognition data.

Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020
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Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has ordered Georgia not to use its paperless voting machines, election management software, or servers for the 2020 election. ...

22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault
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22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault

Computer systems in 22 Texas municipalities have been hijacked by ransomware.

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed
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Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed

A tiny federal statute in 1996 transformed the web into a wildly lucrative business, and became Big Tech's favorite liability shield. It's now under attack from...

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist
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A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but they're missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging.

Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
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Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Researchers have incorporated blockchain into energy systems, which could serve to expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble
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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble

Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems, demonstrating that many machines could be hijacked and...

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech
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Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

U.S. lawmakers are debating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for user-generated content.

Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos
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Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos

Researchers at the University of Lincoln found that computers are more accurate than humans at detecting photos that have undergone face morphing, a digital manipulation...

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You
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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets...

Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud
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Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud

Visa is launching a platform to help its engineers quickly test artificial intelligence algorithms designed to detect and prevent credit card fraud.

Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer
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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things devices to infiltrate corporate networks.

Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules
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Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that Illinois-based Facebook users can sue the social network for using facial recognition software.

What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics
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What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics

Artificial intelligence  has become a major source of economic value, contributing as much as $2 trillion to today's global economy. Sophisticated machine learning...
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