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TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night
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Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night

Chinese video game publisher Tencent has added a facial recognition system to more than 60 of its China-specific smartphone games.

Stanford Researcher's Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling
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Stanford Researcher's Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling

Researchers have devised cryptography that permits searching for DNA matches in criminal cases while protecting the suspect's genetic privacy.

Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find
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Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find

A new study suggests Amazon's recommendation that users factory reset their Internet of Things devices to erase personal information before reselling them may not...

Are We Engaged in a Cyber-war?
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Are We Engaged in a Cyber-war?

Here are the reasons why we're not.

For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It
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For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It

A boon for all things quantum.

Singapore Launching $50 Million Program to Advance Research on AI, Cybersecurity
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Singapore Launching $50 Million Program to Advance Research on AI, Cybersecurity

Singapore intends to invest $50 million in research on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity for next-generation communications infrastructures.

Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters
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Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters

Facial recognition systems increasingly are a target for fraudsters.

Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade
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Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade

A $16-billion effort to modernize health records at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ran into major problems in its first installation, two watchdog reports...

AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow
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AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow

Technology companies are developing artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to debug code as software maintenance becomes ever more challenging.
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