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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election
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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election

U.S. election officials and security experts are concerned that conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election could encourage interference with...

LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked
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LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked

On Aug. 25, online password manager LastPass reported the theft of some of its source code and proprietary information.

5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable
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5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable

German security researchers determined 5G networks can be hacked, having breached and hijacked live networks in a series of "red teaming" exercises.

Remote Scan of Student's Room Before Test Violated His Privacy, Judge Rules
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Remote Scan of Student's Room Before Test Violated His Privacy, Judge Rules

A federal judge said Cleveland State University violated the Fourth Amendment when it used software to scan a student's bedroom.

Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You
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Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You

Amazon is expanding its reach into the healthcare and smart home industries through its acquisition of a primary care company and a merger with iRobot.

'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC
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'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC

Many challenges still lie ahead for post-quantum cryptography.

Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign
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Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign

It was the first time that an influence operation promoting U.S. interests abroad had been discovered and taken down from the social media platforms.

Oracle Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Tracking 5 Billion People
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Oracle Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Tracking 5 Billion People

A class-action lawsuit against U.S. multinational technology company Oracle claims it tracks and collects personal information on billions of people.

TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes
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TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes

A privacy researcherfound the TikTok video application's Web browser can track users' keystrokes.

Your Smartphone Could Recognize You by How You Hold It
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Your Smartphone Could Recognize You by How You Hold It

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence-powered algorithm to identify individuals based their hand vibrations when holding a smartphone.

Sloppy Software Patches Are a 'Disturbing Trend'
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Sloppy Software Patches Are a 'Disturbing Trend'

The Zero Day Initiative has found a concerning uptick in security updates that fail to fix vulnerabilities.

The Road to 6G
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The Road to 6G

Looking past 5G to sixth-generation wireless technology.

Flaw in VA's Medical Records Platform May Put Patients at Risk
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Flaw in VA's Medical Records Platform May Put Patients at Risk

Security researcher Zachary Minneker discovered a flaw in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA records platform and determined that hackers easily can...

Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data
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Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data

Researchers exploit computer processor's on-chip interconnect to launch side-channel attacks.

Thousands of GitHub Repositories Hacked to Include Malware
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Thousands of GitHub Repositories Hacked to Include Malware

Software developer Stephen Lacy identified a malicious URL in the code of an open source project on GitHub that he found through a Google search.

Zoom Used In Smuggled Code Attack
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Zoom Used In Smuggled Code Attack

Google Project Zero security researcher Ivan Fratric launched a remote code execution attack by exploiting the technology underlying Zoom and other applications...

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun
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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network.

FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge
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FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

Under the pilot program, campaigns would be able to circumvent algorithmic sorting by tech companies that at times sends their emails to spam.

IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack
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IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack

Researchers at FortiGuard Labs reported that an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet malware identified in mid-June has been evolving rapidly.

Raising the Ramparts
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Raising the Ramparts

Why the enterprise needs military-grade cybersecurity, too.
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