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­.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 ­sers
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­.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 ­sers

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner’s Office has leveled a £183.39-million fine against British Airways for a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation...

FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches
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FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches

U.S. federal investigators using facial-recognition technology to search millions of Americans' state driver's license photos, without their knowledge or permission...

The ­pside of Adversarial Attacks
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The ­pside of Adversarial Attacks

They may lead to better neural networks.

Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed
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Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed

Travelers entering China from Kyrgyzstan must install an app on their phones, and researchers have analyzed how the app works.

The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet
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The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet

It infected 10 million computers. So why did cybergeddon never arrive?

How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want
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How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want

E-commerce websites sometimes use devious techniques to manipulate consumers into purchasing items and online services they may not otherwise want.

New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now
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New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now

A new digital forensics technique holds the potential to protect world leaders and celebrities from artificial intelligence-doctored "deepfake" videos.

Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered
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Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia found 2,040 counterfeit programs among more than 1 million Google Play apps.

Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning
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Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning

New techniques can "vaccinate" algorithms against adversarial attacks.

Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside
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Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside

Startup Starsky Robotics is testing unmanned semi trucks on public roads in Florida.

NASA Hack ­sed Raspberry Pi
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NASA Hack ­sed Raspberry Pi

A federal review of a 2018 data breach at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered an unauthorized Raspberry Pi computer was exploited to access the network,...

Who Owns Your Face?
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Who Owns Your Face?

Today's facial recognition tools raise new questions about how, where, and when data can be used.

Protecting the 2020 Census
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Protecting the 2020 Census

A new framework is being used to secure the 2020 U.S. Census from database reconstruction attacks.

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
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Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

Fighting Crime on the Dark Web
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Fighting Crime on the Dark Web

The Dark Web presents new challenges for law enforcement officials.

The Wikipedia Gender Gap
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The Wikipedia Gender Gap

Wikipedia, one of the most successful online communities in history, struggles to attract and retain female editors.

HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments
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HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments

Researchers have discovered vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside Hardware Security Modules .

­TSA Develops Cyber Agility Framework to Measure Network Protection Over Time
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­TSA Develops Cyber Agility Framework to Measure Network Protection Over Time

Researchers have developed what they’re calling the first quantifiable cyber agility framework for scoring hackers and cybersecurity defenders over time.
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