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U.S. Has Almost 500,000 Job Openings in Cybersecurity
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U.S. Has Almost 500,000 Job Openings in Cybersecurity

The U.S. Commerce Department's Cyber Seek technology job-tracking database and the trade group CompTIA count about 465,000 current U.S. cybersecurity job openings...

Shape-Shifting Computer Chip Thwarts Hackers
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Shape-Shifting Computer Chip Thwarts Hackers

A secure new computer processor thwarts hackers by randomly changing its underlying structure, making it virtually impossible to hack.

Microsoft is Retiring Web browser Internet Explorer
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Microsoft is Retiring Web browser Internet Explorer

Some versions of the Windows operating system will continue to receive support for Internet Explorer.

Study Explores Privacy of Prison Communications
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Study Explores Privacy of Prison Communications

The constant monitoring of people incarcerated in the U.S. extends to communications between inmates and their relatives.

Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference
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Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference

The experts have weighed in: Non-fungible tokens are dumb as hell.

Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data
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Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data

Microsoft has issued a warning over RevengeRAT, a remote access tool that has been used to target aerospace and travel industries with spear-phishing campaigns....

Cloudflare Reveals Plan to End CAPTCHA 'Madness'
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Cloudflare Reveals Plan to End CAPTCHA 'Madness'

Cloudflare says the CAPTCHA system wastes nearly 500 human years every single day.

Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System
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Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System

Energy infrastructure has increasingly come under assault, and analysts said the attack that cut off fuel supplies this week should be a "wake-up call."

Colonial Pipeline Paid Nearly $5 million in Ransomware Blackmail Payment
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Colonial Pipeline Paid Nearly $5 million in Ransomware Blackmail Payment

The payment was reportedly made soon after the attack began. It wasn't enough to stop the disruption.

Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag
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Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag

German security researcher stacksmashing was able to break into, dump, and reflash the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag object-location product.

Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity

President Biden's order places strict new standards on software sold to the government.

This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?
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This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?

One 'boring but really important' change could improve your security posture significantly. But not everyone does it.

96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find
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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find

U.S. users have opted out of application tracking nearly all of the time following Apple's release of iOS 14.5 in April.

Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip
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Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip

Researchers have developed a three-dimensionally printed smart finger ring that potentially could replace house keys, wallets, health insurance cards, and more....

Election Security: A Scientific View
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Election Security: A Scientific View

Barbara Simons and the issues with Internet voting.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply
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Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply

While the impact has been limited so far, some energy analysts warned of possible shortages and higher prices as the suspension continues.

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission
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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.

Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers
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Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers

Millions of U.K. households use old broadband routers that hackers could exploit.
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