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Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches
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Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches

Huawei Technologies' membership in the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams has been suspended.

Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia
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Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia

A report from the DEF CON Voting Machine Hacking Village conference described the discovery of a hack for commandeering ballot-scanning machines similar to those...

Decoding How Kids Get Into Hacking
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Decoding How Kids Get Into Hacking

Michigan State University's Thomas Holt identified characteristics and gender-specific behavioral patterns that could inspire children to become hackers.

Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups
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Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups

Israeli cybersecurity firms Check Point and Intezer have charted Russian hackers' toolkits from wide-ranging analysis of 2,500 malware samples.

Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones
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Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to catch distracted drivers on their smartphones.

Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study
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Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study

An analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that the German government is too dependent on the software of just a few software providers.

The CS Teacher Shortage
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The CS Teacher Shortage

How can we fill more computer science classrooms when there just aren't enough teachers to go around?

Fending Off Digital Sabotage
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Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research
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U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia its first three Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants to research and develop...

World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech
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World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech

China is the global leader in surveillance technologies, although other countries are catching up, according to a study by the Carnegie Endowment for International...

Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward
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Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward

Strong data encryption thwarts criminals and preserves privacy. At the same time, it complicates law enforcement investigations. A Carnegie working group looks...

Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it
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Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it

The Grant for the Web program will give roughly $20 million per year for five years to content sites, open source infrastructure developers, and others.

Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety
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Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety

Cyberattacks pose a rising threat to food production and safety, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota's Food Protection and Defense Institute...

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City
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How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City

The more connected a smart city is, the greater its vulnerability to cyberattack.

Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook
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Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

A new study has found that certain smart TVs and streaming dongles transmit information to Netflix, Facebook, and third-party services, in some cases even when...

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things
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Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

A group of researchers uncovered implementation flaws in Internet of Things devices.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step
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Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step

A new artificial leg is equipped with sensors that allow users to feel when the leg flexes and lands on the ground.

Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction
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Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction

Students in a Louisiana State University computer science class developed a crime-prediction software program.
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