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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar
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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar

When a drone is flown as part of a crime, authorities often have a hard time collecting evidence unless they can actually obtain the device.

Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security
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Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security

A group of researchers claim to have developed a method for bypassing biometric security on smartphones using photographs of fingerprints.

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers
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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells.

With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri
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With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

Researchers used laser pointers and flashlights to effectively hijack digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri from hundreds of feet...

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

The Internet Is Getting Less Free
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The Internet Is Getting Less Free

Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting Internet freedoms.

Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era
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Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era

Cybersecurity majors are being trained to design hardware to be immune from software hacks.    

China Passes Cryptography Law
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China Passes Cryptography Law

China has passed a cryptography statute, which will become law on Jan. 1, that regulates how government, businesses, and private citizens may use the technology...

Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic
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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic

Volkswagen will test a quantum navigation app in Portugal next week, with plans to eventually incorporate its capabilities into automobiles.

Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands
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Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands

Researchers have developed exploits against voice assistants by encoding inaudible commands in songs and other audio content.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a system that perceives tiny fluctuations in ground shadows to ascertain whether an unseen object is...

CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites
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CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites

Researchers  in Germany discovered a new type of Web attack that can compromise content delivery networks into caching and then serving error pages instead of legitimate...

Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.

When Drones Fly
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When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Information Is Physics
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Information Is Physics

Individual bits of information can have direct physical consequences.

UTSA Study Warns of Security Gaps in Smart Bulbs
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UTSA Study Warns of Security Gaps in Smart Bulbs

Researchers found many popular smart-light brands have security holes and could be prime targets for hackers. 

Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores
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Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores

An area of San Francisco is emerging as a battleground to eliminate the traditional checkout process and reinvent the way consumers shop. 

Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks
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Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks

Security researchers warned Australia should not rely on any online voting system that lacks a thorough ballot-verification method, to ensure against fraudulent...

Bug in Python Script May Have Affected Hundreds of Studies
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Bug in Python Script May Have Affected Hundreds of Studies

A coding error in a set of Python scripts often used for computational analysis of chemistry data yielded significantly different outcomes, depending on which operating...

App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You
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App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You

Researchers in Germany and Australia found China is using a widely downloaded mobile app and translation service to siphon billions of pieces of information on...
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