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U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack
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U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack

Lazarus Group allegedly has stolen nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency since 2017.

Quantum Secure Communication Breakthrough for China Scientists
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Quantum Secure Communication Breakthrough for China Scientists

Technology inventor achieves new transmission distance of 100km, and says it is suitable at shorter distances for audio calls and texts.

Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve
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Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve

Ukraine claims to have doxed Russian troops and spies, while hacktivists are regularly leaking private information from Russian organizations.

How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive
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How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive

By combining two processors into one, the company has squeezed a surprising amount of performance out of silicon.

U.S. Department of Commerce Appoints 27 Members to National AI Advisory Committee
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U.S. Department of Commerce Appoints 27 Members to National AI Advisory Committee

Appointments are the first for the recently established committee, which will advise the President.

Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha
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Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha

Authorities in Ukraine have deployed technology as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged war crimes by Russian forces in the town of Bucha.

Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap
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Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap

The robots-as-a-service model is gaining ground as companies increasingly automate amid the pandemic, worker shortages, and surging demand.

Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader
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Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader

Symantec researchers have identified a campaign perpetrated by a hacker group associated with the Chinese government using VLC Media Player to launch a custom malware...

People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar
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People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar

The U.K. National Health Service will offer roughly 250,000 people in England with type 1 diabetes a skin sensor to monitor their blood sugar.

Quantum Datacenter Intranet Advances
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Quantum Datacenter Intranet Advances

While these breakthroughs must be considered proofs of concept, they demonstrate the pieces of future quantum datacenters are coming together, says independent...

U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems
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U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems

The alert said the actors are specifically targeting Schneider Electric MODICON and MODICON Nano PLCs, and OMRON Sysmac NJ and NX PLCs.

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free
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Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free

A new virtual reality haptics system eliminates hand-based hardware by manipulating the forearm instead of the hand to generate physical sensations.

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Google has pulled dozens of applications from its Google Play store amid researchers' findings that they contain software that secretly harvests data.

Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables
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Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists are monitoring Italy’s Mount Etna through fiber-optic cables, using distributed acoustic sensing to detect seismic signals that conventional sensors...

Understanding Software Engineering Salaries in 2022
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Understanding Software Engineering Salaries in 2022

Online employment marketplace Hired's 2022 State of Software Engineers report found mounting cyberattacks last year raised demand for security engineers.

Carla E. Brodley of Northeastern University to Receive Inaugural ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring
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Carla E. Brodley of Northeastern University to Receive Inaugural ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring

Brodley developed, disseminated data-driven mentoring practices to make computer science more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

CISA Adds Google, Microsoft and QNAP Bugs to Exploited Vulnerabilities List
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CISA Adds Google, Microsoft and QNAP Bugs to Exploited Vulnerabilities List

CISA has added 15 vulnerabilities to its catalog in April.

Ukraine Thwarts Cyberattack on Electric Grid, Officials Say
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Ukraine Thwarts Cyberattack on Electric Grid, Officials Say

The attack, which was set for last Friday, used software similar to the 'industroyer' code used in a 2016 hack of Kyiv's grid, experts noted.

AI-Based Model Can Use ECG Images to Diagnose Multiple Heart Rhythm, Conduction Disorders
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AI-Based Model Can Use ECG Images to Diagnose Multiple Heart Rhythm, Conduction Disorders

An artificial intelligence model can diagnose several heart rhythm and conduction disorders using electrocardiogram images in various formats and layouts.

Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War
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Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War

A cyberattack anchored on a satellite network owned by U.S-based Viasat and used by Ukraine's government and military underscores the vulnerability of commercial...
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