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Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back
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Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back

After months of criticism, the cryptocurrency is moving ahead with significant revisions.

U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak
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U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak

Cybersecurity officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that state-backed hackers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

'Unkillable' Android Malware Gives Hackers Full Remote Access to Your Phone
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'Unkillable' Android Malware Gives Hackers Full Remote Access to Your Phone

A researcher at cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab found the xHelper malware uses a system of nested programs that makes it difficult to root out.

Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge
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Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge

The scientific evidence is clear: Security risks pose threat to free and fair elections

Docker Servers Targeted by Kinsing Malware Campaign
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Docker Servers Targeted by Kinsing Malware Campaign

Over the past few months, a malware campaign has been scanning the Internet for Docker servers running API ports exposed without a password.

 Give Tax Time Phishing Attacks the Slip
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Give Tax Time Phishing Attacks the Slip

Learning how to recognize tax-time email scams can help taxpayers and businesspeople avoid them.

Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012
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Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012

A BlackBerry research and intelligence team said five Chinese advanced persistent threat groups have long been attacking Linux servers.

Hackathons Target Coronavirus
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Hackathons Target Coronavirus

Thousands of technology enthusiasts and others worldwide are participating in hackathons to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

RAND Study Advocates 'Postquantum Cryptography'
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RAND Study Advocates 'Postquantum Cryptography'

A government think tank says a coordinated, long-term approach is needed to confront the "retroactive risk" to secure communications posed by quantum computing....

Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic
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Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic

The Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 reports that a hacker group has been eavesdropping on corporate networks since at least early December.

Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years
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Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years

A malware botnet has been launching brute-force attacks against Microsoft SQL databases for nearly two years.

A Digital Court for a Digital Age
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A Digital Court for a Digital Age

Researchers have created a mechanism that uses blockchain to settle legal disputes.

Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate
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Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate

Fingerprint-based authentication is fine for most people, but it's hardly foolproof.

WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
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WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation

From today, messages identified as "highly forwarded" can be forwarded to a single person, instead of five.

Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools
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Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools

As authorities seek technological solutions to the pandemic, experts fear the consequences for civil liberties.

COVID-19 Malware Will Wipe Your PC, Rewrite MBR
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COVID-19 Malware Will Wipe Your PC, Rewrite MBR

ZDNet has identified five COVID-19-themed malware strains that can wipe an infected PC's files or rewrite its master boot record (MBR).

Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See
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Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See

Cybersecurity researchers have found that many mobile phone applications allow others to access private data or block user-provided content through "backdoor secrets...

Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines
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Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines

Fraudulent Twitter accounts created by the Russian Internet Research Agency may have contributed to politicizing Americans’ views on vaccines.

Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor
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Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor

U.S. Army researchers have developed a quantum sensor that could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum.

A Vector for Skulduggery
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A Vector for Skulduggery

Dark patterns have been migrating to smartphone apps.
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