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People Are Overconfident About Identifying Phishing Emails
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People Are Overconfident About Identifying Phishing Emails

The results of a new study suggest that people may be overconfident in their ability to identify email phishing scams.

Ransomware Forces Hospitals to Turn Away All but Most Critical Patients
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Ransomware Forces Hospitals to Turn Away All but Most Critical Patients

Ransomware has crippled hospitals in Alabama and Australia, blocking admission for all but the most critical new patients.

U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity
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U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revived a program to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in aviation, in conjunction with the Pentagon and the U...

France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program
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France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program

France is set to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to provide its citizens secure digital identities.

Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds
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Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds

A report by researchers at Bard College's Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that 95 countries currently own unmanned military drones—up from 60 in 2010...

Microsoft, MasterCard, Hewlett Foundation Launch Institute to Investigate Cyberattacks
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Microsoft, MasterCard, Hewlett Foundation Launch Institute to Investigate Cyberattacks

Microsoft, MasterCard, the Hewlett Foundation, and other organizations have jointly announced the launch of an institute to probe cyberattacks and help their victims...

Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One
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Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One

Two U.S. congressmen created an artificial intelligence-doctored political video to demonstrate the threat such disinformation presents.

EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin
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EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a system that represents a new, low-cost way to think about cryptocurrencies.

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles
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UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted United Parcel Service permission to fly delivery drones under regulations similar to airline rules, with few restrictions...

PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files
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PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files

Researchers in Germany have developed a new attack that can extract and steal data from encrypted Portable Document Format (PDF)  files, sometimes without user...

High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars
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High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars

Some companies are considering the use of high-tech sensors to address self-driving cars'  limited ability to safely maneuver in traffic and see clearly in all...

Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia
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Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia

Twenty-seven countries signed a joint cybersecurity pledge in a lead-up to the U.N. General Assembly's General Debate last week.

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.
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