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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies
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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies

U.S., rivals seek ways to adapt spycraft to a changing world; being on the grid can blow your cover, but so can staying off

White House Blacklists 8 Chinese Quantum Computing Companies Citing National Security Risks
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White House Blacklists 8 Chinese Quantum Computing Companies Citing National Security Risks

The eight Chinese entities were added to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Entity List specifically for risks related to quantum computing technology.

No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data
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No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data

To determine your risk, start-ups are applying technology to data points as various as your college and the mileage on the used car you want to buy.

UNESCO Member States Adopt Global Agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
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UNESCO Member States Adopt Global Agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The agreement aims to realize the advantages artificial intelligence brings to society, and to reduce the risks it entails.

Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight
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Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight

Princeton University researchers have developed a millimeter-wave wireless microchip that can thwart interception of wireless transmissions.

Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip
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Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip

The world's first all-electric and emission-free container ship completed its 8.7-mile maiden voyage from Porsgrunn, Norway, to the Norwegian port of Brevik.

 Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats
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Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats

Government agencies are also warning companies and consumers to be on guard against holiday attacks.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Bank Regulators Released a 'Road Map' for Crypto Regulation That Is Short on Details
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Bank Regulators Released a 'Road Map' for Crypto Regulation That Is Short on Details

Banks have been clamoring for more information from their regulators in recent months about how they can safely participate in cryptocurrency markets.

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones
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Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of "flagrant" violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

Can a Free Internet Survive?
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Can a Free Internet Survive?

Internet freedom is eroding on two fronts: the sheer number of efforts to block access to legitimate information, and the level of sophistication used.

Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure
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Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure

A hacking group is targeting a broad range of organizations, taking advantage of vulnerabilities that have been patched but not yet updated.

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How
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We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse
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This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse

The SugarCoat tool developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Brave Software can better protect users' private data as they browse...

Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge
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Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge

Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated.

Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City
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Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City

California drone startup Zipline has signed a service agreement with Utah's Intermountain Healthcare to deliver medicine and other supplies to its Salt Lake City...

BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits
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BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits

AT&T researchers found the BotenaGo malware botnet uses 33 exploits to attack millions of routers, modems, network attached storage, and Internet of Things devices...

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.
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