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AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices
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AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices

Researchers used artificial intelligence to design an invisibility cloak to conceal antennas or small communication devices from infrared light or microwave detectors...

FBI Director Warns Against TikTok as National Security Threat
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FBI Director Warns Against TikTok as National Security Threat

Christopher Wray voices concerns over a proposed deal to allow the continued operation of the Chinese-owned app in the U.S.

Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts
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Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Some workers allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes.

Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime
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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime

Italy has banned the use of facial recognition technology and "smart glasses," except when used in judicial investigations or the fight against crime.

K-12 Cyber Maturity Improving, but Still Lags Other Sectors
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K-12 Cyber Maturity Improving, but Still Lags Other Sectors

U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Jern Easterly said ransomware and other cyber threats targeting primary and secondary schools are...

Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers
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Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers

Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil said around 100 officers of the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Signals Directorate would participate in the...

Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown
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Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown

A new report finds that municipal agencies in Washington deploy dozens of automated decision systems, often without residents' knowledge.

Blockchain Game Could Help Create Metaverse No One Owns
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Blockchain Game Could Help Create Metaverse No One Owns

The sci-fi-themed online game Dark Forest operates on a blockchain, meaning no one can manipulate its outcome.

CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software
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CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software

Industrial Control Systems advisories from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency focus on vulnerabilities in software from ETIC Telecom, Nokia...

Can We Secure Cryptography Against Quantum Attacks?
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Can We Secure Cryptography Against Quantum Attacks?

If you want your digital information to be secure, you must implement post-quantum cryptography now, according to some leaders in the field.

After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold
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After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold

Researchers who study disinformation said most efforts to stoke doubt about results had failed to spread widely.

Cryptography's Future Will Be Quantum-Safe. Here’s How It Will Work
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Cryptography's Future Will Be Quantum-Safe. Here’s How It Will Work

Lattice cryptography promises to protect secrets from the attacks of far-future quantum computers.

Technology to Reduce Potholes
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Technology to Reduce Potholes

A team of researchers has developed a machine learning method for the real-time assessment of road base compaction quality.

Mississippi Election Websites Knocked Out by DDoS Attack
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Mississippi Election Websites Knocked Out by DDoS Attack

A senior CISA official said the agency was "aware" of the claim by Russian hackers, but refrained from pinning the outage on a specific actor.

OpenSSL Patches High Vulnerabilities
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OpenSSL Patches High Vulnerabilities

OpenSSL encryption library developer Open SSL Project issued a patch to correct two high-severity vulnerabilities that could enable remote code execution or website...

Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal
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Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal

The move comes after a newspaper report alleging politicians and business people have been under state surveillance.

Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms
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Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms

Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine.

A Cheating Scandal Has Rocked the Chess World. The 'Chess Detective' Is on the Case
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A Cheating Scandal Has Rocked the Chess World. The 'Chess Detective' Is on the Case

As computers have surpassed human players, chess cheaters have increasingly relied on engines to gain an edge, both online and during in-person play.

U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers
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U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers

"Close, constant surveillance and management through electronic means threaten employees' basic ability to exercise their rights."

Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos
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Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos

Misleading edits, fake news stories and deepfake images of politicians are starting to warp reality on the popular video platform.
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