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China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears
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China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears

With the disease there mostly under control, officials are looking for new uses for the government software that's now on many phones.

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper
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Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper

Bengio was co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Prize, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2020, he was elected by his peers to The Royal Society...

Hiring from the Autism Spectrum
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Hiring from the Autism Spectrum

Companies increasingly are looking to hire people who are on the autism spectrum to fill IT roles.

Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina to Debut Apple/Google’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing
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Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina to Debut Apple/Google’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Apple and Google released software on Wednesday that will allow public health agencies around the world to build their own apps to track who may have been exposed...

Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats
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Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats

The contract is for "seven figures," Google says.

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose
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Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose

After analyzing more than 1 million samples of Android malware, researchershave found that malware coding is being hidden more cleverly.

Tactical Deceit
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Tactical Deceit

The art and science of deception technology.

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak
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COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak

Study finds a quarter of most watched videos with "non-factual" information.

Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks
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Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks

Researchers have discovered a new strain of malware built to infect Linux-based servers and smart Internet of Things devices.

Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students
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Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students

The Trump administration may suspend OPT, a program for foreign students to stay in the U.S. to get 1 or 2 years of occupational training after their educations...

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers have compromised multiple supercomputers in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, and possibly Spain with cryptocurrency-mining malware.

Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks
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Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks

New software identifies ransomware attacks before attackers can cause catastrophic damage, even if the ransomware has not been previously used.

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI
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China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI

Organizations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the U.S. Department...

Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees
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Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees

As companies navigate an increase in cyberattacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, they must contend with the security threats posed by their own employees.

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns
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Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns

Reports warn that legislation to curb disinformation on the coronavirus could damage legitimate journalism's efforts to combat this "disinfodemic."

Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies
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Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies

Crowdsourced data, artificial intelligence, and cryptography are emerging as vital tools for controlling transmission of COVID-19 as countries look for exit strategies...
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