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Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems
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Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems

Experts said hackers' attempted lye-poisoning of a drinking water reservoir in Oldsmar, FL, last Friday highlights the vulnerability of the U.S. water supply.

How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?
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How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?

Like much else wrong with the world, the coronavirus is partly to blame.

U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks
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U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks

Third-party data breaches also make users more attractive targets for cyberattacks.

No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage
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No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage

Over-reliance on TSMC and soaring cost of old gear limits capacity expansion.

Data Drought Slows Advance of AI in Cybersecurity
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Data Drought Slows Advance of AI in Cybersecurity

It's early days, but both government and business want to solidify their cyberwalls with artificial intelligence. Yet training AI models requires reams of just...

'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks
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'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks

A study by researchers at Binghamton and Boston universities indicates most zoombombing attacks are caused by legitimate attendees.

Robot Can Understand What a Hug Is
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Robot Can Understand What a Hug Is

A prototype soft robot developed by researchers at Cornell University is imbued with sensory perception.

Neural Network Has Learned to Identify Tree Species
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Neural Network Has Learned to Identify Tree Species

Scientists at Russia's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have developed an algorithm that can identify tree species in satellite images.

Tracking the Hackers
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Tracking the Hackers

Dissecting the SolarWinds hack.

Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene
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Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene

A study by blockchain investigations firm Chainalysis found that cybercrime gangs often switch ransomware-as-a-service suppliers as they seek better profits.

Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide
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Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Trump administration officials last year formulated a Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan that has an algorithm allocate shots nationwide.

From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards
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From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards

China is channeling state funding and political influence to wrest control of technical standards for cutting-edge technologies from the West.

Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News
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Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News

Researchers used machine learning to develop a method for identifying fake news even when such reports are repeatedly adapted.

Flying Robots Suggest Bees Can't Rely on Instinct to Land on Flowers
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Flying Robots Suggest Bees Can't Rely on Instinct to Land on Flowers

Researchers used small drones to study how bees land on a flower.

Quantum Systems Learn Joint Computing
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Quantum Systems Learn Joint Computing

Researchers connected two quantum bits (qubits) in two different laboratories to a distributed quantum computer via a 60-meter (196-foot) optical fiber.

How the United States Lost to Hackers
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How the United States Lost to Hackers

America's biggest vulnerability in cyberwarfare is hubris.

Scientists Achieve 'Transformational' Breakthrough in Scaling Quantum Computers
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Scientists Achieve 'Transformational' Breakthrough in Scaling Quantum Computers

The Gooseberry cryogenic computer chip can operate at ‘millikelvin’ temperatures approaching absolute zero.

AI Predicts Asymptomatic Carriers of Covid-19
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AI Predicts Asymptomatic Carriers of Covid-19

Researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that can identify which people in a crowd most likely are asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19.

Here's a Way to Learn If Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos
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Here's a Way to Learn If Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos

The Exposing.AI online tool lets people search image collections for photos of themselves, to learn if such images were used to train facial recognition systems...

Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers
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Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers

Ford Motor's Spin division has announced a new service allowing electronic scooter operators to remotely move their scooters if they wind up in public spaces.
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