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Woman Becomes First Healthcare Cyberattack Death
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Woman Becomes First Healthcare Cyberattack Death

A woman in Germany suffering a life-threatening illness was the first person to die from a cyberattack on a healthcare system.

Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues
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Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues

Arizona State University engineers have come up with an algorithm that manages autonomous vehicle traffic through intersections safely, under real-life conditions...

Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies
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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

U.K. police agencies are trying out the use of aerial drones to support ground-based forces in scenarios where helicopter or aircraft deployments may be less practical...

The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails
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The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

The Phish Scale could help organizations better train their employees to avoid being deceived by seemingly trustworthy emails.

Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug
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Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug

Defiant Inc. reports millions of WordPress sites have been attacked by hackers exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the "File Manager" WordPress plugin.

Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us
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Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us

Computer scientists are using artificial intelligence and digital databases to examine dreams and potentially identify mental issues.

AI Tech to Spot Dangerous Drivers
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AI Tech to Spot Dangerous Drivers

An automated system for vehicle license plate recognition could help identify dangerous drivers in real time before an incident occurs.

Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks
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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks

Security researchers at NVISO Labs discovered a malware gang is using a .NET library to create malicious Excel files.

Cities Tap AI to Regulate Short-Term Rentals as Travel Picks Up
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Cities Tap AI to Regulate Short-Term Rentals as Travel Picks Up

U.S. cities and towns are using artificial intelligence to monitor and regulate short-term rentals, with some hoping to spot tax-revenue opportunities during the...

Privacy, Blockchain, and IoT--Can We Keep Control of Our Own Identities?
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Privacy, Blockchain, and IoT--Can We Keep Control of Our Own Identities?

Research has found privacy issues innate to current blockchain platforms, suggesting the technology requires further refinement for consideration of privacy rights...

With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard
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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances
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Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances

The City Council of Portland, OR, on Wednesday adopted two landmark ordinances barring city and private usage of facial recognition technology.

Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments
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Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments

A platform developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can quantify security risks for companies without requiring them to disclose sensitive...

Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.
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Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.

Switzerland's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner Adrian Lobsiger called a U.S.-Swiss program for shielding personal information shared between...

Computers Can't Cut Red Tape
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Computers Can't Cut Red Tape

Modernizing government technology can be helpful during a crisis. To a point.

Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing
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Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing

Since April, computer scientists at Purdue University have been using an online database of public cameras to track compliance with social-distancing guidelines...

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

Visa has introduced a more advanced artificial intelligence tool to approve or deny credit and debit transactions when banks' networks are down.

Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs
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Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs

Security researchers found that Apple inadvertently passed a well-known form of malware for use on Mac systems through its notarization process.

Online Voting Company Pushes to Make It Harder for Researchers to Find Security Flaws
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Online Voting Company Pushes to Make It Harder for Researchers to Find Security Flaws

The Voatz electronic-voting company argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that security researchers should only seek flaws in e-voting systems with...
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