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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...

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.

26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation
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26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation

BACE Group CEO Charlette N'Guessan, 26, is the first woman named to receive the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs
From ACM TechNews

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.

Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend
From ACM News

Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend

Facebook is only the latest developer to feel the squeeze.

Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election
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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset.

The Enigma of Family Secrets
From ACM News

The Enigma of Family Secrets

In 53 years of marriage, Goldman never reveals being a member of Alan Turing and Gordon Welchsman's team that built and perfected the machine called the Bombe that...

Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1
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Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1

Microsoft Windows and Android security evaluator AV Test's 2019/2020 Security Report found malware targeting Windows computers constituted 83.45% of all malware...

QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women
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QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women

An algorithm developed at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia can identify misogynistic content on Twitter with 75% accuracy.

NSA and Cyber Command chief pledges muscular defense of November election
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NSA and Cyber Command chief pledges muscular defense of November election

The preparations include sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security to help harden election systems against hacking, and with the FBI to help...

Researchers Develop Detection Method to Protect Army Networks
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Researchers Develop Detection Method to Protect Army Networks

U.S. Army researchers have developed a novel algorithm which, they say, can protect networks by detecting suspicious activity missed by current analytical methods...

The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data
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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps.

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

The deep-learning application makes more accurate decisions on behalf of banks experiencing network disruptions, Visa says.

Army Researchers Develop Sensors for Small Drones
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Army Researchers Develop Sensors for Small Drones

Researchers have developed a novel sensor and software application to help unmanned aerial systems avoid active power lines.

U.S. Agency Takes Part in Simulated Cyberattack on Critical Systems
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Agency Takes Part in Simulated Cyberattack on Critical Systems

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency  successfully completed a biannual simulated cyberattack on critical...

AI on Edge
From Communications of the ACM

AI on Edge

Shifting artificial intelligence to the "edge" of the network could transform computing . . . and everyday life.

Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties

Microsoft has awarded $13.7 million to security researchers since July 2019 for reporting bugs in its software, which is triple the $4.4 million from the same period...

Security Gap Allows Eavesdropping on Mobile Phone Calls
From ACM TechNews

Security Gap Allows Eavesdropping on Mobile Phone Calls

Researchers from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum and New York University Abu Dhabi eavesdropped on cellphone calls by exploiting a security flaw in basestation implementations...

NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool
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NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool

The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have publicly exposed a sophisicated hacking tool that Russian intelligence used to penetrate...

Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election
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Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election

Facebook, Google, and other major technology firms Wednesday announced an expansion of their coalition to secure the November U.S. presidential election, and met...
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