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Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test
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Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system.

Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database
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Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database

Five servers storing customer support analytics were accidentally exposed online in December 2019.

Tracking Shoppers
From Communications of the ACM

Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems
From Communications of the ACM

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems

Digital doppelgängers that fool online payment fraud detection systems are a threat to your bank balance.

Learning to Trust Quantum Computers
From Communications of the ACM

Learning to Trust Quantum Computers

They need to show us they can solve the biggest problems.

New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing
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New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing

Danielle Citron, a privacy scholar who has done pioneering work in combating hate crimes and other abuses in cyberspace, has been named a 2019 MacArthur fellow....

Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance
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Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance

Wall Street banks are accelerating their research into quantum computing.

Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data
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Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data

Facebook users will now receive notifications reminding them that third parties have a glimpse into their information, and that controls are available to restrict...

Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says
From ACM TechNews

Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Online dating services are spreading personal user information in ways that may violate privacy laws in Europe and elsewhere.

As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack
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As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack

The U.S. Department of Justice ia pressuring Apple to unlock two iPhones owned by a Saudi student who allegedly killed three people on a U.S. Naval base in Florida...

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.
From ACM News

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.

Light can “jump the air gap.”

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics
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Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Engineering company Robert Bosch is deploying artificial intelligence to fortify cars' electronic systems against hackers who attempt to feed the systems intentionally...

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds
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Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Researchers found that ballot-marking devices, which will be used in at least 18% of U.S. districts in November’s presidential election, lack sufficient safeguards...

AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls
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AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

Researchers have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can track evolving online social media conversations, which could eventually yield an automated method...

Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending
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Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

Companies are dedicating increasing amounts of money to digital defenses in an effort to stop the spread of malware.

Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA
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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA

Dutch cybersecurity firm Fox-IT said in a report that a hacker group associated with the Chinese government has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in...

Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet
From ACM TechNews

Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet

Russia's Ministry of Communications announced a successful test of a nationwide alternative to the Internet and claimed ordinary users did not detect any changes...

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
From ACM News

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...

New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten
From ACM TechNews

New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten

A report from Israeli security firm Upstream paints a grim picture of the state of vehicular cybersecurity.

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
From ACM TechNews

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.
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