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Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain
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Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain

U.S. federal agencies issued a joint alert warning companies to be on guard against the Conti ransomware variant.

SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long
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SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

Regulator says history of 'wildcat banking' in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money.

CISA, FBI, NSA Warn of Increased Attacks Involving Conti Ransomware
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CISA, FBI, NSA Warn of Increased Attacks Involving Conti Ransomware


 2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks
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2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks

The reasons why are complicated—and not all bad news.

Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Real Estate – Here's What That Means for Homebuyers
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Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Real Estate – Here's What That Means for Homebuyers

Real estate companies are increasingly using artificial intelligence in every aspect of buying, selling and home financing.

'Dislike' Button Would Improve Spotify Recommendations
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'Dislike' Button Would Improve Spotify Recommendations

A research team at Cornell University has developed a recommendation algorithm that could improve Spotify by incorporating both likes and dislikes.

Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments
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Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments

Cybersecurity experts see exchanges as a weak point for ransomware gangs that otherwise operate wholly in on the Internet, all but untouchable by law enforcement...

Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds
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Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds

Drivers glanced less at the road and more on "non-driving related areas."

The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords
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The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

University of Strathclyde in Scotland's Karen Renaud said requiring complex passwords to deter hackers has the unintended effect of making the process too difficult...

Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn
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Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn

Many electronic manufacturers are turning to risky supply channels to meet demand.

Urgent Action Needed over AI Risks to Human Rights
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Urgent Action Needed over AI Risks to Human Rights

States should place moratoriums on the sale and use of artificial intelligence systems until adequate safeguards are put in place, said U.N. human rights chief...

Smart Reporting Tool Could Combat Fake News on Encrypted Chat Apps
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Smart Reporting Tool Could Combat Fake News on Encrypted Chat Apps

Researchers at George Washington University say they have built a tool that would allow users to expose fake news without endangering their privacy. The Fuzzy Anonymous...

The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet
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The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.

Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove
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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural...

ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews
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ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews

The union specifically highlighted the efforts to develop ships guided by satellites, onboard sensors, and artificial intelligence.

The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data
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The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data

A new type of ransomware attack involves cybercriminals stealing sensitive data and threatening to publish it online if the victim does not pay a hefty ransom. ...

Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.
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Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.

A program known as XCheck has given millions of celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile users special treatment, a privilege many abuse.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology
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Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

The Navy's vision sees drones based in the stratosphere, which are capable of being launched at a moment's notice.
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