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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash
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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash

Security researchers unveiled two new "jackpotting" flaws that force Nautilus ATMs to dispense cash on command.

Black Hat: How Hackers Gain Root Access to SAP Enterprise Servers Through SolMan
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Black Hat: How Hackers Gain Root Access to SAP Enterprise Servers Through SolMan

At the Black Hat USA 2020 conferences, cybersecurity researchers explained how attackers could exploit vulnerabilities in SAP Solution Manager (SolMan) to gain...

NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat
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NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat

The U.S. National Security Agency has released new guidance for military and intelligence community staff, warning of threats to national security from cellphone...

North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry
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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

Israel says the attack was thwarted, but a cybersecurity firm says it was successful. Some officials fear that classified data stolen by North Korea could be shared...

Picking Locks with Audio Technology
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Picking Locks with Audio Technology

How eavesdropping smartphones could give thieves a copy of your front door key.

Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech
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Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech

Surveillance technology deployed in schools to prevent or contain coronavirus infection raises issues about its effectiveness, as well as its post-pandemic applications...

Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?
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Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a "clean" Internet.

Evil AI: These are the 20 Most Dangerous Crimes that Artificial Intelligence will Create
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Evil AI: These are the 20 Most Dangerous Crimes that Artificial Intelligence will Create

A new report tells us which criminal applications of AI we should really worry about.

Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study
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Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study

A study by the American Automobile Association found that current advanced driver assistance technology does not provide reliable safety benefits.

Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges
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Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges

About 50 hospitals use sensor technology to monitor whether staff are washing their hands when they enter and exit patient rooms, and to keep tabs on expensive...

The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward
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The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology says there are 15 contenders remaining in its competition to develop quantum-proof encryption, down from...

Researchers Disclose Widespread Bootloader Vulnerability
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Researchers Disclose Widespread Bootloader Vulnerability

Researchers at enterprise device security company Eclypsium reported a buffer-flow flaw during booting that could potentially compromise billions of Linux and Windows...

EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks
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EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks

The European Union has announced sanctions against the Russian military intelligence service, and North Korean and Chinese companies, for alleged cyberattacks. ...

Mentoring Program Aims to Create Israel's Next Leading Cyber Experts
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Mentoring Program Aims to Create Israel's Next Leading Cyber Experts

A national mentoring program in Israel aims to encourage girls currently enrolled in technologically oriented classes in school to pursue positions in the field...

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition
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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

Researchers at the University of Chicago want you to be able to post selfies without worrying that the next Clearview AI will use them to identify you.

Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity
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Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity

A University of Chicago program aims to strengthen U.S. election security by enlisting volunteer experts to aid local election officials.

NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'
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NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated the third round of reviewing algorithms submitted to form the core of the first post-quantum cryptography...

Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds
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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Scence and Technology found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of...

BadPower Attack Corrupts Fast Chargers to Melt or Set Your Device on Fire
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BadPower Attack Corrupts Fast Chargers to Melt or Set Your Device on Fire

Chinese security researchers from Tencent's Xuanwu Lab said they can corrupt the firmware of fast chargers to cause damage to the items they charge. The BadPower...

Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Despite Google's promise that its smartphone software does not track user locations, governments were surprised to learn location-setting must be active for the...
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