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Raising the Ramparts
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Raising the Ramparts

Why the enterprise needs military-grade cybersecurity, too.

U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral
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U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral

The U.S. Space Force held a demonstration of dog-like quadruped unmanned ground vehicles for patrols at Cape Canaveral.

Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?
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Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?

Stanford University researchers are exploring whether emerging foundation models can help to realize the highest level of privacy, or "perfect secrecy."

Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers
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Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers

Researchers have found the operators of the Gootkit access-as-a-service malware now are using legal documents to get unsuspecting users to download them.

India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection
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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection

A number of lawyers and experts say measures to safeguard citizens online are badly needed, but the bill was criticized by both privacy advocates and tech companies...

Extreme Security for Users Targeted by Cyberattack
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Extreme Security for Users Targeted by Cyberattack

Apple's Lockdown Mode provides serious security to individuals personally targeted by sophisticated attackers.

Datacenters Are Facing Climate Crisis
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Datacenters Are Facing Climate Crisis

With studies predicting more extreme weather in the coming years, datacenters need to be prepared.

'Cryptojacking' Attacks on Financial Firms Surged in First Half
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'Cryptojacking' Attacks on Financial Firms Surged in First Half

The number of "cryptojacking" attacks on financial companies jumped 30% to 66.7 million during the first half of 2022 compared with the same period last year.

Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour
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Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour

Researchers ruled out an algorithm selected by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology as a potential post-quantum encryption program.

More Accurate Wildfire Monitoring Using Social Media
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More Accurate Wildfire Monitoring Using Social Media

Wildfire prediction model uses social media and geophysical satellite data for more accurate real-time forecasting and monitoring.

Fiber-Optic Cables Could Be Used for Spying
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Fiber-Optic Cables Could Be Used for Spying

Device can eavesdrop on people up to 1 km away using existing fiber-optic cables.

Experts Uncover 'CosmicStrand' UEFI Firmware Rootkit Used by Chinese Hackers
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Experts Uncover 'CosmicStrand' UEFI Firmware Rootkit Used by Chinese Hackers

Rootkit hides in firmware images of Gigabyte or ASUS motherboards, all related to designs using the H81 chipset.

New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser
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New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser

Researchers have found a way to use the web's basic functions to identify who visits a site—without the user detecting the hack.

Defending the Enterprise
From ACM News

Defending the Enterprise

Using chaos testing to stabilize cybersecurity.

World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums
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World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums

This year's World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar will employ autonomous radar-guided interceptor drones for stadium security.

Neurotechnology and the Law
From Communications of the ACM

Neurotechnology and the Law

How closely should implants be regulated?

NIST Promotes Testbed to Address Threats Targeting ML Systems
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NIST Promotes Testbed to Address Threats Targeting ML Systems

NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has demonstrated an experimental testbed to address cybersecurity threats targeting machine learning algorithms...

How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'
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How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'

So far this year, there have been multiple lawsuits filed against prominent tech companies for their alleged use of dark patterns to deceive users.

'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs
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'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs

The "Retbleed" flaw targets older AMD and Intel central processing units as a channel for Spectre-based speculative-execution attacks.

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.
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