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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks
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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks

Intelligence assessments suggest that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would most likely be preceded by cyberattacks on the country.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros
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Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros

Polkit, a system-wide privilege manager for Unix-like operating systems, contains a 12-year-old memory-corruption vulnerability.

Smartphone, MD: Going Viral
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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

A smartphone application and laboratory kit can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

Minecraft DDoS Attack Leaves Small European Country Without Internet
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Minecraft DDoS Attack Leaves Small European Country Without Internet

Andorra Telecom experienced repeated distributed denial-of-service attacks during the SquidCraft Games tournament in Minecraft, a multi-day Twitch gaming tournament...

Researchers Use Mobile Device Data to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks
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Researchers Use Mobile Device Data to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks

Yale School of Public Health researchers used location information from mobile devices to accurately forecast COVID-19 outbreaks in Connecticut municipalities. ...

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.

Solving for Why
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Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
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Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger
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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger

Advancements in AI, machine learning, and next-gen technologies are transforming the fight against world hunger.

More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities
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More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities

The 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report estimates 53% of medical devices in hospitals connected to the Internet of Things have critical flaws.

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles
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A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

Quarantines and school closures have shifted some students back to remote learning, highlighting the digital divide.

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021
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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021

The coronavirus pandemic was prominent among the top 10 most clicked-on articles presented by ACM TechNews during 2021.

Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness
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Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness

After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country's lone connection to the global Internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead...

UC Engineers Develop Navigation to Avoid Collisions
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UC Engineers Develop Navigation to Avoid Collisions

A new collision-avoidance system brings engineers a step closer to designing robots to repair satellites or spacecraft in orbit.

AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports
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AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports

AT&T and Verizon said they would not activate the new 5G service within two miles of some runways, in line with a request from airline officials.

Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures
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Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures

A computer model developed by Tufts University researchers can mimic the real-life spread of misinformation to expose its mechanisms and help in the development...

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?
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When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?

Brain-computer interfaces are getting better all the time—and they're about to land us in a philosophical quagmire.

Robot Tractors May Be Heading to a Farm Near You
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Robot Tractors May Be Heading to a Farm Near You

U.S. farm equipment manufacturer John Deere and French agricultural robot startup Naio unveiled new technologies at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las...
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