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Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem
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Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem

Decentralizing the chain of trust to a blockchain–also known as a distributed ledger–causes additional privacy and security issues.  

How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children
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How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children

German researchers uncovered serious security flaws in 42 European and U.S. daycare applications.

Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs
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Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs

Apple has announced the forthcoming rollout of a "lockdown" option for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, in order to shield them from spyware.

Will These Algorithms Save You From Quantum Threats?
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Will These Algorithms Save You From Quantum Threats?

Quantum-proof encryption is here—decades before it can be put to the test.

FBI: Scammers Are Interviewing for Remote Jobs Using Deepfake Tech
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FBI: Scammers Are Interviewing for Remote Jobs Using Deepfake Tech

An FBI public advisory warns about an increase in scammers using deepfake technology and stolen personal identifying information (PII) to impersonate job candidates...

'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm
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'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

Vodafone is among the German phone companies participating in the TrustPid trial.

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

AI Algorithm Predicts Future Crimes One Week in Advance With 90% Accuracy
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AI Algorithm Predicts Future Crimes One Week in Advance With 90% Accuracy

A new computer model uses publicly available data to predict crime accurately in eight cities in the U.S..

NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms
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NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms

Four additional algorithms are under consideration for inclusion in the standard, and NIST plans to announce the finalists from that round at a future date.

Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock
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Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock

Global trade is threatened by the ability of cyber pirates to hack technologies that control container ships' steering, propulsion, navigation, and other operations...

Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys
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Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys

Packages found in the official third-party software repository include loglib-modules, pyg-modules, pygrata, pygrata-utils, and hkg-sol-utils.

Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions
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Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions

Luxury brands are using blockchain technology to shield their products from counterfeiting.

Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision
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Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the developers of some period-tracking and fertility apps are looking to secure users' data...

Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data
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Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data

Vulnerabilities in hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi's SmartTub Internet interface compromised the data of owners worldwide.

IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising
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IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising

IBM's Artificial Intelligence Fairness 360 toolkit has confirmed the existence of bias in digital advertising.

Russian Hacking Group Takes Credit for Wide-Ranging Cyberattack on Lithuania
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Russian Hacking Group Takes Credit for Wide-Ranging Cyberattack on Lithuania

Global Internet access monitor NetBlocks confirmed that several government networks were disrupted alongside public and private internet infrastructure.

Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'
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Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'

Microsoft's termination of the Internet Explorer browser has sparked panic among businesses and government agencies in Japan that delayed updating their websites...

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
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NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid

Delays in setting up the spacecraft's navigation software mean the mission may not reach the asteroid until 2029 or 2030, rather than 2026.

Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords
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Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords

Princeton University's Arvind Narayanan and colleagues found 75% of 120 top-ranked English-language websites permit weak passwords.

Explained: Why Cyber Hygiene is Very Important
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Explained: Why Cyber Hygiene is Very Important

Microsoft India group head and director of government affairs Ashutosh Chadha said cybercrime costs economies more than $6 trillion (Rs. 4.6 crore crore) each year...
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