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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators
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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Privacy activists worry governments could weaponize the feature.

U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks
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U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks

The Department of Homeland Security enlists Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others to help combat cyberthreats.

Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux
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Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux

Microsoft security researchers are warning customers about the LemonDuck crypto-mining malware that attacks Windows and Linux systems.

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy
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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the...

This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment
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This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment

Researchers in Denmark tried a new approach to training artificial intelligence: hiring people full-time to review and label posts for training, instead of relying...

 Killer Robots Need 'No New Rules' about Firing on Humans, Russia tells U.N.
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Killer Robots Need 'No New Rules' about Firing on Humans, Russia tells U.N.

Moscow is 'out on its own' as other nations seek to prevent autonomous weapons making their own decisions and 'deciding who lives or dies'.

$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs
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$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs

Researchers at Check Point Research said the Windows-based malware variant known as Formbook has been upgraded to infiltrate Mac computers.

Cyber Risk in Digital Transformation
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Cyber Risk in Digital Transformation

Cybersecurity missteps during corporate Digital Transformation efforts can lead to digital breaches.

EU Fines Amazon Record $888 Million Over Data Violations
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EU Fines Amazon Record $888 Million Over Data Violations

Luxembourg's CNPD data protection authority fined Amazon a record $888 million for breaching the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

AI Can Now Be Recognized as an Inventor
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AI Can Now Be Recognized as an Inventor

Australia's Federal Court has granted artificial intelligence systems legal recognition as inventors in patent applications, challenging the assumption that invention...

Honeypot Security Technique Can Stop Attacks in Natural Language Processing
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Honeypot Security Technique Can Stop Attacks in Natural Language Processing

A machine learning framework can proactively counter universal trigger attacksi n natural language processing applications.

Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System
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Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System

SentinelOne analysts were able to recreate the July 9 attack and identify the threat actor behind it.

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors
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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.

White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security
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White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security

Securing critical infrastructure requires a "whole-of-nation" effort, government official says.

University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions
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University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

Farmers can formulate a budget balance sheet for nitrogen reduction plans and view customized economic and environmental impacts and benefits of the fields they...

Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development
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Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

For example, earlier this year, enterprise security firm Proofpoint discovered new malware written in Nim and Rust.

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer
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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time...

Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air
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Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air

Researchers in the U.K. have developed free open source software that towns and cities can use to estimate reductions in air pollutant concentrations from different...

Detecting Deception
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Detecting Deception

Advanced machine learning algorithms can spot lying even better than a polygraph.

Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI
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Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI

Prosecutors in Chicago are being forced to withdraw evidence generated by the technology, which led to the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo earlier this...
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