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Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack
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Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

The attack crippled the country's customs and taxes platforms alongside several other government agencies, even bringing down one Costa Rican town's energy supplier...

Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software
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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Researchers at cybersecurity software company SentinelOne reported two high-severity bugs in Avast and AVG antivirus products that have gone undetected for a decade...

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database
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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.

V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past
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V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

Some care facilities are giving older adults a way to visit their pasts to boost their well-being.

Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds
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Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Dartmouth College researchers found that smartphone technology and artificial intelligence could be employed as an "early detection system" for mental health issues...

Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard
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Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are launching a "joint effort" to "expand support for a common password-less sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the...

How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain
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How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

A tremendous surge in VPN downloads represents a challenge to Putin and his version of the Ukraine war.

Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human
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Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human

Researchers in China demonstrated the ability of an autonomous flying drone swarm to navigate a thick forest it had never before encountered.

How Can Universities Help Close the Digital Divide?
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How Can Universities Help Close the Digital Divide?

Institutions are leading projects with community partners to expand high-speed Internet access.

Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits
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Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits

The municipal government in Beijing, China, has granted permits to Baidu and Pony.ai to operate robotaxis without human drivers on open roads in the city.

Anticipating the War's Direction
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Anticipating the War's Direction

Is the U.S. at risk of Russian cyberattacks related to Ukraine?

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?
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Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.

Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection
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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection

Developers can begin declaring how they use collected data, with a deadline of July 20 to complete their submissions.

How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
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How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Ciaran Martin, founding head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre and now an Oxford University professor, called the attacks "extraordinary" in a tweet....

Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data
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Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data

Santiago Garces will start as CIO of the New England city in May, following top roles in open-data efforts in South Bend and Pittsburgh.

Governments Intentionally Shut Down Internet 182 Times Across 34 Countries in 2021: Report
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Governments Intentionally Shut Down Internet 182 Times Across 34 Countries in 2021: Report

Access Now noted the biggest offender was India, which shut down its Internet in sections of the country at least 106 times. This is the fourth consecutive year...

Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document
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Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document

"We do not have an adequate level of control and explainability over how our systems use data," Facebook engineers say in leaked document.

New Approaches to Biometric Security
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New Approaches to Biometric Security

The latest biometric security methods place a priority on contactless identification.

U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet
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U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet

The Declaration represents "a political commitment among Declaration partners to advance a positive vision for the Internet and digital technologies."

Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds
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Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds

A study by Microsoft shows that Russian cyberattacks often happened within days or even hours of missile strikes.
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