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U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity
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U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revived a program to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in aviation, in conjunction with the Pentagon and the U...

Microsoft, MasterCard, Hewlett Foundation Launch Institute to Investigate Cyberattacks
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Microsoft, MasterCard, Hewlett Foundation Launch Institute to Investigate Cyberattacks

Microsoft, MasterCard, the Hewlett Foundation, and other organizations have jointly announced the launch of an institute to probe cyberattacks and help their victims...

Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One
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Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One

Two U.S. congressmen created an artificial intelligence-doctored political video to demonstrate the threat such disinformation presents.

Decades-Old Code Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk
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Decades-Old Code Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Recently discovered vulnerabilities in a nearly 20-year-old industry standard network protocol from Interpeak could potentially make millions of devices exploitable...

PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files
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PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files

Researchers in Germany have developed a new attack that can extract and steal data from encrypted Portable Document Format (PDF)  files, sometimes without user...

High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars
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High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars

Some companies are considering the use of high-tech sensors to address self-driving cars'  limited ability to safely maneuver in traffic and see clearly in all...

Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol
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Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol

Congressional antitrust investigators are vetting Google's plans to use a new Internet protocol out of worry it could limit competitors' access to consumer data...

Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia
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Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia

Twenty-seven countries signed a joint cybersecurity pledge in a lead-up to the U.N. General Assembly's General Debate last week.

At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds
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At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

Researchers have found that governments worldwide are stepping up their online disinformation campaigns despite more aggressive regulatory efforts by Internet platforms...

Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches
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Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches

Huawei Technologies' membership in the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams has been suspended.

Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia
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Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia

A report from the DEF CON Voting Machine Hacking Village conference described the discovery of a hack for commandeering ballot-scanning machines similar to those...

Decoding How Kids Get Into Hacking
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Decoding How Kids Get Into Hacking

Michigan State University's Thomas Holt identified characteristics and gender-specific behavioral patterns that could inspire children to become hackers.

Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups
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Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups

Israeli cybersecurity firms Check Point and Intezer have charted Russian hackers' toolkits from wide-ranging analysis of 2,500 malware samples.

Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones
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Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to catch distracted drivers on their smartphones.

The CS Teacher Shortage
From Communications of the ACM

The CS Teacher Shortage

How can we fill more computer science classrooms when there just aren't enough teachers to go around?

Protecting Industrial Control Systems
From Communications of the ACM

Protecting Industrial Control Systems

Finding, and plugging, the security holes in SCADA.

Closing In on Quantum Error Correction
From Communications of the ACM

Closing In on Quantum Error Correction

Quantum computers will only become practical when they implement quantum error correction.

A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp
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A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp

A new dynamic gripper mimics the adjustable grip of the human hand, a breakthrough that could improve industrial safety.

Criminologist Builds Computer Model for More Efficient Police Patrols
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Criminologist Builds Computer Model for More Efficient Police Patrols

Analysis by University of Texas at Dallas assistant professor of criminology Andrew Wheeler yielded a computer model to guide the Carrollton, TX, police department...

Fending Off Digital Sabotage
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Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.
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