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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...

The Power and Pitfalls of AI for U.S. Intelligence
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The Power and Pitfalls of AI for U.S. Intelligence

Artificial intelligence use is booming, but it's not the secret weapon you might imagine.

How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles
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How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles

A new service for students flags inappropriate or offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so would-be employers can see them in the best possible...

Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise
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Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise

A new report indicates Mega's file encryption architecture contains fundamental cryptography flaws enabling attackers to launch full key recovery attacks.

Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.
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Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.

Luna's relaunch might be the ultimate act of chutzpah by the South Korean entrepreneur.

Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement
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Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement

n addition to the $150 million penalty, Twitter agreed to notify users that it misused the security data.

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says
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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow's disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected...

'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo
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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo isn't as private as you think, facing criticism over its tracking agreement with Microsoft.

DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions
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DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions

Researchers vetted the security of blockchain software's distributed ledger technologies for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Building a Practical Quantum Computer
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Building a Practical Quantum Computer

Quantum computation has a long road ahead.

Brain Implants Get Real
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Brain Implants Get Real

Universities, and a growing number of companies, are producing brain-computer interfaces.

I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'
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I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'

Tests where you are asked to spot traffic lights or type out wobbly letters may be a thing of the past.

Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden
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Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden

Researchers discovered the Syslogk Linux rootkit delivers a backdoor trojan hides on a targeted machine until triggered.

Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking
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Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking

Paige Thompson's lawyers said she had been looking for cracks so they could be fixed. A jury found her guilty of wire fraud and hacking charges.

Stronger Security for Smart Devices
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Stronger Security for Smart Devices

Two new security techniques block power and electromagnetic side-channel attacks targeting analog-to-digital converters in smart devices.

How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer
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How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer

The U.S. Department of Justice increasingly is being allowed to delete malware from Americans' computers without their knowledge or authorization.

China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red
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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red

Bank depositors in China said a protest in Henan province was halted by authorities using COVID surveillance infrastructure to turn health code applications red...
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