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Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers
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Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Home routers have become the rats to hackers' bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread...

3D Sensors Provide Security, Better Games
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3D Sensors Provide Security, Better Games

A variety of techniques allow sensors to locate and recognize objects in space.

Getting Hooked on Tech
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Getting Hooked on Tech

Are technology companies maximizing profits by making users addicted to their products?

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology
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How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices
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Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices

The International Criminal Police Organization is assessing software that matches samples of speech in phone calls or social media to voice recordings in a law...

Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection
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Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection

Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, is offering U.S. political organizations a free tool to defend against distributed denial-of-device attacks...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

Gilles Brassard to Receive the Wolf Prize in Physics
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Gilles Brassard to Receive the Wolf Prize in Physics

Brassard, a cryptologist, is the co-winner of the 2018 Wolf Prize in Physics, which he is sharing with Charles Bennett of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center...

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf
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Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into an alley next...

Email Encryption Standards Hacked
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Email Encryption Standards Hacked

A team of researchers successfully hacked the popular Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions and OpenPGP email encryption standards.

During Disasters, Active Twitter Users Likely to Spread Falsehoods
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During Disasters, Active Twitter Users Likely to Spread Falsehoods

Researchers examining more than 20,000 tweets sent during Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing found up to 91% of users spread falsehoods.

Hiding Information in Plain Text
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Hiding Information in Plain Text

Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters.

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—Uninstall Now
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Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—Uninstall Now

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."

Senate Intel: Russia Waged 'Unprecedented' Cyber Campaign on U.S. Voting Systems
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Senate Intel: Russia Waged 'Unprecedented' Cyber Campaign on U.S. Voting Systems

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the unclassified version of its investigation into Russian cyberattacks on digital U.S. voting systems ahead...

Navigation System Helps Autonomous Cars Tackle Country Roads
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Navigation System Helps Autonomous Cars Tackle Country Roads

MapLite is a navigation system that helps autonomous vehicles drive on previously unencountered roadways.
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