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Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks
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Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks

Researchers at Visa Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are developing new processes to try to thwart eventual quantum computing cyberattacks.

Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says
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Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch says Buenos Aires is using a facial recognition system connected to a database that includes child suspects and is publishing warrants for their...

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot
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Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch
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Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch

Researchers at Norwegian security company Mnemonic found an undocumented backdoor in the X4 smartwatch marketed by children's watch vendor Xplora.

Bringing Power Tool From Math Into Quantum Computing
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Bringing Power Tool From Math Into Quantum Computing

Scientists at Japan's Tokyo University of Science designed a novel quantum circuit that calculates the fast Fourier transform faster and more efficiently than previously...

The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet
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The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet

Hundreds of the world's leading cryptographers are competing to develop encryption standards to protect online data against classical and quantum-computing cyberattacks...

FBI/DHS: Government Systems Face Threat From Zerologon Exploits
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FBI/DHS: Government Systems Face Threat From Zerologon Exploits

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security have detected attackers exploiting a Windows vulnerability against state and local...

In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life
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In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life

Singaporeans will be able to access government and other services through a facial recognition feature in its SingPass national identity program.

Can Businesses Keep Up With Cyber Threats?
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Can Businesses Keep Up With Cyber Threats?

Market research firm Gartner forecasts cybersecurity spending by companies and governments will grow 9% annually from 2021 to 2024.

Flaws in Top Antivirus Software Could Make Computers More Vulnerable
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Flaws in Top Antivirus Software Could Make Computers More Vulnerable

CyberArk researcher Eran Shimony has revealed security vulnerabilities in popular antivirus solutions.

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev found they could fool Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance systems into automatically reacting without...

Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data
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Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data

U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russel George said he will review Internal Revenue Service use of software that enables warrantless surveillance...

Here Come the Swarmbots
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Here Come the Swarmbots

Switzerland's EFPL has developed inexpensive prototype bots that can be used to form, and act as, swarms.

Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same
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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work...

Israeli Researchers Find Breach Allowing Hackers to Spy Through Remotes
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Israeli Researchers Find Breach Allowing Hackers to Spy Through Remotes

Researchers in Israel discovered a security breach that would let hackers eavesdrop on users through voice-command remote controls from the Comcast cable TV service...

Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election
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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies
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4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies

Positive Technologies' Sergey Puzankov said that outstanding issues in the Signaling System 7  protocol continue to plague the telecommunications industry as it...

The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware
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The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware

The Cyber Threat Intelligence League aims to protect hospitals and health systems around the world from cyberattacks as they deal with Covid-19 cases.

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package
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Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package

Australia's government will broaden the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online.

Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm
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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

Philadelphia-based software provider eResearch Technology was hit two weeks ago by a ransomware attack that has slowed clinical trials.
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