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Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips
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Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips

Intel slipped—and its future now depends on making everyone else's chips.

EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C
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EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C

Devices using only wireless charging would be exempt from the mandate.

'Glowworm Attack' Recovers Audio From Devices' Power LEDs
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'Glowworm Attack' Recovers Audio From Devices' Power LEDs

Israeli scientists have demonstrated a novel passive variant of the TEMPEST exploit called Glowworm, which can extract electronic conversations by analyzing devices'...

Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking Webcam
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Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking Webcam

Researchers uncovered a security feature bypass vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows Hello system that permitted them to manipulate a USB webcam to unlock a Windows...

Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night
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Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night

Chinese video game publisher Tencent has added a facial recognition system to more than 60 of its China-specific smartphone games.

Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability
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Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability

Researchers warn a Microsoft software patch did not fully correct a flaw in the Windows operating system that allows hackers to commandeer infected networks.

Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them
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Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them

SophosLabs researcher Andrew Brandt has discovered malware that identifies and blocks software pirates.

Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth
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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously between Houston and Fort Worth, TX.

Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls
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Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls

A security researcher found 12 fragmentation vulnerabilities and aggregation attack exploits in Wi-Fi systems.

Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag
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Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag

German security researcher stacksmashing was able to break into, dump, and reflash the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag object-location product.

96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find
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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find

U.S. users have opted out of application tracking nearly all of the time following Apple's release of iOS 14.5 in April.

Chipmaker Says It Will Ramp Up Production of Older 28nm Chips
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Chipmaker Says It Will Ramp Up Production of Older 28nm Chips

Fourth-largest contract chipmaker aiming at supply problems for carmakers, others.

Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases
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Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases

McAfee mobile researchers have discovered malware hidden in eight Google Play apps that steals users' text messages and makes unauthorized purchases.

Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says
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Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says

A researcher says the Android operating system transmits about 20 times more information from smartphone handsets to Google than iOS sends to Apple.

New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities
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New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities

Despite its sophistication, the app can be easy for more experienced users to spot.

The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down
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The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down

Researchers found that a botnet they have been following disguised one of its IP addresses in the bitcoin blockchain to guard against a command-and-control server...

High-Performance Computers Under Siege by Newly Discovered Backdoor
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High-Performance Computers Under Siege by Newly Discovered Backdoor

Researchers at Slovak security firm Eset said a newly discovered backdoor allows hackers to remotely execute arbitrary commands on some high-performance computer...

Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices
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Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices

Investigators with Google's Project Zero exploit research team uncovered a hacking campaign that used four zero-day exploits to install malware on Android and Windows...

Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers
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Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers

Hackers can exploit the Telegram messenger application employed in Android devices and iPhones to pinpoint users' precise locations.

Hackers Exploit Backdoor Built Into Zyxel Devices
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Hackers Exploit Backdoor Built Into Zyxel Devices

Niels Teusink, a researcher at Netherlands-based security firm Eye Control, found that hackers are attempting to exploit a backdoor built into several Zyxel device...
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