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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...

Kazakhstan Spies on Citizens' HTTPS Traffic; Browser-Makers Fight Back
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Kazakhstan Spies on Citizens' HTTPS Traffic; Browser-Makers Fight Back

Google, Mozilla, Apple, and Microsoft are partnering to stop Kazakhstan'€™s government from decrypting and reading HTTPS-encrypted traffic between citizens and...

Up to 3 Million Devices Infected by Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-ons
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Up to 3 Million Devices Infected by Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-ons

Researchers warned Wednesday that up to 3 million devices have been infiltrated by malware-impregnated Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser extensions that...

'A Damn Stupid Thing to Do'—the Origins of C
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'A Damn Stupid Thing to Do'—the Origins of C

Today, C may be a lingua franca among programmers. This is its (abridged) history.

New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt
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New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt

Micro Magic's new CPU offers decent performance with record-breaking efficiency.

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.

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...

Conservative Unease With Science Is Global, but Extreme in the U.S.
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Conservative Unease With Science Is Global, but Extreme in the U.S.

A Pew Research Center survey of about 1,000 people from 20 countries immediately before the Covid-19 pandemic found widespread trust in scientists and a strong...

One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit
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One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit

Microsoft warns a high-impact vulnerability that allows hackers to instantly take control of Windows' Active Directory is being actively exploited by malicious...

Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas
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Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas

Dartmouth College researchers discovered pre-Columbian earthworks in Kansas using drones equipped with LiDAR and infrared and thermal imaging.

Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network
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Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network

Google says it has created "the world's largest earthquake detection network" by adding quake detection features to almost all Google Play Android phones.

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Researchers have identified more than 1,000 word sequences that incorrectly trigger voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.

Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency

Microsoft's Azure Security Center reported a cryptojacking scheme in which attackers hijacked machine learning clusters inside the Azure cloud computing service...

Apple Fixes Bug That Could Have Given Hackers Full Access to User Accounts
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Apple Fixes Bug That Could Have Given Hackers Full Access to User Accounts

The Sign in with Apple tool has fixed a bug that could enable attackers to gain access to email accounts.

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...

The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future
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The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future

"We saw that business double overnight," startup says of UK grocery deliveries.
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