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Protests Erupt Across Europe Against Web Piracy Treaty
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Protests Erupt Across Europe Against Web Piracy Treaty

More than 25,000 demonstrators recently took part in protests across Europe against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a controversial international anti-piracy...

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'cyberspace Requires a World-Class Cyber Warrior'

With growing worries about the threat of "cyber warfare," militaries around the world are racing to recruit the computer specialists they believe may be central...

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Russia Blames Mars Probe Failure on Space Radiation

Russia blamed radiation on Tuesday for a computer glitch that doomed its Mars moon mission, but space industry experts cast doubt on the findings of an investigation...

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Stuxnet Weapon Has at Least 4 Cousins: Researchers

The Stuxnet virus that damaged Iran's nuclear program was likely one of at least five cyber weapons developed on a single platform whose roots trace back to 2007...

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China Tops ­.s., Japan to Become Top Patent Filer

China became the world's top patent filer in 2011, surpassing the U.S. and Japan as it steps up innovation to improve its intellectual property rights track record...

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Did Conficker Help Sabotage Iran Nuke Program?

A cyber warfare expert claims he has linked the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked Iran's nuclear program in 2010 to Conficker, a mysterious "worm" that surfaced...

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Idaho Laboratory Analyzed Stuxnet Computer Virus

The U.S. government turned to cyberexperts at the Idaho National Laboratory to analyze the Stuxnet computer virus when it first came out. 

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Idaho Laboratory Analyzed Stuxnet Computer Virus

Behind the doors of a nondescript red brick and gray building of the Idaho National Laboratory is the malware laboratory where government cyber experts analyzed...

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Drone Makers Seek Out New Targets

Almost a century after the first pilot-less plane was test launched from the back of a truck in the English village of Upavon, unmanned aircraft vehicles, or...

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Blatter Signals Arrival of Goalline Technology

England's Premier League and any others who want to introduce goalline technology got the go-ahead to do so from FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday, as...

Internet Body Throws Open Domain Names; .anything
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Internet Body Throws Open Domain Names; .anything

ICANN has voted to allow individuals and companies to apply to create new generic top-level domains using almost any word in any language. This means that individuals...

Pentagon's Advanced Research Arm Tackles Cyberspace
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Pentagon's Advanced Research Arm Tackles Cyberspace

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing the National Cyber Range, a model of the Internet that will enable researchers to test defense...

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Government in Cyber Fight but Can't Keep Up

The Pentagon is about to roll out an expanded effort to safeguard its contractors from hackers and is building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new...

Kissinger, Huntsman: ­.s., China Need Cyber Detente
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Kissinger, Huntsman: ­.s., China Need Cyber Detente

The United States and China need to forge an agreement restricting cyberattacks and designating some areas as out of bounds to hacking, say former U.S. Secretary...

Scientists Find Way to Map Brain's Complexity
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Scientists Find Way to Map Brain's Complexity

University College London researchers are developing a computer model of the brain by mapping the connections and functions of nerve cells. The study is part of...

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Fcc Challenges App Makers to Protect Open Internet

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has launched the Open Internet Challenge, which calls on software developers to create applications that will help Internet...

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China to Lead World in Innovation by 2020

China is on track to be the world's leading country in terms of innovation by 2020, according to an AstraZeneca survey of 6,000 people in six nations. China currently...

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­.S. Sees 'Huge' Cyber Threat in the Future

U.S. Defense secretary Robert Gates recently told members of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council that the threat from cybertechnologies will grow from "considerable"...

Pentagon Seeks Tight Ties With Cyber Contractors
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Pentagon Seeks Tight Ties With Cyber Contractors

The U.S. Department of Defense aims to tighten ties with its cyber security contractors in an effort to better protect sensitive computer networks against growing...

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Eu Seeks to Boost Defenses Against Cyber Attacks

The European Commission has made several proposals designed to counter large-scale cyberattacks that could paralyze the computer networks of European Union nations...
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