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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

DOD Isn't Armed to Combat Growing Threat of Info Warfare, Experts Warn
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DOD Isn't Armed to Combat Growing Threat of Info Warfare, Experts Warn

Experts will say in today's Congressional testimony that the U.S. can learn from how cyberthreats have evolved in addressing growing online information operations...

Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.
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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services
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The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services

Even as federal officials and Microsoft race to contain a recebt breach, stakeholders need to make certain they are no longer compromised, to prevent follow-up...

Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown
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Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown

The deal came after intense negotiations and backlash.

Raising the Steaks: First 3D-Printed Rib-Eye Is Unveiled
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Raising the Steaks: First 3D-Printed Rib-Eye Is Unveiled

Israeli company Aleph Farms has unveiled the world's first three-dimensionally printed rib-eye steak, cultivated from live animal tissue.

Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers
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Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers

Ford Motor's Spin division has announced a new service allowing electronic scooter operators to remotely move their scooters if they wind up in public spaces.

Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level
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Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level

In a move that signals the importance of science to the incoming administration, President-elect Joe Biden announced a plan to make the White House Office of Science...

CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years
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CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years

The 2021 Consumer Electronics Show is highlighting innovations spurred by Covid-19.

Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium
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Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium

Apple's lawsuit against security research firm Corellium has failed, with a federal judge rejecting claims that Corellium's software breached copyright law.

Students Find Creating Covid-19 Tracing App for School Was Easy. Navigating Fault Lines of the Teenage Pull to Socializing Was More Treacherous.
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Students Find Creating Covid-19 Tracing App for School Was Easy. Navigating Fault Lines of the Teenage Pull to Socializing Was More Treacherous.

Two Marin County, CA, high school students built apps to help local schools contain the spread of Covid-19, hoping to encourage in-person attendance while maintaining...

Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness
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Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The University of Pittsburgh recently received an $8-million+ National Institutes of Health grant to develop brain-computer interfaces.

DHS is 3rd Federal Agency Hacked in Major Russian Cyberespionage Campaign
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DHS is 3rd Federal Agency Hacked in Major Russian Cyberespionage Campaign

A spokesman said the Department of Homeland Security is aware of reports of a breach and is currently investigating the matter.

Spies with Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Believed to have Hacked a top American Cybersecurity Firm, Stolen its Sensitive Tools
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Spies with Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Believed to have Hacked a top American Cybersecurity Firm, Stolen its Sensitive Tools

"We are witnessing an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities," FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia said in a blog post.

Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds
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Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds

IP theft and financial crime account for at least 75% of cyber losses and pose the greatest threat to companies, according to the report.

Apple to Pay $113 Million to Settle State Investigation into iPhone 'Batterygate'
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Apple to Pay $113 Million to Settle State Investigation into iPhone 'Batterygate'

Investigators from 34 states and the District of Columbia, including Democratic and Republican attorneys general, joined the settlement.

NASA's New Rocket Would be the Most Powerful Ever. But it's the Software that has Some Officials Worried.
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NASA's New Rocket Would be the Most Powerful Ever. But it's the Software that has Some Officials Worried.

The SLS software concerns are the latest red flags for a program that has struggled to overcome cost overruns and setbacks.

Tesla Putting 'Self-Driving' in the Hands of Drivers, Amid Criticism the Tech Is Not Ready
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Tesla Putting 'Self-Driving' in the Hands of Drivers, Amid Criticism the Tech Is Not Ready

Electric automaker Tesla has providing a number of owners of its vehicles a software update to enable the cars to steer better and accelerate without human control...

Cyber Command Sought to Disrupt World's Largest Botnet, Hoping to Reduce Its Potential Impact on the Election
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Cyber Command Sought to Disrupt World's Largest Botnet, Hoping to Reduce Its Potential Impact on the Election

U.S. Cyber Command (CyberCom) has launched a campaign to temporarily disrupt the world's largest botnet, in order to mitigate its potential interference in the...

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...
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