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Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets
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Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets

A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.

50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos
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50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

Doug Engelbart didn't just want to show off new technology. He wanted to demonstrate a system for improving humanity.

Scientists Spot Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables
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Scientists Spot Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists discovered a new underwater fault five miles off Monterey Bay, CA, through the use of infrared laser pulses fired along an idle fiber-optic cable.

Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?
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Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?

A new paper concludes that it takes more than four times as much energy to mine $1 of bitcoin as mining $1 of copper.

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'
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An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

Yoshua Bengio, co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, thinks artificial intelligence will not realize its full potential until it can learn more about...

Decades-Old Code Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk
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Decades-Old Code Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Recently discovered vulnerabilities in a nearly 20-year-old industry standard network protocol from Interpeak could potentially make millions of devices exploitable...

Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups
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Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups

Israeli cybersecurity firms Check Point and Intezer have charted Russian hackers' toolkits from wide-ranging analysis of 2,500 malware samples.

Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis
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Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis

Machine-learning systems are black boxes even to the researchers that build them. That makes it hard for others to assess the results.

Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You
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Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You

By releasing its homegrown differential privacy tool, Google will make it easier for any company to boost its privacy bona fides.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?
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Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

A 2011 Kentucky law requires judges to consult an algorithm when deciding whether defendants must post cash bail. More whites were allowed to go home, but not blacks...

Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking
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Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking

Google researchers discovered thousands of iPhones have been compromised with sophisticated spyware over the last two years, contradicting assumptions about the...

The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar
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The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar

The threat of cyberwar looms over the future: a new dimension of conflict capable of leapfrogging borders and teleporting the chaos of war to civilians thousands...

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code
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How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

For the past four years, Facebook has quietly used a homegrown tool called Zoncolan to find bugs in its massive codebase.

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam
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A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the Zoom videoconferencing desktop app to commandeer a user's Webcam, a security researcher warns.

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time
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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

City leaders, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working to predict car crashes and reduce emergency response times using data...

Facebook ­nleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy
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Facebook ­nleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook has open-sourced a new software framework to simplify robotic programming.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places
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Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

The automaker has expanded the range of Super Cruise to include trickier divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.

6 ­nexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information
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6 ­nexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information

Sharing facts like your birthday or your parents' names can open you up to identity theft.

These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory
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These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory

New material provides a fuller, fairer account of the birth of chaos.

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos
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5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are concerned that 5G wireless phones could interfere with weather forecasts.
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