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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys
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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys

Researchers at French security company NinjaLab found a vulnerability impacting chips used in Google Titan and YubiKey hardware security keys.

Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks
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Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks

The Defense Digital Service and HackerOne are calling on military and civilian hackers to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the U.S. Army's computer systems...

Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips
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Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips

Software-quality tracking company Tiobe named Python 2020's top programming language because its popularity outgrew that of all other languages in its index last...

As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector
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As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector

Cybersecurity firm Check Point found a 45% increase in cyberattacks against the global healthcare sector since November, versus a 22% uptick against all worldwide...

Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures
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Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures

With the runaway success of the new ARM-based M1 Macs, non-x86 architectures are getting their closeup. RISC-V is getting the most attention from system designers...

Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration
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Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration

Software engineer Tillie Kottmann said Nissan North America's misconfiguration of a Bitbucket Git server led to the online leakage of the automaker’s source code...

Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification
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Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification

A newly discovered malware strain collects an infected user's Basic Service Set Identifier, in order to ascertain the location of the user and their Wi-Fi access...

Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology
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Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced that open source software developer David Recordon will serve as the White House Director of Technology.

10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead
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10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead

Software company Burning Glass Technologies projected quantum computing and connected technologies will be among the 10 most "disruptive" information technology...

Digital Transformation Is Lopsided, Even Within the Same Organization
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Digital Transformation Is Lopsided, Even Within the Same Organization

A Harvard Business Review study of organizations found "a growing divide between teams with ready access to automation and AI tools and teams without."

Farmers Get Their Own Security Advice as Cyberattacks Increase
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Farmers Get Their Own Security Advice as Cyberattacks Increase

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center has published guidance for farmers to help guard against cyberattacks.

MIT ML Models Find Gaps in Coverage by Moderna, Pfizer, Other Warp Speed Covid-19 Vaccines
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MIT ML Models Find Gaps in Coverage by Moderna, Pfizer, Other Warp Speed Covid-19 Vaccines

Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and others in Phase III clinical trials may not be as effective in people of Black or Asian genetic ancestry...

JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round
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JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round

JavaScript is now the world's most popular programming language, even though it started off as a sidekick to Java.

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Employee Surveillance Software Demand Increased as Workers Transitioned to Home Working
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Employee Surveillance Software Demand Increased as Workers Transitioned to Home Working

A study by website Top10VPN found demand for employee surveillance software rose 55% in June 2020, compared to the average before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Python's Popularity: Ahead of Java for 1st Time, Still Trailing C
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Python's Popularity: Ahead of Java for 1st Time, Still Trailing C

Python has overtaken Java to become the second-most-popular programming language on the Tiobe index for the first time.

Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering
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Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering

Each subscriber gets eight or sixteen hours per month of dedicated time with Honeywell scientists to run algorithms on the trapped-ion hardware.

Brazil Launches AI Center
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Brazil Launches AI Center

Brazil's Artificial Intelligence Center officially launched earlier this month.

Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off
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Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off

This year has forced organizations to adapt quickly to enabling employees to work from home. That's creating 'chaos with no control' - which cyber criminals are...

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers
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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.
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