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São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy
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São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy

Consumer rights groups say the agency operating the subway system in São Paulo, Brazil, has not shown that a new facial recognition technology platform protects...

Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'
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Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'

Hardware drivers still appear to be causing havoc for users trying to upgrade to Windows 10 version 2004.

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs
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Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Security updates have been silently deployed to customers on Tuesday through the Windows Store app.

Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores
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Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores

After 11 years, Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its physical retail stores and is refocusing its retail sales efforts around its online/digital store.

Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots
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Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots

Forced reboots are affecting some machines running Windows 10 version 1809 and above.  

GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals
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GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals

Smart Parks is testing lightweight GPS collars that can be fitted to lions and cheetahs in Liwonde, Malawi.  

La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients
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La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients

Using the framework can help medical personnel. understand a patient's behavior, emotions, and decision-making based on data shared by the patient.

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed
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Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed

A new report finds that automation will take over a significant part of work activities in Europe by 2030.

KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner
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KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner

U.K. cybersecurity firm Sophos is advising MSSQL database owners to fortify their servers against botnet-orchestrated brute-force attacks.

Australia's new Quantum-Supercomputing Innovation Hub, CSIRO Roadmap
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Australia's new Quantum-Supercomputing Innovation Hub, CSIRO Roadmap

Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Center and quantum computing startup Quantum Brilliance have announced a quantum-supercomputing innovation hub.

Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best
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Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best

A survey of developers found that that TypeScript has overtaken Python as the second most-preferred programming language.

Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks
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Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks

Researchers have discovered a new strain of malware built to infect Linux-based servers and smart Internet of Things devices.

Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers have compromised multiple supercomputers in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, and possibly Spain with cryptocurrency-mining malware.

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'
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Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'

Since the Australian government announced it would fast-track digital alternatives to in-person medical care, a million mental health telehealth consultations have...

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches
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Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches

Nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks, due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers
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Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers

Kotlin has been the fastest-growing programming language over the past two years, according to developer analyst SlashData.

Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations
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Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations

Academics have developed a technique for stealing data from air-gapped systems by manipulating the vibrations of the fans inside computers.

Docker Servers Targeted by Kinsing Malware Campaign
From ACM TechNews

Docker Servers Targeted by Kinsing Malware Campaign

Over the past few months, a malware campaign has been scanning the Internet for Docker servers running API ports exposed without a password.
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