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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks
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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future report that eight of the top 10 software flaws most commonly exploited last year were associated with Microsoft...

Australia Focusing on Blockchain Potential with New Roadmap
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Australia Focusing on Blockchain Potential with New Roadmap

Australia's government has released a blockchain roadmap outlining a strategy to facilitate job creation, economic growth, more cost-efficient business, and higher...

Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database
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Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database

Five servers storing customer support analytics were accidentally exposed online in December 2019.

Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability
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Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability

Danish researchers reported a security vulnerability affecting cable modems that use Broadcom chips, which is believed to impact about 200 million cable modems...

Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA
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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA

Dutch cybersecurity firm Fox-IT said in a report that a hacker group associated with the Chinese government has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in...

Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules
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Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules

Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program to all researchers and outlined the program's rules on its website. The maximum available bounty is $1.5 million...

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code
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Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code

Facebook has reported a vulnerability in WhatsApp messaging software that allows malefactors to conduct denial-of-service or remote code execution attacks.

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.

Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding
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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.

Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice
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Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

The Australian government has issued a draft code of practice for Internet of Things cybersecurity, with a public consultation to run until March 1, 2020.

World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux
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World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

The latest Top500 supercomputer ratings found the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system topping the list with a High-Performance Linpack benchmark of 148...

U.S. Companies Facing Huge Tech Talent Deficit in 2020
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U.S. Companies Facing Huge Tech Talent Deficit in 2020

Talent acquisition platform iCIMS found a substantial shortage of professionals with technology skills, despite an upsurge of hiring across the U.S. technology...

GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges
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GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges

Microsoft-owned GitHub's annual Octoverse report said its software developer community now exceeds 40 million developers.

Python Programming Language Creator Retires, Saying: 'It's Been an Amazing Ride'
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Python Programming Language Creator Retires, Saying: 'It's Been an Amazing Ride'

The creator of the world's most popular programming language goes into retirement.

CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites
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CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites

Researchers  in Germany discovered a new type of Web attack that can compromise content delivery networks into caching and then serving error pages instead of legitimate...

Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research
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Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research

The Australian government is allocating AU$31.8 million (about US$21.5 million) to the Australian Research Council to study responsible, ethical, and inclusive...

Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella
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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

IBM, McAfee, and 16 more firms have launched an effort to address fragmentation and interoperability problems in cybersecurity.

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR
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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.

Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components
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Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components

Scientists at China's OPPO ZIWU Cyber Security Lab, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University identified eight flaws in Android's...
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