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DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions
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DARPA Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Blockchain Tech, Non-Secure Crypto Transactions

Researchers vetted the security of blockchain software's distributed ledger technologies for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'
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I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'

Tests where you are asked to spot traffic lights or type out wobbly letters may be a thing of the past.

Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden
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Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden

Researchers discovered the Syslogk Linux rootkit delivers a backdoor trojan hides on a targeted machine until triggered.

Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels
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Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels

A new digital map uses satellite radar imagery to identify potential illegal fishing vessels.

Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking
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Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking

Paige Thompson's lawyers said she had been looking for cracks so they could be fixed. A jury found her guilty of wire fraud and hacking charges.

White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse
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White House Rolls Out Task Force to Curb Online Abuse

Group will create recommendations for governments, companies and schools to address the link between online harassment and violence in the wake of mass shootings...

Big Tech to Work with EU to Fight Misinformation, Deepfakes
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Big Tech to Work with EU to Fight Misinformation, Deepfakes

Although voluntary, breaking the Code after signing up to it risks an even heavier fine than breaching GDPR rules.

AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Researchers at Israeli artificial intelligence company AI21 Labs have developed and released an AI model of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....

How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer
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How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer

The U.S. Department of Justice increasingly is being allowed to delete malware from Americans' computers without their knowledge or authorization.

China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red
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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red

Bank depositors in China said a protest in Henan province was halted by authorities using COVID surveillance infrastructure to turn health code applications red...

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
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Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade
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Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade

Artificial intelligence combined with the Internet of Things allows the digital construction of digital twins that constantly learn from and help improve their...

Alberta Investing C$23 Million Toward U of C's Quantum City
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Alberta Investing C$23 Million Toward U of C's Quantum City

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced that the Canadian province is investing C$23 million (US$17.9 million) in the University of Calgary Quantum City hub....

MIT Researchers Discover New Flaw in Apple M1 CPUs That Can't Be Patched
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MIT Researchers Discover New Flaw in Apple M1 CPUs That Can't Be Patched

The vulnerability is rooted in pointer authentication codes.

You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data
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You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data

A consent form from Phreesia gives it permission to use your data for marketing.

The Google Engineer Who Thinks the Company's AI has Come to Life
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The Google Engineer Who Thinks the Company's AI has Come to Life

AI ethicists warned Google not to impersonate humans. Now one of Google's own thinks there's a ghost in the machine.

Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them
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Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them

Apple and Google just look the other way. Here's how we stop it.

Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey
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Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey

Biomedical engineers have developed a quick response (QR) code to confirm whether a whiskey is authentic or counterfeit.

Tesla Hack Gives Thieves Their Own Personal Key
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Tesla Hack Gives Thieves Their Own Personal Key

Austrian security researcher Martin Herfurt has demonstrated that electric vehicle company Tesla's updated near-field communication key card can be hacked.

How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla's Autopilot? No One Knows
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How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla's Autopilot? No One Knows

Automakers and technology companies say they are making driving safer, but verifying these claims is difficult.
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