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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine
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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

The online campaign has tapped into widespread Western sympathy and produced meaningful donations for the country's war effort.

Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds
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Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The attack focused on a system run by Viasat, a California company that provides high-speed satellite communication services — and was used heavily by the Ukrainian...

Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack
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Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

The attack crippled the country's customs and taxes platforms alongside several other government agencies, even bringing down one Costa Rican town's energy supplier...

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database
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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.

Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw
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Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw

Researchers at security firm Nozomi Networks identified an unpatched vulnerability in third-party code libraries used by 200 hardware and software vendors.

How Can Universities Help Close the Digital Divide?
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How Can Universities Help Close the Digital Divide?

Institutions are leading projects with community partners to expand high-speed Internet access.

Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries
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Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries

Researchers used machine learning and anonymized data to better understand drug and alcohol abuse in developing countries.

Anticipating the War's Direction
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Anticipating the War's Direction

Is the U.S. at risk of Russian cyberattacks related to Ukraine?

Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks
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Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks

Smart office buildings in the U.S. raise concerns about privacy and cybersecurity.

Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design
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Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design

Studies by big institutions such as Google in well-known journals can have an outsized influence on whether similar projects are funded in the industry...

Another Firing Among Google's A.I. Brain Trust, and More Discord
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Another Firing Among Google's A.I. Brain Trust, and More Discord

The researchers are considered a key to the company's future. But they have had a hard time shaking infighting and controversy over a variety of issues.

Fort Worth Is First U.S. City to Mine Bitcoin
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Fort Worth Is First U.S. City to Mine Bitcoin

Fort Worth, TX, has become the first U.S. city to mine bitcoin, through a mining farm based at City Hall.

Ukraine's Digital Battle With Russia Isn't Going as Expected
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Ukraine's Digital Battle With Russia Isn't Going as Expected

Even the head of the country's online offensive is surprised by the successes—although they're not without controversy.

Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'
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Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is starting a new office, the Disinformation Governance Board, that will focus on countering "misinformation" and "disinformation...

FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says
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FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans' Data Last Year, Report Says

Searches in national-security investigations came without warrants, could stoke privacy concerns in Congress.

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection
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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection

Developers can begin declaring how they use collected data, with a deadline of July 20 to complete their submissions.

How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
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How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Ciaran Martin, founding head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre and now an Oxford University professor, called the attacks "extraordinary" in a tweet....

Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data
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Boston's New CIO to Focus on Unlocking City Data

Santiago Garces will start as CIO of the New England city in May, following top roles in open-data efforts in South Bend and Pittsburgh.

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale
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Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

Many cybercriminals and ransomware groups have links to Russia and don't target the nation. Now, it's being opened up.
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