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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says
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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing's increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers...

Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies
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Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies

Cornell University researchers uncovered discrepancies in the skin tones of models as depicted in online retail images.

New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection
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New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

Engineering researchers have come up with a new technique that can detect ransomware faster than previous systems.

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences
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Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.

Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks
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Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks

Insurance market resets after a ransomware boom and the threat of spillover from Ukraine.

Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies
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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Two former officials said the hackers were able to gain access to taxpayers' information and interrupt Costa Rica's tax collection process.

Is This Another Tech Bubble Bursting?
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Is This Another Tech Bubble Bursting?

And should you, a normal person, care?

A Quick Guide to the Most Important AI Law You've Never Heard Of
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A Quick Guide to the Most Important AI Law You've Never Heard Of

The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.

A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change
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A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change

Experts say the cybersecurity executive order has improved the nation's security posture, but more work is to be done.

Finding the Fairness in AI
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Finding the Fairness in AI

Algorithmic fairness is more or less obtainable, depending on how you measure it.

Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit
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Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit

Researchers analyzed the top 100,000 websites and found a significant number record some or all of visitors' typewritten data.

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind
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The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

Sixteen years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control.

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations
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F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement...

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic
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Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic

A steep sell-off that gained momentum this week starkly illustrated the risks of the experimental and unregulated digital currencies.

Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'
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Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'

Musk wants to investigate whether the number of bots on the platform is as low as the company claims—or is he looking for a way out?

AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions
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AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

Renegade staff theoretically could insert undetectable backdoors in third-party artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling hackers to commandeer the AIs...

Does Presenting Credibility Labels of Journalistic Sources Affect News Consumption? Study Finds Limited Effects
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Does Presenting Credibility Labels of Journalistic Sources Affect News Consumption? Study Finds Limited Effects

New York University researchers found labeling the credibility of information sources may improve the online news consumption to a limited degree.

Unpacking Black-Box Models
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Unpacking Black-Box Models

A mathematical framework aims to quantify and evaluate the understandability of a machine learning model's explanations for its predictions.

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.
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