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Danger Caused by Subdomains
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Danger Caused by Subdomains

A security vulnerability could enable hackers to commandeer Website subdomains and inflict severe damage.

Hackers Infecting Gamers' PCs with Malware to Make Millions From Crypto
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Hackers Infecting Gamers' PCs with Malware to Make Millions From Crypto

Hackers are exploiting gamers with "Crackonosh" malware to generate millions by mining cryptocurrency using gamers’ computers.

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

How Big Tech Created a Data 'Treasure Trove' for Police
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How Big Tech Created a Data 'Treasure Trove' for Police

In the first half of 2020, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft together fielded more than 112,000 data requests from local, state, and federal officials.

IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey
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IT Leaders Say Cybersecurity Funding Being Wasted on Remote Work Support: Survey

In a JumpCloud survey of IT decision-makers at small and medium-sized enterprises, 56% think their organizations are spending too much to enable remote work.

Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity
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Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity

It might be making the ransomware crisis worse, say researchers.

Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report
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Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report

The average time to correct critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities grew from 197 days to 205 days between April and May 2021, according to WhiteHat Security. 

GPS Cyberattack Falsely Placed U.K. Warship Near Russian Naval Base
From ACM TechNews

GPS Cyberattack Falsely Placed U.K. Warship Near Russian Naval Base

A cyberattack may have been involved in a naval confrontation this week between Russia and a British warship in the Black Sea that never really happened.

Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023
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Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023

Plan to remove web-tracking technology from Chrome has faced pressure from competition regulators, privacy zealots, and the digital media industry.

Data Breaches: Most Victims Unaware When Shown Evidence of Multiple Compromised Accounts
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Data Breaches: Most Victims Unaware When Shown Evidence of Multiple Compromised Accounts

Most data breach victims do not realize their personal data has been exposed, according to a new study.

AI Creates False Documents That Fake Out Hackers
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AI Creates False Documents That Fake Out Hackers

The algorithm hides sensitive information in a sea of decoys.

To Stop the Ransomware Pandemic, Start with the Basics
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To Stop the Ransomware Pandemic, Start with the Basics

That will help stop other sorts of cyber-mischief, too.

Smart Tires Hit the Road
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Smart Tires Hit the Road

Tire manufacturers Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Bridgestone are launching new smart tire features for last-mile delivery vehicles.

Formal Software Verification Measures Up
From Communications of the ACM

Formal Software Verification Measures Up

Verified coding techniques use mathematical proofs to ensure code is error-free and hacker-resistant. Can the approach revolutionize software?

A Battery-Free Internet of Things
From Communications of the ACM

A Battery-Free Internet of Things

The Internet of Things can thrive without hardwired or consumable power sources.

Charles M. Geschke (1939-2021)
From Communications of the ACM

Charles M. Geschke (1939-2021)

Charles M. Geschke helped create the modern world of computing, where beautiful typography and expressive, artistic graphics are as integral to most users' experience...

Silver Lining for Ransomware Victims: Payments May be Tax Deductible
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Silver Lining for Ransomware Victims: Payments May be Tax Deductible

The incentive could entice businesses to pay ransoms, funding continued criminal activity.

McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products
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McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products

McAfee researchers discovered a vulnerability in the Peloton Bike+ that could enable attackers to install malware in the system through a USB port.

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition
From ACM TechNews

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.

Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From
From ACM News

Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From

Facebook's artificial intelligence program looks for cracks left behind in the manufacturing process used to change an image's digital "fingerprint."
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