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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?
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Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?

The new 5G networks increase hacker access to the Internet of Things.

An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?
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An NTSB for Cyber Attacks?

Critics grapple with Biden's Cybersecurity Safety Review Board plan.

Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Jack Minker (1927–2021)
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Jack Minker (1927–2021)

ACM Fellow Jack Minker was a leader in the development of automating logistic reasoning, but he is perhaps best known for his efforts to promote the social responsibility...

Taking the Heat
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Taking the Heat

Maxwell's demon and the high cost of erasure.

Let the Algorithm Decide?
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Let the Algorithm Decide?

Algorithms fail their first test to replace student exams.

U.S. Has Almost 500,000 Job Openings in Cybersecurity
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U.S. Has Almost 500,000 Job Openings in Cybersecurity

The U.S. Commerce Department's Cyber Seek technology job-tracking database and the trade group CompTIA count about 465,000 current U.S. cybersecurity job openings...

Shape-Shifting Computer Chip Thwarts Hackers
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Shape-Shifting Computer Chip Thwarts Hackers

A secure new computer processor thwarts hackers by randomly changing its underlying structure, making it virtually impossible to hack.

Microsoft is Retiring Web browser Internet Explorer
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Microsoft is Retiring Web browser Internet Explorer

Some versions of the Windows operating system will continue to receive support for Internet Explorer.

Study Explores Privacy of Prison Communications
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Study Explores Privacy of Prison Communications

The constant monitoring of people incarcerated in the U.S. extends to communications between inmates and their relatives.

Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference
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Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference

The experts have weighed in: Non-fungible tokens are dumb as hell.

Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data
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Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data

Microsoft has issued a warning over RevengeRAT, a remote access tool that has been used to target aerospace and travel industries with spear-phishing campaigns....

Cloudflare Reveals Plan to End CAPTCHA 'Madness'
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Cloudflare Reveals Plan to End CAPTCHA 'Madness'

Cloudflare says the CAPTCHA system wastes nearly 500 human years every single day.

Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System
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Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System

Energy infrastructure has increasingly come under assault, and analysts said the attack that cut off fuel supplies this week should be a "wake-up call."

Colonial Pipeline Paid Nearly $5 million in Ransomware Blackmail Payment
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Colonial Pipeline Paid Nearly $5 million in Ransomware Blackmail Payment

The payment was reportedly made soon after the attack began. It wasn't enough to stop the disruption.

Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag
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Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag

German security researcher stacksmashing was able to break into, dump, and reflash the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag object-location product.

Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity

President Biden's order places strict new standards on software sold to the government.

This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?
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This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?

One 'boring but really important' change could improve your security posture significantly. But not everyone does it.

96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find
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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find

U.S. users have opted out of application tracking nearly all of the time following Apple's release of iOS 14.5 in April.

Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip
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Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip

Researchers have developed a three-dimensionally printed smart finger ring that potentially could replace house keys, wallets, health insurance cards, and more....
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