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Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns
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Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns

Move prompted by a recent data breach that exposed the personal information of ChatGPT users.

One of China's Most Popular Apps can Spy on its Users, say Experts
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One of China's Most Popular Apps can Spy on its Users, say Experts

"I've never seen anything like this."

Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail
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Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail

A man falsely accused of theft in a state he said he had never even visited.

A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.
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A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.

The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has...

Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice
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Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice

Participants of the Pwn2Own software exploitation conference hacked technology from automaker Tesla twice at the Zero Day Initiative's Pwn2Own software exploitation...

As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware
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As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware

The Biden administration says commercial spyware has proliferated in recent years with few controls and a high risk of abuse.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug
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Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug

General Bytes reported that over $1.5 million in bitcoin was drained from Internet-accessible wallets via its bitcoin ATMs by hackers that exploited a previously...

Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System
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Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System

Virtual landowners have found a way to put their investments to work, but with unintended consequences.

Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices
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Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices

Researchers developed the Near-Ultrasound Inaudible Trojan to show how hackers can exploit the vulnerabilities of smart device microphones and voice assistants...

Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says
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Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says

Researchers in Google's Mandiant division have found state-sponsored hackers in China have been evading common cybersecurity tools and spying on government and...

Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues
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Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues

Government employees in the United States and internationally often reuse passwords for their work and personal accounts, according to researchers at threat intelligence...

Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication
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Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication

A potential alternative to passwords.

Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I.
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Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I.

Meme-makers and misinformation peddlers are embracing artificial intelligence tools to create convincing fake videos on the cheap.

Stealthy UEFI Malware Bypassing Secure Boot Enabled by Unpatchable Windows Flaw
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Stealthy UEFI Malware Bypassing Secure Boot Enabled by Unpatchable Windows Flaw

Researchers at Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET have found the first real-world case of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface malware that can take over a computer's...

The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data
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The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data

Rather than obtaining a warrant, the bureau purchased sensitive data—a controversial practice that privacy advocates say is deeply problematic.

As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology
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As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology

Tech innovations are again racing ahead of Washington's ability to regulate them, lawmakers and A.I. experts said.

The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains
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The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains

Companies like Paradromics and Synchron are competing with Elon Musk's Neuralink to design a brain implant that can communicate with computers.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...
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