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Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds
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Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook disproportionately shows certain types of job ads to men and women, raising questions about efforts to eliminate bias in its algorithms.

Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers
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Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers

A new version of physically unclonable functions could prevent even the most sophisticated hackers from accessing electronic devices.

China Creates Its Own Digital Currency
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China Creates Its Own Digital Currency

China's new digital yuan cryptocurrency is expected to give its government a vast economic and social monitoring tool, and strip users of their anonymity.

Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment
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Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Online children's book platform Epic uses an anonymous trove of data collected from readers to customize reading recommendations and guide new title creation.

If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser
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If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of Internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough
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Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough

Businesses are too busy patching to worry about firmware attacks, according to a Microsoft-commissioned study.  

Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says
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Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says

A researcher says the Android operating system transmits about 20 times more information from smartphone handsets to Google than iOS sends to Apple.

New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities
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New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities

Despite its sophistication, the app can be easy for more experienced users to spot.

With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First
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With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First

Engineers developing drones or similar robotic helpers need to focus on mitigating the dangers.

TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say
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TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said TikTok's underlying computer code does not pose a national security threat to the U.S.

Avoiding Coronavirus Infections to the Email
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Avoiding Coronavirus Infections to the Email

Cybercriminals go phishing with COVID lures.

New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes
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New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

Activist hackers looking to make political statements constitute emerging threats to U.S. cybersecurity.

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study
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Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study

Researchers in Singapore found that support for autonomous vehicle adoption generally is based on perceptions of safety issues.

Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size
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Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size

Researchers say a botnet targeting Windows devices is expanding, due to a new infection method that lets malware spread between computers with weak passwords.

Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets
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Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets

Researchers said a technique called Polymer Substrate Fingerprinting could be used to identify the unique, unclonable “fingerprints” of Bank of England banknotes...

New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says
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New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says

The White House is leading an interagency effort focused on software development that will determine federal procurement of information technology.

What a Gambling App Knows About You
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What a Gambling App Knows About You

Sky Bet, the most popular gambling app in Britain, compiled extensive records about a user, tracking him in ways he never imagined.

Ransomwared Bank Tells Customers It Lost Their SSNs
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Ransomwared Bank Tells Customers It Lost Their SSNs

A data breach that already hit bank employees just got much worse.

The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services
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The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services

Even as federal officials and Microsoft race to contain a recebt breach, stakeholders need to make certain they are no longer compromised, to prevent follow-up...
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