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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation
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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Senators and corporate executives warned Tuesday that the "scope and scale" of the hacking of government agencies and companies were still unclear.

30,000 Macs Infected with New Silver Sparrow Malware
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30,000 Macs Infected with New Silver Sparrow Malware

Silver Sparrow can even run on systems with Apple's new M1 chip.

Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor
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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
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The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
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Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee
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Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee

A new blockchain platform named Lygon, formed by Australian banks ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Westpac, IBM, and shopping center company Scentre...

Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption
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Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption

Swiss technology company Terra Quantum said that it used quantum computers to expose vulnerabilities in commonly used encryption, which could threaten the confidentiality...

Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs
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Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs

BleepingComputer has identified a new targeted phishing campaign in which emails pretending to be company invoices use Morse code in an attachment to hide malicious...

Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense
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Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense

A team of researchers has developed an adaptive cyber defense against zero-day attacks using machine learning.

Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack
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Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack

The breach involved an unsuccessful attempt by an adversary to increase sodium hydroxide in the water supply to dangerous levels via the water treatment plant's...

Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say
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Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say

Federal investigators say there is evidence the suspected Russian hack of U.S. government and businesses went beyond compromising SolarWinds' software.

Doorbell Security Cameras Are Easily Hackable, Researchers Find
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Doorbell Security Cameras Are Easily Hackable, Researchers Find

Florida Institute of Technology researchers have demonstrated that smart home security systems, including doorbells connected to a wireless camera, can be hacked...

Deepfake Detectors Can Be Defeated, Computer Scientists Show for the First Time
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Deepfake Detectors Can Be Defeated, Computer Scientists Show for the First Time

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated that detectors programmed to spot deepfake videos can be beaten.

Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems
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Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems

Experts said hackers' attempted lye-poisoning of a drinking water reservoir in Oldsmar, FL, last Friday highlights the vulnerability of the U.S. water supply.

U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks
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U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks

Third-party data breaches also make users more attractive targets for cyberattacks.

'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks
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'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks

A study by researchers at Binghamton and Boston universities indicates most zoombombing attacks are caused by legitimate attendees.

Tracking the Hackers
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Tracking the Hackers

Dissecting the SolarWinds hack.

Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene
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Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene

A study by blockchain investigations firm Chainalysis found that cybercrime gangs often switch ransomware-as-a-service suppliers as they seek better profits.

Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News
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Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News

Researchers used machine learning to develop a method for identifying fake news even when such reports are repeatedly adapted.
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