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 Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats
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Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats

Government agencies are also warning companies and consumers to be on guard against holiday attacks.

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones
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Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of "flagrant" violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure
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Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure

A hacking group is targeting a broad range of organizations, taking advantage of vulnerabilities that have been patched but not yet updated.

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How
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We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse
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This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse

The SugarCoat tool developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Brave Software can better protect users' private data as they browse...

Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge
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Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge

Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated.

BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits
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BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits

AT&T researchers found the BotenaGo malware botnet uses 33 exploits to attack millions of routers, modems, network attached storage, and Internet of Things devices...

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk
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Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk

The vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to the CPU to bypass the security measures protecting some of its most sensitive data.

Top 200 Most Common Passwords
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Top 200 Most Common Passwords

The list of passwords was compiled in partnership with independent researchers specializing in research of cybersecurity incidents. They evaluated a 4TB database...

Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper
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Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper

Rice University hashing method slashes cost of implementing differential privacy.

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand
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Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand

Hackers put companies under intense pressure to pay ransoms quickly to get their computers systems back online.

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

What Caused the Facebook Outage?
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What Caused the Facebook Outage?

Why was the social media service and its related properties out of service for hours, frustrating users and Facebook engineers alike?

True, Untrue Viral News Move Equally Through Twitter
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True, Untrue Viral News Move Equally Through Twitter

A study found both true and untrue viral news spread through Twitter at the same speed, breadth, and depth.

When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls
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When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls

A nation's scientists took to social media in response to criticism of their research, with surprising results. Sami Syrjämäki describes what happened.

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao Receives 2021 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology
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Andrew Chi-Chih Yao Receives 2021 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology

Yao contributed to cutting-edge research in areas including security, secure computing, and quantum computation.

Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim at Algorithms
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Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim at Algorithms

The bill would require Internet platforms to let people use a version of their services where content is not selected by "opaque algorithms" driven by personal...
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