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Scientists Strive to Map the Shape-Shifting Net
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Scientists Strive to Map the Shape-Shifting Net

In a dimly lit chamber festooned with wires and hidden in one of California’s largest data centers, Tim Pozar is changing the shape of the Internet. He is using...

The Interpreter in the Laptop
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The Interpreter in the Laptop

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology scientists will demonstrate a language-to-language translation device at the upcoming CeBIT conference. The device combines automatic...

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Guide For Applying Risk Management Framework to Information Systems Released

The final publication of the 93-page Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach (NIST Special...

Ornl Technology May Better Detect Cyber Security Attacks
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Ornl Technology May Better Detect Cyber Security Attacks

A system that can more effectively detect possible cyber security attacks within large organizations—including government agencies—is being developed with the assistance...

Security Key to Unlocking Cloud Potential
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Security Key to Unlocking Cloud Potential

The issue of security is holding back its full potential of cloud computing. This was the gist of the keynote message presented Tuesday (March 2) by Art Coviello...

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Study: Google-China Attack Driven by Amateurs

The computer attack which led Google to threaten leaving China and created a firestorm between Washington and Beijing appears to have been deployed by amateurs,...

Sat-Nav Systems ­nder Growing Threat from 'jammers'
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Sat-Nav Systems ­nder Growing Threat from 'jammers'

Technology that depends on satellite-navigation signals is increasingly threatened by attack from widely available equipment, experts say. While "jamming" sat-nav...

Experts Warn of Catastrophe From Cyberattacks
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Experts Warn of Catastrophe From Cyberattacks

A panel of experts told U.S. senators at a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that the United States would be defeated...

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Stopping Stealthy Downloads

SRI International and Georgia Tech researchers have developed Block All Drive-By Download Exploits (BLADE), free software that can stop Internet attacks brought...

Tracking Garbage
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Tracking Garbage

Researchers are focusing on the so-called "removal chain" in an attempt to save landfill space, improve recycling rates, and trim the flow of toxic materials into...

Engineering the Web's Third Decade
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Engineering the Web's Third Decade

As Web technologies move beyond two-way interactive capabilities to facilitate more dynamic and pervasive experiences, the Web is quickly advancing toward its third...

CS and Biology's Growing Pains
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CS and Biology's Growing Pains

Biologists can benefit from learning and using the tools of computer science, but several real-world obstacles remain.

In Networks We Trust
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In Networks We Trust

European researchers are proposing a paradigm-shifting solution to trusted computing that offers better security and authentication with none of the drawbacks that...

Computer Scientist To Address Congress on Privacy Issues and Location-Based Services
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Computer Scientist To Address Congress on Privacy Issues and Location-Based Services

Carnegie Mellon University's Lorrie F. Cranor will discuss the risk and benefits of online services that collect and use location information to joint meetings...

Truly Random Numbers
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Truly Random Numbers

German researchers have developed a random number generator that uses a computer memory element, a flip-flop, to create an extra layer of randomness. 

Battling Zombies, Botnets and Torpig
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Battling Zombies, Botnets and Torpig

University of Calgary (UC) researchers are developing a range of technologies to prevent and detect cyberattacks and botnets. "It's an issue of scale," says UC...

­sb Fingerprints Identify 'pod Slurping' Data Thieves
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­sb Fingerprints Identify 'pod Slurping' Data Thieves

Intellectual property thieves who engage in so-called pod-slurping attacks leave a "USB fingerprint," according to Vasilios Katos and Theodoros Kavallaris of the...

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...
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What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...

Utilities have learned a lot about how smart meters can compel consumers to save electricity. Unfortunately, too often they aren't putting the knowledge to good...

Searching For Saddam
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Searching For Saddam

Traffic had slowed to a crawl in Baghdad's Azamiyah district as drivers stopped to ogle the president. It was April 2003, and Saddam Hussein cheerily greeted his...

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Internet Making Our Brains Different, Not Dumb

A decade from now, Google won't make us "stupid," the Internet may make us more literate in a different kind of way, and efforts to protect individual anonymity...
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