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Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts
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Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Some workers allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes.

Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime
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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime

Italy has banned the use of facial recognition technology and "smart glasses," except when used in judicial investigations or the fight against crime.

K-12 Cyber Maturity Improving, but Still Lags Other Sectors
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K-12 Cyber Maturity Improving, but Still Lags Other Sectors

U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Jern Easterly said ransomware and other cyber threats targeting primary and secondary schools are...

Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers
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Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers

Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil said around 100 officers of the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Signals Directorate would participate in the...

Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States
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Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States

The company will change its location tracking disclosures in 2023.

Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown
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Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown

A new report finds that municipal agencies in Washington deploy dozens of automated decision systems, often without residents' knowledge.

U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation
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U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation

The U.K.'s Home Office says it will soon require people facing deportation to carry a global positioning system (GPS)-enabled fingerprint scanner at all times. ...

CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software
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CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software

Industrial Control Systems advisories from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency focus on vulnerabilities in software from ETIC Telecom, Nokia...

After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold
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After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold

Researchers who study disinformation said most efforts to stoke doubt about results had failed to spread widely.

Binance Pulls Out of Deal to Acquire Rival Crypto Exchange FTX
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Binance Pulls Out of Deal to Acquire Rival Crypto Exchange FTX

The rapid collapse of FTX, built by the billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, suggests that no company in the freewheeling, loosely regulated crypto industry is safe. ...

Technology to Reduce Potholes
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Technology to Reduce Potholes

A team of researchers has developed a machine learning method for the real-time assessment of road base compaction quality.

Mississippi Election Websites Knocked Out by DDoS Attack
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Mississippi Election Websites Knocked Out by DDoS Attack

A senior CISA official said the agency was "aware" of the claim by Russian hackers, but refrained from pinning the outage on a specific actor.

OpenSSL Patches High Vulnerabilities
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OpenSSL Patches High Vulnerabilities

OpenSSL encryption library developer Open SSL Project issued a patch to correct two high-severity vulnerabilities that could enable remote code execution or website...

DOJ Seized Billions in Bitcoin Stolen from Silk Road Darknet Marketplace
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DOJ Seized Billions in Bitcoin Stolen from Silk Road Darknet Marketplace

The Justice Department called the seizure the largest involving cryptocurrency in its history and the second-largest financial seizure ever.

Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal
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Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal

The move comes after a newspaper report alleging politicians and business people have been under state surveillance.

Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms
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Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms

Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine.

Twitter May Have Lost More than a Million Users Since Musk Took Over
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Twitter May Have Lost More than a Million Users Since Musk Took Over

Estimates from Bot Sentinel suggest more than 875,000 users deactivated their accounts between October 27 and November 1, while a half-million more were suspended...

Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos
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Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos

Misleading edits, fake news stories and deepfake images of politicians are starting to warp reality on the popular video platform.

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers
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Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Including this writer.

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars
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Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers used a laser to trick autonomous vehicles' LiDAR systems to remove obstacles and pedestrians from view.
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