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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
From ACM TechNews

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Building a Practical Quantum Computer
From Communications of the ACM

Building a Practical Quantum Computer

Quantum computation has a long road ahead.

Brain Implants Get Real
From Communications of the ACM

Brain Implants Get Real

Universities, and a growing number of companies, are producing brain-computer interfaces.

I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'
From ACM News

I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'

Tests where you are asked to spot traffic lights or type out wobbly letters may be a thing of the past.

Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden
From ACM TechNews

Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden

Researchers discovered the Syslogk Linux rootkit delivers a backdoor trojan hides on a targeted machine until triggered.

Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking
From ACM News

Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking

Paige Thompson's lawyers said she had been looking for cracks so they could be fixed. A jury found her guilty of wire fraud and hacking charges.

Stronger Security for Smart Devices
From ACM TechNews

Stronger Security for Smart Devices

Two new security techniques block power and electromagnetic side-channel attacks targeting analog-to-digital converters in smart devices.

How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer
From ACM TechNews

How DOJ Took the Malware Fight into Your Computer

The U.S. Department of Justice increasingly is being allowed to delete malware from Americans' computers without their knowledge or authorization.

China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red
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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red

Bank depositors in China said a protest in Henan province was halted by authorities using COVID surveillance infrastructure to turn health code applications red...

FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked
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FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that certain Illumina DNA-sequencing machines have a software vulnerability that could jeopardize patient data.

MIT Researchers Discover New Flaw in Apple M1 CPUs That Can't Be Patched
From ACM News

MIT Researchers Discover New Flaw in Apple M1 CPUs That Can't Be Patched

The vulnerability is rooted in pointer authentication codes.

You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data
From ACM News

You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data

A consent form from Phreesia gives it permission to use your data for marketing.

Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts
From ACM TechNews

Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts

Civilians in Ukraine are recording three-dimensional models of artifacts in a permanent digital archive as part of Backup Ukraine, a project to save the country's...

Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them
From ACM News

Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them

Apple and Google just look the other way. Here's how we stop it.

Tesla Hack Gives Thieves Their Own Personal Key
From ACM TechNews

Tesla Hack Gives Thieves Their Own Personal Key

Austrian security researcher Martin Herfurt has demonstrated that electric vehicle company Tesla's updated near-field communication key card can be hacked.

Elevated Cyberthreats are the 'New Normal'
From ACM News

Elevated Cyberthreats are the 'New Normal'

The Biden administration gets darker in its assessment of the nation's cyberthreat.

'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G
From ACM TechNews

'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G

A beam-steering antenna can boost the efficiency of data transmission across the millimeter wave spectrum.

Radio Waves for the Detection of Hardware Tampering
From ACM TechNews

Radio Waves for the Detection of Hardware Tampering

Scientists in Germany have developed a technique that uses radio waves to monitor hardware for tampering.

Apple Just Killed the Password—for Real This Time
From ACM News

Apple Just Killed the Password—for Real This Time

Apple's iOS 16 and macOS Ventura will introduce passwordless login for apps and websites. It's only the beginning.

How 'Trustless' Is Bitcoin, Really?
From ACM News

How 'Trustless' Is Bitcoin, Really?

In myth, the cryptocurrency is egalitarian, decentralized and all but anonymous. The reality is very different, scientists have found.
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