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Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware
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Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware

Threat groups often hide malware behind macros in innocent-seeming documents, but Microsoft's proposed change should make that route less effective.

The New Spy Wars
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The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus, and the world.

DeepMind Says its New AI Coding Engine is As Good As an Average Human Programmer
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DeepMind Says its New AI Coding Engine is As Good As an Average Human Programmer

AlphaCode is good, but not great — not yet.

7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts
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7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts

Six 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo, Japan, will soon feature floating holographic displays that will allow customers to check out without any physical contact.

Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature
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Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature

The software recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.

The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon
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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains from NSO's Pegasus spyware, a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros
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Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros

Polkit, a system-wide privilege manager for Unix-like operating systems, contains a 12-year-old memory-corruption vulnerability.

Smartphone, MD: Going Viral
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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

A smartphone application and laboratory kit can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'
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Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'

That's Tesla's mess to deal with.

Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users
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Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users

Security researchers have uncovered macOS malware that can be installed by exploits almost impossible for most users to detect.

Solving for Why
From Communications of the ACM

Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
From Communications of the ACM

Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots
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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?

UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks
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UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks

Researchers have found that electrical vehicle charging stations and their Internet-based management systems are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.

Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks
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Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks

The malware was revealed as Russian troops remained massed at the Ukrainian border, and after Ukrainian government agencies had their websites defaced.

New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V
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New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V

The updates cause Windows domain controllers enter a boot loop, with servers getting into an endless cycle of Windows starting and then rebooting after a few minutes...

Algorithm Helps Robots Avoid Obstacles in Their Path
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Algorithm Helps Robots Avoid Obstacles in Their Path

An algorithm developed by researchers at the University of South Australia aims to help robots avoid humans and other obstacles in their path.

Top Programming Languages: Coding Favorite Tops List Again
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Top Programming Languages: Coding Favorite Tops List Again

Python has topped software testing outfit Tiobe's programming language list for the second year in a row, as it was awarded the title of programming language of...

AI Powers Autonomous Materials Discovery
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AI Powers Autonomous Materials Discovery

Cornell University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that aims to speed up the process of materials discovery.

Walk-Through Metal Detectors Can Be Hacked, Research Finds
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Walk-Through Metal Detectors Can Be Hacked, Research Finds

Researchers at Cisco Talos have identified nine software vulnerabilities in commonly used metal detectors manufactured by Garrett.
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