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BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers
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BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers

One ransomware attack struck a professional football team as competitors were preparing for the Super Bowl.

Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'
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Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'

A researcher found that Yandex, known as "Russia's Google," embedded code in apps for mobile devices that allows data to be sent to servers in Russia.

Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream
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Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream

For years, the country has been trying to create its own sovereign Internet—a goal given new impetus by the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine.

Sign Language Glossary Aims to Widen Tech Access
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Sign Language Glossary Aims to Widen Tech Access

A sign language glossary features more than 500 new signs covering computer science, cybersecurity, data science, and software development.

Artificial Neurons Go Quantum with Photonic Circuits
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Artificial Neurons Go Quantum with Photonic Circuits

Researchers demonstrated a quantum memristor on an integrated quantum processor operating on single photons in an effort to link artificial intelligence and quantum...

Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution
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Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution

HP issued security advisories for three critical-severity vulnerabilities impacting its LaserJet Pro, Pagewide Pro, OfficeJet, Enterprise, Large Format, and DeskJet...

UPS Expands Deal with Google Cloud to Prepare for Surge in Data
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UPS Expands Deal with Google Cloud to Prepare for Surge in Data

United Parcel Service has expanded its deal with Google Cloud, which will involve greater network, storage, and computing capacity.

Europeans Wary of New Digital Identity
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Europeans Wary of New Digital Identity

Rollout of European Digital Identity sparks Big Brother-type fears.

Spam Texts From Your Own Number? 'Bad Actors' Sent Them, Verizon Says
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Spam Texts From Your Own Number? 'Bad Actors' Sent Them, Verizon Says

The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did...

Does Social Media Make Teens Unhappy? It May Depend on Their Age
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Does Social Media Make Teens Unhappy? It May Depend on Their Age

A large study in Britain found two specific windows of adolescence when some teenagers are most sensitive to social media.

Do EV Charging Stations Open the Power Grid to Attack?
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Do EV Charging Stations Open the Power Grid to Attack?

Electric vehicle Charging Station Management Systems need greater focus on security.

Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine
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Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine

The biggest hack since Russia's war began knocked thousands of people offline. The spillover extends deep into Europe.

Greece's National Postal Service Restoring Systems After Ransomware Attack
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Greece's National Postal Service Restoring Systems After Ransomware Attack

ELTA has released multiple updates on the situation after reporting on Monday that it was struggling to deal with a ransomware attack they discovered on Sunday...

Food Businesses Lose Faith in Instagram After Algorithm Changes
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Food Businesses Lose Faith in Instagram After Algorithm Changes

The change of Instagram's algorithm to prioritize videos over photos has put a damper on the social media strategies of small food businesses.

Study Finds Parents' Social Media Use Associated with Parenting Style
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Study Finds Parents' Social Media Use Associated with Parenting Style

Researchers found a link between parents’ social media use and their parenting styles.

Restricted Internet Access Could Be Key to Academic Gains
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Restricted Internet Access Could Be Key to Academic Gains

Researchers found that providing Internet access, with the right controls, can help students achieve academic gains, and can even substitute for textbooks in schools...

Europe Says Yes to Messaging Interoperability As It Agrees on Major New Regime for Big Tech
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Europe Says Yes to Messaging Interoperability As It Agrees on Major New Regime for Big Tech

The regulation has been years in the making and is set to usher in a radically different ex ante regime for the most powerful tech platforms

EU Takes Aim at Big Tech's Power With Landmark Digital Act
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EU Takes Aim at Big Tech's Power With Landmark Digital Act

The European Union was expected to finalize the Digital Markets Act, the most sweeping legislation to regulate tech since a European privacy law was passed in 2018...

Russia Finds Meta Guilty of 'Extremist Activity,' but WhatsApp Can Stay
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Russia Finds Meta Guilty of 'Extremist Activity,' but WhatsApp Can Stay

Moscow court says Meta engaged in "extremist activity."

Can AI Learn to Forget?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Learn to Forget?

Specialized techniques may make it possible to induce selective 'amnesia' in machine learning models.
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