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22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault
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22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault

Computer systems in 22 Texas municipalities have been hijacked by ransomware.

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed
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Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed

A tiny federal statute in 1996 transformed the web into a wildly lucrative business, and became Big Tech's favorite liability shield. It's now under attack from...

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist
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A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but they're missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging.

Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
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Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Researchers have incorporated blockchain into energy systems, which could serve to expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble
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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble

Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems, demonstrating that many machines could be hijacked and...

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech
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Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

U.S. lawmakers are debating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for user-generated content.

Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos
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Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos

Researchers at the University of Lincoln found that computers are more accurate than humans at detecting photos that have undergone face morphing, a digital manipulation...

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You
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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets...

Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud
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Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud

Visa is launching a platform to help its engineers quickly test artificial intelligence algorithms designed to detect and prevent credit card fraud.

Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer
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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things devices to infiltrate corporate networks.

Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules
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Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that Illinois-based Facebook users can sue the social network for using facial recognition software.

What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics
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What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics

Artificial intelligence  has become a major source of economic value, contributing as much as $2 trillion to today's global economy. Sophisticated machine learning...

Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats
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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.

Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots
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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Autonomous weapons, capable of acting without human oversight, are closer than we think, Walsh believes, and must be banned.

'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos
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'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos

Startups, government agencies, and academics are working to develop a method to combat doctored videos and photographs.

Capital One Data Breach Tied to Cloud Computing Vulnerability
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Capital One Data Breach Tied to Cloud Computing Vulnerability

Experts attribute the Capital One data breach to exploitation of a vulnerability in the firewall of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which the bank used to store its...

Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data
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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data

A growing number of academics, economists, technologists, and lawmakers are working to reimagine the current environment in which a few large technology companies...

Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections
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Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections

A recent blog post from Microsoft indicates that nearly 10,000 state-sponsored attacks have been detected globally in the past year.

Barr Warns Time Is Running Out for Companies to Open Encryption
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Barr Warns Time Is Running Out for Companies to Open Encryption

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said time may be running out for major technology companies to voluntarily provide law enforcement officials access to the encrypted...
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