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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System
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Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System

SentinelOne analysts were able to recreate the July 9 attack and identify the threat actor behind it.

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors
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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.

White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security
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White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security

Securing critical infrastructure requires a "whole-of-nation" effort, government official says.

University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions
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University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

Farmers can formulate a budget balance sheet for nitrogen reduction plans and view customized economic and environmental impacts and benefits of the fields they...

Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development
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Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

For example, earlier this year, enterprise security firm Proofpoint discovered new malware written in Nim and Rust.

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer
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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time...

Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air
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Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air

Researchers in the U.K. have developed free open source software that towns and cities can use to estimate reductions in air pollutant concentrations from different...

Detecting Deception
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Detecting Deception

Advanced machine learning algorithms can spot lying even better than a polygraph.

Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI
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Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI

Prosecutors in Chicago are being forced to withdraw evidence generated by the technology, which led to the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo earlier this...

The Unionization of Technology Companies
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The Unionization of Technology Companies

New unions could change how tech giants engage with their employees.

Upholding ACM's Principles
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Upholding ACM's Principles

Repeated ethical violations ends with membership revocation and ban.

TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies
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TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive imposes new rules requiring pipeline operators to strengthen their cyberdefenses.

Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy
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Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy

Money is pouring into autonomous trucking startups, just as many are souring on the short-term prospects for self-driving cars.

What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?
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What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?

Anthony Bourdain's A.I.-generated voice is just the latest example of a celebrity being digitally reincarnated. These days, though, it could happen to any of us...

Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' And It Worked Scarily Well
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Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' And It Worked Scarily Well

  In a proof-of-concept, researchers reported they could embed malware in up to half of an AI model's nodes and still obtain very high accuracy.

Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw
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Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw

Microsoft offers a workaround to a bug that could give attackers the ability to copy an organization's password hashes for offline cracking.

From Satellite to Smartphone, App Warns Public of Unsafe Water
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From Satellite to Smartphone, App Warns Public of Unsafe Water

A new smartphone application can provide early warnings of cholera contamination in water.

Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe
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Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe

Using artificial intelligence-driven data analysis to peel back the noise and find the actual shape of the universe.

The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself
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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

A new "red team" will try to anticipate and thwart attacks on machine learning programs.

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance
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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.
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