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Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid
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Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid

A computer hacker publicly released election-related files from Hall County, GA, after county officials failed to pay a ransom.

The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office
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The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office

As company offices reopen, some are using software to help them shuffle employees, schedule meetings, map office hot spots, and practice social distancing.

Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations
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Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations

Computer scientists have created a database that aims to predict the likelihood of cyberattacks between nations.

Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike
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Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike

Government officials warned that hackers were seeking to hold American hospitals' data hostage in exchange for ransom payments.

National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election
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National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

The Louisiana National Guard has been called in to investigate a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state.

Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off
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Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off

This year has forced organizations to adapt quickly to enabling employees to work from home. That's creating 'chaos with no control' - which cyber criminals are...

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers
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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.

Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid
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Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid

The hacking group, Energetic Bear, is among Russia's stealthiest. It appears to be casting a wide net to find useful targets ahead of the election, experts said...

The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier
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The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier

Politics is roiling the semiconductor business model, sparking a drive for more autonomy from the U.S. to China, Europe and Japan.

Cybersecurity Company Finds Hacker Selling Info on 186 Million U.S. Voters
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Cybersecurity Company Finds Hacker Selling Info on 186 Million U.S. Voters

Cybersecurity company Trustwave says it discovered a hacker selling personally identifying information on 245 million Americans, including voter registration data...

The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone
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The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

Washington DC-based nonprofit Upturn found law enforcement officials regularly break into encrypted smartphones, and police in all U.S. states have phone-hacking...

Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality
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Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality

The desire for faster, higher-frequency wireless networking is a constant. Terahertz technology could deliver large gains.

Cyber Command Sought to Disrupt World's Largest Botnet, Hoping to Reduce Its Potential Impact on the Election
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Cyber Command Sought to Disrupt World's Largest Botnet, Hoping to Reduce Its Potential Impact on the Election

U.S. Cyber Command (CyberCom) has launched a campaign to temporarily disrupt the world's largest botnet, in order to mitigate its potential interference in the...

Hackers Targeting IoT Devices With a P2P Botnet Malware
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Hackers Targeting IoT Devices With a P2P Botnet Malware

Qihoo 360's Netlab security team has discovered the HEH Botnet, which hijacks Internet-connected smart devices to carry out nefarious tasks.

Experts: Florida Voting Machines Ripe for Foreign Hackers
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Experts: Florida Voting Machines Ripe for Foreign Hackers

Computer scientists have expressed concerns about the security of voting machines used in 49 Florida counties.

Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks
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Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks

Researchers at Visa Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are developing new processes to try to thwart eventual quantum computing cyberattacks.

Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says
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Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch says Buenos Aires is using a facial recognition system connected to a database that includes child suspects and is publishing warrants for their...

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch
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Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch

Researchers at Norwegian security company Mnemonic found an undocumented backdoor in the X4 smartwatch marketed by children's watch vendor Xplora.

Bringing Power Tool From Math Into Quantum Computing
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Bringing Power Tool From Math Into Quantum Computing

Scientists at Japan's Tokyo University of Science designed a novel quantum circuit that calculates the fast Fourier transform faster and more efficiently than previously...
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