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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets
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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran's missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials...

Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet
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Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.

Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?
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Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

You already have a lot to worry about. Climate change, fake news, inequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers...

Ripple Adds 11 New University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education
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Ripple Adds 11 New University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education

Blockchain network provider Ripple has added 11 universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative.

Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think
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Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think

Adding sophisticated features to vehicles to make drivers' daily commutes easier also make their new vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a new...

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology
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There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

Opinion by Bruce Schneier, a security technologist who teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Software That Can Automatically Detect Fake News
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Software That Can Automatically Detect Fake News

Researchers have developed a system that automatically analyzes social media posts and filters out fake news and disinformation.

Google Releases Dataset to Help AI Systems Spot Fake Audio Recordings
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Google Releases Dataset to Help AI Systems Spot Fake Audio Recordings

The Google News unit and artificial intelligence research division Google AI have released a speech database in an attempt to identify bogus audio recordings.

Moving the Needle on Cyber Norms
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Moving the Needle on Cyber Norms

The  Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace is working to establish principles that states, non-state actors, and the privacy industry should follow when...

Eyes in the Skies
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Eyes in the Skies

Privacy concerns arise around the New York Police Department's drone program.  

Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities
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Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its...

Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights
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Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights

Congress has a new rising target when it comes to cyber: The Pentagon.

Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector
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Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector

Apple has penalized Google and Facebook for violating its developer policies controlling personal data by suspending internal apps used by both companies.

Inside Google's Team Fighting to Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers
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Inside Google's Team Fighting to Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers

Google's Threat Analysis Group is an in-house counterespionage unit committed to keeping sensitive online information safe from hackers and spies.

Crawling Inside Hard Drives
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Crawling Inside Hard Drives

Digital forensics seeks evidence in stored digital information; it's not as easy as it sounds.

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind
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The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind

The Pentagon warns the U.S. military's cybersecurity capabilities are not advancing with sufficient speed to head off an "onslaught of multipronged" attacks by...

Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies
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Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies

Researchers have discovered two security flaws that impact 26 Proof of Stake cryptocurrencies.

Rogue Drone Pilots Face A New Foe: Deep Learning AI
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Rogue Drone Pilots Face A New Foe: Deep Learning AI

A growing number of counter-drone systems look to overwhelm rogue drones, and find their pilots.

Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019
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Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019

Cybersecurity professionals are in short supply, presenting a serious problem as a wave of cyber-attacks is expected this year.

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech
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World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech

Several world leaders urged global technology regulation at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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