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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns
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That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning consumers that televisions that offer Internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities may be vulnerable...

Bug Bounties: Big Business
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Bug Bounties: Big Business

Companies are learning that bug bounty programs are just one aspect of good security protocols.

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store
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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.

Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping
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Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping

Researchers have found dark patterns, or deceptive practices employed by user interface designs, frequently used on shopping websites of popular online retailers...

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen
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Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen

A Pew Research Center study found 75% of Americans desire greater government regulation of consumer data, while about an equal percentage doubt the government will...

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption
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Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided...

Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos
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Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos

Researchers at cybersecurity company Checkmarx reported flaws in the Google Assistant on Android devices that would allow hackers to take photos and videos without...

Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice
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Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

The Australian government has issued a draft code of practice for Internet of Things cybersecurity, with a public consultation to run until March 1, 2020.

Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'
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Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'

Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google are working to slow the spread of maliciously doctored content, known as deepfakes, ahead of the 2020 election. ...

Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired
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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired

Researchers discovered the continued existence of vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.

Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10
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Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10

A pair of security researchers found vulnerabilities across multiple devices including an Alexa-powered Amazon Echo and a Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone.

Regulating Information Technology
From Communications of the ACM

Regulating Information Technology

Why isn't IT regulated, when it can have such substantial impacts on people's lives?

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.

Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says
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Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said attackers targeted the state with ransomware that impacted certain state servers, forcing initiation of security protocols...

AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship
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AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship

A artificial intelligence system based on genetic evolution has learned to automatically evade online censorship by repressive governments.

Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning
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Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning

Using machine learning to detect deepfakes created for criminal purposes with machine learning.

WPI Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities Affecting Billions of Computer Chips
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WPI Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities Affecting Billions of Computer Chips

Researchers found two flaws impacting Intel and STMicroelectronics central processing units that hackers could exploit to steal or doctor data on billions of devices...
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