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Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance
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Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance

Wall Street banks are accelerating their research into quantum computing.

Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data
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Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data

Facebook users will now receive notifications reminding them that third parties have a glimpse into their information, and that controls are available to restrict...

Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says
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Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Online dating services are spreading personal user information in ways that may violate privacy laws in Europe and elsewhere.

As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack
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As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack

The U.S. Department of Justice ia pressuring Apple to unlock two iPhones owned by a Saudi student who allegedly killed three people on a U.S. Naval base in Florida...

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.
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Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.

Light can “jump the air gap.”

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics
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Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Engineering company Robert Bosch is deploying artificial intelligence to fortify cars' electronic systems against hackers who attempt to feed the systems intentionally...

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds
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Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Researchers found that ballot-marking devices, which will be used in at least 18% of U.S. districts in November’s presidential election, lack sufficient safeguards...

AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls
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AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

Researchers have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can track evolving online social media conversations, which could eventually yield an automated method...

Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending
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Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

Companies are dedicating increasing amounts of money to digital defenses in an effort to stop the spread of malware.

Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA
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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA

Dutch cybersecurity firm Fox-IT said in a report that a hacker group associated with the Chinese government has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in...

Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet
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Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet

Russia's Ministry of Communications announced a successful test of a nationwide alternative to the Internet and claimed ordinary users did not detect any changes...

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...

New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten
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New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten

A report from Israeli security firm Upstream paints a grim picture of the state of vehicular cybersecurity.

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.

Password Meters Could Increase Risk of Cyberattack
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Password Meters Could Increase Risk of Cyberattack

A study evaluating 16 popular password meters found these tools offer "inconsistent and misleading" advice that could elevate the risk of cyberattack.

How the Internet Spans the Globe
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How the Internet Spans the Globe

The modern Internet is made possible by hundreds of thousands of miles of undersea cables.

Handling Holiday Hackers
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Handling Holiday Hackers

How to defend intimate details and card data while shopping online this season.

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

How the world's biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path
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On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path

India is considering its first major data privacy statute.
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