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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley
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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

Inside the Equifax Hack
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Inside the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach, attributed to a server flaw disclosed by Cisco researchers that went unpatched, has potentially exposed an estimated 143 million Americans'...

Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . .  How AI Protects Us
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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects Us

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to...

Fitness Trackers Could Benefit From Better Security
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Fitness Trackers Could Benefit From Better Security

A security analysis of two wearable fitness trackers revealed a technique for intercepting messages transmitted between the trackers and cloud servers.

U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage
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U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage

The U.S. government on Wednesday moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored...

Improving Web Security Without Sacrificing Performance
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Improving Web Security Without Sacrificing Performance

Researchers have developed a programming tool enabling high-performance cryptographic code to be verifiably correct and secure.

Researchers Devise Hopeful Defense Against Credential Spear-Phishing Attacks
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Researchers Devise Hopeful Defense Against Credential Spear-Phishing Attacks

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and collaborators have proposed a method for detecting credential spear-phishing attacks.

How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not
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How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not

A whiff of dystopian creepiness has long wafted in the air whenever facial recognition has come up. Books, movies and television shows have portrayed the technology...

Pacemaker Recall Exposes National Need for Research and Education in Embedded Security
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Pacemaker Recall Exposes National Need for Research and Education in Embedded Security

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first major recall of pacemakers due to a cybersecurity risk highlights a national need for research and education on embedded...

Voting-Roll Vulnerability
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Voting-Roll Vulnerability

It is relatively easy for hackers to buy enough personal information to potentially rig online voter registration information in as many as 35 states and Washington...

Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: NTSB
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Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: NTSB

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday "operational limitations" in the Tesla Model S played a "major role" in a May...

Will Quantum Computers Surpass Encryption?
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Will Quantum Computers Surpass Encryption?

The fundamentally different paradigm of quantum computation will require fundamentally different security.

When Strangers Can Control Our Lights
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When Strangers Can Control Our Lights

Researchers have discovered security problems in smart lighting systems developed by GE, IKEA, Phillips, and Osram.

New Software Can Detect When People Text and Drive
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New Software Can Detect When People Text and Drive

New algorithms can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities.

For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race
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For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election
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The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice.

Choose Better Passwords With the Help of Science
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Choose Better Passwords With the Help of Science

A team of researchers has been conducting experiments into improving password security.

Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You by Ultrasound Whispers
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Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You by Ultrasound Whispers

Researchers have developed a method to hijack intelligent voice assistant using sounds above the range of human hearing.

How to Make Robots That We Can Trust
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How to Make Robots That We Can Trust

The design of trustworthy autonomous systems must entail consideration of the ability to explain decisions and recourse options when things go awry.
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