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Millions of Devices at Risk From NAME:WRECK DNS Bugs
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Millions of Devices at Risk From NAME:WRECK DNS Bugs

Researchers discovered nine new Domain Name System vulnerabilities that could imperil more than 100 million connected Internet of Things devices.

FBI Launches Operation to Remove Backdoors from Hacked Microsoft Exchange Servers
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FBI Launches Operation to Remove Backdoors from Hacked Microsoft Exchange Servers

Hundreds of Exchange servers remain vulnerable because the backdoors are difficult to find and eliminate.

These New Vulnerabilities put Millions of IoT Devices at Risk, so Patch Now
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These New Vulnerabilities put Millions of IoT Devices at Risk, so Patch Now

Detailed by researchers at Forescout, the Name:Wreck vulnerabilities could allow attackers to control devices and remotely execute code, act as a gateway to the...

Democratizing Facial Authentication
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Democratizing Facial Authentication

Intel's RealSense ID solution performs facial identification on device, not in the cloud.

Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context
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Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context

Researchers have designed a context-aware system that could enable robots to work alongside humans on assembly lines with greater efficiency, while foregoing needless...

Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds
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Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook disproportionately shows certain types of job ads to men and women, raising questions about efforts to eliminate bias in its algorithms.

Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers
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Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers

A new version of physically unclonable functions could prevent even the most sophisticated hackers from accessing electronic devices.

China Creates Its Own Digital Currency
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China Creates Its Own Digital Currency

China's new digital yuan cryptocurrency is expected to give its government a vast economic and social monitoring tool, and strip users of their anonymity.

Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment
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Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Online children's book platform Epic uses an anonymous trove of data collected from readers to customize reading recommendations and guide new title creation.

If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser
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If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of Internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough
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Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough

Businesses are too busy patching to worry about firmware attacks, according to a Microsoft-commissioned study.  

Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says
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Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says

A researcher says the Android operating system transmits about 20 times more information from smartphone handsets to Google than iOS sends to Apple.

New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities
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New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities

Despite its sophistication, the app can be easy for more experienced users to spot.

With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First
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With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First

Engineers developing drones or similar robotic helpers need to focus on mitigating the dangers.

TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say
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TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said TikTok's underlying computer code does not pose a national security threat to the U.S.

Avoiding Coronavirus Infections to the Email
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Avoiding Coronavirus Infections to the Email

Cybercriminals go phishing with COVID lures.

New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes
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New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

Activist hackers looking to make political statements constitute emerging threats to U.S. cybersecurity.

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study
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Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study

Researchers in Singapore found that support for autonomous vehicle adoption generally is based on perceptions of safety issues.

Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size
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Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size

Researchers say a botnet targeting Windows devices is expanding, due to a new infection method that lets malware spread between computers with weak passwords.
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