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Why Attack When We Can't Defend?
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Why Attack When We Can't Defend?

In December 2010, after we had reverse engineered the Stuxnet virus, I argued that the attackers must have known they would open Pandora's box. Others suggested...

Stuxnet Expert Calls ­.s. the 'good Guys' in Cyber-Warfare
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Stuxnet Expert Calls ­.s. the 'good Guys' in Cyber-Warfare

Sitting in the front row for the first full day of the International Conference on Cyber Conflict was one of the industry’s foremost "rock star" researchers, ...

Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky
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Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort...

Where Speech Recognition Is Going
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Where Speech Recognition Is Going

Until recently, the idea of holding a conversation with a computer seemed pure science fiction. If you asked a computer to "open the pod bay doors"—well, that was...

Can America Ever Have Another 'sputnik Moment'?
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Can America Ever Have Another 'sputnik Moment'?

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama declared, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment." Sputnik was the satellite that the Soviets had launched...

Why Antivirus Companies Like Mine Failed to Catch Flame and Stuxnet
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Why Antivirus Companies Like Mine Failed to Catch Flame and Stuxnet

A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from Iran. It was sent by an analyst from the Iranian Computer Emergency Response Team, and it was informing me about...

Steve Blank Believes Social Might Be Killing Silicon Valley
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Steve Blank Believes Social Might Be Killing Silicon Valley

Amid the buildup to the Facebook IPO, serial entrepreneur Steve Blank was sounding an ominous warning to anyone who would listen.

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Augmented Reality Offers a New Layer of Intrigue

If you ever come across a photograph of communist-era East Berlin, or modern Pyongyang in North Korea, the cityscapes look drab and featureless. Billboards, advertising...

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

Apple's Crystal Prison and the Future of Open Platforms
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Apple's Crystal Prison and the Future of Open Platforms

Two weeks ago, Steve Wozniak made a public call for Apple to open its platforms for those who wish to tinker, tweak and innovate with their internals. EFF supports...

What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare
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What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare

Should we worry about cyberwarfare? Judging by excessively dramatic headlines in the media, very much so. Cyberwarfare, the argument goes, might make wars easier...

Human Evolution Isn't What It ­sed to Be
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Human Evolution Isn't What It ­sed to Be

If you write about genetics and evolution, one of the commonest questions you are likely to be asked at public events is whether human evolution has stopped.

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What's the Meaning of This: Flame Malware

From all indications, it would appear that attackers are continuing to attack and malware authors are carrying on writing malware.

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Facebook's Brilliant Disaster

So I guess you've heard about the recent initial public offering that didn't turn out the way it was supposed to. The company's Wall Street advisers misjudged the...

The Remote Control as Subversive Technology
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The Remote Control as Subversive Technology

Television began as a box.

Jonathan Ive: Simplicity Isn't Simple
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Jonathan Ive: Simplicity Isn't Simple

"Design is a word that's come to mean so much that it's also a word that has come to mean nothing. We don't really talk about design, we talk about developing ideas...

Can Facebook 'monetize Eyeballs?'
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Can Facebook 'monetize Eyeballs?'

In the days of the Internet bubble of the mid to late 1990s, companies received millions of dollars of venture capital to offer products that weren't especially...

Q&A: A Sure Thing
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Q&A: A Sure Thing

Artificial intelligence pioneer Judea Pearl discusses probability, causation, the calculus of intervention, and counterfactuals.

A Measure of Control
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A Measure of Control

Some limitations on measurements in software.

The Cybersecurity Risk
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The Cybersecurity Risk

Increased attention to cybersecurity has not resulted in improved cybersecurity.
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