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Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals
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Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals

It's early February in Cancun, Mexico. A group of 60 or so financial analysts, reporters, diplomats, and cybersecurity specialists shake off the previous night's...

What's ­p With Skype?
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What's ­p With Skype?

Is the government listening to our Skype conversations? If so, it's not a bad thing. Here's why.

Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously
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Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously

Last month I convened an emergency meeting of my cabinet and top homeland security, intelligence and defense officials. Across the country trains had derailed,...

Stuxnet Shifts the Cyber Arms Race ­p a Gear
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Stuxnet Shifts the Cyber Arms Race ­p a Gear

Over the last 25 years we've seen a massive change in how we think about information.

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Technology Can Be Harnessed to Fight Drug Cartels in Mexico

A couple of months ago we visited Juarez, Mexico, a city right across our border—yet so far away.

Western Media Seeking to Play Down Iran's Cyber Capability By New Virus Story
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Western Media Seeking to Play Down Iran's Cyber Capability By New Virus Story

The western media sought to play down Iran's cyber and computer software capability by releasing hundreds of reports on the discovery of a new computer virus and...

How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind
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How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind

It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.

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The End of Privacy?

Cellphones, email, and online social networking have come to rule daily life, but Congress has done nothing to update federal privacy laws to better protect digital...

Why We Need a Standard for the Internet of Things
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Why We Need a Standard for the Internet of Things

The Internet of things is supposed to connect every aspect of our lives from our homes and cars to the objects we wear and the goods we consume. It's even connecting...

The Sun Shines on 'the Cloud'
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The Sun Shines on 'the Cloud'

What's the real lesson to be learned from Amazon's cloud computing failure two weeks ago, the one that knocked Netflix and other Websites offline?

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

Is ­.s. Government Reading Email Without a Warrant?
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Is ­.s. Government Reading Email Without a Warrant?

Does the U.S. government read your email? It's a simple question, but apparently there's no simple answer. And the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service...

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Are Guidelines Issued By Drone Industry an Attempt to Avoid Government Regulation?

The growing use of drones in the United States is facing firm opposition from civil liberties groups and some legislators, like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. ...

How to Break Into Security, Schneier Edition
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How to Break Into Security, Schneier Edition

I asked noted cryptographer, author and security rock star Bruce Schneier for his thoughts. Schneier: I regularly receive email from people who want advice on how...

A Weapon We Can't Control
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A Weapon We Can't Control

The decision by the United States and Israel to develop and then deploy the Stuxnet computer worm against an Iranian nuclear facility late in George W. Bush's presidency...

Why Faces Matter to Facebook
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Why Faces Matter to Facebook

Facebook really wants to know what you look like.

The Challenges of Privacy By Design
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The Challenges of Privacy By Design

Heralded by regulators, Privacy by Design holds the promise to solve the digital world's privacy problems. But there are immense challenges, including management...

Google's Hybrid Approach to Research
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Google's Hybrid Approach to Research

By closely connecting research and development Google is able to conduct experiments on an unprecedented scale, often resulting in new capabilities for the company...

Alan Turing's Other Universal Machine
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Alan Turing's Other Universal Machine

All computer scientists know about the Universal Turing Machine, one of the foundation stones of theoretical computer science. Much less well known is the practical...

An Information Strategy For Environmental Sustainability
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An Information Strategy For Environmental Sustainability

Many proposed solutions to the species-threatening transformations born of human industrialization have an engineering orientation. Often the suggested remedies...
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