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Alan and I
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Alan and I

A personal account of Alan Turing's life and impact.

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

There's Only One Truly Open Platform: The Web
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There's Only One Truly Open Platform: The Web

As Twitter and Facebook continue to fight a variety of skirmishes in the ongoing "platform wars," with both companies trying to control as much of their networks...

Why High-Frequency Trading Doesn't Compute
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Why High-Frequency Trading Doesn't Compute

Wall Street is no autobahn. Traders pushing pedal to the metal risk hurtling into the Buttonwood Trees.

Trust: Ill-Advised in a Digital Age
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Trust: Ill-Advised in a Digital Age

Bruce Schneieer ordered a Coke, no ice, at the Rio casino on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered Diet Coke, also no ice, and handed the bartender an American Express...

How Will Apple Restore Icloud Trust?
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How Will Apple Restore Icloud Trust?

After being on the receiving end of a truly awful hacking attack, Wired writer Mat Honan explained how it happened in detail. And he was very clear about two of...

How the Icloud Hack Happened and How to Avoid Being Next
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How the Icloud Hack Happened and How to Avoid Being Next

Mat Honan, the technology reporter who was digitally disemboweled this past weekend, has revealed exactly how he was so spectacularly owned. His case, a cascade...

Tired of Security Problems? Change Rules of Writing Code
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Tired of Security Problems? Change Rules of Writing Code

Security researcher Dan Kaminsky believes rethinking the basic rules of computer science can dramatically improve computer security, and argues that "there's not...

How Cyber Security Could Be a Winning Issue for Obama
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How Cyber Security Could Be a Winning Issue for Obama

A blackout in Manhattan. A major dam failure. Mayhem at a chemical plant. Those are all potential, and entirely plausible, consequences of a cyber attack, according...

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking
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How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed.

Why Drone Pilots Deserve Medals
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Why Drone Pilots Deserve Medals

The escalating dependence on drone pilots, as Maj. Dave Blair agonized in the May-June issue ofAir & Space Power Journal, is undercutting the ability to award combat...

Meet the Man Who Put the '@' in Your Email
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Meet the Man Who Put the '@' in Your Email

Who invented email? That's a bit like asking, "Who invented the Internet?" Even those with intimate knowledge of its creation can’t agree on the moment it actually...

How Fbi Technology Woes Let Fort Hood Shooter Slip By
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How Fbi Technology Woes Let Fort Hood Shooter Slip By

On November 5, 2009, an Army psychiatrist stationed at Fort Hood, Texas shot and killed 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian Defense Department employee while wounding...

The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference
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The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference

Here is a look at some of the highlights and scarier happenings taking place at the annual Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week.

Tagging and Tracking Espionage Botnets
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Tagging and Tracking Espionage Botnets

A security researcher who's spent 18 months cataloging and tracking malicious software that was developed and deployed specifically for spying on governments, activists...

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The Public Is Left in the Dark When Courts Allow Electronic Surveillance

A big part of Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith's job in Federal District Court in Houston is to consider law enforcement requests for cellphone and email records...

The Ethics of Software Engineering Should Be an Ethics For the Client
From Communications of the ACM

The Ethics of Software Engineering Should Be an Ethics For the Client

Viewing software engineering as a communicative art in which client engagement is essential.

Internet Elections
From Communications of the ACM

Internet Elections: Unsafe in Any Home?

Experiences with electronic voting suggest elections should not be conducted via the Internet.

The Internet Is Everywhere, but the Payoff Is Not
From Communications of the ACM

The Internet Is Everywhere, but the Payoff Is Not

Examining the uneven patterns of Internet economics.

A System Is Not a Product
From Communications of the ACM

A System Is Not a Product

Stopping to smell the code before wasting time reentering configuration data.
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