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What Happened to Trump's War on Data?
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What Happened to Trump's War on Data?

On May 16, three months' worth of data vanished quietly from the website of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back is a Very Unwise Idea
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Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back is a Very Unwise Idea

As the rate of cybercrime increases, so too does the intensity of those attacks.

When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?
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When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?

There is an old debate (at least, counting in internet years) that tends to crop up after major cybersecurity breaches such as the widespread WannaCry ransomware...

AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes
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AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes

In 1899, the world's most powerful nations signed a treaty at The Hague that banned military use of aircraft, fearing the emerging technology's destructive power...

Please Prove You're Not a Robot
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Please Prove You're Not a Robot

When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether...

Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?
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Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?

In the months since Donald Trump took office, Washington has been leaking like a sieve.

Donald Trump's 'Impenetrable Cybersecurity' Is Pure Fantasy
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Donald Trump's 'Impenetrable Cybersecurity' Is Pure Fantasy

Nothing connected to the internet is safe from hackers. And I mean nothing.

AI Will Make Forging Anything Entirely Too Easy
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AI Will Make Forging Anything Entirely Too Easy

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," said an exasperated James Comey in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. Comey's desire reflects a...

It's Too Late to Stop China from Becoming an AI Superpower
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It's Too Late to Stop China from Becoming an AI Superpower

Last Thursday, Texas senior senator John Cornyn stood before an audience of wonks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, and warned that America's...

The IPhone's Turning 10. What Will It Look Like at 20?
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The IPhone's Turning 10. What Will It Look Like at 20?

You wake up refreshed. Ever since you got that alarm clock that adapts to your sleep cycle, your calendar, and the traffic report, you practically leap out of bed...

Cryptovirology
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Cryptovirology: The Birth, Neglect, and Explosion of Ransomware

Recent attacks exploiting a known vulnerability continue a downward spiral of ransomware-related incidents.

Building Privacy Right Into Software Code
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Building Privacy Right Into Software Code

When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule.

Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together on Brain-Computer Interface Technology
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Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together on Brain-Computer Interface Technology

In the 1995 film "Batman Forever," the Riddler used 3-D television to secretly access viewers' most personal thoughts in his hunt for Batman's true identity.

The Latest NSA Leak Is a Reminder that Your Bosses Can See Your Every Move
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The Latest NSA Leak Is a Reminder that Your Bosses Can See Your Every Move

It took just days for authorities to arrest and charge a federal contractor with leaking classified intelligence to the media.

A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists
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A Guide to Challenges Facing Self-Driving Car Technologists

In the minds of many in Silicon Valley and in the auto industry, it is inevitable that cars will eventually drive themselves.

Privacy in the Cellphone Age
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Privacy in the Cellphone Age

Odds are you need to use that phone in your pocket many times a day—and doing so leaves you no choice but to constantly relay data revealing your location and movements...

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner
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The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

Across the computer security world yesterday, heads were shaking.

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters
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Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse
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Why Apple Is Struggling to Become an Artificial-Intelligence Powerhouse

In 2011, Apple became the first company to place artificial intelligence in the pockets of millions of consumers when it launched the voice assistant Siri on the...
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