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Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network
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Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network

Microsoft agrees multi-cloud strategy is "the right one" for U.S. Defense Department.

A Scientist's Quest for an Accessible, Unhackable Voting Machine
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A Scientist's Quest for an Accessible, Unhackable Voting Machine

After 19 years of work, Juan Gilbert says he has invented the most secure voting machine.

Europe Prepares to Rewrite Internet Rules
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Europe Prepares to Rewrite Internet Rules

The enactment of the European Union's Digital Markets Act is expected to force big technology platforms to become more transparent and interoperable next year. ...

Deepfake Audio Has a Tell
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Deepfake Audio Has a Tell

Researchers at the University of Florida can detect audio deepfakes by measuring acoustic and fluid dynamic distinctions between organic and synthetic voice samples...

Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused
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Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused

Fog Reveal is "almost invisible" when attempting to search for it online.

Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour
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Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour

Researchers ruled out an algorithm selected by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology as a potential post-quantum encryption program.

YouTube Content Creator Credentials Are Under Siege by YTStealer Malware
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YouTube Content Creator Credentials Are Under Siege by YTStealer Malware

A researcher at security firm Intezer identified a new malware that can steal YouTube content creators' authentication credentials.

FCC Lets Starlink Offer Internet Service in Moving Vehicles
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FCC Lets Starlink Offer Internet Service in Moving Vehicles

"These services, never before available, promise the potential for expanding reach to remote and rural areas and facilitating higher quality broadband services...

Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware
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Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware

Researchers have discovered at least 80 routers in North America and Europe have been infected by a remote access Trojan as part of a larger hacking campaign.

Tesla Hack Gives Thieves Their Own Personal Key
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Tesla Hack Gives Thieves Their Own Personal Key

Austrian security researcher Martin Herfurt has demonstrated that electric vehicle company Tesla's updated near-field communication key card can be hacked.

'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge
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'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge

Security researchers have found that the supposedly hard-to-counterfeit digital driver's licenses in use in New South Wales, Australia, actually can be altered...

Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit
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Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit

Researchers analyzed the top 100,000 websites and found a significant number record some or all of visitors' typewritten data.

Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw
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Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw

Researchers at security firm Nozomi Networks identified an unpatched vulnerability in third-party code libraries used by 200 hardware and software vendors.

Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says
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Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford found that iOS apps can still track users without explicit permission.

Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users
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Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users

Apple recently released patches for two critical zero-day vulnerabilities discovered by an anonymous researcher that affect the operating systems of iPhones, iPads...

Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'
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Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'

A researcher found that Yandex, known as "Russia's Google," embedded code in apps for mobile devices that allows data to be sent to servers in Russia.

Behold, a Password Phishing Site that Can Trick Even Savvy Users
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Behold, a Password Phishing Site that Can Trick Even Savvy Users

A proof-of-concept "browser in the browser" exploit could phish passwords using a malicious site that does not contain suspicious domains or substitute letters....

Scammers Put Fake QR Codes on Parking Meters to Intercept Payments
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Scammers Put Fake QR Codes on Parking Meters to Intercept Payments

Parking enforcement officers recently found fake quick response code stickers on pay stations in three Texas cities, used to trick people into paying scammers. ...

Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night
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Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night

Chinese video game publisher Tencent has added a facial recognition system to more than 60 of its China-specific smartphone games.

Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability
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Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability

Researchers warn a Microsoft software patch did not fully correct a flaw in the Windows operating system that allows hackers to commandeer infected networks.
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