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Patching the Electric Grid
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Patching the Electric Grid

Electric grids worldwide are increasingly vulnerable to attack as new technologies like smart meters and analytical software are added to them, with mature systems...

Should the Government Keep Stockpiling Software Bugs?
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Should the Government Keep Stockpiling Software Bugs?

As the dust settles from the global ransomware attack that has crippled systems in more than 150 countries since Friday, the U.S. government's shadowy process for...

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Some experts warn deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies cannot be adopted without reservations if their creators cannot understand how they reason....

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers
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Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland have used the fifth-most powerful supercomputer in the world to simulate the behavior...

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall
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Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall

The U.K.'s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is based at a restricted military base in Porton Down, not far from the ancient monument of Stonehenge in southwest...

Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection
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Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have discovered why slow or failed Wi-Fi connectivity happens and how to avoid it, by measuring the time it took for...

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
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Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene to mitigate...

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
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Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

Prominent computer security experts in November warned the U.S. Congress that a poorly secured Internet of Things could seriously threaten life and property. 

China Turns Big Data Into Big BrotherĀ 
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China Turns Big Data Into Big BrotherĀ 

It was a drab, chill day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities
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Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

New York City wants to make Wi-Fi available to anyone who walks its streets. But Gotham is finding out the hard way that free and open Internet access is ripe for...

Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader
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Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader

When Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to help the FBI get into a mass murderer's iPhone last winter, he was hailed for his boldness in fighting the government on ...

Internet Voting Leaves Out a Cornerstone of Democracy: The Secret Ballot
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Internet Voting Leaves Out a Cornerstone of Democracy: The Secret Ballot

Internet voting invalidates the secrecy of ballots, according to a report from Verified Voting.

These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked
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These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked

Not everything belongs on the Internet, and the American electoral process is a textbook example. But 31 states don't see it that way.

Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet For Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet For Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them

In February 2015, Microsoft identified a critical vulnerability in its Windows operating system that potentially allowed a malicious attacker to remotely control...

Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws
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Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws

It might be the least spectacular show to ever grace a Las Vegas stage.

DARPA Hopes Automation Can Create the Perfect Hacker
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DARPA Hopes Automation Can Create the Perfect Hacker

Look out, human hackers. Pentagon research agency DARPA says people are too slow at finding and fixing security bugs and wants to see smart software take over the...

Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race
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Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race

The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report finding the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not properly tested the accuracy of its face-matching...

Quantum Cryptographers Set 400k Distance Record
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Quantum Cryptographers Set 400k Distance Record

Researchers in China say they have demonstrated a form of device-independent quantum cryptography, sending a key over a distance of more than 100 kilometers at...

As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You
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As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.
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