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Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux
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Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux

Researchers studied 127 home routers from seven brands and found that 46 had not had a security update in the past year.

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals
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GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals

Smart Parks is testing lightweight GPS collars that can be fitted to lions and cheetahs in Liwonde, Malawi.  

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'
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Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'

Since the Australian government announced it would fast-track digital alternatives to in-person medical care, a million mental health telehealth consultations have...

Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic
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Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic

The Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 reports that a hacker group has been eavesdropping on corporate networks since at least early December.

Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability
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Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability

Danish researchers reported a security vulnerability affecting cable modems that use Broadcom chips, which is believed to impact about 200 million cable modems...

Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code
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Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code

Facebook has reported a vulnerability in WhatsApp messaging software that allows malefactors to conduct denial-of-service or remote code execution attacks.

Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice
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Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

The Australian government has issued a draft code of practice for Internet of Things cybersecurity, with a public consultation to run until March 1, 2020.

Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella
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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

IBM, McAfee, and 16 more firms have launched an effort to address fragmentation and interoperability problems in cybersecurity.

Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components
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Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components

Scientists at China's OPPO ZIWU Cyber Security Lab, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University identified eight flaws in Android's...

Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats
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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.

Google Lookout ­ses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired
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Google Lookout ­ses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired

A new Google app uses artificial intelligence to help visually impaired users better perceive their surroundings by providing verbal feedback via smartphones.

RFID Tag Arrays Can Be ­sed to Track a Person's Movement
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RFID Tag Arrays Can Be ­sed to Track a Person's Movement

Radio-frequency identification tags may be used to track movement.

Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars
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Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars

Hyundai Motor has developed a system that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles using only their fingerprints.

China Has Been "Hijacking the Vital Internet Backbone of Western Countries"
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China Has Been "Hijacking the Vital Internet Backbone of Western Countries"

The Chinese government turned to a local ISP for intelligence gathering after it signed the Obama-Xi cyberpact in late 2015, the researchers say.

What is Cyberwar?
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What is Cyberwar?

At its core, cyberwarfare refers the use of digital attacks by one country or nation to disrupt the computer systems of another with the aim of create significant...

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms
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Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are increasingly popular as cloud Internet of Things platforms.

Most People Expect Humans Will Grow to Trust, Even Love, AI
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Most People Expect Humans Will Grow to Trust, Even Love, AI

Most people expect artificial intelligence eventually will earn the trust and even affection of humans.

Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code
From ACM TechNews

Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code

To reduce conflicts within the Linux development community, the group has adopted a new code of conduct that comes in the form of a Linux patch. 
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