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4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies
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4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies

Positive Technologies' Sergey Puzankov said that outstanding issues in the Signaling System 7  protocol continue to plague the telecommunications industry as it...

Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads
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Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads

The U.K. National Health Service's Covid-19 contact tracing app hit 10 million downloads just four days after its release.

Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future
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Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future

A new report says emerging technologies could enhance the productivity, diversity, and profitability of Australia's agricultural sector.

IBM to Open-Source Space Junk Collision Avoidance
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IBM to Open-Source Space Junk Collision Avoidance

Researchers are working on an open source project to determine and predict the orbits of anthropogenic space objects (ASOs)—man-made space debris—in order to avoid...

AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images
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AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images

An artist used machine learning to create the photorealistic portraits.

This Is How Much Top Hackers Are Earning From Bug Bounties
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This Is How Much Top Hackers Are Earning From Bug Bounties

More than $44.75 million in bounties was awarded to hackers worldwide over the past year, up 86% year-on-year, according to HackerOne.

People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped
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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

Researchers surveyed several hundred people to determine whether they view artificial intelligence as an agent or a tool.

This Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Helps Robots to Sort Through Your Recycling
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This Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Helps Robots to Sort Through Your Recycling

Researchers at Liverpool Hope University in the U.K. created a tool that can sort materials for recycling by combining a Raspberry Pi 3 model with optical sensors...

If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds
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If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds

Using a brain-computer interface can fundamentally change our grey matter, a view of ourselves, and even how fast our brains can change the world.

CISA: Chinese State Hackers Are Exploiting F5, Citrix, Pulse Secure, Exchange Bugs
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CISA: Chinese State Hackers Are Exploiting F5, Citrix, Pulse Secure, Exchange Bugs

An advisory from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns of attacks against U.S. federal networks by hacker groups associated with China's...

Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies
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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

U.K. police agencies are trying out the use of aerial drones to support ground-based forces in scenarios where helicopter or aircraft deployments may be less practical...

Most Cybersecurity Reports Only Focus on the Cool Threats
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Most Cybersecurity Reports Only Focus on the Cool Threats

A study found just 82 of 629 commercial cybersecurity reports published in the last decade discuss threats to civil society, with the rest devoted to cybercrime...

Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug
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Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug

Defiant Inc. reports millions of WordPress sites have been attacked by hackers exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the "File Manager" WordPress plugin.

Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks
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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks

Security researchers at NVISO Labs discovered a malware gang is using a .NET library to create malicious Excel files.

The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer
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The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer

U.K. science minister Amanda Solloway says Britain's first commercial quantum computer, supported by government and industry, will be available for use by businesses...

Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most
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Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most

A survey by freelance hiring platform Upwork found that freelance software developers who work with old, relatively unpopular coding languages command the highest...

Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo
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Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Pilotless planes are here, and the FAA is getting onboard for short-distance regional transportation.  

Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide
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Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Researchers have developed a "smart ear" to help prevent fatal collisions involving elephants and trains in India.

AI-Based Traffic Management Gets Green Light
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AI-Based Traffic Management Gets Green Light

The NoTraffic autonomous traffic management company has deployed an artificial intelligence-driven traffic management system in Phoenix, AZ.

Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties
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Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties

Microsoft has awarded $13.7 million to security researchers since July 2019 for reporting bugs in its software, which is triple the $4.4 million from the same period...
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