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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks
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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future report that eight of the top 10 software flaws most commonly exploited last year were associated with Microsoft...

Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules
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Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules

Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program to all researchers and outlined the program's rules on its website. The maximum available bounty is $1.5 million...

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.

Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding
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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.

World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux
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World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

The latest Top500 supercomputer ratings found the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system topping the list with a High-Performance Linpack benchmark of 148...

GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges
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GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges

Microsoft-owned GitHub's annual Octoverse report said its software developer community now exceeds 40 million developers.

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...

Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study
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Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study

An analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that the German government is too dependent on the software of just a few software providers.

COBOL Turns 60: Why It Will Outlive Us All
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COBOL Turns 60: Why It Will Outlive Us All

In the beginning, there was machine languages and assembler. Neither was easy to use, but then along came COBOL, and everything changed.

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.

Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years
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Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years

Tiobe analysts believe Python probably will become the most popular programming language in the world within three or four years.

R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs
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R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs

Tiobe ranks the R programming language as the 21st most popular in its monthly index for May, marking the first time in three years the language sits outside the...

Could TypeScript Replace JavaScript? ­Use of Programming Language Spin-Off Soars
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Could TypeScript Replace JavaScript? ­Use of Programming Language Spin-Off Soars

In a recent survey of developers who use npm, 62% of respondents said they used Microsoft's TypeScript to build native mobile and desktop apps, up from 46% in last...

­NSW, Sydney ­ni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory
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­NSW, Sydney ­ni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory

Researchers in Australia are combining their quantum computing powers, uniting methods designed by researchers at each university to prove their feasibility.

Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security
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Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security

Researchers have found that developers tend to write code that stores user passwords in an unsafe manner, because that is easier than creating a more secure product...

Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole
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Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole

Cisco has advised enterprise users of its wireless virtual private network and firewall routers to immediately install updates to patch a critical flaw.

E­ to Fund Bug Bounty Programs for 14 Open Source Projects
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E­ to Fund Bug Bounty Programs for 14 Open Source Projects

The European Union will cover the costs of bug bounty programs for 14 open source projects.

Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code
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Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code

A study found 31% of developer time is wasted on routine maintenance work, draining $300 billion each year from global GDP.

What is Cyberwar?
From ACM Opinion

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...

How Do Autonomous Vehicles Learn to Drive? Download This Self-Driving Dataset and See for Yourself
From ACM TechNews

How Do Autonomous Vehicles Learn to Drive? Download This Self-Driving Dataset and See for Yourself

The University of California, Berkeley has made available a massive dataset used by engineers in the development of driverless auto technologies.
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