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Popular Android TV Boxes Sold on Amazon Are Laced with Malware
From ACM TechNews

Popular Android TV Boxes Sold on Amazon Are Laced with Malware

Security researchers found malware in popular Android-powered TV set-top boxes sold on Amazon.

Researchers Say they Found Spyware Used in War for the First Time
From ACM News

Researchers Say they Found Spyware Used in War for the First Time

Samvel Farmanyan, the former co-founder and host of an opposition television program in Armenia, told TechCrunch the hack he suffered "is a form of terror."

Volt Typhoon Targets U.S. Critical Infrastructure with Living-Off-The-Land Techniques
From ACM News

Volt Typhoon Targets U.S. Critical Infrastructure with Living-Off-The-Land Techniques

Microsoft continues to investigate Volt Typhoon's methods for gaining access to targeted organizations through Internet-facing Fortinet FortiGuard devices.

Apps for Older Adults Contain Security Vulnerabilities
From ACM TechNews

Apps for Older Adults Contain Security Vulnerabilities

Researchers at Canada's Concordia University found security bugs in 95 of 146 popular Android applications designed for older adults.

Making Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Making Connections

Bob Metcalfe, recipient of the 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his role in the development of Ethernet, briefly considered a career in tennis.

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT
From Communications of the ACM

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT

Existing security standards do not always offer sufficient protection to secure the Internet of Things.

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health
From ACM News

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy urges action to ensure social media environments are healthy and safe.

E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations
From ACM News

E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations

Industry representatives argue the ruling creates legal uncertainty for many companies who commonly transfer data across international waters.

AI Drug Discovery Is $50-Billion Opportunity for Big Pharma
From ACM TechNews

AI Drug Discovery Is $50-Billion Opportunity for Big Pharma

Drugmakers worldwide are adopting artificial intelligence in the hope of accelerating drug discovery and time to market while cutting costs.

DarkBert AI Was Trained Using Dark Web Data
From ACM News

DarkBert AI Was Trained Using Dark Web Data

Researchers turned to the depths of the dark web to train this new language model

Google Unveils Plan to Demolish the Journalism Industry Using AI
From ACM News

Google Unveils Plan to Demolish the Journalism Industry Using AI

This could change everything.

How To Delete Your Data From ChatGPT
From ACM News

How To Delete Your Data From ChatGPT

OpenAI has new tools that give you more control over your information—although they may not go far enough.

China's Search Engines Have More Than 66,000 Content Rules
From ACM TechNews

China's Search Engines Have More Than 66,000 Content Rules

Analysts found China's search engines have more than 66,000 rules governing content, suggesting the growing pervasiveness and subtlety of the country's censorship...

The Next Fear on A.I.: Hollywood's Killer Robots Become the Military's Tools
From ACM News

The Next Fear on A.I.: Hollywood's Killer Robots Become the Military's Tools

U.S. national security officials are warning about the potential for the new technology to upend war, cyber conflict and — in the most extreme case — the use of...

How does Quantum Computing Impact the Finance Industry?
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How does Quantum Computing Impact the Finance Industry?

Quantum computers are only in the developmental stage; experiments are already showing their great potential in the finance industry.

FTC Proposes Blanket Prohibition Preventing Facebook from Monetizing Youth Data
From ACM News

FTC Proposes Blanket Prohibition Preventing Facebook from Monetizing Youth Data

FTC says the company violated 2020 privacy order; proposes new protections for children and teens.

U.S. Officials Say AI Will Be a Big Cyberthreat. How it'll Materialize is Less Clear.
From ACM News

U.S. Officials Say AI Will Be a Big Cyberthreat. How it'll Materialize is Less Clear.

Congress, too, is starting to take a closer look at how to get ahead of the potential cyberthreat of AI.

Used Routers Often Loaded with Corporate Secrets
From ACM TechNews

Used Routers Often Loaded with Corporate Secrets

Scientists from Slovak security firm ESET found that half of the used routers its researchers purchased for testing were loaded with sensitive corporate information...

(Almost) Everyone Likes a Helpful Trash Robot
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(Almost) Everyone Likes a Helpful Trash Robot

A study by Cornell University researchers found that the public responded well to two remote-controlled trash barrel robots installed at a Manhattan plaza, one...

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science
From Communications of the ACM

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science

Based on machine learning, DeepMind's code now lies at the heart of a variety of protein-structure tools and workflows. It may ultimately be replaced by models...
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