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New Biden Cybersecurity Strategy Assigns Responsibility to Tech Firms
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New Biden Cybersecurity Strategy Assigns Responsibility to Tech Firms

The policy document urges more mandates on the firms that control most of the nation's digital infrastructure, and an expanded government role to disrupt hackers...

White House Pushes for Mandatory Regulations, More Offensive Cyber Action under National Cyber Strategy
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White House Pushes for Mandatory Regulations, More Offensive Cyber Action under National Cyber Strategy

The plan touts many of the cybersecurity regulations already handed down for oil and natural gas pipelines, aviation, rail, and water systems, but it notes that...

Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?
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Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?

Computer scientists in the U.K. found security and privacy vulnerabilities among 40 Android applications for pets and farm animals.

CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products
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CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products

The strategy is expected to target the common vulnerabilities found in tech vendors' products.

Tesla Pauses Rollout of Driving-Assist Software
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Tesla Pauses Rollout of Driving-Assist Software

The Full Self-Driving Beta system is subject to a recall in the U.S. involving 363,000 vehicles.

Fending off Cyberattacks on Collaborative Robots
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Fending off Cyberattacks on Collaborative Robots

Hackers leverage IoT, IIoT vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to cobots.

Biden's Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government
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Biden's Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government

In return for vast subsidies, the Biden administration is asking the chip industry to make promises about its workers and finances.

How to Create, Release, and Share Generative AI Responsibly
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How to Create, Release, and Share Generative AI Responsibly

Companies including OpenAI and TikTok have signed up to a new set of guidelines designed to help them be more transparent around generative AI.

U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces
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U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces

A contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and RealNetworks calls for the Seattle-based company to equip U.S. Air Force autonomous drones with facial recognition...

Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices
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Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices

Researchers at cybersecurity company Trellix say they discovered a new class of privilege escalation vulnerability in Apple devices, rooted in Israeli spyware maker...

NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack
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NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack

The NSA's 'Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network' guide provides remote workers with advice on how to protect against online threats.

These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out
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These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out

AI is becoming a key part of our lives. Hacking it could cause chaos, so the race is on to build defenses.

Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No
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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No

A new State Department proposal asks other nations to agree to limits on the power of military AI.

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen
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Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen

The Bank of Japan said that following two years of experimentation, Japan in April will initiate a program to test a digital currency.

German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful
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German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful

A top German court has ruled that police use of automated data analysis to prevent crime in some German states violates their constitutions.

Microsoft Has 'Lobotomized' Its Rebellious Bing AI
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Microsoft Has 'Lobotomized' Its Rebellious Bing AI

Microsoft has implemented significant restrictions on Bing AI to crack down on its peculiar and sometimes unsettling outputs.

Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI
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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI

"This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work."

Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal
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Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal

South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have issued a free software patch to owners of 8.3 million 2015-2019 models in order to thwart car thieves.

Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation
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Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation

Executives of brain-computer interface developers warned of excessive government regulation.

German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing
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German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing

The systems were deemed unconstitutional as they violated the right to informational self-determination.
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