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'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs
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'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs

The "Retbleed" flaw targets older AMD and Intel central processing units as a channel for Spectre-based speculative-execution attacks.

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.

Scientists Jack Into Subjects' Brains, Find That They Can Identify Deepfakes Subconsciously
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Scientists Jack Into Subjects' Brains, Find That They Can Identify Deepfakes Subconsciously

Okay, that's weird.

Researchers Track Crypto Pump-and-Dump Operations on Social Media
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Researchers Track Crypto Pump-and-Dump Operations on Social Media

Researchers investigated cryptocurrency scammers' pump-and-dump practices, through which they buy cryptocurrency coins low, collaboratively inflate the price, then...

Hundreds of Windows Networks Infected with Raspberry Robin Worm
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Hundreds of Windows Networks Infected with Raspberry Robin Worm

A private threat intelligence advisory issued by Microsoft warns that hundreds of Windows networks are infected with the Raspberry Robin worm.

YouTube Content Creator Credentials Are Under Siege by YTStealer Malware
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YouTube Content Creator Credentials Are Under Siege by YTStealer Malware

A researcher at security firm Intezer identified a new malware that can steal YouTube content creators' authentication credentials.

Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem
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Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem

Decentralizing the chain of trust to a blockchain–also known as a distributed ledger–causes additional privacy and security issues.  

How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children
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How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children

German researchers uncovered serious security flaws in 42 European and U.S. daycare applications.

Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs
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Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs

Apple has announced the forthcoming rollout of a "lockdown" option for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, in order to shield them from spyware.

Will These Algorithms Save You From Quantum Threats?
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Will These Algorithms Save You From Quantum Threats?

Quantum-proof encryption is here—decades before it can be put to the test.

FBI: Scammers Are Interviewing for Remote Jobs Using Deepfake Tech
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FBI: Scammers Are Interviewing for Remote Jobs Using Deepfake Tech

An FBI public advisory warns about an increase in scammers using deepfake technology and stolen personal identifying information (PII) to impersonate job candidates...

'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm
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'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

Vodafone is among the German phone companies participating in the TrustPid trial.

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

AI Algorithm Predicts Future Crimes One Week in Advance With 90% Accuracy
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AI Algorithm Predicts Future Crimes One Week in Advance With 90% Accuracy

A new computer model uses publicly available data to predict crime accurately in eight cities in the U.S..

NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms
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NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms

Four additional algorithms are under consideration for inclusion in the standard, and NIST plans to announce the finalists from that round at a future date.

Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock
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Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock

Global trade is threatened by the ability of cyber pirates to hack technologies that control container ships' steering, propulsion, navigation, and other operations...

Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys
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Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys

Packages found in the official third-party software repository include loglib-modules, pyg-modules, pygrata, pygrata-utils, and hkg-sol-utils.

Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions
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Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions

Luxury brands are using blockchain technology to shield their products from counterfeiting.

Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision
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Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the developers of some period-tracking and fertility apps are looking to secure users' data...

Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data
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Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data

Vulnerabilities in hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi's SmartTub Internet interface compromised the data of owners worldwide.
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