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Trying On Smart Clothes
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Trying On Smart Clothes

Smart clothing is coming into fashion.

Fingerprinting the IoT
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Fingerprinting the IoT

Carnegie Mellon University researchers strengthened the security of Internet of Things devices by making them more resilient against exploitation.

Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say
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Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say

The lawmakers called for the immediate declassification of details about the surveillance program and what data was collected.

Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking
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Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking

The $29 devices have become a headache for the company.

Meta Is Calling Out Google Over Apple's App Privacy Rules
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Meta Is Calling Out Google Over Apple's App Privacy Rules

Facebook's owner is hit hard by the new rules, while Google is largely spared.

Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly
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Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

Over 1,000 sensors line the streets of the Itami suburb of Osaka, Japan, as part of an effort to track elderly people with dementia.

Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online
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Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online

Researchers have determined that birthday wishes on Twitter can inadvertently expose private data that could jeopardize recipients' online security.

Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR
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Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR

More schools and universities are conducting classes in virtual reality, especially given the availability of better and less expensive VR headsets.

Algorithm Amplifies Trustworthy News Content on Social Media Without Shielding Bias
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Algorithm Amplifies Trustworthy News Content on Social Media Without Shielding Bias

Researchers have developed a method for amplifying trustworthy news on social media.

277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP
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277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP

Akamai researchers found as many as 277,000 routers capable of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) connectivity protocol vulnerable to "Eternal Silence" attacks....

U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks
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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks

Intelligence assessments suggest that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would most likely be preceded by cyberattacks on the country.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros
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Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros

Polkit, a system-wide privilege manager for Unix-like operating systems, contains a 12-year-old memory-corruption vulnerability.

Smartphone, MD: Going Viral
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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

A smartphone application and laboratory kit can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

Minecraft DDoS Attack Leaves Small European Country Without Internet
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Minecraft DDoS Attack Leaves Small European Country Without Internet

Andorra Telecom experienced repeated distributed denial-of-service attacks during the SquidCraft Games tournament in Minecraft, a multi-day Twitch gaming tournament...

Researchers Use Mobile Device Data to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks
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Researchers Use Mobile Device Data to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks

Yale School of Public Health researchers used location information from mobile devices to accurately forecast COVID-19 outbreaks in Connecticut municipalities. ...

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.

Solving for Why
From Communications of the ACM

Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
From Communications of the ACM

Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.
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