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New Research Offers Security For Virtualization, Cloud Computing

North Carolina State University researchers have developed HyperSafe, software for resolving security concerns related to data privacy in virtualization and cloud...

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Web Security Attack 'makes Silicon Chips More Reliable'

An attack on a widely used web security system could soon help make silicon chips more powerful and reliable.

Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests
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Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests

Faced with stricter Internet security measures, some spammers have begun borrowing a page from corporate America’s playbook: they are outsourcing. The going rate...

Nsa's Boot Camp For Cyberdefense
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Nsa's Boot Camp For Cyberdefense

If you're the kind of person who worries about the security of computer networks, you should know that the National Security Agency is worrying about it too. Since...

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Peeking Into Users' Web History

In a test of Google's privacy protections, European researchers were able to hijack Google's personalized search suggestions to reconstruct users' Web search histories...

Improving Network Firewalls
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Improving Network Firewalls

Researchers believe that analyzing the constantly changing log files of corporate firewalls can provide more helpful data on computer network traffic and a better...

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
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Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

High-Tech $100 Bill Designed to Combat Counterfeiting
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High-Tech $100 Bill Designed to Combat Counterfeiting

The U.S. has unveiled a new design for the $100 note with advanced technology features to combat counterfeiting.

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Secure P2p Scheme Leverages Social Networks

Microsoft and Catholic University of Leuven researchers are proposing Drac, a method to secure anonymous instant messaging and voice-over-IP communication using...

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Google Releases Data on Governments' Demands For User Data, Site Censorship

Advertisers aren't the only ones hungry for data on online users. So are U.S. and foreign governments, according to Internet giant Google.

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Apple Removes Teaching App From App Store, and Educators Complain

Apple generally makes news by publishing new apps, not by unpublishing them. But last week, it made some educators upset when it removed an app, Scratch Viewer,...

Real-Time Search
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Real-Time Search

How do you parse a tweet? Five years ago, that question would have been gibberish. Today, it's perfectly sensible, and it's at the front of Amit Singhal's mind....

Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System
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Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System

New details have been disclosed about information stolen in the attacks on Google's computers announced in January. The losses included a password system that...

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Virus Publishes Web History of Victims on the Net

A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public Web site before demanding a fee for its removal.

Why Intel Wants to Get Into Energy
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Why Intel Wants to Get Into Energy

Intel showed off an experimental device last week in China that could someday substantially cut the costs of wiring homes and offices for energy efficiency, one...

Researcher Aims to Secure RFID Tags
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Researcher Aims to Secure RFID Tags

Technology for providing alerts when information on RFID tags is being accessed and controlling access to private information was on display during the recent CHI...

Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices
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Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices

Researchers are developing ways to prevent hackers from accessing and remotely controlling medical devices that emit wireless signals.

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Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell

For decades, shoppers have taken advantage of coupons. Now, the coupons are taking advantage of the shoppers. A new breed of coupon, printed from the Internet or...

Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing
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Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing

This year, Netflix made what looked like a peculiar choice: the DVD-by-mail company decided that over the next two years, it would move most of its Web technology...

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Exposing Hackers as an International Deterrent

An international group of computer scientists, law professors, military leaders, and others recently met at Russia's Moscow State University for a conference on...
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