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Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers
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Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers

Passenger screenings at the nation's airports can be conducted more efficiently without compromising aviation security, according to research at Virginia Commonwealth...

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Obama Administration Begins Work on Cybersecurity R&d

A major aspect of U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to improve the country's cyberdefenses involves maximizing government investment in cybersecurity research...

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Study: Web Trackers Systematically Compromise Users' Privacy

A University of California, Berkeley study found that Web users may be tracked by dozens of sources on a visit to a single site. Within a single month, the researchers...

China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software
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China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software

China will require that Web filtering software be included with all computers sold in the country, another step up in its efforts to control pornography and other...

Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here
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Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here

Arizona election officials demonstrated their Internet voting system at ACM's recent Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference in Washington, D.C. For the 2008...

When Employers Become Watchers
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When Employers Become Watchers

Imagine if today at work you were watched for every single minute. Not just when you arrived and left, or when you went for your lunch. But every task, every conversation...

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NIST Delivers ­pdated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently provided the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) with a draft revision to the 2005 U.S. federal...

Privacy Study Shows Google's Eyes Are Everywhere
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Privacy Study Shows Google's Eyes Are Everywhere

A U.C. Berkeley report shows that most Internet users don't understand Web site privacy policies, and that major online businesses like Google Inc. freely gather...

How a Team of Academic Experts Contributed to Obama's Cyberspace Review
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How a Team of Academic Experts Contributed to Obama's Cyberspace Review

The National Security Council's Melissa Hathaway sought the advice of a variety of computer security experts when she conducted the recently completed 60-day review...

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Obama Outlines Coordinated Cyber-Security Plan

U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the country's disjointed efforts to "deter, prevent, detect, and defend" against cyberattacks will now be run by the...

Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.
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Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.

The U.S. government’s urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts. The...

Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Computer Wars
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Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Computer Wars

The U.S. Pentagon is planning to establish a new cyberwarfare command as a complement to a soon-to-be-announced civilian computer network safety overhaul, according...

Craigslist Founder to Keynote Computer Policy Conference
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Craigslist Founder to Keynote Computer Policy Conference

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark will give the keynote address at ACM's 2009 Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP), which takes place from June 1-4...

From ACM TechNews

Viral Epidemics Poised to Go Mobile

A research team led by Northeastern University Center for Complex Network Research director Albert-Laszlo Barabasi set out to investigate why smartphone and mobile...

Obama Set to Create a Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate
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Obama Set to Create a Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will create a cyberczar position, adding a senior White House official who will have broad authority...

From ACM News

Fake Web Traffic Can Hide Secret Chat

The Internet's underlying technology can be harnessed to let people exchange secret messages, perhaps allowing free, coded speech under oppressive regimes. So says...

New Puzzles That Tell Humans From Machines
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New Puzzles That Tell Humans From Machines

To stay one jump ahead of fraudsters and their automated rogue programs, researchers are devising more versions of CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test...

Chink in Encryption Armor Discovered
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Chink in Encryption Armor Discovered

Researchers from the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London have discovered an underlying flaw in the OpenSSH encryption protocol...

Are Your 'secret Questions' Too Easily Answered?
From ACM TechNews

Are Your 'secret Questions' Too Easily Answered?

The "secret questions" that protect online accounts and passwords may be far less secure than commonly believed, largely because their answers are often far too...

Autonomous Helicopters
From Communications of the ACM

Autonomous Helicopters

Researchers are improving unmanned helicopters' capabilities to address regulatory requirements and commercial uses.
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