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DOJ Seized Billions in Bitcoin Stolen from Silk Road Darknet Marketplace
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DOJ Seized Billions in Bitcoin Stolen from Silk Road Darknet Marketplace

The Justice Department called the seizure the largest involving cryptocurrency in its history and the second-largest financial seizure ever.

Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal
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Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal

The move comes after a newspaper report alleging politicians and business people have been under state surveillance.

Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms
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Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms

Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine.

Twitter May Have Lost More than a Million Users Since Musk Took Over
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Twitter May Have Lost More than a Million Users Since Musk Took Over

Estimates from Bot Sentinel suggest more than 875,000 users deactivated their accounts between October 27 and November 1, while a half-million more were suspended...

Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos
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Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos

Misleading edits, fake news stories and deepfake images of politicians are starting to warp reality on the popular video platform.

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers
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Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Including this writer.

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars
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Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers used a laser to trick autonomous vehicles' LiDAR systems to remove obstacles and pedestrians from view.

Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices, Stereotypes
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Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices, Stereotypes

Scientists at Denmark's University of Copenhagen (KU) has found widespread online gender bias to be a disadvantage for female politicians.

Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot
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Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot

"Who's at fault, man or machine?"

F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security
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F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security

Chegg, a homework help app, exposed the data of 40 million users, including details about some students' sexual orientation and religion, regulators said in a legal...

Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons
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Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons

Experiments conducted by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may strengthen quantum computing with liquid-like electrons called parafermions...

A Scientist's Quest for an Accessible, Unhackable Voting Machine
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A Scientist's Quest for an Accessible, Unhackable Voting Machine

After 19 years of work, Juan Gilbert says he has invented the most secure voting machine.

Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment
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Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment

The difficult path to deploying autonomous vehicles was highlighted by an announcement that Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG would close their self-driving startup...

Europe Prepares to Rewrite Internet Rules
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Europe Prepares to Rewrite Internet Rules

The enactment of the European Union's Digital Markets Act is expected to force big technology platforms to become more transparent and interoperable next year. ...

Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'
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Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'

Musk wants to grow the platform, but he also wants it to be a free speech free-for-all.

ACM Global Technology Policy Council Releases Joint Statement on Principles for Responsible Algorithmic Systems
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ACM Global Technology Policy Council Releases Joint Statement on Principles for Responsible Algorithmic Systems

ACM's Technology Policy Council has issued an updated Statement on Principles for Responsible Algorithmic Systems in conjunction with its U.S. and Europe Policy...

Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs
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Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs

Japan's government is urging the public to sign up for digital IDs, warning they could lose access to public health insurance otherwise.

Singapore, Germany to Mutually Recognize IoT Cybersecurity Labels
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Singapore, Germany to Mutually Recognize IoT Cybersecurity Labels

Singapore and Germany have agreed to mutually recognize their respective smart computer product cybersecurity rating labels.

White House Announces 100-Day Cyber Sprint for Chemical Sector
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White House Announces 100-Day Cyber Sprint for Chemical Sector

The 100-day grid cybersecurity sprint led to over 150 utilities deploying new technologies to improve cybersecurity defenses, according to a DOE press release. ...

Confirming Election Results with Risk-Limiting Audits
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Confirming Election Results with Risk-Limiting Audits

Rice University's Dan Wallach, working with Matthew Bernhard at nonprofit VotingWorks, found risk-limiting audits can be used to confirm election outcomes.
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