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Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War
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Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War

A cyberattack anchored on a satellite network owned by U.S-based Viasat and used by Ukraine's government and military underscores the vulnerability of commercial...

Craig Newmark Philanthropies Pledges $50 Million to Cyber Civil Defense
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Craig Newmark Philanthropies Pledges $50 Million to Cyber Civil Defense

The Cyber Civil Defense will focus on basic cyber education and literacy for people and small businesses, will help people get jobs cybersecurity, and work with...

How Ukraine Has Defended Itself Against Cyberattacks: Lessons for the U.S.
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How Ukraine Has Defended Itself Against Cyberattacks: Lessons for the U.S.

In Ukraine in recent years, hackers entered poorly protected networks by techniques as simple as guessing passwords or intercepting their use on unsecure computers...

The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip
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The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated.

U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers
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U.S. FBI Says It Disrupted Russian Hackers

U.S. officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized control of thousands of routers and firewall appliances from Russian hackers.

The Senate Bill That Has Big Tech Scared
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The Senate Bill That Has Big Tech Scared

The proposal would stop the biggest platforms from giving themselves an advantage over the little guys. Who's afraid of a little competition?

Spreadsheets Are Hot—and Cranking Out Complex Code
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Spreadsheets Are Hot—and Cranking Out Complex Code

The venerable (and yes, super dull) piece of officeware is getting reinvented as a tool for non-coders to automate and simplify their lives.

Volunteers Scramble to Preserve Ukraine's Digital Culture
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Volunteers Scramble to Preserve Ukraine's Digital Culture

More than 1,300 volunteers are working to preserve Ukraine's digital culture.

Meet Geoffrey, the Pink Robot with Heart-Shaped Eyes that Delivers Coffee in Charlotte
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Meet Geoffrey, the Pink Robot with Heart-Shaped Eyes that Delivers Coffee in Charlotte

Toronto, Canada-based robotics company Tiny Mile deployed the first of its "Geoffrey" delivery robots in the U.S. as part of a two-month test in Charlotte, NC. ...

Facial Recognition Goes to War
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Facial Recognition Goes to War

Hoan Ton-That enlisted his facial recognition company Clearview AI in Russia’s war on Ukraine by tapping its technology to help bring some clarity to the conflict...

Brokenwire Hack Could Let Remote Attackers Disrupt Electric Vehicle Charging
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Brokenwire Hack Could Let Remote Attackers Disrupt Electric Vehicle Charging

Researchers have identified a method for attacking the Combined Charging System and interrupting electric vehicle charging sessions.

AI Could Help Night Vision Cameras See Color in the Dark
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AI Could Help Night Vision Cameras See Color in the Dark

Could an AI algorithm better predict colors in an image from a night vision camera that uses multiple wavelengths of infrared light?

New Federal IT Dashboard Falls Short of Its Aims
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New Federal IT Dashboard Falls Short of Its Aims

Unfortunately, it does not appear GSA designed the new dashboard for all users, but rather seems to have tailored it to OMB or GSA staff engaged in monitoring and...

Google Pulls Apps that May Have Harvested Data from Millions of Android Devices
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Google Pulls Apps that May Have Harvested Data from Millions of Android Devices

The apps took users' precise location, email, phone numbers, and more, researchers said.

Google Using AI to Update Business Hours on Google Maps
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Google Using AI to Update Business Hours on Google Maps

The predictions are run by humans along the way.

Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System
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Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System

Lawmakers advance proposals to let police forces across the EU link their photo databases—which include millions of pictures of people's faces.

Drone Operators Who Halted Russian Convoy Headed for Kyiv
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Drone Operators Who Halted Russian Convoy Headed for Kyiv

A Russian armored convey headed toward Kyiv was halted by night ambushes by Ukrainian special forces and drone operators who are part of an air reconnaissance unit...

Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users
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Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users

Apple recently released patches for two critical zero-day vulnerabilities discovered by an anonymous researcher that affect the operating systems of iPhones, iPads...

U.S. Disrupts Prolific Botnet Controlled by Russian Military
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U.S. Disrupts Prolific Botnet Controlled by Russian Military

U.S. officials worked with law enforcement in the U.K., and network security company WatchGuard, to analyze the malware and develop detection and remediation tools...

Hackers Target Customers of 8 Malaysian Banks
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Hackers Target Customers of 8 Malaysian Banks

According to Slovak security firm ESET, the malicious apps are tied to websites spoofing legitimate services in Malaysia, including six clearing services and a...
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