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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

Tracking Fraudulent Mouse Movements
From ACM TechNews

Tracking Fraudulent Mouse Movements

An international research team led by Markus Weinmann at the University of Cologne identified online fraudsters by their mouse movements, which were found to be...

Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance
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Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance

Police forces worldwide are tapping technologies developed for coronavirus contact tracing for mass surveillance.

Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker
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Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert advising online users to install and use ad blockers.

How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System
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How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System

An information technology director was put on leave for negligence after Suffolk County officials released the results of their investigation.

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures
From Communications of the ACM

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures

The overhead of error correction presents a serious challenge to scaling up quantum computing and may produce unexpected winners.

The Outlook for Crypto
From Communications of the ACM

The Outlook for Crypto

Can cryptocurrencies cut their environmental impact?

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
From Communications of the ACM

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.

In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022
From Communications of the ACM

In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. "was a statesman in the best sense of the word, as well as a great leader, a very kind man, and a fine engineer," said fellow ACM A.M....

Remembering Valérie Issarny
From Communications of the ACM

Remembering Valérie Issarny

Computer scientist Valérie Issarny, a director of research at France's National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology and chair of the ACM Europe...

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data
From ACM TechNews

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data

Officials from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 38 member-states finalized a framework to limit governments' access to citizens' personal...

Microsoft Finds macOS Bug That Lets Malware Bypass Security Checks
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Microsoft Finds macOS Bug That Lets Malware Bypass Security Checks

Gatekeeper is a macOS security feature that automatically checks all apps downloaded from the Internet if they are notarized and developer-signed (approved by Apple)...

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
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Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Gen Z Overwhelmed by 'Tech Shame' at Work
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Gen Z Overwhelmed by 'Tech Shame' at Work

An HP survey of 10,000 office workers worldwide found Generation Z employees are most likely to feel technological frustration at work.

Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare
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Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare

Massive cyberattacks targeting hospitals in India have undermined the nation's healthcare digitization initiatives.

Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys
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Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys

An international team of scientists led by Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing new techniques to efficiently identify coding errors in embedded systems...

New Attack Method to Bypass Popular Web Application Firewalls
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New Attack Method to Bypass Popular Web Application Firewalls

Researchers devised a method that could be used by attackers to access sensitive business and customer information by bypassing Web application firewalls to infiltrate...

Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing
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Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed an automated technique that uses machine learning to identify doxing on social media.

Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise
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Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise

Maersk and IBM last month shut down their global platform that was supposed to bring blockchain to the shipping industry. Other big bets are moving slowly.

FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked
From ACM News

FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked

A database with contact information for elite cybersecurity professionals is now being sold on the dark web to the highest bidder.
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