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Internet 'Immune System' Could Block Viruses
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Internet 'Immune System' Could Block Viruses

A system that fights highly infectious computer viruses by embedding defense mechanisms in key parts of the Internet has been developed by University of North Carolina...

Napolitano: Cybersecurity Issues Remain ­nresolved
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Napolitano: Cybersecurity Issues Remain ­nresolved

U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano recently affirmed that her staff is still weighing options about how best to assimilate the public...

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique
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Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of Michigan, and Princeton University have demonstrated that a Sequoia electronic...

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How to Build Anonymity Into the Internet

At the 9th annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, security researchers discussed alternatives to existing systems designed to help Internet users maintain...

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­.s. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears

The White House is proposing to soften a long-existing prohibition on tracking how users peruse U.S. government Web sites with cookies and other methods, inciting...

Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions
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Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions

University of Washington researchers’ announcement that they had created an encryption scheme called Vanish captured a lot of attention for its elegant simplicity...

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After Boom, Is Wikipedia Heading For Bust?

The explosive growth of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia is petering out, while a less welcoming attitude toward new contributors could negatively affect the archive's...

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Call For Debate on Autonomous Military Robots

BBC NewsAs robots are increasingly used in warfare, civilian lives will be put at greater and greater risk, according to University of Sheffield professor NoelView...

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Warning Issued on Web Programming Interfaces

Application programming interfaces (APIs), software specifications that allow Web sites and services to interact with each other, have been a major factor in the...

New Epidemic Fears: Hackers
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New Epidemic Fears: Hackers

Under the economic stimulus bill and other U.S. federal government proposals, hospitals and doctors' offices that invest in electronic records systems may receive...

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The Group That Holds the Internet Together

ICANN remains under international pressure to sever ties with the United States government when its current contract expires in September 2009. The pressure comes...

Hackers Game a Multiplayer World
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Hackers Game a Multiplayer World

Two programmers have hacked the World of Warcraft online game environment with a set of programs that automate in-game characters, which game developer Blizzard...

Top Cybersecurity Aide at White House Resigns
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Top Cybersecurity Aide at White House Resigns

Melissa E. Hathaway, the Obama administration's senior aide on cybersecurity, is stepping down from her role due to delays in the choosing of an administrator to...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

A Police Woman Fights Quantum Hacking and Cracking
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A Police Woman Fights Quantum Hacking and Cracking

Quantum computing will give people and institutions an enormous amount of computing power, but it will also make their data vulnerable to attack. For Julia Kempe...

Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates ­.s. Fear of Cyberwar Risk
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Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates ­.s. Fear of Cyberwar Risk

At the core of the U.S. Obama Administration and its Pentagon leadership's efforts to develop rules governing cyberwarfare is the question of whether offensive...

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Nist Releases Cybersecurity Recommendations For Federal Government

he U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released on Friday (July 31) its final version of a publication that represents...

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Researchers Try to Stalk Botnets ­sed By Hackers

To track the spread of botnets, Sandia National Laboratories computer security specialists Rob Minnich and Don Rudish have converted a Dell Thunderbird supercomputer...

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Clarkson Project Will Protect Cyberspace

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to five research institutions to develop a computer program for detecting weak areas in cryptographic...

Program Helps Faculty Members Develop Improved Security Assurance Programs
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Program Helps Faculty Members Develop Improved Security Assurance Programs

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab and Information Networking Institute (INI) are hosting several faculty members for the annual Information Assurance Capacity...
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