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ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems
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ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems

A TechBrief released by ACM's global Technology Policy Council warns the spread of algorithmic systems carries with it unaddressed risks.

Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group
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Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group

The DOJ said it stopped victims, including hospitals, schools and infrastructure operators worldwide, from paying $130 million in ransom.

RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says
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RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says

Simson Garfinkel says the focus on quantum attacks may distract us from more immediate threats.

Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms
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Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms

Data allegedly from ODIN Intelligence illuminates its software and customers. The company says it's working with law enforcement to investigate.

U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks
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U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks

IARPA scientists are taking up the nascent field of cyber psychology to predict and counter hacker behavior.

Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies
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Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies

Justice Department accuses Google of subverting competition in Internet advertising technologies through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation...

Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw
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Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw

Polish security researcher Dawid Potocki discovered a vulnerability in MSI's motherboards that occurs when the Secure Boot default settings for "Image Execution...

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
From ACM TechNews

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

Post-Quantum Cryptography
From Communications of the ACM

Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
From ACM News

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates
From ACM TechNews

Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates

U.K. informed consumer brand Which? warns smart appliances could stop operating after only two years due to a cessation of software updates from manufacturers. ...

The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It
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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It

Regulation is on the menu of a national cybersecurity strategy.

China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes
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China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes

The Cyberspace Administration of China Tuesday began enforcement of its "deep synthesis" technology regulations in an effort to prevent the production of "deepfakes...

Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates
From ACM TechNews

Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates

Security researchers identified a vulnerability in the app and website of Reviver, a company that sells digital license plates in California, Arizona, and Michigan...

Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans
From ACM TechNews

Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans

A survey of nearly 1,500 U.S. respondents found Russian Twitter campaigns during the 2016 presidential race primarily reached a small subset of users, most highly...

Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers

Scientists in China are claiming they have found a way for current-generation quantum computers to crack the RSA algorithm underlying the most common form of online...

Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity
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Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity

Irish privacy regulator tells the Facebook and Instagram owner it can't use its contracts with users to justify sending them such ads.

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...
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