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Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug
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Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug

General Bytes reported that over $1.5 million in bitcoin was drained from Internet-accessible wallets via its bitcoin ATMs by hackers that exploited a previously...

Google's PaLM-E Generalist Robot Brain Takes Commands
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Google's PaLM-E Generalist Robot Brain Takes Commands

Researchers at Google and Germany's Technical University of Berlin recently debuted PaLM-E, described as the largest visual-language model ever created.

Stealthy UEFI Malware Bypassing Secure Boot Enabled by Unpatchable Windows Flaw
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Stealthy UEFI Malware Bypassing Secure Boot Enabled by Unpatchable Windows Flaw

Researchers at Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET have found the first real-world case of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface malware that can take over a computer's...

U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter
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U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter

The U.S. Air Force said the X-62A VISTA (Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft) autonomous jet fighter had 17 hours of flight testing.

Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network
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Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network

Microsoft agrees multi-cloud strategy is "the right one" for U.S. Defense Department.

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. ...

Deepfake Audio Has a Tell
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Deepfake Audio Has a Tell

Researchers at the University of Florida can detect audio deepfakes by measuring acoustic and fluid dynamic distinctions between organic and synthetic voice samples...

YouTube Content Creator Credentials Are Under Siege by YTStealer Malware
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YouTube Content Creator Credentials Are Under Siege by YTStealer Malware

A researcher at security firm Intezer identified a new malware that can steal YouTube content creators' authentication credentials.

FCC Lets Starlink Offer Internet Service in Moving Vehicles
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FCC Lets Starlink Offer Internet Service in Moving Vehicles

"These services, never before available, promise the potential for expanding reach to remote and rural areas and facilitating higher quality broadband services...

Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware
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Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware

Researchers have discovered at least 80 routers in North America and Europe have been infected by a remote access Trojan as part of a larger hacking campaign.

Tesla Hack Gives Thieves Their Own Personal Key
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Tesla Hack Gives Thieves Their Own Personal Key

Austrian security researcher Martin Herfurt has demonstrated that electric vehicle company Tesla's updated near-field communication key card can be hacked.

Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices
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Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices

Sultan Qasim Khan at U.K.-based security firm NCC Group  devised an exploit for unlocking Teslas and countless other devices.

Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit
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Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit

Researchers analyzed the top 100,000 websites and found a significant number record some or all of visitors' typewritten data.

Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw
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Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw

Researchers at security firm Nozomi Networks identified an unpatched vulnerability in third-party code libraries used by 200 hardware and software vendors.

Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says
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Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford found that iOS apps can still track users without explicit permission.

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...

Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV
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Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV

Researchers in the Shadytel telecommunications and embedded device hacking group used a decommissioned Canadian satellite to broadcast a livestream to the Northern...

Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'
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Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'

A researcher found that Yandex, known as "Russia's Google," embedded code in apps for mobile devices that allows data to be sent to servers in Russia.

Behold, a Password Phishing Site that Can Trick Even Savvy Users
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Behold, a Password Phishing Site that Can Trick Even Savvy Users

A proof-of-concept "browser in the browser" exploit could phish passwords using a malicious site that does not contain suspicious domains or substitute letters....

Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users
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Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users

Security researchers have uncovered macOS malware that can be installed by exploits almost impossible for most users to detect.
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