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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.

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.

Meta CEO Zuckerberg Testifies in FTC Case to Block Virtual-Reality Deal
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Meta CEO Zuckerberg Testifies in FTC Case to Block Virtual-Reality Deal

Federal Trade Commission seeks to prevent social-media company from acquiring Within Unlimited.

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data
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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...

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.

Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council
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Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council

The action comes the same day Twitter moved to boost its revenue not linked to digital advertising by reintroducing a paid-for subscription service that would show...

Canada Pushes Canadian Content, Irking Big Tech
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Canada Pushes Canadian Content, Irking Big Tech

Proposed legislation in Canada that would require digital platforms to promote Canadian content over foreign-made content is facing pushback from leading tech firms...

Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts
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Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Some workers allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes.

'Deepfakes' of Celebrities Appearing in Ads
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'Deepfakes' of Celebrities Appearing in Ads

Deepfakes of celebrities have started to appear in ads, with and without their consent.

Google Sees Russia Coordinating With Hackers in Cyberattacks Tied to Ukraine War
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Google Sees Russia Coordinating With Hackers in Cyberattacks Tied to Ukraine War

"We have never previously observed such a volume of cyberattacks, variety of threat actors, and coordination of effort," the report says; some U.S. institutions...

Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime
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Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime

New effort is part of trend toward putting more resources to target illegal activities involving digital currencies.

U.S. Recovers Over $30 Million in Cryptocurrency Stolen by North Korean Hackers
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U.S. Recovers Over $30 Million in Cryptocurrency Stolen by North Korean Hackers

Sum is only a fraction of hundreds of millions siphoned in breach of 'Axie Infinity' online videogame this year.

NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals
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NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals

Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic warned criminals are increasingly targeting nonfungible tokens (NFTs).

LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked
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LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked

On Aug. 25, online password manager LastPass reported the theft of some of its source code and proprietary information.

Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime
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Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime

Researchers have identified information-sharing initiatives worldwide that aim to better detect fraud and money laundering.

Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision
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Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the developers of some period-tracking and fertility apps are looking to secure users' data...

AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers
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AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers

GitHub Copilot, launched last week, acts like a predictive-text feature to help ease the process of writing long lines of computer code.

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?
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Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?

Autonomous trucks that mostly stick to highways could make sense, both technologically and economically, in ways robotaxis have not.

Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.
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Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.

Luna's relaunch might be the ultimate act of chutzpah by the South Korean entrepreneur.
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