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How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More
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How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More

Over the last summer, the security research community has proven like never before that cars are vulnerable to hackers—via cellular Internet connections, intercepted...

That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud
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That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud

Tomorrow is the deadline that Visa and MasterCard have set for banks and retailers across the U.S. to roll out a new system for more secure bank cards with microchips...

Vw Could Fool the Epa, But It Couldn't Trick Chemistry
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Vw Could Fool the Epa, But It Couldn't Trick Chemistry

For decades, automakers have been caught between building an engine that squeezes a lot of energy out of the fuel it burns and one that has low emissions.

The Dismal State of America's Decade-Old Voting Machines
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The Dismal State of America's Decade-Old Voting Machines

Almost all U.S. states are using technologically outdated touchscreen and optical-scan voting systems that are at least 10 years old, according to a report.

Court Says the Ftc Can Slap Companies For Getting Hacked
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Court Says the Ftc Can Slap Companies For Getting Hacked

For companies like the dating site Ashley Madison or the health insurer Anthem, financial loss, customer anger and professional embarrassment aren't the only consequences...

Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100m Yearly Drug Sales
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Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100m Yearly Drug Sales

A new Carnegie Mellon University study suggests law enforcement take-downs of online drug markets have largely failed to dent the traffic in drugs on the Dark Web...

Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100 Yearly Drug Sales
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Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100 Yearly Drug Sales

After more than four years and two giant law enforcement busts, the Dark Web's drug market is still just as robust as it was during the Silk Road's heyday.

This Hacker's Tiny Device ­nlocks Cars and Opens Garages
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This Hacker's Tiny Device ­nlocks Cars and Opens Garages

The next time you press your wireless key fob to unlock your car, if you find that it doesn’t beep until the second try, the issue may not be a technical glitch...

Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs
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Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs

Researchers discovered Mac computers can be affected by known firmware bugs, and created a proof-of-concept worm. 

Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target
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Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman.

Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone
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Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone

The most sensitive work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security.

After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles For Bug Fix
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After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles For Bug Fix

Welcome to the age of hackable automobiles, when two security researchers can cause a 1.4 million product recall.

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—with Me in It
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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—with Me in It

I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.

The Tools Inspectors Can Use to Catch Iran's Nuclear Hijinks
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The Tools Inspectors Can Use to Catch Iran's Nuclear Hijinks

After Tuesday's historic agreement between Iran and the "P5+1" group of countries, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will have access to all...

Manhattan Da: Iphone Crypto Locked Out Cops 74 Time
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Manhattan Da: Iphone Crypto Locked Out Cops 74 Time

The debate over encryption and backdoors for law enforcement has long had a surplus of opinions and a deficit of data.

Mit’s Bitcoin-Inspired 'enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data
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Mit’s Bitcoin-Inspired 'enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data

The cryptography behind bitcoin solved a paradoxical problem: a currency with no regulator, that nonetheless can't be counterfeited.

Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party
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Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party

Facebook and Google are building enormous neural networks—artificial brains—that can instantly recognize faces, cars, buildings, and other objects in digital photos...

Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire
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Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire

Three-and-a-half years ago, a strange computing device appeared at an office building in the tiny farmland town of Shelby, Iowa.

'deep Learning' Will Soon Give ­S Super-Smart Robots
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'deep Learning' Will Soon Give ­S Super-Smart Robots

Yann LeCun is among those bringing a new level of artificial intelligence to popular internet services from the likes of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.

Humans Out-Play an AI at Texas Hold 'em—for Now
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Humans Out-Play an AI at Texas Hold 'em—for Now

In 1997 chess master Gary Kasparov went to battle against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in a landmark match. After six games Deep Blue prevailed, marking the...
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