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Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones
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Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement...

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity
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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity

No one ever accused Mark Zuckerberg of standing pat.

Hackers Can Mess With Traffic Lights to Jam Roads and Reroute Cars
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Hackers Can Mess With Traffic Lights to Jam Roads and Reroute Cars

The hacker in the Italian Job did it spectacularly.

Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code
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Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code

NASA plans to publish a list of more than 1,000 software projects it has developed, with instructions on how users can acquire the associated software code for...

Wanna Build a Rocket? Nasa's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code
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Wanna Build a Rocket? Nasa's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code

Forty years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, NASA open sourced the software code that ran the guidance systems on the lunar module.

How Vintage Tech Helped ­S Track the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
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How Vintage Tech Helped ­S Track the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

The saga of MH370, the Malaysian Airlines flight missing for more than two weeks, seems to be entering its final chapter.

This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
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This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Authorities are all but certain Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the south Indian Ocean in water that may be as deep as 23,000 feet.

Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield
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Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield

An electromagnetic mystery in northern Iraq changed the course of Jesse Potter's life.

Target Got Hacked Hard in 2005. Here's Why They Let It Happen Again
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Target Got Hacked Hard in 2005. Here's Why They Let It Happen Again

A gang of shadowy hackers tears through the systems of big-box retailers, making off with millions of credit and debit card numbers in a matter of weeks and generating...

The Malware That Duped Target Has Been Found
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The Malware That Duped Target Has Been Found

The malicious program used to compromise Target and other companies was part of a widespread operation using a Trojan tool known as Trojan.POSRAM, according to...

4 Reasons Why Apple's Ibeacon Is About to Disrupt Interaction Design
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4 Reasons Why Apple's Ibeacon Is About to Disrupt Interaction Design

You step inside Walmart and your shopping list is transformed into a personalized map, showing you the deals that'll appeal to you most.

Doom's Creator Looks Back on 20 Years of Demonic Mayhem
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Doom's Creator Looks Back on 20 Years of Demonic Mayhem

At the stroke of midnight on December 10, 1993, an executive at id Software uploaded a file to an FTP site on the University of Washington's network.

The Brilliant Hack That Brought Foursquare Back From the Dead
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The Brilliant Hack That Brought Foursquare Back From the Dead

Dennis Crowley thought his 13-year dream might never come true. 

Someone's Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet
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Someone's Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet

In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system—a...

Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For Gps Trackers
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Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For Gps Trackers

An appellate court has finally supplied an answer to an open question left dangling by the Supreme Court in 2012: Do law enforcement agencies need a probable-cause...

Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years
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Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years

Robots armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank missiles and even grenade launchers are marching, er, rolling ever closer to the battlefield now that they’ve shown...

Rsa Tells Its Developer Customers: Stop Using Nsa-Linked Algorithm
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Rsa Tells Its Developer Customers: Stop Using Nsa-Linked Algorithm


Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps For First Time Ever, Feds Say
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Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps For First Time Ever, Feds Say

For the first time, encryption is thwarting government surveillance efforts through court-approved wiretaps, U.S. officials said Friday.

The Watchers
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The Watchers

Looking down from 500 miles above Earth's surface, you could watch the FedEx Custom Critical Delivery truck move across the country along 3,140 miles of highway...

The Secret War
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The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.
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