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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech
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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice
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Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice

Participants of the Pwn2Own software exploitation conference hacked technology from automaker Tesla twice at the Zero Day Initiative's Pwn2Own software exploitation...

As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware
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As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware

The Biden administration says commercial spyware has proliferated in recent years with few controls and a high risk of abuse.

For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms
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For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms

Washington seeks to steer the semiconductor supply chain using 'guardrails' under the Chips Act.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

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...

Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System
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Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System

Virtual landowners have found a way to put their investments to work, but with unintended consequences.

Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices
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Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices

Researchers developed the Near-Ultrasound Inaudible Trojan to show how hackers can exploit the vulnerabilities of smart device microphones and voice assistants...

Mozilla Launches Startup Focused on 'Trustworthy' AI
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Mozilla Launches Startup Focused on 'Trustworthy' AI

The creators of large language models say that they're taking steps to curb abuse, but Mozilla felt not enough was being done.

Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says
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Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says

Researchers in Google's Mandiant division have found state-sponsored hackers in China have been evading common cybersecurity tools and spying on government and...

Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela
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Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela

Generative AI technology from Synthesia was used to create recent deepfake videos that attempted to spread misinformation and propaganda in Venezuela.

Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication
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Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication

A potential alternative to passwords.

They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam
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They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam

More sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) tools are being used to replicate a person's voice.

Amazon Funded Program Teaches DC Inmates Cloud Computing Skills
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Amazon Funded Program Teaches DC Inmates Cloud Computing Skills

A pilot program at a jail in Washington, D.C., funded by an Amazon grant, gave inmates access to a course in basic cloud computing skills.

Factsheet Highlights Gender Disparities in Innovation, Technology
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Factsheet Highlights Gender Disparities in Innovation, Technology

On International Women’s Day, UNESCO released its latest #HerEducationOurFuture factsheet on gender equality in education, which cites persistent gender inequity...

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...

The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data
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The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data

Rather than obtaining a warrant, the bureau purchased sensitive data—a controversial practice that privacy advocates say is deeply problematic.

Suspicion Machines
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Suspicion Machines

Unprecedented experiment on welfare surveillance algorithm reveals discrimination.

The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers
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The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers

The U.K. Home Office has used drones since late 2019 to monitor large areas of the English Channel.
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