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What EARN IT and LAED mean for encryption

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Is encryption the biggest impediment to law enforcement’s ability to stop sexual predators of children? For the advocates of the EARN IT Act, which would loosen the rules protecting Internet services’ use of encryption, it most certainly is.

Beyond Anonymous: Where Hacktivism is going in 2020

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Hacktivism is alive and well, if a bit weird, in 2020, says Gabriella Coleman, a cultural anthropologist specializing in hacker culture at McGill University.

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Increased scrutiny forces tech to clean up its language

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Hackers generally love to embrace change, from executing new exploits to reconsidering past paradigms.

How to make your Zoom meetings more secure

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Zoom , the video-conferencing app darling of the stay-at-home coronavirus era, is zooming through some cybersecurity growing pains alongside explosive growth.

How to protect your Ring from hackers (and Amazon partners)

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The Ring doorbell spent much of 2019 getting buzzed by perceived security and privacy issues, from secret agreements with law enforcement agencies to cybersecurity practices that put its users at risk.

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Set your iPhone up as a Google 2FA key in 5 steps

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You don’t need for an app for this. Google has made it possible to use your iPhone as a two-factor authentication key, just as it did last year for Android phones. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to account log-ins.

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Phishers target oil and gas industry amid Covid-19 downturn

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The oil-and-gas industry has been taking a beating as severe as any other hit hard by the Covid-19 shutdown. Tanker ships loaded with crude idle in the ocean , traders struggle to store what has already been pumped , and prices per barrel have plummeted into negative sums.

Secure contact tracing needs more transparent development

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Public-health officials have long relied on tracking infectious diseases as common as tuberculosis and as lethal as ebola as a way to stop their spread.

Employer data goes AWOL under Covid-19 lockdowns

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Covid-19-era data breaches go beyond unemployment insurance fraud, medical-research hacks, and other hot topics. And unfortunately for public organizations and private companies, the data loss — from theft or otherwise — is getting worse.

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How to tell when your government shuts down your Internet access

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Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis law enforcement on May 25, millions of people worldwide have taken to the streets to protest police violence.

Android’s facial-recognition future could rely on skin detection

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The technology that might become the future of facial recognition started with a bucket of household paint.

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Pandemic discourages regulators from enforcing GDPR

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As resources are diverted to fighting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Europe’s enthusiasm for protecting consumer rights under the General Data Protection Regulation might be taking a pause, but it’s certainly not rewinding, experts say.

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How to move your two-factor authentication app to a new device

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Last week, at least three months ahead of expectations, Google leaked the design for its upcoming Pixel 4 phone. Why the tech giant prematurely exposed its plans isn’t entirely clear.

This hack could take control of your Ford

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Using a $300 software-defined radio , a security researcher says he has figured out how to take control of some of Ford’s newer and higher-end cars and trucks.

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Facebook fails to curb coronavirus misinformation

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As Mark Zuckerberg this week detailed the results of the company’s latest Community Standards Enforcement Report , he also revealed that Facebook is being inundated with coronavirus misinformation and disinformation—and that the company has been struggling to stop it.

How to wipe location data from mapping apps

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As somebody who repeatedly got lost along the winding, poorly sign-posted alleys of Tokyo while living there before smartphones existed, I found great relief in having Google Maps on hand during a trip back to Japan in February. It was a lifeline of sorts.

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Kr00k Wi-Fi flaw exposes a billion devices to hackers

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SAN FRANCISCO—Encryption is great for protecting data in transit, unless that data is encrypted in all zeroes. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what a newly revealed Wi-Fi chip vulnerability does, according to ESET researchers, who disclosed the flaw yesterday at the RSA Conference here.

Android Q adds privacy, fragmentation

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google’s Google’s Android mobile operating system has long been criticized for fragmentation , as millions of older devices no longer receiving regular security and feature updates continue to connect to the Internet.

CanSecWest, the last tech conference standing in the face of the coronavirus

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What if someone threw a hacker conference, and nobody showed up? As I boarded a United flight at SFO on March 17, the first day of San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order , that question was on my mind.

Make a resolution to clean up your digital act? Here’s how

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Did you get hacked in 2017? Chances are you did, thanks to Equifax’s inability to protect the data of more than 143 million of its customers. As a result, you might be feeling frustrated, vulnerable, even angry—not exactly a positive way to ring in the new year.

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How to use your Android as a 2FA key

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google Google just made it much, much easier for Android device owners to protect themselves with one of the safest extra security layers available to consumers. If you have a phone or tablet running Android 7.0

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Election hackers are ‘waiting for the bigger prize in 2020’ (Q&A)

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LEIPZIG, Germany?Just Just days before heading to Australia for his wedding, University of Michigan computer science professor and electronic voting-machine security expert J.

How hackers are approaching medical cybersecurity

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PHOENIX—Within minutes of each other, two patients were wheeled into the hospital emergency department with emergency haste. The first patient, a woman in her early 70s, was suffering from what appeared to be a stroke: She was weak on the left side of her body and had difficulty speaking.

Is Gmail’s Confidential Mode a safe bet?

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When email goes boom, it’s usually because somebody’s account got hacked, and his dirty laundry has exploded all over the Internet. But Google now offers a feature in Gmail that can help prevent the private contents of your messages from leaking out.

What you need to know about the Marriott breach

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Obama was president of the United States, Apple introduced its first watch, Russia invaded Crimea, and the San Francisco Giants won the World Series.

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Freshly (un)retired, Gary McGraw takes on machine-learning security (Q&A)

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Tucked away in Building 43 of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., hangs a large but otherwise unassuming mirror that, like Nietzsche’s monsters, will gaze back into you.

6 cybersecurity trends we’re thankful for

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You might think of cybersecurity professionals as tech’s collective “ watchers on the wall ”—the guardians who let you know when doom is coming.

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Your old router could be a hacking group’s APT pawn

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VANCOUVER—If you’ve been looking for another reason to replace your old Wi-Fi router, here it is: A group of hackers could be using it to hide the origins of its online attacks.

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Open source the secret sauce in secure, affordable voting tech

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SAN FRANCISCO—The fastest, most cost-effective way to secure direct-record electronic voting machines in the United States, according to cybersecurity experts, is to stop using them. Switch to paper ballots and apply risk-limiting audits to ensure that vote tallies are conducted properly.

Securing voting machines means raising funds

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There likely isn’t a quick fix for complex U.S. election integrity challenges such as social-engineering interference on Facebook. Experts say there is a straightforward response, however, to vulnerable voting-machine software. The problem is that it involves cooperation in Congress.

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Primer: What DDoS attacks could mean for IoT

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When a headline screams something like “worst DDoS ever,” it’s often accurate. Distributed denial-of-service attacks, which deluge targeted sites or services with traffic to force them offline, have been growing in strength and scope for decades.

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Context Conversations preview: Election security

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When it comes to election security, it’s hard not to think of the United States as a proverbial dumpster fire. Kids as young as 11 are able to hack voting machines in fewer than 10 minutes.

How to tell you’re part of the 30 million user Facebook breach

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The massive data breach Facebook reported at the end of September isn’t quite as big as the company thought it might be. That might sound good, but it isn’t likely to comfort the tens of millions of consumers whose personal data they entrusted to the social-media juggernaut has been stolen.

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New Zealand defends its border device search policy (Q&A)

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What’s the cost of data privacy at the border? In New Zealand, it could be $5,000, if you resist an immigration official’s demand that you hand over your phone, tablet, or laptop before entering the country.

On doctors’ orders, Israel plans a health care CERT

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TEL AVIV—If you listen to doctors who faced the WannaCry ransomware attack on the front lines of emergency rooms across England last year, it’s a minor miracle that the inadequate care it caused didn’t result in any patient deaths.

Here’s what Facebook shared about you in its latest scandal

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Facebook doesn’t seem to be learning much from its growing list of data-oriented scandals. Instead of responding by revamping its business practices, the social network appears to keep telling its 2.27 billion active monthly users , “Hold my beer!”. It’s not exactly reassuring.

Georgia bill could stifle the state’s booming cybersecurity community

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A new bill winding its way through the Georgia state senate has cybersecurity experts on alert. As Senate Bill 315 is currently written, academics and independent security researchers alike could be subject to prosecution in Georgia alongside malicious hackers.