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Hackers tied to Russia’s GRU targeted the US grid for years

For all the nation-state hacker groups that have targeted the United States power grid—and even successfully breached American electric utilities—only the Russian military intelligence group known as Sandworm has been brazen enough to trigger actual blackouts, shutting the lights off in Ukraine in 2015 and 2016. Now one grid-focused security firm is warning that a …

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ADT technician pleads guilty to spying on customer camera feeds for years

Chris Rank/Getty Images Calling it a “disgusting betrayal of trust,” US attorneys with the Northern District of Texas announced Thursday that an ADT home security technician has pleaded guilty to repeatedly hacking into customer video feeds for the purpose of spying on women.  The breaches of customer privacy affected 220 customer accounts, prosecutors say. The …

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Facebook and WhatsApp Video Calls Reach Record Highs on New Year’s Eve 2020 [Infographic]

With more and more people turning to social platforms to stay connected amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, it likely comes as little surprise to see that Facebook reached record highs for both audio and video calls on both WhatsApp and Messenger this past New Year’s Eve.   But the numbers do highlight an important trend – as …

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Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids’ Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Connecting every possible device in our lives to the internet has always represented a security risk. But that risk is far more pronounced when it involves a smartwatch strapped to your child’s wrist. Now, even after years of warnings about the security failings of many of those devices, one group of researchers has shown that …

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After 15 Years, Apple Prepares to Break Up With Intel

After 15 Years, Apple Prepares to Break Up With Intel

Apple’s move would be a symbolic blow to Intel, particularly when civilian and military officials are concerned over the weakening of American leadership in chip manufacturing, which they regard as crucial to the country’s ability to retain an edge over China. Legislation introduced in Congress last week, with rare bipartisan agreement, would funnel tens of …

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IBM’s decision to abandon facial recognition technology fueled by years of debate

IBM’s decision to abandon facial recognition technology fueled by years of debate

Two days later, Amazon announced in a company blog post that it would suspend police use of its facial recognition software, Rekognition, for one year. Microsoft followed suit Thursday, saying it would suspend sales of its technology to law enforcement agencies until federal regulations are in place. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) …

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FCC failed to monitor Chinese telecoms for almost 20 years: Senate report

Enlarge / The flag of China. The Federal Communications Commission and other US agencies have failed to properly oversee Chinese telecom companies that operate in the United States, according to a bipartisan Senate report released today. After a year-long investigation, the staff report by the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations “found that the FCC …

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