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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

#NEWS Keeping Government Out of Your Business

The U.S. Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) grants government agencies permission to surveil citizens who assume privacy in their electronic communications. Today such oversight, even by the U.S. Congress, is opaque (summarized and anonymized), and any notification of those being monitored nearly always takes place after the fact.

New Mexico State University (NMSU) researchers presented a paper at the ACM Conference on Computers, Communications and Security (CCS 2019, London) in which they claimed to be able to automate proactive oversight that prevents privacy violations before they occur, using algorithms and blockchain in the form of what they call the Enforcer software.
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Friday, February 28, 2020

#NEWS Hacking Bluetooth


Bluetooth wirelessly connects (or pairs) Internet of Things (IoT) devices—usually wireless peripherals such as ear-buds, speakers, watches, health monitors and location beacons—with host wireless devices such as smartphones or tablets. The limited physical distance between hosts and peripherals, unfortunately, has resulted in their cybersecurity being lax, according to Carl Gunter, a professor in the computer science department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

#NEWS Demanding the Truth

The U.S. Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence in October released to the public a report titled Russian Active Measures Campaign and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election, which concluded that the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian group engaged in online influence operations on behalf of Russian business and political interests, had "used social media to sow disinformation and discord among the American electorate."
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Monday, December 02, 2019

#NEWS Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI


NIST in August released U.S. Leadership in AI: A Plan for Federal Engagement in Developing Technical Standards and Related Tools. The plan's aim is to ensure U.S. dominance in AI continues, even in the face of billion-dollar foreign nation-state budgets aimed at surpassing the U.S.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

#NEWS The Drive to #Quantum Computing


The U.S. National Quantum Initiative Act signed into law last December mandates a multi-billion-dollar, 10-year effort to build a quantum computer infrastructure, ecosystem, and workforce.
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Friday, July 12, 2019

#AI Chipping Away at Big Data

Hardware accelerators for artificial intelligence (AI) in end-user devices—neural network chips integrated into smartphones, autonomous vehicles, and Internet of Thing (IoT) devices—are capable of creating smaller representations of big data locally, rather than wasting bandwidth sending massive raw data streams to the cloud.
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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

#HACKERS: Preemptive Strike Beats Hackers at Their Own Game

At the International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS 19) last month in Montreal, Canada, researchers turned the tables on drive-by-wire automobile hackers. Using covert channels to defeat hackers trying to take over the steering, brakes, and other critical parts of modern cars remotely, the researchers demonstrated the hackers' own methods can be used to authenticate each individual command given over the vehicle's control area network (CAN), eliminating the possibility of unauthorized interference with the car's operation.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

#NEWS Even Bigger World's Largest #Quantum Computer


The world's largest maker of quantum computers, Canada's D-Wave Systems Inc., recently announced the Pegasus generation of its quantum computers, featuring 2.5 times the qubits (more than 5,000) than its predecessor, as well as the elimination of a major stumbling block to commercialization by directly connecting each of those qubits to three times as many nearby qubits as its previous generation, the Chimera.