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Trump’s Wall Won’t Solve a National Emergency. It Is One

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After weeks—years, really, but lately more urgent—of debate over the Trump administration’s proposed wall at the US-Mexico border, Congress will vote on a spending bill Thursday that includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border fence construction. In response, president Donald Trump signaled that he will declare a national emergency to get the wall built […]

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Don’t Get Your Valentine an Internet-Connected Sex Toy

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Since it’s 2019, you and a partner could celebrate by installing an app on your phone that lets you control a vibrator your partner discreetly wears in their underwear all day. I mean, if you wanted to! Thanks to the burgeoning industry of teledildonics, as internet-connected sexual pleasure products are known, there’s […]

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How Hackable Is Your Dating App?

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If you’re looking to find a date in 2019, you’re in luck. Dozens of apps and sites exist for this sole purpose – Bumble, Tinder, OKCupid, Match, to name a few. Your next partner could be just a swipe away! But that’s not all; your personal data is likewise a swipe or click away from […]

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IoT providers need to take responsibility for performance

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Last year saw the continued growth of enterprises adopting internet of things solutions, with companies harnessing the power of wireless data collection, analytics and connectivity to enhance productivity and efficiency in ways we could previously not imagine. Analysts expect corporate spending on IoT in the U.S. to approach $200B in 2019, with global spending exceeding […]

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That VPN may not be as secure as you think

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If you’re a VPN subscriber and have ever wondered just how secure the supposedly encrypted pipe that you’re using through the internet is — and whether the anonymity promise made by the VPN provider is indeed protecting your privacy— well, your hunches may be correct. It turns out several of these connections are not secure. Academics say […]

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US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

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In 2019, an indictment of Iranian hackers targeting American government officials barely raises an eyebrow. But in one remarkable case, those hackers had an unusual advantage: the alleged help of an American defector with top secret clearance. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced charges against Monica Elfriede Witt, a former Air Force counterintelligence officer […]

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The Costs of Cyberattacks Are Real

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Customers put their trust in companies to deliver on promises of security. Think about how quickly most people tick the boxes on required privacy agreements, likely without reading them. They want to believe the companies they choose to associate with have their best interests at heart and expect them to implement the necessary safeguards. The quickest way to lose customers […]

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1 in 3 Americans Suffered Severe Online Harassment in 2018

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Despite concerted efforts by tech giants to cut back on abhorrent behavior on their platforms, a new survey finds that severe forms of online hate and harassment, including stalking and physical threats, may be on the rise. According to the survey, released Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League, more than one third of Americans reported experiencing […]

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What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

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The world’s internet infrastructure has no central authority. To keep it working, everyone needs to rely on everyone else. As a result, the global patchwork of undersea cables, satellites, and other technologies that connect the world often ignores the national borders on a map. To stay online, many countries must rely on equipment outside their […]

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Don’t Be A “Dumb” Carrier

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By next year, it is estimated that there will be 20.4 billion IoT devices, with businesses accounting for roughly 7.6 billion of them. While these devices are the next wireless innovation to improve productivity in an ever-connected world, they also represent nearly 8 billion opportunities for breaches or attacks. In fact, 97% of companies believe […]