Security

Explainer: Not all cyber threats equally worrisome

West Virginia reported unusual cyber activity targeting its election systems. The Texas governor said the state was encountering attempted "attacks" at the rate of "about 10,000 per minute" from Iran. Information technology ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Locking down your smart home with blockchain

The concept of the smart home has been around for many decades, but it is only in recent years with the advent of the so-called "internet of things," IoT, that meters and monitoring, cameras, locking systems, heating systems, ...

Computer Sciences

Researchers report breakthrough in 'distributed deep learning'

Online shoppers typically string together a few words to search for the product they want, but in a world with millions of products and shoppers, the task of matching those unspecific words to the right product is one of ...

Computer Sciences

Producing better guides for medical-image analysis

MIT researchers have devised a method that accelerates the process for creating and customizing templates used in medical-image analysis, to guide disease diagnosis.

Software

Bot can beat humans in multiplayer hidden-role games

MIT researchers have developed a bot equipped with artificial intelligence that can beat human players in tricky online multiplayer games where player roles and motives are kept secret.

Automotive

Teaching cars to drive with foresight

Good drivers anticipate dangerous situations and adjust their driving before things get dicey. Researchers at the University of Bonn now also want to teach this skill to self-driving cars. They will present a corresponding ...

Engineering

Turning problems into opportunities in urban areas

Currently, about 55 percent of the world's population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68 percent by 2050, according to a UN report. With several challenges posed by continued urbanization, ...

Security

Here's the kind of data hackers get about you from hospitals

When hospitals are hacked, the public hears about the number of victims—but not what information the cybercriminals stole. New research from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University is the first to uncover ...

Security

Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000.

Business

Huawei accuses US of cyberattacks, coercing employees

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei accused U.S. authorities on Wednesday of attempting to break into its information systems and of trying to coerce its employees to gather information on the company.

Engineering

'Wi-Fi 'antenna' provides options for rural areas

Ah, the joys of living out in the country: the quiet, the space and the peacefulness. Then there's the internet connection, which can go from bad to worse quickly in many rural areas.

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