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The iRobot Deal Would Give Amazon Maps Inside Millions of Homes

The iRobot Deal Would Give Amazon Maps Inside Millions of Homes

After decades of creating war machines and home cleaning appliances, iRobot agreed to be acquired by Amazon for $1.7 billion, according to a joint statement by the two companies. If the deal goes through, it would give Amazon access to yet another wellspring of personal data: interior maps of Roomba owners’ homes. iRobot got its …

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The Unsolved Mystery Attack on Internet Cables in Paris

The Unsolved Mystery Attack on Internet Cables in Paris

At present, there’s little information about who may have been behind the attacks. No groups or individuals have claimed responsibility for the damage, and French police have not announced any arrests linked to the cuts. Neither the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office nor Anssi, the French cybersecurity agency, responded to WIRED’s requests for comment. In June, …

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The DHS Bought a 'Shocking Amount' of Phone-Tracking Data

The DHS Bought a ‘Shocking Amount’ of Phone-Tracking Data

For years, people have wondered not if, but how much, the Department of Homeland Security accesses mobile location data to monitor US citizens. This week, the American Civil Liberties Union released thousands of heavily redacted pages of documents that provide a “glimpse” of how DHS agencies came to leverage “a shocking amount” of location data, …

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The Most Popular Period-Tracking Apps, Ranked by Data Privacy

The Most Popular Period-Tracking Apps, Ranked by Data Privacy

This not only shifts the burden of risk assessment to individual users, but also makes evaluating the privacy and security of apps difficult to begin with. To do so, we consult evaluation frameworks pioneered by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (MIND) and The Digital Standard to arrive at four core questions to guide our …

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New 'Retbleed' Attack Can Swipe Key Data From Intel and AMD CPUs

New ‘Retbleed’ Attack Can Swipe Key Data From Intel and AMD CPUs

Retbleed can leak kernel memory from Intel CPUs at about 219 bytes per second and with 98 percent accuracy. The exploit can extract kernel memory from AMD CPUs with a bandwidth of 3.9 kB per second. The researchers said that it’s capable of locating and leaking a Linux computer’s root password hash from physical memory …

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Chinese Police Exposed 1B People's Data in Unprecedented Leak

Chinese Police Exposed 1B People’s Data in Unprecedented Leak

As states grapple with the far-reaching implications of the United States Supreme Court’s June decision to reverse the constitutional right to abortion, WIRED examined the privacy risks posed by widely deployed automated license plate readers as the risks of being prosecuted for seeking an abortion ramp up around the country . And researchers underscored the …

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The Download: Tweaking AI for energy efficiency, and China's leaked data

The Download: Tweaking AI for energy efficiency, and China’s leaked data

What’s the news?: Deep learning is behind machine learning’s most high-profile successes. But this incredible performance comes at a cost: training deep-learning models requires huge amounts of energy. Now, new research shows how scientists who use cloud platforms to train algorithms can dramatically reduce the energy they use, and therefore the emissions they create. How …

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