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Hackers are constantly evolving their attacks to exploit weaknesses in software and devices. New attacks rely on everything from phishing to AI and the cloud to attack users’ mobile devices. Meanwhile, security professionals are working to keep up with the pace of change.

The US faces a huge cyber-espionage campaign involving dozens of countries, while a cyberattack targets the security of critical US-Asian communications networks. The world’s biggest privately-owned cybersecurity lab opens in the UK to test the safety of cars, planes and industrial systems.

A cyberattack hits computers with Internet access every 39 seconds, a Clark School study finds. A non-secure username and password, a slow patching process or rogue apps all give attackers a chance to get inside a company’s network.

As the number of connected devices grows, so does the risk for attack. And the weakest link in a company’s security chain is often not in the IT department, researchers find.

A newly discovered vulnerability in PaperCut MF/NG can be used for unauthenticated remote code execution. And a new method makes it harder for attackers to steal sensitive data.

Researchers increase the accuracy and efficiency of a machine-learning model that safeguards user privacy. They also use the technique to thwart influence operations that try to shape people’s views. And a researcher reveals a way to search without disclosing one’s queries, up to 30 times faster than previous methods. Also, a startup based on an MIT alumnus’ work is developing trackable silk labels to help farmers fight fake seeds that can rob them of two-thirds of expected crop yields and threaten food security.