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Peiter “Mudge” Zatko was Twitter’s security chief. What he claims he found there is a security nightmare. Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Did Twitter ignore basic security measures? A cybersecurity expert explains a whistleblower’s claims

Former Twitter security chief alleges in a whistleblower complaint gross security malpractice, with many employees having access to the social media platform’s code as well as user data.
Wireless sensors and data systems can help farmers use water much more efficiently by monitoring soil conditions. Lance Cheung/USDA via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Farmers can save water with wireless technologies, but there are challenges – like transmitting data through mud

The Agricultural Internet of Things is making farming more efficient. An information technology expert describes some of the challenges of working with sensors and antennas underground.
Agriculture is becoming increasingly dependent on technology. U.S. Department of Agriculture Photo by Lance Cheung

Rise of precision agriculture exposes food system to new threats

Bringing advanced technologies to the ancient practice of farming could help feed the world’s growing population, but it could also open the door for people looking to disrupt the global food system.
Organizations have significantly increased their use of data and the internet because of the pandemic, leading to new cyberattack and cybersecurity risks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A unified cybersecurity strategy is the key to protecting businesses

An integrative cybersecurity and data protection program will help firms adjust their management protocols and be better prepared for future cybersecurity trends.
Cloud services that aren’t properly managed can ‘leak’ data into the wrong hands. id-work/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

Mismanaged cloud services put user data at risk

Cloud services are convenient, but if an organization isn’t careful about how it uses them, the services can also give data thieves an opening.
As missiles rain down on Ukraine’s telecommunications infrastructure, including Kyiv’s TV tower, hackers have been attacking in cyberspace. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

How Ukraine has defended itself against cyberattacks – lessons for the US

Russian hackers have been attacking Ukraine for years, but with help from US government agencies, businesses and universities, Ukraine’s cyber defenses have grown stronger.
There is little evidence that Russia has coordinated cyber operations with conventional military operations in Ukraine. Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

Cyberattacks have yet to play a significant role in Russia’s battlefield operations in Ukraine – cyberwarfare experts explain the likely reasons

Cyberattacks can be devastating, just not on the battlefield, according to researchers who looked at 10 years of armed conflicts around the world.
Hackers can disrupt local government services, like this library in Willmar, Texas. The town suffered a cyberattack in August 2019. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Local governments are attractive targets for hackers and are ill-prepared

With Russia poised to launch cyberattacks on US targets, many local governments find themselves without the staff or resources to even recognize when they’re under attack.

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