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Real life CSI: Google's new AI system unscrambles pixelated faces | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Google's neural networks have achieved the dream of CSI viewers everywhere: the company has revealed a new AI system capable of "enhancing" an eight-pixel square image, increasing the resolution 16-fold and effectively restoring lost data.

    The neural network could be used to increase the resolution of blurred or pixelated faces, in a way previously thought impossible; a similar system was demonstrated for enhancing images of bedrooms, again creating a 32x32 pixel image from an 8x8 one."
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Biometric recognition at airport border ​​raises privacy concerns, says exper... - 0 views

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    "Michael said recent threats to the security of government-held data such as the census failure should raise real concerns about the storage of biometric data en masse.

    "I am worried about theft, I don't buy the story that your data is safe. I think we've become almost complacent 'oh there's been another data breach. Oh they hacked in and stole the data'," she said. "Is the next phase of rollout going to be 'oh my e-health records were taken', 'oh my biometrics at border control were taken'?""
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Viral anime photo filter app Meitu sparks security and privacy concerns - 0 views

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    "But when you dive into the code of Meitu, that's where things get interesting. Security researchers have jumped in to assess the photo editing app and found that it was indeed collecting information, including a phone's IMEI number (a handset's unique ID number), and sending it back to remote servers:"
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Moral panic: Japanese girls risk fingerprint theft by making peace-signs in photographs... - 0 views

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    "he had successfully captured fingerprints from photos taken at 3m distance at sufficient resolution to recreate them and use them to fool biometric identification systems (such as fingerprint sensors that unlock mobile phones)."
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KFC China is using facial recognition tech to serve customers - but are they buying it?... - 0 views

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    "KFC has teamed up with Baidu - the search engine company often referred to as "China's Google" - to develop facial-recognition technology that can be used to predict customer's orders."
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The Real Name Fallacy - The Coral Project - 0 views

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    "Yet the balance of experimental evidence over the past thirty years suggests that this is not the case. Not only would removing anonymity fail to consistently improve online community behavior - forcing real names in online communities could also increase discrimination and worsen harassment."
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17 ransomware cases flagged to Singapore authorities this year: CSA - Channel NewsAsia - 0 views

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    "That is when the alarm bells went off for Mr Ang. "I saw that there was a text file inside the encrypted folder that showed that it was ransomware, asking for payment to decrypt the files."

    The company decided not to pay the ransom of US$1,000 (S$1,447). Instead, it spent a week rebuilding about 3,000 infected files with data of the accounts and stocks from hard copy files."
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For two years, criminals stole sensitive information using malware hidden in individual... - 0 views

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    "The criminals were able to send banner ads and javascript to their targets' computers by pushing both into ad networks. These networks aggressively scan advertisers' javascript for suspicious code, so the criminals needed to sneak their bad code past these checks."
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Can Google really tell us how busy a place is? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "ne of the creepiest - and most useful - Google inventions has been its ability to predict traffic jams by using anonymised ping-backs from mobile phones to tell how fast everyone is moving."
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School for teenage codebreakers to open in Bletchley Park | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The school will teach cyber skills to some of the UK's most gifted 16- to 19-year-olds. It will select on talent alone, looking in particular for exceptional problem solvers and logic fiends, regardless of wealth or family background, according to Alastair MacWillson, a driving force behind the initiative.

    "The cyber threat is the real threat facing the UK, and the problem it's causing the UK government and companies is growing exponentially," said MacWillson, chair of Qufaro, a not-for-profit organisation created by a consortium of cybersecurity experts for the purposes of education."
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Facebook isn't looking out for your privacy. It wants your data for itself | Technology... - 0 views

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    "If Facebook cared about unfair profiling and privacy abuse, for instance, it would probably not have started grouping its users together based on their "Ethnic Affinity". It wouldn't then allow that ethnic affinity to be used as a basis for excluding users from advertisements, and it certainly wouldn't allows that ethnic affinity to be used as a basis for potentially illegal discrimination in real estate advertising."
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Admiral to price car insurance based on Facebook posts | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Admiral Insurance will analyse the Facebook accounts of first-time car owners to look for personality traits that are linked to safe driving. For example, individuals who are identified as conscientious and well-organised will score well.
    Facebook forces Admiral to pull plan to price car insurance based on posts
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    The insurer will examine posts and likes by the Facebook user, although not photos, looking for habits that research shows are linked to these traits. These include writing in short concrete sentences, using lists, and arranging to meet friends at a set time and place, rather than just "tonight"."
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​Chrome: Stop future computers from cracking current encryption - CNET - 0 views

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    "Google released a beta test version of its Chrome browser that attempts to keep your data secure even if today's uncrackable encryption becomes tomorrow's code-breaking cakewalk.

    The Chrome 54 beta gets the ability to encipher data sent to and from websites with a technology called CECPQ1. It "protects against future attacks using large quantum computers," Google said in a blog post Thursday."
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Malware hits millions of Android phones - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Up to 10 million Android smartphones have been infected by malware that generates fake clicks for adverts, say security researchers.

    The software is also surreptitiously installing apps and spying on the browsing habits of victims.

    The malware is currently making about $300,000 (£232,000) a month for its creators, suggests research."
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Your smartwatch is also recording your PIN - 0 views

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    "With all the personal data it collects, your wrist-mounted wearable computer is almost definitely going to betray you at some point, whether that's a reminder to get up and do another 5,000 steps this afternoon or accidentally giving away your ATM PIN. According to a new paper, ominously titled "Friend or Foe?: Your Wearable Devices Reveal Your Personal PIN" it is surprisingly simple to determine your PIN or password by reverse-engineering motion sensor data from a smartwatch or fitness tracker."
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NHS to scrap single database of patients' medical details | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The government's scheme to store patients' medical information in a single database, which ran into massive problems over confidentiality, is to be scrapped, NHS England has said.

    The decision to axe the scheme, care.data, follows the publication of two reports that support far greater transparency over what happens to the information, and opt-outs for patients who want their data seen only by those directly caring for them."
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Researchers find over 100 spying Tor nodes that attempt to compromise darknet sites / B... - 0 views

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    "There aren't many exit nodes out there. Many people fear that running an exit node will put them in police crosshairs if it gets used in the commission of a crime. For the record, Boing Boing runs a very high-capacity exit node, and though we've received multiple contacts from US law enforcement, we've just explained that this is a Tor node that runs with logging switched off, and thus we have no information that'll be relevant to any investigations, and the officers involved have thanked us and gone away without further trouble. "
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World-Check terrorism database exposed online - BBC News - 0 views

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    "A financial crime database used by banks has been "leaked" on to the net.

    World-Check Risk Screening contains details about people and organisations suspected of being involved in terrorism, organised crime and money laundering, among other offences.

    Access is supposed to be restricted under European privacy law"
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