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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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Ransomware creeps steal the entire St Louis library system / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The criminals who took over the library system want $35,000 in Bitcoin to give it back.The criminals who took over the library system want $35,000 in Bitcoin to give it back. The FBI is investigating. The library does not store sensitive patron data, so the hack does not expose patrons to data-breach risks."
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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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Thinnest-ever electronic tattoos are capable of precision health monitoring / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The graphene temporary tattoo seen here is the thinnest epidermal electronic device ever and according to the University of Texas at Austin researchers who developed it, the device can take some medical measurements as accurately as bulky wearable sensors like EKG monitors."
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3D Printed Hand Replicas - A New Security Concern - 0 views

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    "Experts now believe that criminals could 3D-print hands complete with fingers and fingerprints to defeat security precautions at banks, airports and police stations."
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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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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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Methbot: a $3M-$5M/day video ad-tech fraud / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    ""Methbot" that generated $3M-$5M by creating 6,000 fake websites to embed videos in, then generating convincing bots that that appeared to watch 300,000,000 videos/day -- running virtual instances of various browsers (mostly Chrome) on virtual machines running MacOS X, from a huge pool of IP addresses"
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The Mirai Botnet Isn't Easy to Defeat | WIRED - 0 views

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    ""It's accelerating because there's a wide-open, unprotected landscape that people can go to," says Chris Carlson, vice president of product management at Qualys. "It's a gold rush to capture these devices for botnets.""
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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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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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Breathe Easy Bitcoiners, Quantum Computing No Match For Sha-2 Encryption | Hacked - 0 views

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    "Some people assume that once quantum computing comes along modern encryption technologies will be outpowered. But experts are starting to posit that hash functions and asymmetric encryption could defend not only against modern computers, but also against quantum attackers from the future."
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Major cyber attack disrupts internet service across Europe and US | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "DDoS attacks are also becoming more common. Brian Krebs, an independent security researcher, observed earlier this month that the "source code" to the Mirai botnet had been released by a hacker group, "virtually guaranteeing that the internet will soon be flooded with attacks from many new botnets powered by insecure routers, IP cameras, digital video recorders and other easily hackable devices""
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'Dyre' malware re-surfaces as 'TrickBot', targets Australian banks * The Register - 0 views

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    "Fidelis malware mangler Jason Reaves says the TrickBot malware has strong code similarities to the Dyre trojan, a menace that ripped through Western banks and businesses in the US, the UK, and Australia, inflicting tens of millions of dollars in damages through dozens of separate spam and phishing campaigns since June 2014.

    Dyre stole some US$5.5 million from budget carrier Ryanair and fleeced individual businesses of up to $1.5 million each in substantial wire transfers using stolen online banking credentials."
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Massive Disruption Is Coming With Quantum Computing - 0 views

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    "Moore's Law (or the exponential growth of integrated circuits) is actually referring to the fifth paradigm of computation. Here's the list of the underlying technologies: (1) Electromechanical; (2) Vacuum Tube; (3) Relay; (4) Transistors; and (5) Integrated Circuits.

    Quantum computers may well be the sixth paradigm, given that they work in a fashion that is entirely different from "classical" computers"
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The malware that's pwning the Internet of Things is terrifyingly amateurish / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "If mediocre malware can power some of the largest DDoS attacks ever, and considering the sad state of security of the Internet of Things in general, we should probably brace for more cyberattacks powered by our easy-to-hack "smart" Internet of Things, as many, including ourselves, had predicted months ago."
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Why the internet of things is the new magic ingredient for cyber criminals | John Naugh... - 0 views

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    "The significance of the attack on Krebs is that it looks as though many of the attacks on him came from large numbers of enslaved devices - routers, cameras, networked TVs and the like. "Someone has a botnet with capabilities we haven't seen before," says Martin McKeay, Akamai's senior security expert. The DDoS arms race has just moved up a gear."
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