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Singapore to test facial recognition on lampposts, stoking privacy fears - 0 views

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    "SINGAPORE - In the not too distant future, surveillance cameras sitting atop over 100,000 lampposts in Singapore could help authorities pick out and recognise faces in crowds across the island-state. The plan to install the cameras, which will be linked to facial recognition software, is raising software fears among software experts and rights groups. The government said the system would allow it to "perform crowd analytics" and support anti-terror operations."
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Hundreds of US police forces have distributed malware as "Internet safety software" - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "But Computercop isn't security security -- quite the opposite; it's classic malware. The security, made in New York by a company that markets to law enforcement, is a badly designed keylogger that stores thingstyped into the keyboard -- potentially everything typed on the family PC -- passwords, sensitive communications, banking logins, and more, all stored on the hard drive, either in the clear, or with weak, easily broken encryption. And Computercop users are encouraged to configure the security to email dumps from the keylogger to their accounts (to spy on their children's activity), so that all those keystrokes are vulnerable to interception by anyone between your computer and your email server. "
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Security flaw found in school internet monitoring Security | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "One of the most widely used tools for monitoring and restricting pupils' internet use in UK schools has a serious security flaw which could leave hundreds of thousands of children's personal information exposed to hackers, a researcher has warned."
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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 security 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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Chinese Police Say Face Recognition Identified Suspect Out Of Crowd Of 50,000 | Gizmodo Australia - 0 views

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    "Chinese police say they used facial recognition to identify, then arrest a man attending a crowded concert in Nanchang, China's third largest city. South China Morning Post reports that security cameras equipped with the security pinpointed the man out of the estimated 50,000 other people also in attendance at the concert. "
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Facebook Is Breached by Hackers, Putting 50 Million Users' Data at Risk - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "Three software flaws in Facebook's systems allowed hackers to break into user accounts, including those of the top executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, according to two people familiar with the investigation but not allowed to discuss it publicly. Once in, the attackers could have gained access to apps like Spotify, Instagram and hundreds of others that give users a way to log into their systems through Facebook."
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Researchers find mountains of sensitive data on totalled Teslas in junkyards / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Teslas are incredibly data-hungry, storing massive troves of data about their owners, including videos of crashes, location history, contacts and calendar entries from paired phones, photos of the driver and passengers taken with interior cameras, and other data; this data is stored without encryption, and it is not always clear when Teslas are gathering data, and the only way to comprehensively switch off data-gathering also de-activates over-the-air software updates for the cars, "
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'We are hurtling towards a surveillance state': the rise of facial recognition technology | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "This led to claims that the software is woefully inaccurate; in fact, police had set the threshold for a match at 60%, meaning that faces do not have to be rated as that similar to be flagged up. This minimises the chance of a person of interest slipping through the net, but also makes a lot of false positives inevitable."
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Portland Facial Recognition Ban - 0 views

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    "From a practical standpoint, that means government agencies, like the Portland Bureau of Police, cannot use facial recognition software for videos from body cameras, dash cams, or any other form of surveillance equipment."
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