Facial recognition is a blossoming field of technology that is at once exciting and problematic. If you've ever unlocked your iPhone by looking at it, or asked Facebook or Google to go through an unsorted album and show you pictures of your kids, you've seen facial recognition in action. Whether you want it to or not, facial recognition (sometimes called simply "face recognition") is poised to play an ever-growing role in your life. Your face could be scanned at airports or concerts with or without your knowledge. You could be targeted by personalized ads thanks to cameras at shopping malls. Facial recognition has plenty of upside. The tech could help smart home gadgets get smarter, sending you notifications based on who it sees and offering more convenient access to friends and family. But at the very least, facial recognition raises questions of privacy. Experts have concerns ranging from the overreach of law enforcement, to systems with hidden racial biases, to hackers gaining … [Read more...] about Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face
Amazon google authenticator
A recent data breach has exposed a database of around 26 million text messages containing private customer information, reports TechCrunch. In addition to the privacy concerns, the breach also highlights the dangers of relying on SMS messages for receiving two-factor authentication codes or account reset links, which sees sensitive information sent over an unencrypted communications platform. The breach was brought to light by a Berlin-based security researcher named Sébastien Kaul, who discovered that the Vovox-managed database was discoverable, unprotected, and easily searchable for both names and telephone numbers. Since the server was still active after the breach was discovered, anyone could have monitored a near-real-time data stream to find the relevant two-factor authentication code sent after trying to log into someone else’s account. Only after being contacted by TechCrunch did Vovox take down the database, which contained text messages sent to customers from … [Read more...] about Major SMS security lapse is a reminder to use authenticator apps instead
If you're investing in a smart home, make sure your Wi-Fi network is secure. Jerry Gamblin, a popular hacker and self-professed security advocate, posted a blog onto his site detailing security vulnerabilities in the new Google Home Hub. The Home Hub is Google's recently released smart display that combines the voice controlled functionality of a smart speaker with a touchscreen for watching videos or scrolling through recipes. Gamblin tweeted out his findings:Another of his tweets called the Home Hub's security "dismal." In short, Gamblin found that you could use pieces of the Home Hub's code to remotely control the device and potentially put a user's information at risk. Gamblin didn't access specific user information in his hack, but he was able to remotely reboot the device, erase certain settings, and turn off notifications. Everything the Google Home Hub can do 14 Photos Google has responded to Gamblin's work. A spokesperson pointed out to CNET that by his own … [Read more...] about Google calls Home Hub security claims ‘inaccurate’
The US government has called six tech companies to testify in front of the Senate about the privacy protections they deploy to safeguard consumer data and their privacy.The six companies asked to attend are Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Charter, Google, and Twitter. Social media giant Facebook was not on the list, but the company has recently faced at least two Senate hearings --one for the massive Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, and a second, together with Twitter, on foreign political influence campaigns in the US carried out via social media.The meeting will take place on September 26, two weeks from now, and the companies, if they decide to attend, will answer questions from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.Also: State Department shamed for poor adoption of multi-factor authenticationUS Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the Committee's chairman, said the companies would have to "explain their approaches to privacy," but also how they plan to address the GDPR … [Read more...] about Apple, Amazon, Google, others called to testify on consumer privacy protections
Google has come under fire for its ties to China recently. The situation has the potential to get a lot worse now that Google is offering a Chinese security product to those who need protection the most. More security news Troll-killing internet software Trollteq arrives Telegram starts to play nice with security agencies over user data, but not in Russia Defense Distributed now sells 3D gun blueprints online, 'pay what you want' Meet the malware which hijacks your browser and redirects you to fake pages Earlier this month, the tech giant was criticised after reports emerged of its secret project to develop a Google search engine version catering to China's censorship regime. As reported by The Intercept, a team of Google engineers is working on a version of the search engine in an app which restricts content banned by Beijing by pulling blacklists on web content directly from China's Great Firewall censorship network. Dubbed Dragonfly, the custom search … [Read more...] about Why is Google selling potentially compromised Chinese security keys?