Tag: Security

Microsoft CTO: Understanding AI is part of being an informed citizen in the 21st century

Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott believes understanding AI in the future will help people be better citizens. “I think to be a well-informed citizen in the 21st century, you need to know a little bit about this stuff [AI] because you want to be able to participate in the debates. You […]

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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

After a summer-long saga of accusations, denials, and blockbuster reporting by the American Civil Liberties Union, the dust appeared to have settled on Amazon’s Rekognition scandal. But a letter from shareholders this week rekindled the flames, urging the company, which was worth an estimated $1 trillion in September 2018, to prohibit sales […]

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[Update: Fix now available] ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network

In the early days of Android, ES File Explorer was one of the better ways to manage your storage. That hasn’t been true for a long time, though. Not only is the app rather cluttered and buggy, security researcher Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y on Twitter) points out this app makes your files vulnerable to theft. All you have […]

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The recent ‘Collection #1’ data breach that leaked 773M accounts is only the tip of the iceberg

Reports earlier this week revealed what’s being referred to “Collection #1,” an 87GB pile of data that included no less than 773 million unique email accounts and more than 21 million different passwords. In total, the database contained some 2.7 billion records, and we already told you how to check whether it contains your email […]

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Gigantic data breach exposes 773 million emails and 21 million passwords

Have you been pwned? Probably—there are data breaches all the time that reveal login details, but the latest is on a different level. A database featuring a whopping 773 million emails has popped up online, and they’re paired with passwords. So, if you weren’t pwned yesterday, there’s a pretty good chance you are today. News […]

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[Update: Developer response] ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network

In the early days of Android, ES File Explorer was one of the better ways to manage your storage. That hasn’t been true for a long time, though. Not only is the app rather cluttered and buggy, security researcher Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y on Twitter) points out this app makes your files vulnerable to theft. All you have […]

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Most Facebook users don’t know their interests are tracked for ad targeting, Pew study finds

Most Facebook users have no idea how the company tracks and profiles everything they do to target ads, a new Pew Research study confirms. Pew reports that three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users surveyed in the study did not know that Facebook tracks their interests and various personal traits so they can be more efficiently targeted […]

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ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network

In the early days of Android, ES File Explorer was one of the better ways to manage your storage. That hasn’t been true for a long time, though. Not only is the app rather cluttered and buggy, security researcher Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y on Twitter) points out this app makes your files vulnerable to theft. All you have […]

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Facebook to bring stricter ads rules to countries with big votes in 2019

(Reuters) — Facebook told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, […]

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Watch these researchers show how easy it is to hack construction cranes

It might sound like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster — hackers getting into position behind a control panel and taking over a construction site, using the equipment there to wreak large-scale havoc. Unfortunately, in a new paper published today by researchers Federico Maggi and Marco Balduzzi, it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Indeed, […]

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Roblox hires online safety veteran to lead digital civility initiative

Roblox has hired Laura Higgins, an online safety expert, to lead a new digital civility initiative at the company that makes a virtual world and gaming platform for teens. Roblox has grown tremendously to more than 80 million monthly players, but it has had bad incidents, like last year when […]

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Xiaomi’s Yi Home Camera 3 Announced With Smarter Notifications

For those who are unfamiliar, Xiaomi actually makes a lot more things than just phones, which the company is probably best known for. In fact Xiaomi actually makes a fair number of smart home products such as smart lighting systems and even security cameras, the latter of which was announced […]

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Shutdown: Dot-gov websites vulnerable to cyberattacks, certificates expiring amid funding pause

“With around 400,000 federal employees currently furloughed, more than 80 TLS certificates used by .gov websites have so far expired without being renewed.” Federal workers went without their paychecks Friday, as Trump’s shutdown of the U.S. government continues for 21 days and counting. With no end in sight, concerns are rising that dozens of U.S. […]

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[Update: Carriers respond] U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties

Last year, a large number of U.S. carriers were under fire for selling live location data to third-party companies, including LocationSmart and Securus. These companies then sold that data to other companies, and so on and so forth. As you might expect, the bad publicity hasn’t stopped carriers from working with those companies, as evidenced […]

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Ring employees reportedly had access to all live and recorded customer videos

Ring, the smart home device startup Amazon acquired for $1 billion in March 2018, reportedly has a security problem: Some of its employees were given unfettered access to footage from customers’ security cameras. The Intercept, citing an anonymous source, today reported that beginning in 2016, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development […]

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