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HACKING THE AETHER: HOW DATA CROSSES THE AIR-GAP

It is incredibly interesting how many parts of a computer system are capable of leaking data in ways that is hard to imagine. Part of securing highly sensitive locations involves securing the computers and networks used in those facilities in order to prevent this. These IT security policies and practices have been evolving and tightening …

Hacker sets off emergency alarms, frightening Dallas residents

Dallas city officials said Saturday that a hacker is to blame for setting off all the city’s 156 emergency outdoor sirens, which wailed for an hour and half overnight. Rocky Vaz, director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said engineers determined an unidentified hacker somewhere in the Dallas area was responsible, but has not been tracked down. …

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience. A touch of a finger unlocks the phone — no password required. With services like Apple Pay or Android Pay, a fingerprint can buy a bag of groceries, a new laptop or even a $1 million vintage Aston Martin. And pressing a finger inside a …

China uses facial recognition software to crack down on toilet paper theft

Many public restrooms in China are not equipped with toilet paper and instead rely on patrons to supply their own. But until recently, the bathrooms of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings constructed in 1420, carried rolls upon rolls of the white stuff. Unfortunately, toilet paper thieves, who had long frustrated Beijing authorities, ruined the complex’s bounty for …

How AIG’s Cyber Security Gamble Could Pay Off

American International Group (AIG) has recently begun offering personal cyber security insurance plans to individuals. The company appears to be riding a wave of individuals’ fears about losing online data or having their bank accounts emptied, and should find success with wealthier customers who have a lot to lose. But it remains to be seen …

Congress signs law killing internet privacy

Next stop: Trump’s desk The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to kill a set of internet privacy rules, paving the way for service providers to share and sell their customers’ sensitive information — including everything from browsing histories and financial records to information on children. The bill to repeal the Federal Communications Commission …

Legal battle between Trump administration & Twitter to expose who assaulted president

The legal battle between Twitter and the US government ended Friday, after the Department of Homeland Security withdrew its demand that the tech company release information to identify an account holder whose tweets are critical of President Donald Trump. The lawsuit threatened to become a major battle over free speech between Silicon Valley and Washington. But …

POMM – the Missing Security Layer of IoT

What is IoT? As Broadband Internet is becoming globally available and the cost of connecting is decreasing, more and more devices are manufactured with included Wi-Fi capabilities. This is the perfect platform for the forecasted meteoric rise of the phenomena called “Internet of Things” or in short IoT. IoT means connecting all devices that have …

Trump is reportedly going to demand foreigners share their phone passwords to get into the US

A new round of possible vetting procedures is being examined by White House officials in the US, according to the Wall Street Journal, and they’re not going to make anyone happy. After limiting the size of electronic devices that travelers headed to the US from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa can …

$100 million trade with JPMorgan done on cell phone!

JPMorgan is investing in technology in a big way — and it’s paying off. The CEO of the firm’s corporate investment bank, Daniel Pinto, stressed the importance of technology in an annual letter to shareholders Tuesday. Specifically, he noted, one client leveraged the firm’s technological capabilities to make a $100 million trade — from a …