Coronavirus App Tracker

2/12/20

A mobile app for the Coronavirus? Yep, it's real. China has developed a mobile app that is designed to inform people if they have come into contact with the coronavirus and could be at risk for contracting it. The “close contact detector,” launched Saturday evening, has users scan a QR...

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Avast in the Hot Seat for Selling Users Data

1/27/20

According to a joint investigation by PCMag and Motherboard, the widely used antivirus solution Avast has been profiting off of selling users data to large enterprises like Home Depot, Microsoft and Pepsi and Google. Avast gained the information from its antivirus software, transferred it to its...

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Better to Skip the “Before” Pics

1/17/20

Just when you think hackers couldn't get any lower, they surprise us once again. Worse than a sextortion scam? Yep! This time bad actors have compromised a plastic surgeon's server (Florida MD Richard Davis) and they are going after his patients--threatening to reveal the "before" pics,...

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Power grids could be next on hacker’s agendas

1/15/20

"The number of cyber-criminal operations targeting electricity and other utilities is on the rise, according to a new report on the state of industrial control systems.” Not only do we need to worry about our security cameras, smart TVs, and local municipalities being attacked, but now there...

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Deepfakes

More Concern Over Deepfakes Technology as Apps get Creative with “Face-swap”

1/09/20

We’ve seen our photos transformed to show how we might look years into the future, the past, and edited to make ourselves more (and sometimes less) attractive. It’s possible to edit our faces in every type of media, and now ByteDance, the parent company of the highly popular app TikTok and...

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Is America looking at a potential cyberwar?

1/08/20

Given the current state of affairs in America, most citizens are probably glued to their device’s screens even more than they normally would be, come the beginning of a new decade. The beginning of this new era, however, brings with it the threat of political retaliation. The recent events...

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Starwars

Disney Plus Hacked Within Hours of Launch

11/19/19

Excited about Disney Plus? You might want to hold your horses a bit--that is until they get the hackers out of the system. It only took a few hours after Disney launched their new streaming service for hackers to infiltrate user's accounts. The con's changed log-in credentials, locked out...

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Gogle Cache

Google cashing in on “Cache”-a New Checking Account

11/13/19

Google, in an effort to follow the money is hot on the heels of Apple and Facebook in developing their own financial system —Apple launched a new credit card with Goldman Sachs in August and Facebook is currently pitching Libra, a new cryptocurrency.  In the same vein, Google will offer...

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DefCon 2019

Insights from DefCon 2019

8/16/19

By: Ben Ryder, Security Engineer. This year, Paul Kumagai and I attended DefCon, the world’s biggest hacker convention, held annually in Las Vegas.  DefCon is a place where some of the brightest minds in the hacker community come together to discuss topics and issues in world of...

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Deepfakes

How does AI contribute to “Deepfakes” and what are they?

7/05/19

Ahh machine learning...what a beautiful thing to automate algorithms and statistical models so computers can perform tasks without input or specific instruction. Beautiful yes, but also potentially dangerous as the world is beginning to discover with the take-off and increasing popularity of...

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