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Using AI responsibly to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Mark Minevich Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Minevich is president of Going Global Ventures, an advisor at Boston Consulting Group, a digital fellow at IPsoft and a leading global AI expert and digital cognitive strategist and venture capitalist. More posts by this contributor The American AI Initiative: A good first step, of many Irakli Beridze Contributor ...
Tags: Security, Column, Hong Kong, Europe, Privacy, Government, China, Time, Tech, Spain, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Pandora, Thailand, United States


Apple May Introduce 1Password-Like Features to Keychain in iOS 14

One of the most crucial steps people can take to protect their data is using unique, complex passwords that are neither easily guessed nor recycled or reused between their accounts. The easiest way to do this is by using a password manager. Apple makes one available to macOS and iOS users for free, but the application…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Security, Science, Passwords, Keychain, 1password


A former chaos engineer offers 5 tips for handling online disasters remotely

Kolton Andrus Contributor Share on Twitter Kolton is co-founder and CEO of Gremlin, the chaos engineering company helping the world build a more reliable internet. I recently had a scheduled video conference call with a Fortune 100 company. Everything on my end was ready to go; my presentation was prepared and well-practiced. I was set to talk to 30 business leaders who were ready to learn more about how they could become more...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Work, Startups, Column, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Netflix, Talent, Kolton, Kolton Andrus, Extra Crunch


'Misleading marketing': Zoom video meetings may not be as secure as you think

Despite claims, Zoom's video and audio meetings don't support end-to-end encryption, according to a recent report from The Intercept.End-to-end encryption is an especially strong form of security that, in theory, scrambles online data so that it's decipherable only to the sender and receiver.Zoom also faces a class-action lawsuit after a Motherboard report showed how the platform passed on user data to third parties. Zoom, the video conferencing platform, has become wildly popular as millions...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Technology, Privacy, Internet, Cybersecurity, Innovation, Zoom, TCP, Matthew Green, Johns Hopkins University, AES, UDP, Facebook Inc Facebook, Microsoft Teams Signal Clickmeeting


Daily Crunch: Zoom faces security scrutiny

Researchers reveal a number of security issues with videoconferencing app Zoom, investors warn Indian startups of tough times ahead and Uber Eats expands its grocery options internationally. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 1, 2020. 1. Maybe we shouldn’t use Zoom after all Zoom’s recent popularity has shone a spotlight on the company’s security protections and privacy promises. Yesterday, The Intercept reported that Zoom video calls are not end-to-end encrypted, despite the company’s claims...
Tags: Security, Youtube, France, India, Los Angeles, Tech, Spain, Coalition, Brazil, Sao Paulo, Zoom, Carrefour, Digital Citizens Alliance, MyLife, Daily Crunch, Peter Oey


OpenWRT Code-Execution Bug Puts Millions of Devices At Risk

Dan Goodin writes via Ars Technica: For almost three years, OpenWRT -- the open source operating system that powers home routers and other types of embedded systems -- has been vulnerable to remote code-execution attacks because updates were delivered over an unencrypted channel and digital signature verifications are easy to bypass, a researcher said. Security researcher Guido Vranken, however, recently found that updates and installation files were delivered over unencrypted HTTPs connections,...
Tags: Security, Tech, Ars Technica, Dan Goodin, Guido Vranken


Maybe we shouldn’t use Zoom after all

Now that we’re all stuck at home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, video calls have gone from a novelty to a necessity. Zoom, the popular videoconferencing service, seems to be doing better than most and has quickly become one of, if not the most, popular option going. But should it be? Zoom’s recent popularity has also shone a spotlight on the company’s security protections and privacy promises. Just today, The Intercept reported that Zoom video calls are not end-to-end encrypted, despite ...
Tags: Apple, Security, Facebook, New York, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Fbi, Rights, Photo Sharing, Facetime, Operating Systems, Video Conferencing, Zoom, Web Server, Leitschuh


No proof of a Houseparty breach, but its privacy policy is still gatecrashing your data

Houseparty has been a smashing success with people staying home during the coronavirus pandemic who still want to connect with friends. The group video chat app, interspersed with games and other bells and whistles, raises it above the more mundane Zooms and Hangouts (fun only in their names, otherwise pretty serious tools used by companies, schools and others who just need to work) when it comes to creating engaged leisure time, amid a climate where all of them are seeing a in growth. All tha...
Tags: Security, Social, Spotify, Privacy, Tech, Epic, Epic Games, Walsh, Houseparty, Netflix Houseparty, Ray Walsh, ProPrivacy


The best free VPNs for 2020

Learn how to protect your personal data from cybercriminals and sneaky advertisers without spending a dime.
Tags: Android, Security, Mobile, Trends, Web, Cybersecurity, Computing, Vpn, Virtual Private Networks


Xage adds full-stack data protection to blockchain security platform

Xage, a startup that has been taking an unusual path to secure legacy companies like oil and gas and utilities with help from the blockchain, announced a new data protection service today. Xage CEO Duncan Greatwood, says that up until this point, the company has concentrated on protecting customers at the machine layer, but today’s announcement involves protecting data as it travels between parties, which is more of a classic blockchain security scenario. “We are moving beyond the protection ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Enterprise, Tech, Blockchain, Data Security, Xage, Duncan Greatwood, Greatwood, Blockchain security


Palo Alto Networks to acquire CloudGenix for $420M

Palo Alto Networks announced today that it has an agreement in place to acquire CloudGenix for $420 million. CloudGenix delivers a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) that helps customers stay secure by setting policies to enforce compliance with company security protocols across distributed locations. This is especially useful for companies with a lot of branch offices or a generally distributed workforce, something just about everyone is dealing with at the moment as we find millions s...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, TC, Enterprise, Tech, Palo Alto, M&a, Nikesh Arora, Mergers And Acquisitons, Palo Alto Networks, Arora, SD-WAN, Kumar Ramachandran Mani Ramasamy, Venkataraman Anand, PitchBook data Palo Alto Networks


Zoom shares your information with Facebook, lawsuit says

In the coronavirus pandemic, one app reigns supreme: Zoom, the video-conferencing app that allows you to easily add individuals or groups for informal chats or business meetings. Many teachers are using it to keep classes going for schools and universities closed by COVID-19. On Monday, a Zoom user filed a class action lawsuit against Zoom, for sending user data to Facebook. The legal action follows reporting by VICE's Motherboard which analyzed the Zoom iOS app, and found it sent analytic da...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Post, Technology, News, Privacy, California, Bloomberg, US news, Tech News, Data Privacy, Zoom, Bloomberg News, Joseph Cox, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Security lapse exposed Republican voter firm’s internal app code

A voter contact and canvassing company, used exclusively by Republican political campaigns, mistakenly left an unprotected copy of its app’s code on its website for anyone to find. The company, Campaign Sidekick, helps Republican campaigns canvass their districts using its iOS and Android apps, which pull in names and addresses from voter registration rolls. Campaign Sidekick says it has helped campaigns in Arizona, Montana, and Ohio — and contributed to the Brian Kemp campaign, which saw him na...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Texas, Montana, Social Media, Tech, Georgia, Software, Arizona, Computing, Ohio, Republican, Operating Systems, Founder, Democratic, Brian Kemp


Saudi spies tracked phones using flaws the FCC failed to fix for years

Lawmakers and security experts have long warned of security flaws in the underbelly of the world’s cell networks. Now a whistleblower says the Saudi government is exploiting those flaws to track its citizens across the U.S. as part of a “systematic” surveillance campaign. It’s the latest tactic by the Saudi kingdom to spy on its citizens overseas. The kingdom has faced accusations of using powerful mobile spyware to hack into the phones of dissidents and activists to monitor their activities, in...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Fcc, Congress, Washington Post, Tech, United States, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, The Guardian, Cbs, Homeland Security, Wyden, Senate Intelligence Committee, Chairman, Signal


Divesting from one facial recognition startup, Microsoft ends outside investments in the tech

Microsoft is pulling out of an investment in an Israeli facial recognition technology developer as part of a broader policy shift to halt any minority investments in facial recognition startups, the company announced late last week. The decision to withdraw its investment from AnyVision, an Israeli company developing facial recognition software, came as a result of an investigation into reports that AnyVision’s technology was being used by the Israeli government to surveil residents in the...
Tags: Security, TC, Learning, Microsoft, Eric Holder, Israel, Tech, Skills, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, United States, President, West Bank, National Security, Prevention, Smith


Google Sees Rise in State-Sponsored Hackers Posing as Journalists

Government-backed hackers are increasingly posing members of the press in attempts to spread malicious email attachments and disinformation among newsreaders, according to Google’s own elite team of hackers.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Malware, Phishing, Sandworm


A Norwegian school quit using video calls after a naked man ‘guessed’ the meeting link

A school in Norway has stopped using popular video conferencing service Whereby after a naked man apparently “guessed” the link to a video lesson. According to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, the man exposed himself in front of several young children over the video call. The theory, according to the report, is that the man guessed the meeting ID and joined the video call. One expert quoted in the story said some are “looking” for links. Last year security researchers told TechCrunch that malici...
Tags: Health, Security, Technology, Privacy, Tech, Norway, Video Conferencing, WebEx, NRK, Web Conferencing, Groupware, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Johns Hopkins University Norway


A Norwegian school quit Zoom after a naked man ‘guessed’ the meeting link

A school in Norway has stopped using Zoom, the popular video conferencing service, after a naked man apparently “guessed” the link to a video lesson. According to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, the man exposed himself in front of several young children over the video call. The theory, according to the report, is that the man guessed the meeting ID and joined the video call. One expert quoted in the story said some are “looking” for links. Last year security researchers told TechCrunch that ...
Tags: Health, Security, Technology, Privacy, Tech, Norway, Video Conferencing, Zoom, WebEx, NRK, Web Conferencing, Groupware, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Johns Hopkins University Norway, Zoombombing


AI-powered smart glasses are finding people with coronavirus in China

Security officers in China are wearing AI-powered smart glasses to find people with a fever, one of the main symptoms of the coronavirus. The specs use a thermal imaging camera to measure someone’s temperature from up to 1 metre away. The glasses were developed by AI startup Rokid, which claims each set can check the temperature of several hundred people in just two minutes, the South China Morning Post reports. When the devices identify someone with a fever, they send an automatic alert to staf...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, China, Artificial Intelligence, South China Morning Post, Neural, Coronavirus


Cyber insurer Chubb had data stolen in Maze ransomware attack

Chubb, a major cybersecurity insurance provider for businesses hit by data breaches, has itself become a target of a data breach. The insurance giant told TechCrunch it was investigating a “security incident” involving the unauthorized access to data belonging to an unnamed third-party. Chubb spokesperson Jeffrey Zack said the company had “no evidence” the incident affected Chubb’s own network and that its network “remains fully operational.” But the spokesperson declined to comment further o...
Tags: Security, Tech, Fbi, United States, Signal, Chubb, Emsisoft, Evan Greenberg, Callow, Brett Callow, Jeffrey Zack


DataGuard, which provides GDPR and privacy compliance-as-a-service, raises $20M

Watchdogs have started to raise the issue that new working practices and online activity necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are creating new sets of privacy, security and data protection challenges. Today a startup is announcing a growth round of funding to help online businesses navigate those issues better. DataGuard, a Munich-based startup that provides “GDPR-as-a-service” — essentially a cloud-based platform to help those doing business online ensure that they are complia...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Privacy, Funding, Americas, Tech, Service, Munich, SaaS, Gdpr, David Klein, Recent Funding, Coronavirus


Twitter pulls The Federalist’s dangerous ‘pox’ coronavirus tweet

A tweet by conservative online magazine The Federalist, which suggested people should deliberately infect themselves with the coronavirus strain COVID-19, has been pulled after it “violated” Twitter’s rules. The infringing tweet, posted on Wednesday morning, said: “It is time to think outside the bod and seriously consider a somewhat unconventional approach to COVID-19: controlled voluntary infection.” A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed the tweet violated its rules, but did not say why. The...
Tags: Health, Security, Twitter, Tweet, Tech, Spokesperson, Software, Operating Systems, Gu, Eugene Gu, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Cool Quit


Android malware found farming ads for cash in kids’ apps on Google’s Play Store

A new malware family, dubbed Tekya, has infected multiple children’s Android apps, farming ad clicks to earn money. Cybersecurity firm Check Point found that the previously undetected malware was present in 56 apps — 24 of them were targeted towards kids — on Google Play Store. The apps were collectively downloaded over a million times. The firm noted that these applications mimicked users’ actions on Android to serve ads from networks such as Google’s AdMob, AppLovin’, Facebook, and Unity. Hack...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Facebook, Apps, Check Point, Tekya, Unity Hackers


Better know a CSO: Indiana University Health’s Mitch Parker

Mitch Parker has one of Indiana’s most critical jobs. As chief information security officer for Indiana University Health, Parker oversees cybersecurity for more than 30,000 employees at 18 hospitals across the state, along with countless numbers of computers, workstations and medical devices, making it the largest health system in Indiana — and the United States. Indiana University Health is tasked with helping patients recover and maintain their health, but Parker’s job is keeping their dat...
Tags: Health, Security, Work, Tech, Indiana, Healthcare, Medical Device, Computer Security, Parker, CSO, Indiana University Health, Chief Information Security Officer, Extra Crunch, Mitch Parker, Indiana University Health Parker, United States Indiana University Health


Hackers tried to break into WHO, which faces more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks

Hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Reuters reports. Security experts blame an advanced cyber-espionage hacker group known as DarkHotel. A senior agency official says the WHO has been facing a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks since the coronavirus pandemic began. From reporting by Raphael Satter, Jack Stubbs, and Christopher Bing at Reuters: WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said the identity...
Tags: Network Security, Security, Post, New York, Technology, News, Tech, World news, US news, Tech News, Hacked, Who, Hackers, World Health Organization, Reuters, Picks


Microsoft says hackers are attacking Windows users with a new unpatched bug

Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10. But the software giant said there is currently no patch for the vulnerability. The security flaw, which Microsoft deems “critical” — its highest severity rating — is found in how Windows handles and renders fonts, according to the advisory posted Monday. The bug can be exploited by tricking a victim into opening a malicious document. Once th...
Tags: Security, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Spokesperson, Malware, Vulnerability, Ransomware, Security Breaches, Computing, Microsoft Windows


Justice Dept. files its first coronavirus takedown: a bogus vaccine website

U.S. federal prosecutors have filed and won a temporary restraining order against a website offering a fraudulent coronavirus vaccine, which the Justice Department said is its first enforcement action related to the pandemic. In a statement, the Justice Dept. said the action was taken against a website, said to be engaging in a wire fraud scheme, seeking “to profit from the confusion and widespread fear” surrounding COVID-19. The website, seen by TechCrunch, claims the World Health Organization ...
Tags: Health, Security, New York, Biology, Mexico, Tech, Canada, Vaccination, World Health Organization, Vaccine, Department Of Justice, Illinois, Justice Department, Justice Dept, California New York, Jody Hunt


Hackers say they breached Russian contractor, got details on IoT hacking project for Russia spy agency

The hacker group Digital Revolution says it has obtained details about an an internet-of-things botnet "Fronton" that is or was allegedly being developed by a contractor for the FSB, Russia's intelligence agency. The botnet appears to target internet security cameras and digital recorders (NVRs), which the developers say are ideal for carrying out DDoS attacks. BBC Russia first broke the news earlier this week. “The group published this week 12 technical documents, diagrams, and code fragmen...
Tags: Security, Internet Of Things, Post, Technology, News, Russia, Bbc, Spying, Surveillance, Tech News, Internet Security, Moscow, Hackers, Iot, Fsb, Mirai


US State Department issues unprecedented ‘do not travel’ warning over coronavirus

The U.S. State Department has issued an unprecedented “do not travel” warning to U.S. citizens, as the number of coronavirus-related infections jumped sharply overnight. The advisory said U.S. citizens should “avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” the coronavirus strain which last week was declared a global pandemic. The advisory added that citizens abroad should “arrange for immediate return” unless they are prepared to stay overseas indefinitely. The warning was...
Tags: Health, Security, Government, Articles, Tech, European Union, Canada, United States, Viruses, U S State Department, US State Department, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


Charter staff told to report to offices despite positive coronavirus tests

Staff at telecommunications giant Charter Communications are still having to work from corporate offices — against the advice from the federal government — despite at least one employee testing positive for coronavirus and other staff coming into contact with another confirmed case. The phone and internet giant, which owns the Spectrum brand, has doubled down in the past week on its policy of disallowing its 15,000 office-based employees to work from home, prompting one engineer to quit over ...
Tags: Health, Security, Verizon, New York, Cdc, Tech, Best Buy, San Diego, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Charlotte, AT T, Charter Communications, Akron Ohio, Telecommuting, Tom Rutledge



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