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Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Hack Threatens Mobile Money

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been on the market for only a matter of days, with its highly anticipated fingerprint scanner that will work with PayPal for mobile purchases. But there’s just one problem: German researchers have managed to fool the scanner with a latex fingerprint spoof.
23 April 2014

FBI's Massive Facial Recognition Database Raises Privacy Concerns FBI's Massive Facial Recognition Database Raises Privacy Concerns

The FBI is planning a new way to track and uncover potential threats – a massive facial recognition database. According to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Bureau's database will contain about 52 million biometric records by the end of the year, with plans to hold records on as many as 100 million people, or, roughly one-third of the country’s population. And that, of course, raises privacy concerns.
16 April 2014

Researcher Develops New Geographical Passwords Researcher Develops New Geographical Passwords

Passwords do not keep our personal data safe. That much is empirically clear – the sheer volume of passwords that are stolen and the ease with which they are cracked demonstrates this on a weekly basis. But it is not the theory of passwords that fails, it is the human inability to use them wisely that is the weakness.
18 February 2014

2014: ‘The Year of Encryption?’ 2014: ‘The Year of Encryption?’

Will 2014 see a big uptick in the use of biometric technologies, strong encryption, a rash of new key technologies and more? Some say that the era of having unencrypted data traffic flowing freely inside enterprises will likely soon come to a crashing halt, helped along by the US government, the Apple iPhone and other drivers.
06 January 2014

Industry Predictions for 2014; Part 5: Mobile Industry Predictions for 2014; Part 5: Mobile

Our final summary of industry predictions for 2014 focuses on the mobile arena. 'May you live in interesting times' is a common curse thought to originate in ancient China. 2014 is likely to be an interesting time for mobile users – with or without any involvement from modern China.
20 December 2013

Microsoft Joins FIDO Alliance Microsoft Joins FIDO Alliance

Microsoft has thrown its hat in the universal authentication ring with the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance, joining as a member of the Board of Directors.
18 December 2013

Adverts That Look at You While You Look at Them Adverts That Look at You While You Look at Them

Tesco is introducing Alan Sugar's OptimEyes advertising screens to all 450 of its UK petrol stations. While customers look at the adverts, OptimEyes scans the customers, and feeds data back to the advertisers in real time.
04 November 2013

New iOS 7 Flaw Thwarts 'Find My iPhone' Feature

A fresh Apple iOS 7 bug has been uncovered, which would allow a remote attacker shut down the “find my iPhone” functionality that allows users to remotely wipe stolen or lost phones.
07 October 2013

In 2020, Cyberthreats Get Physical and the Internet of Things Opens Gaping Security Holes In 2020, Cyberthreats Get Physical and the Internet of Things Opens Gaping Security Holes

From cloud-powered denial-of-service attacks and Big Data vulnerabilities to bio-hacks that defeat authentication systems like fingerprint recognition, we are on the cusp of a brave new world of cyber-attack exploits, Europol warns.
26 September 2013

Chaos Computer Club First to Hack Apple Touch ID

In a stinging rebuke on the concept of fingerprint security, Germany's Chaos Computer Club hacks the iPhone 5s fingerprint access and claims "that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided."
23 September 2013

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