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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Apple's new iOS 7, pre-loaded on the new iPhone 5s and 5c, is also available for download to older devices. It is said to include more than 200 new features – here we look at some of the security aspects and issues.
19 September 2013