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Dutch privacy regulator says Windows 10 breaks the law

posted onOctober 15, 2017
by l33tdawg

The lack of clear information about what Microsoft does with the data that Windows 10 collects prevents consumers from giving their informed consent, says the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA). As such, the regulator says that the operating system is breaking the law.

What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?

posted onMay 17, 2018
by l33tdawg

In August 2013, Mark Zuckerberg tapped out a 10-page white paper on his iPhone and shared it on Facebook. It was intended as a call to action for the tech industry: Facebook was going to help get people online. Everyone should be entitled to free basic internet service, Zuckerberg argued. Data was, like food or water, a human right. Universal basic internet service is possible, he wrote, but “it isn’t going to happen by itself.” Wiring the world required powerful players—institutions like Facebook.

Google’s Chrome browser to drop secure label for all HTTPS sites

posted onMay 17, 2018
by l33tdawg

Google announced it is making changes to how Chrome, their web browser, labels HTTPS and HTTP sites in the future. Starting in September 2018, Google will be removing the “Secure” wording and HTTPS scheme in Chrome version 69. Plus, in July 2018 in Chrome version 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange plans blockchain securities lending platform

posted onMay 17, 2018
by l33tdawg

The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) is working with Accenture to build a distributed ledger technology-based securities lending platform.
Working with Intel and local fintech centre The Floor, TASE and Accenture are looking to the blockchain to fill a gap in the Israeli market, where there is currently no central securities lending platform.

The new effort will act as a one-stop-shop for all securities lending activities, permitting access to larger securities volumes within shorter timeframes, says the exchange operator.

North Korea May Be Secretly Selling Face Recognition Tech Abroad Through Front Companies

posted onMay 17, 2018
by l33tdawg

Security researchers have unearthed an elaborate scheme of North Korean front companies secretly suppling advanced biometric recognition and encryption software to countries around the world. In a new report, researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies say North Korea uses a web of freelancing sites, shell companies, and difficult to trace aliases to circumvent international sanctions and, most troublingly, embed state software into foreign companies, including “at least one reputable defense firm in a U.S.-allied country.”

Facial-recognition software inaccurate in 98% of cases, report finds

posted onMay 14, 2018
by l33tdawg

Facial recognition may not be the high-tech policing solution it's purported to be, with new figures showing facial-recognition software used by the UK's Metropolitan Police returned incorrect matches in 98 percent of cases.

According to figures published by The Independent (based on data obtained under freedom of information), only two of the 104 alerts generated by the facial-recognition software used by Met Police were found to be accurate matches.

Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

posted onMay 8, 2018
by l33tdawg

Equifax has published yet more details on the personal records and sensitive information stolen by miscreants after they hacked its databases in 2017.

The good news: the number of individuals affected by the network intrusion hasn't increased from the 146.6 million Equifax previously announced, but extra types of records accessed by the hackers have turned up in Mandiant's ongoing audit of the security breach.

Ukrainian Securities Regulator To Consider Crypto As Financial Instrument

posted onMay 8, 2018
by l33tdawg

The Ukrainian National Securities and Stock Market Commission (SSMCS) will consider recognizing cryptocurrencies as a financial instrument, according to an announcement May 8.

The head of the commission, Timur Khromaev, made the announcement in a Facebook post following the annual conference of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) on crypto and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

Red Hat smitten by secure enclaves 'cos some sysadmins are evil

posted onMay 8, 2018
by l33tdawg

Red Hat has revealed a plan to to work with CPU-makers so that its wares can take advantage of in-silicon security features such as secure enclaves.

The company today told attendees at its 2018 Summit in San Francisco that it will work with major silicon shops, including Arm, Intel, and AMD, to move operations such as handling security keys into secured enclaves that are inaccessible to the operating system.