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When Your Heartbeat Becomes Data: Benefits and Risk of Biometrics

Knowing who your users are today is more important than ever. This explains, in part, why integrating biometric usage into identity and access management (IAM) appears appealing. Throw in some artificial intelligence (AI) to help manage all these data points, and the future of biometrics looks pretty wild. The appeal of using biometrics for identity and acc
Publish At:2020-08-21 08:25 | Read:546 | Comments:0 | Tags:Data Protection Identity & Access Biometric Security Biometr

Facial recognition: tech giants take a step back

Last week, a few major tech companies informed the public that they will not provide facial recognition software to law enforcement. These companies are concerned about the way in which their technology might be used. What happens when software that threatens our privacy falls into the hands of organization which we no longer trust? In general, being awar
Publish At:2020-06-18 13:50 | Read:694 | Comments:0 | Tags:Artificial Intelligence Privacy ACLU AI amazon biometrics EF

Clearview AI facial recogition sued again – this time by ACLU

byPaul DucklinThe facial recognition company that everyone – or at least a large chunk of everyone – loves to hate, Clearview AI, is to get yet another day, and perhaps very much longer than that, in a Chicago courtroom.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), together with four community organisations based in the US state of Illinois, has bro
Publish At:2020-05-29 14:24 | Read:744 | Comments:0 | Tags:ACLU biometrics Clearview Clearview AI facial recognition su

Lock and Code S1Ep5: Mythbusting and understanding VPNs with JP Taggart

This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs and around the Internet. In addition, we talk to JP Taggart, senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, about VPNs—debunking their myths, explaining their actual capabilities, and providing some advice on what makes a strong VPN. Tune in for all this and m
Publish At:2020-05-03 14:39 | Read:591 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security android trojan biometrics bots iOS mail b

The passwordless present: Will biometrics replace passwords forever?

When it comes to securing your sensitive, personally identifiable information against criminals who can engineer countless ways to snatch it from under your nose, experts have long recommended the use of strong, complex passwords. Using long passphrases with combinations of numbers, letters, and symbols that cannot be easily guessed has been the de facto sec
Publish At:2020-04-21 13:11 | Read:1139 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Apple behaviometrics biometrics brute force CCC Chao

As if the world couldn’t get any weirder, this AI toilet scans your anus to identify you

byLisa VaasYes, your continuous health monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) wrist wrapper well may track your sleep quality and how many calories you burn, but answer me this: does it stick artificial intelligence (AI) sensors up in your business to capture your urine flow and the Sistine Chapel-esque glory of the unique-as-a-fingerprint biometric that is you
Publish At:2020-04-08 08:21 | Read:1047 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy analprint biometrics cloud storage continuous health

Two schoolkids sue Google for collecting biometrics

byLisa VaasTwo schoolchildren have sued Google, alleging that it’s illegally collecting their voiceprints, faceprints and other personally identifiable information (PII).The students were identified only as HK and JC in the complaint, which was filed on Thursday in San Jose, CA, in the US District Court of Northern California. The children are suing th
Publish At:2020-04-07 09:17 | Read:804 | Comments:0 | Tags:Google Law & order Privacy biometrics BIPA Children's Online

NIST shared dataset of tattoos that’s been used to identify prisoners

byLisa VaasIn 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit looking to force the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to cough up info about Tatt-C (also known as the Tattoo Recognition Challenge): a tattoo recognition program that involves creating an “open tattoo database
Publish At:2020-03-19 12:45 | Read:1049 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & order Privacy biometrics eff Electronic Frontier Found

Clearview AI loses entire database of faceprint-buying clients to hackers

byLisa VaasClearview AI, the controversial facial recognition startup that’s gobbled up more than three billion of our photos by scraping social media sites and any other publicly accessible nook and cranny it can find, has lost its entire list of clients to hackers – including details about its many law enforcement clients.In a notification that
Publish At:2020-02-28 09:16 | Read:1149 | Comments:0 | Tags:Data loss Law & order Privacy Security threats AI Artificial

Vimeo sued for storing faceprints of people without their say-so

byLisa VaasYou didn’t tell me that you’re collecting and storing my faceprint, you didn’t tell me why or for how long, you didn’t get my written OK to do it, and you haven’t told us how long you’re retaining our biometrics or how we can get you to nuke them, another Illinois resident has said in yet another proposed facial
Publish At:2019-09-26 06:05 | Read:1982 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & order Machine Learning Privacy AI Artificial intellige

Biometrics: Forever the “next big thing”

It’s not every day we get to assess biometric systems from a security perspective, they are still somewhat esoteric and testing them doesn’t quite fit with the usual slew of things that come along with being a security consultant. Recent engagements reminded us of just how interesting this facet of the industry can be and so we decided to write u
Publish At:2017-10-27 17:20 | Read:4026 | Comments:0 | Tags:Blog analysis biometrics

Is your sign signed?

Modern autonomous vehicles use a number of sensors to analyse their surroundings and act upon changes in their environment. A brilliant idea in theory, but how much of this sensory information can we actually trust? Cisco’s Security Advisory R&D team, a.k.a. Portcullis Labs, decided to investigate further. Various researchers have documented attack
Publish At:2017-10-27 17:20 | Read:4328 | Comments:0 | Tags:Blog analysis biometrics connectedcar hardhack

In India, Personal Data of Millions Exposed by Gov’t Mistake

Around 1 billion citizens registered with a twelve-digit number and recorded in a database with their biometric and personal information. India has scanned the iris and fingerprint of its citizens as part of the Aadhaar initiative, the largest biometric project on the planet, for identification purposes upon accessing social security and other services. Sinc
Publish At:2017-06-23 16:50 | Read:3608 | Comments:0 | Tags:News biometrics india leaks

US Defense is working on new multifactor authentication systems

DARPA is currently developing a multifactor authentication system that will replace the current common access card (CAC). According to a report published by American Security Today, the DARPA High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program is designing technology for the creation of safe and secure cyber-physical systems. DARPA is currently developing
Publish At:2017-06-11 18:50 | Read:4091 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Digital ID Hacking authentication biometrics D

Shakespeare, the Wizard of Oz and Multifactor Authentication

In 1601, William Shakespeare wrote a comedy called “Twelfth Night.” The story is about a pair of twins with identity issues. To illustrate that the characters share similar thoughts, Shakespeare wrote, “My purpose is, indeed, a horse of that color.” For many decades, a horse of the same color was analogous to similar thoughts or plans
Publish At:2017-03-30 14:55 | Read:3874 | Comments:0 | Tags:Identity & Access Authentication Biometric Security Biometri

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