16 Dec 2019

Jordan authorities reveal they foiled ISIS terrorist plot

The Saudi Press agency reported on Sunday evening that Jordanian authorities uncovered a terrorist attack plot created by a cell of four ISIS members and effectively prevented it. The group was planning to perform terrorist attacks across Jordan, including one at the General Intelligence building in the Ma’an governorate in

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16 Dec 2019

Emotion Recognition Technology should be banned, says AI institute.

Research institute AI Now recently published a report warning consumers over the dangers of emotion recognition technology, despite a growing $20 billion market. Emotion recognition technology is being used to assess job applicants, criminals, and VR headset users. There is evidence that emotion recognition amplifies race and gender disparities, requiring

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13 Dec 2019

VISA Warns of Ongoing Cyber Attacks on Gas Pump PoS Systems

VISA recently published a security alert addressing the ongoing threat of attacks on North American fuel dispenser merchants by coordinated cybercrime groups. According to the Visa Payment Fraud Disruption, three attacks on fuel dispenser merchants were observed over the summer of 2019, each with the end goal of scraping credit

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13 Dec 2019

Boris Johnson Secures a Convincing U.K. Election Win

In Thursday’s general election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a decisive majority, paving the way for the UK parliament to finalize a long-delayed split with the EU. Johnson, a Brexit proponent, achieved an overwhelming victory, securing a majority in Britain’s 650-seat House of Commons for his Conservative Party. This exhibits

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13 Dec 2019

Apple iPhone Sales in China Plummets 35% After Huawei Surge: China’s Blacklist Backlash Continues

Credit Suisse has reported that its analysis of data from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology suggests a year on year drop of 35% in Apple Phone sales. Although the decrease in iPhone sales is influenced by the poor timing of the iPhone 11 drop and the lack of

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13 Dec 2019

Trump Agrees to Limited Trade Deal With China

President Trump has agreed to a limited trade deal with China after prolonged negotiations caused economic tensions between the two countries. The agreement will reduce existing tariff rates on Chinese goods and effectively cancel new levies that were set to take effect on Sunday. On Thursday, Trump met with trade

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13 Dec 2019

Over 70% of Chinese citizens worry about data leaks through facial recognition

The use of facial recognition technology for identity checks has become routine in Chinese universities, shopping malls, zoos, and other public areas. The rapid increase in the use of facial recognition in China has been met with growing concerns over data security and leaks. A recent survey of 6,100 Chinese

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13 Dec 2019

Senate Advances Legislation to Preserve T-Band Spectrum for Emergency Personnel

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is prepared to auction off the T-Band in 2021, which is purposed solely for public safety personnel in 11 dense cities to communicate effectively and securely during emergencies. A bill that aims to preserve first responders’ access to the spectrum during crises was introduced in

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13 Dec 2019

Targeted Attacks Deliver New “Anchor” Malware to High-Profile Companies

A campaign that started in October is being used to deliver financial malware against entities in the manufacturing and retail sectors. Researchers at the Cybereason Nocturnus group have been following the new campaign closely, determining that it commences with a phishing attack to deliver TrickBot and ultimately delivers a relatively

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13 Dec 2019

Why Ring Doorbells Perfectly Exemplify the IoT Security Crisis

Recently, there has been an influx of concerning news about how Amazon stores video surveillance data from its Ring smart doorbell systems, sparking concern among consumers and experts alike. This week, reports that hackers are breaking into users’ Ring accounts have emerged. When the hacker obtains access to the Ring

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