11 Jan 2019

Google Search Results Spoofed to Create Fake News

While efforts to increase awareness about fake news and how to spot it, a new technique using Google has emerged that allows users to tamper with Google search results through custom URLs. The tactic reportedly operates by using Knowledge Cards, the boxes on the right-hand side of the screen populated

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03 Jan 2019

Chrome in Android Leaks Device Fingerprinting Info

“Attackers could craft a campaign that makes use of the device profile in order to exploit any vulnerabilities in a targeted fashion. Google has issued a partial fix for an Android issue dating back to 2015 – after originally rejecting the bug report on the grounds of the mobile OS

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03 Jan 2019

FCC Approves Google’s Futuristic Motion Sensor Tech

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Team began developing a radar-based motion detection technology in 2015 and the resulting technology in its current stage of development has been approved by the Federal Communication’s Commission. The most public and popular potential use for the technology is the use of hand gestures in

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20 Nov 2018

The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

Google has secured patents for technology that would allow devices to scan its surroundings and then create ads based off what it detects. For example, a shirt on the floor with a print of Will Smith’s head could be read by a device with the technology and then used to

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15 Nov 2018

These Companies Are Pitching AI to the U.S. Military

“While Silicon Valley workers continue to protest their employers selling artificial intelligence products to the U.S. military, the U.S. military is still looking to spend money on AI. The Army Research Lab, the Project Maven team, and the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will host technology companies later this month in

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13 Nov 2018

Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

“An internet traffic diversion that rerouted data through Russia and China disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses. Service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST., network service companies said. In addition to Russian and

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10 Oct 2018

Google+ Shutting Down After Bug Leaks Info of 500k Accounts

“Google has announced that they are closing the consumer functionality of Google+ due lack of adoption and an API bug that leaked the personal information of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts. While no evidence was found that indicates this bug was ever misused, it was determined that the complexity of protecting

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21 Sep 2018

Foreign government hackers target US senators, aides’ Gmail

Google and the U.S. Senate have announced that the Gmail accounts of U.S. Senators’ and their aides are being “targeted by foreign government hackers.” While no information has been given regarding the political entity behind the attempts or whether specific political parties or staffers have been especially targeted, the attempts

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28 Aug 2018

Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism

“The real difference between the old and the new ages of data-intelligence-driven consumer marketing, and the invasion of privacy they entail, is that lots of people are finally aware that it is taking place. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, the recent reports about Google, and related events have contributed to that

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22 Aug 2018

Gmail’s Confidential Mode Lets You Send Self-Destructing Emails

A new Gmail feature allows users to send self-destructing emails that recipients are not able to forward or print. Senders can detail the length of time before the email expires and whether to include a password protection. Analysts have raised fears that the style Google uses provides an easy platform

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