17 Dec 2018

The Amazing Ways Facial Recognition AIs Are Used In China

“The country on the cutting edge of facial recognition technology and the amazing ways it can be put to use is definitely China. While the Chinese government and many of the country’s current systems, large population (more than 1.3 billion citizens) and centralized identity data bases might make adopting facial

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17 Dec 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Is Using Retinal Scans to Try to Catch Liars

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using a futuristic eye-scanning device to weed out dishonest potential recruits during the initial application phase. That’s according to a detail contained within a blistering report from the Homeland Security Department’s Office of the Inspector General released last week. The report criticizes the agency for wasting millions

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14 Dec 2018

The Growing Gulf Between Silicon Valley and Washington: A National Security Issue

The gap between Silicon Valley’s tech giants and Washington, especially the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community, is a national security issue, according to a recent opinion piece in The Atlantic. While decisions on tough foreign policy actions against actors like China and Russia have become increasingly bipartisan, tech giants

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12 Dec 2018

The Grim Future of Urban Warfare

In spite of technologies like surgical missile strikes that carry the potential of limiting civilian casualties compared with more indiscriminate bombings, this NextGov prediction on the nature of future warfare is a dark one. “War has changed and remained the same…war is always bad, but it’s going to become much

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11 Dec 2018

Blurry satellite photos of military bases reveal more than they hide

“Open-source researchers often use satellite images, especially across multiple providers, to uncover information that is otherwise difficult to obtain. In November 2017, the World Bank released an analysis of satellite footage of ISIS-held territory to reveal that the statelet was struggling to produce oil. In September 2018, open-source investigation house

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11 Dec 2018

‘PowerSnitch’ Hacks Androids via Power Banks

“An inexpensive Android hacking tool can create a covert communications channel in the power current generated while a smartphone charges on a power bank. The so-called ‘PowerSnitch’ attack, which was demonstrated here this week by Oxford University researcher Riccardo Spolaor, shows that a determined hacker doesn’t actually need a network

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11 Dec 2018

Gazprombank enters secure crypto storage sector

Russia’s Gazprom is investing in cryptocurrency storage, projecting to open services in mid-2019. The energy giant’s banking division is partnering with a technology and crypto specialist format provide banks and wealth managers with a “fully integrated solution for the management of client portfolios across all asset classes including crypto-currencies.” The

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10 Dec 2018

Shanghai: Everyone safe but watched in mega-city full of cameras

“Municipal officials in Shanghai now take pride in the litany of Internet of Things applications in their city that make streets and homes safer. For instance, they say cameras at the entrance to a residential estate can scan the face of a driver and his car plate and instantly open the

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10 Dec 2018

Stopping the Cybersecurity Brain Drain Calls for Outside the Box Thinking

President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy includes the development of a “superior cyber workforce.” But given the difficulty in recruitment and retention of skilled cyber personnel, this goal may remain illusive. According to the Commerce and Homeland Security departments, there were around 299,000 openings for cybersecurity positions in August 2017, positions

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10 Dec 2018

Automated License Plate Tracking: Who’s Tracking and Sharing Your License Plate Movement?

Automated license plate reading technology has widely implemented across American cities, which has enabled driver tracking to an increasingly detailed extent. In 2016 and 2017, 173 local and federal entities scanned 2.5 billion license plates. To law enforcement, this allows cars to be flagged, added to a hot list, and easily

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