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Amazon AI to Restore Recognition to Memory Loss Patients

Amazon AI to Restore Recognition to Memory Loss Patients

Veteran software engineer Sachin Solkhan recently revealed that he was able to build a system that records user experiences to enable recognition using Amazon’s DeepLens. DeepLens, which is the Amazon counterpart of Google’s Clips “smart” camera, is a developer-focused artificial intelligence technology that makes it easier for the camera to do things like recognize objects or characters that appear in a video stream. Solkhan says DeepLens system may be able to help memory loss patients by storing photographs and names of their friends and family in Amazon’s cloud service. The camera would then record interactions which the AI would learn […]

74 Email Fraudsters Arrested by FBI

74 Email Fraudsters Arrested by FBI

The US Department of Justice announced last Monday that 74 fraudsters, 42 of which are from the US, have been arrested for conducting “business email compromise” schemes to steal millions from both businesses and individuals. The fraudsters, soma hailing from Nigeria, Canada, Mauritius, and Poland, were caught through Operation Wire Wire where the FBI also seized $2.4 million and blocked and recovered a total of $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers. The operation also involved the efforts of the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Treasury, and the US Postal Inspection Service.   Source: ZDNet

Vietnam Tightens Grip on Tech Giants with New Cybersecurity Law

Vietnam Tightens Grip on Tech Giants with New Cybersecurity Law

Vietnamese regulators approved last Tuesday a cybersecurity law that would put further pressure on internet and global tech companies operating in the communist country. The law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, will require global firms such as Facebook and Google to other global technology firms to store personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices there. However, a number of protesters criticized the cybersecurity bill which according to experts and activists could cause economic harm and stifle online dissent. Amnesty International likewise said the law was a “devastating blow” for freedom of expression which can be […]

Facebook Users Now Allowed to Review Business Advertisers

Facebook Users Now Allowed to Review Business Advertisers

Facebook announced this week that users will now be allowed to review businesses that advertise on the social network and possibly ban those that receive the most negative feedback. Facebook’s latest move seeks to crack down on businesses that mislead users into buying low quality goods or services, or those that fail to deliver products in their stated shipping time. Businesses that receive the most negative feedback may be put at risk of getting banned. Advertisers however, will be given a chance to improve before being banned. This might include a reduction in the amount of ads that the business […]

Customer Data Possibly Accessed Externally in PageUp Breach

Customer Data Possibly Accessed Externally in PageUp Breach

SaaS HR provider PageUp, who has recently been hit by a malware attack, said that there is a possibility that data such as names, street addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of its clients may have been accessed externally. Forensic investigators said they found evidence of access by an unauthorized person, and while the incident has already been contained, some data may still be at risk. However, the company says that employment contracts, applicant resumes, Australian tax file numbers, credit card information, or bank account information were not affected. The data contained in their onboarding, performance, learning, compensation, or succession […]

Tech Giants Anxiously Await India’s Draft of Data Rules

Tech Giants Anxiously Await India’s Draft of Data Rules

Tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon are said to be nervously awaiting the new Indian data-privacy laws being drafted by BN Srikrishna, whose recommendations carry considerable weight in one of the world’s biggest silicon-chip economies. The bill, which is will be sent by Mr. Srikrishna’s committee to the government this week, is expected to define “fair use”, whether tech companies will be allowed to do cross-border data transfers, and how to enforce accountability and penalties for violations. It will also establish rules on how users can access and control their own data. Mr. Srikrishna added that India does […]

Frontier Password Reset Bug Leaves Accounts Vulnerable

Frontier Password Reset Bug Leaves Accounts Vulnerable

Security researcher Ryan Stevenson recently identified a flaw in internet and cable giant Frontier’s account password reset method that allowed attackers to gain access to an account with just a username or email address. Stevenson said that he used Burp Suite, a network intercept tool, and a test account to automatically send hundreds of six-digit access code iterations to the browser, one after the other. He was able to show that a correct code returned a bigger server response than the incorrect codes. A Frontier spokesperson said that they have temporarily shut down the functionality out of caution while the […]

White House Trade Adviser To ZTE: “Three Strikes and You’re Out”

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro threatened Chinese telecoms giant ZTE last Sunday that it will be shut down if it it caught engaging in another illegal activity. ZTE had recently entered an agreement with the US government to lift that ban on its business in the country. However, the Shenzhen firm had to pay a $1 billion fine and reshuffle its most senior executives in the process.   Navarro also said that President Trump’s stance on ZTE will help build goodwill with China and revealed that even though the Chinese company had been a bad actor, its deal with […]

Experts Say EU Copyright Law Could End Memes

Experts Say EU Copyright Law Could End Memes

Experts said this week that the EU’s proposed Copyright Directive, which the Parliament is set to vote on later this month, may soon make memes illegal. Memes, which are often humorous copies of slightly varied content, as well as remixes and other user generated content may soon be filtered as Article 13 of the directive will seek to compel platform providers to “take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rights-holders for the use of their works”. Jim Killock, executive director of the UK’s Open Rights Group, said that Article 13 takes a “Robocop” approach where anything that […]

New US Government Report Seeks International Cooperation Against Cybersecurity Threats

New US Government Report Seeks International Cooperation Against Cybersecurity Threats

The US Department of Commerce and Homeland Security called for increased cooperation with global partners against cyber threats in a joint report recently submitted to the White House. Responding to the May 2017 Executive Order, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, the report said that while effective tools against botnets exist, they are not widely used. It was also pointed out that lack of awareness, cost avoidance, insufficient technical expertise, and a lack of market incentives factor heavily against the application of practices that enhance the resilience of internet and communications ecosystems. The report also called for […]