Intel Aiming to Bring Face ID-Like Authentication to ATMs, Gates, Door Locks, and More With 'RealSense ID'

Intel Aiming to Bring Face ID-Like Authentication to ATMs, Gates, Door Locks, and More With 'RealSense ID'

Intel says RealSense ID has built-in "anti-spoofing technology" to protect against false entry attempts using photographs, videos, or masks, resulting in a one in a million false acceptance rate.RealSense ID is only activated through user awareness and will not authenticate unless prompted by a pre-registered user, according to Intel.

The widening SolarWinds debacle shows why the reckless idea of backdooring encryption must be dropped forever

The widening SolarWinds debacle shows why the reckless idea of backdooring encryption must be dropped forever

Wilfully introducing a potential vulnerability into encrypted messaging programs used by billions of people is also “an act of recklessness”, given the high probability that national actors or PSOAs will find and exploit weaknesses.

'Smart' doorbells for sale on Amazon, eBay came stocked with security vulnerabilities

'Smart' doorbells for sale on Amazon, eBay came stocked with security vulnerabilities

In this case, researchers bought another device from Amazon and eBay that was vulnerable to KRACK, a three-year-old bug that attackers could use to eavesdrop on wireless networks.

Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains Backdoor To Control Devices

Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains Backdoor To Control Devices

A Walmart exclusive Wi-Fi router, and others sold on Amazon & eBay contain hidden backdoors to control devices reports CyberNews.CyberNews researchers also discovered that ‘Wavlink’ branded routers, often sold on Amazon or eBay, contain similar backdoors (source).

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

A leaked draft resolution from the Council of the European Union highlights that the government is planning to crack down on the end-to-end (e2e) encryption used by messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp. What the EU is calling for is a “balance” between regular encryption use and lawful access to encrypted data.

US Government Continues Encryption War

US Government Continues Encryption War

Weakening encryption will not solve these issues, and that's probably because they were not the the focus of the Act. Instead, it seems that this law seeks to criminalises strong encryption that does not have backdoors, even though the government knows full well that this will not stop criminals.

Undocumented backdoor that covertly takes snapshots found in kids’ smartwatch

Undocumented backdoor that covertly takes snapshots found in kids’ smartwatch

Harrison Sand, a researcher at Norwegian security company Mnemonic, said that commands exist for surreptitiously reporting the watch’s real-time location, taking a snapshot and sending it to an Xplora server, and making a phone call that transmits all sounds within earshot.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

Outline of the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. Senators Graham, Blackburn, and Cotton call the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (press release): "a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior".

Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras

Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras

Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to "systemic design flaws" discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.

Computer science student discovers privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras

Computer science student discovers privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras

Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to systemic design flaws discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.

The Most Popular States for Doorbell Cameras | CheckVideo

The Most Popular States for Doorbell Cameras | CheckVideo

Home security is the top concern that homeowners have in mind when purchasing doorbell cameras, but the rise of online shopping has also given Americans a new fear: package theft.

In smart apartments, is tenants’ privacy for rent?

In smart apartments, is tenants’ privacy for rent?

The box was an electronic hub from a company called SmartRent, which installs popular “smart home” devices such as Internet-connected digital thermostats, door locks, and water leak detectors in rental apartments.

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Ring will add a second layer of authentication by requiring users to enter a one-time code shared via email or SMS when they try to log in to see the feed from their cameras starting this week.

This is not Huawei to reassure people about Beijing's spying eyes: Trivial backdoor found in HiSilicon's firmware for net-connected cams, recorders

This is not Huawei to reassure people about Beijing's spying eyes: Trivial backdoor found in HiSilicon's firmware for net-connected cams, recorders

A hardware probester going by the name of Vladislav Yarmak explained on Monday how the tech giant left a remote debugging and management tool in its firmware used in network-connected video recorders and security cameras.

#Privacy: Pharmacy fined £275K for GDPR violation

#Privacy: Pharmacy fined £275K for GDPR violation

“Regardless of the exact number of care homes involved, given the volume of documentation and size of Doorstep Dispensaree’s business, it appears likely that hundreds and possibly even thousands of data subjects have been affected,” read the notice.

Opinion | Think Alexa Is Too Creepy For Your Kitchen? Don’t Give It to Aunty Mary.

Opinion | Think Alexa Is Too Creepy For Your Kitchen? Don’t Give It to Aunty Mary.

That investigation, based on a dataset provided by sources alarmed by the unchecked power of the tracking industry, offered a look at more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

Tories switch to messaging app Signal after WhatsApp leaks

Tories switch to messaging app Signal after WhatsApp leaks

The Conservative party has started using the secure messaging service Signal for its internal communications with Tory MPs, following years of leaks from WhatsApp groups.Killock said: “It’s great to hear that Conservative MPs are learning about the virtues of Signal and secure private communications.

How much data are you sharing this holiday season?

How much data are you sharing this holiday season?

By skipping past this information, we could be agreeing to anything from our first born child for a fake social media site to the literal shirt off our backs to win an iPad. That’s why we read a handful of privacy policies from popular services you might use this busy travel season to see what kind of data they collect.

Before buying Ring, WEMO or Roku, consider privacy issues

Before buying Ring, WEMO or Roku, consider privacy issues

The folks at the Mozilla Foundation, which makes the Firefox browser, have consumers in mind with a new chart outlining the worst privacy offenders this holiday season, a list that's topped by the Ring video doorbell and ancillary products, the Roku streaming players and WEMO's smart home accessory, a Wi-Fi-connected light dimmer.

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Bitdefender–the tireless actuary of the Internet of Things–were able to crack into homeowner’s personal WiFi networks via Amazon’s Ring doorbells, the video-enabled auto-locks that allow homeowners to remotely open the door.Balan told us that the vulnerability was discovered following a request from PCMag to look into the device and that it’s now been patched.

More than 10,000 people call on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance empire

More than 10,000 people call on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance empire

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched a new campaign calling on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance-based business practices, and the rapidly spreading partnerships between it’s doorbell camera company, Ring and local law enforcement.

Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci: Stop blaming encryption

Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci: Stop blaming encryption

To combat this, governments argue that companies need to create ways for law enforcement to access encrypted data when they need it — through backdoors.A narrow solution that protects privacy and security while providing law enforcement access when appropriate is not impossible as tech companies often argue.

Smart TVs are data-collecting machines, new study shows

Smart TVs are data-collecting machines, new study shows

Technically, people agree to have their data sold when they set up their devices That’s true for other smart home technology, too.

DoorDash confirms data breach affected 4.9 million customers, workers and merchants

DoorDash confirms data breach affected 4.9 million customers, workers and merchants

The food delivery company said in a blog post Thursday that 4.9 million customers, delivery workers and merchants had their information stolen by hackers.Both delivery workers and merchants had the last four digits of their bank account numbers stolen.

The Surveillance State Is Here and Now

The Surveillance State Is Here and Now

Amazon-owned Ring, which sells video doorbells and other security cameras, announced last week that it has “partnered” with more than 400 police departments across the United States to create the Neighbors Active Law Enforcement Map using the video feeds from doorbells bought, paid for, and installed by private citizens.

Wipe Data From Your Car Before Selling It

Wipe Data From Your Car Before Selling It

Blue Link, FordPass, and OnStar can send data from a car to the cloud even if you don’t have a current subscription, Yu says.Auto dealers, banks, and insurance companies may attach such devices to vehicles when setting up financing and coverage deals.

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

At least 200 law enforcement agencies around the country have entered into partnerships with Amazon’s home surveillance company Ring, according to an email obtained by Motherboard via public record request.

Amazon’s collaborations with local police turn its Ring doorbell cameras into unofficial community surveillance systems

Amazon’s collaborations with local police turn its Ring doorbell cameras into unofficial community surveillance systems

Amazon is promoting this kind of digital neighborhood watch with a free app: Neighbors is an app launched by Ring, Amazon’s smart-doorbell company.

Malicious Python libraries targeting Linux servers removed from PyPI

Malicious Python libraries targeting Linux servers removed from PyPI

Image: ReversingLabs A security firm found three malicious Python libraries uploaded on the official Python Package Index (PyPI) that contained a hidden backdoor which would activate when the libraries were installed on Linux systems.

Mozilla Firefox Adding a New Social Tracking Protection Feature

Mozilla Firefox Adding a New Social Tracking Protection Feature

New Enhanced Tracking Protection Settings According to Mozilla's file, the social tracking protection feature will initially block trackers on domains related to the following social sites or services.