security

A Google security chief considers the NSA a state-sponsored threat

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Google’s Manager of Information Security Heather Adkins sat down for a fireside chat. Among the varying topics discussed, she spoke about what’s like to

Matroid picks up $10M Series A to automate video stream monitoring

As computer vision and object recognition technology continue to mature, we’re edging closer to automating away the exceedingly boring task of monitoring closed circuit TV cameras. Matroid is on

SEC shows support for ICOs that are not obviously securities

The SEC appears to have taken very thoughtful action on two crypto projects to date. Nay-sayers are predicting the end, while proponents of crypto dismiss the actions. Here's a quick analysis of what

iPhone X’s Face ID raises security and privacy questions

Offering to gate the smorgasbord of personal content that lives on a mobile device behind a face biometric inevitably raises lots of security questions, even as always on face-scanning tech being hous

Google says its Safe Browsing tool now protects over 3 billion devices

Google today announced that its Safe Browsing service, which keeps Chrome, Safari and Firefox users on the desktop and on mobile from visiting potentially dangerous sites, now protects more than 3 bil

We’re all Equif*cked

Every company is a tech company, and that's a big problem. Or rather, either every company is a tech company but most suck at it, or most aren't tech companies but should be. Either way, we're gonna h

A perfect storm of corporate idiocy

At this point in the game there should be a single page on every corporate website, preferably accessible from its front page, that includes the name and all contact details for the Chief Security Off

Europe’s top court must rule on UK spies’ bulk powers, says tribunal

The oversight court for the UK's intelligence agencies has said Europe's top court should rule on the legality of powers that give the country's security and intelligence agencies the ability to colle

Google redesigns its privacy and security dashboard

Google today announced a refresh of its privacy and security dashboard, its one-stop shop for checking and changing your privacy settings, opting out of personalized ads and seeing which third-party s

Equifax breach disclosure would have failed Europe’s tough new rules

The US does not currently have a federal law requiring companies to inform the public about data breaches. Over the pond in the European Union it's a different story, and Equifax could have faced stif

I called Equifax to find out if I’d been affected but it just hung up on me, three times

People haven't had much success online trying to find out it their Social Security number was included in a massive Equifax breach (affecting possibly half the U.S.) reported earlier today, so I ca

EU defense ministers take part in first cyber war game

European Union defense ministers have been taking part in a simulated cyber attack exercise today for the first time to practice strategic decision making and crisis-management under pressure of a (mo

Uber to end controversial post-trip tracking as part of privacy drive

Uber is set to reverse a controversial decision to collect users' location information after their trip ends, Reuters reports, with the privacy u-turn coming first to the iPhone app -- expected to ge

Global cybersecurity spending to grow 7% to $86.4BN in 2017, says Gartner

Analyst Gartner is projecting that worldwide spending on IT security products and services will grow seven per cent, year over year, to reach a total of $86.4 billion in 2017.

Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC data mishandling probe

The legacy of Travis Kalanick's fast and loose management style at Uber continues to serve up fresh embarrassments for the embattled, still CEO-less company.

Amazon Macie helps businesses protect their sensitive data in the cloud

Amazon's AWS cloud computing service hosted its annual NY Summit today and it used the event to launch a new service: Amazon Macie. The idea behind Macie is to use machine learning to help businesses

Karma’s next device is a Wi-Fi hotspot with built in Tor and a VPN

Wi-Fi hotspot maker Karma Mobility will this fall unveil a specialized version of its KarmaGo hotspot device that includes built-in security features, including support for private anonymous browsing

More political headbanging on encryption threatens privacy

The UK's Home Secretary has yet again cranked up the pressure on messaging giants over use of end-to-end encryption to secure communications sent via popular services like WhatsApp -- implying she wou

Singapore, like the US, says it may regulate some ICOs

Less than a week after the SEC said that it may regulate certain crypto token sales, better known as ICOs, Singapore has followed suit to say it too will regulate offerings that are deemed to be secur

Sandsifter checks your processor for secrets

Are you sufficiently paranoid? If you’re not, there’s now Sandsifter. This project, just announced at Defcon 2017, tests your x86 processor for hidden instructions and bugs. “Sandsif
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