Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Backed into a corner, Uber allows users to opt out of ‘always on’ location tracking – The Verge

September 25, 2017


Artificial intelligence just made guessing your password a whole lot easier

September 22, 2017

#AI just made guessing your password…easier rather Number cracked raises #security/#privacy concerns HT @Rozowsky

The new study aimed to speed this up by applying deep learning, a brain-inspired approach at the cutting edge of AI. Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, started with a so-called generative adversarial network, or GAN, which comprises two artificial neural networks. A “generator” attempts to produce artificial outputs (like images) that resemble real examples (actual photos), while a “discriminator” tries to detect real from fake. They help refine each other until the generator becomes a skilled counterfeiter.

We’re committed to your security

September 17, 2017

As you may have heard, Equifax, one of the three largest credit monitoring bureaus in the U.S., announced a data breach at the company that may have affected 143 million U.S. consumers. The breach included social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, credit card numbers as well as other personal information.

Sampling DNA From a 1,000-Year-Old Illuminated Manuscript

September 16, 2017

Sampling DNA From a 1K-Year-Old…Manuscript As reported from a unsubmitted preprint. Pot. #privacy implications

Remarkably, the authors say they extracted all this DNA without destroying even a tiny piece of parchment. All they needed were the crumbs from rubbing the book with erasers, which conservationists routinely use to clean manuscripts. The authors report their findings in a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed, though they plan to submit it to a scientific journal.”

Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency

September 5, 2017

Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual
Currency Problematic #privacy loophole w/ #2factor

“Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal.
In a growing number of online attacks, hackers have been calling up Verizon, T-Mobile U.S., Sprint and AT&T and asking them to transfer control of a victim’s phone number to a device under the control of the hackers.

Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country

September 3, 2017

.@JulianAssange, man w/o a country Eisenhower: “If you can’t solve a problem, enlarge it.” Now applied to @WikiLeaks

Dwight Eisenhower is said to have once declared, “If you can’t solve a problem, enlarge it.” Assange had taken a personal legal crisis and blown it up into an international incident: he had teleported himself from the mundane into the tragic realm. A number of WikiLeaks volunteers urged him to step down until

There have been calls for his assassination, and for him to be given a Nobel Peace Prize. Assange often describes himself in simple terms—as a fearless activist—but his character is complicated…

A Data Broker Offers a Peek Behind the Curtain –

August 27, 2017

A Data Broker Offers a Peek Behind the Curtain: site listing what’s compiled about you MT @robert_schiff #privacy

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Co-directors of newly launched Harvard Data Science Initiative discuss new era

June 19, 2017

fellowships, grants, space
“DOMINICI: Because of the new advances in technology, almost every field right now has data, and more data than ever. Clearly, there’s the explosion of genetics and genomics data in the life sciences, in molecular data, as well as astronomy and economics. Even in the humanities, you can scan documents and turn it into data that you can analyze.

PARKES: To add some numbers to this, IBM has estimated that we’re generating more than one quintillion bytes of data a day. (A quintillion is a 10 to the 18th.)

DOMINICI: One of the reasons we are so excited that Harvard is launching the Data Science Initiative is because of all the advances our faculty have made in recent years. We can now describe the entire genome, define the exposome (the environmental analogue to the genome), characterize social interactions and mood via cellphone data, and can digitize historical data relevant for the humanities. ….

DOMINICI: We have launched the Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, which is among the largest programs of its kind, and we want to recruit talented individuals in a highly interdisciplinary ways.

We have also launched a competitive research fund that will catalyze small research projects around the University. Through our friends in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Medical School, we’ve identified some spaces in the near term where people can get together. …

PARKES: We are launching the initiative because we want to get to a point where we have a Harvard Data Science Institute. The aspiration is that the Data Science Institute will have some physical space associated with it,

Then the third one I wanted to mention is privacy.

Nest cams back from the dead with new home monitoring device

June 13, 2017

.@Nest cams back from the dead with new…monitoring device Creepy: it can distinguish family members from strangers


“Using some deep-learning tech from Google, the Cam IQ can accurately detect what’s moving within its field of vision — whether it’s just your pet, for instance, or a shadow cast by the changing light. If it’s something more sinister, like a person, the camera can then automatically zoom in and track that person as they move around the room. Should you opt to subscribe to the Nest Aware service ($10 per month or $100 per year), the Cam IQ will also offer a facial recognition facility that will sort between known friends or family members and any strangers, and alert you accordingly. Additionally, making use of those extra mics, Nest Aware can now also pick up audio cues for alarm, whether it be a dog barking, humans talking, or a window being smashed.”
“}} Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data

May 1, 2017…Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User
Data Gmail add-on tabulated usage @Uber v @Lyft

“Slice Intelligence, a data firm that uses an email management program called to scan people’s inboxes for information, faced an outcry that began on Sunday after The New York Times reported that Uber had used Slice’s data to keep tabs on its ride-hailing rival Lyft.”