Tag: Security

Ashley Madison: Affairs in the time of coronavirus

Ashley Madison‘s tagline has taken on a new ring amid the COVID-19 pandemic — “Life’s short. Have an affair.” And the “married dating” site, used to conduct clandestine affairs, has found itself in the midst of a boom. Despite the fact that it’s harder than ever to physically meet up with a fellow cheater, Ashley […]

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AI Weekly: Coronavirus prompts call to service for ML talent

On Thursday afternoon, the United States became the country with the greatest number of known COVID-19 cases in the world. With millions out of work and the spread of the virus taking its toll, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and in anguish without ever getting off the couch. Inadequately supplied frontline healthcare workers are the […]

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AI-powered smart glasses are finding people with coronavirus in China

Security officers in China are wearing AI-powered smart glasses to find people with a fever, one of the main symptoms of the coronavirus. The specs use a thermal imaging camera to measure someone’s temperature from up to 1 metre away. The glasses were developed by AI startup Rokid, which claims each set can check the temperature […]

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Snowden warns: The surveillance states we’re creating now will outlast the coronavirus

Governments around the world are using high-tech surveillance measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. But are they worth it? Edward Snowden doesn’t think so. The former CIA contractor, whose leaks exposed the scale of spying programs in the US, warns that once this tech is taken out the box, it will be hard to put […]

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HP unveils advanced security for remote workers — and shows how to disinfect your laptop

HP has unveiled advanced security for businesses and their remote workforces, and it also disclosed an extensive guide to disinfecting your laptop and other computer equipment. The new offerings include HP Pro Security Edition, HP Proactive Security, and HP Sure Click Enterprise. These are aimed at the security threats that evolve and disrupt business every […]

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Tech industry shifts dollars and manufacturing to fight coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked the “great American industry” to help the country deal with the coronavirus. Tech companies are among those that are responding, both by wrangling donations and by shifting manufacturing to produce medical gear. In some ways, it feels like a war mobilization that is just beginning. The Defense Production Act […]

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Pinterest launches Today tab with curated topics, fights coronavirus misinformation with AI

In a bid to brighten the mood as the torrent of COVID-19 news continues unabated, Pinterest has announced the launch of Today, a new tab with curated topics and trending topic pins. While information from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control about topics like handwashing is slated to feature prominently in the […]

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Yelp and GoFundMe partner to help you save your favorite local businesses from coronavirus impact

Businesses across just about every industry are feeling the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, with workers forced to stay at home and consumers on lockdown. But while trillion-dollar companies such as Apple have sufficient capital to survive, the same can’t be said for smaller businesses — particularly those that rely on footfall. And that is […]

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Arkose Labs raises $22 million to automatically detect online fraud

Arkose Labs, which is developing a platform that detects and mitigates online fraud, today announced that it has raised $22 million. CEO and founder Kevin Gosschalk said the capital would be used to hire employees and further develop the startup’s platform, which protects consumers from account takeover, fake account abuse, scraping, spam, gift card abuse, […]

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EU wants Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others to crack down on coronavirus scams

European regulators are asking a wide range of digital platforms, social networks, search engines and online marketplaces to take tougher actions against scams related to the coronavirus. European Commissioner For Justice and Consumers Didier Reynders sent a letter to Facebook, Google, Amazon, and other digital platforms declaring that Europe’s consumer protection authorities are in a […]

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Android malware found farming ads for cash in kids’ apps on Google’s Play Store

A new malware family, dubbed Tekya, has infected multiple children’s Android apps, farming ad clicks to earn money. Cybersecurity firm Check Point found that the previously undetected malware was present in 56 apps — 24 of them were targeted towards kids — on Google Play Store. The apps were collectively downloaded over a million times. The firm […]

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An open Windows vulnerability lets attackers install malware through documents

Last night, Microsoft noted there’s an unpatched bug in Windows that might allow attackers to install malware or ransomware on your system through specially crafted documents. The company said in an advisory, that the system has two vulnerabilities that can be exploited to install malicious software through Remote Code Execution (RCE): Microsoft is aware of […]

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4 reasons you should be moving toward zero-trust security

Presented by Nutanix Virtual machines and cloud computing are quickly eliminating traditional data security boundaries. Where a definable, protectable perimeter once surrounded corporate data centers, for example, enterprise digital assets have become scattered across multiple on-prem and public cloud IT environments. The distributed nature of data across dissimilar IT environments has created new security challenges […]

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Apple yanks app used to share coronavirus information in China

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen elsewhere the world, reports from initially afflicted China have improved — seemingly thanks to a coordinated medical response, but possibly also because of a government censorship campaign. Once again, and perhaps unsurprisingly at this point, Apple finds itself in the middle of a Chinese censorship controversy, this time […]

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UserTesting raises $100 million to grow its on-demand user feedback platform globally

UserTesting, a platform that helps companies get on-demand user feedback on their software and applications, has raised $100 million in a round of funding led by Insight Partners, with participation from Accel, OpenView, and Greenspring. Founded in 2007, San Francisco-based UserTesting promises software companies instant access to users spanning myriad demographics, who are paid to […]

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Cybercriminals are using COVID-19 discount codes to sell malware and fake items

While the world is feeling frightened by the coronavirus pandemic, cybercriminals are taking full advantage of the situation by finding new ways to trick people into installing malware.  According to the latest research by security firm Checkpoint, hackers are using “COVID-19” code to sell malware and exploitation tools on the dark web. For example, below is […]

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