The US Department of Homeland Security is reportedly rushing to set up facial recognition systems that will scan all international passengers — including US citizens — in the top 20 US airports by 2021. This is being done without proper vetting or regulatory safeguards, according to a BuzzFeed News report Monday.
Russian hackers and propagandists who interfered in the 2016 US presidential election didn’t stop when it was over. They’re still trying to influence the vote, and now they’re being joined by other countries hoping to influence the midterms, according to the US Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. On Oct. 19, the US Department of Justice indicted a Russian woman for her alleged role in continued election interference, from the time leading up to the 2016 elections through to 2018.
Intel chips have another flaw that could let skilled hackers pull sensitive information from microprocessors, Intel and independent security researchers said Tuesday.
The researchers say a flaw in the microprocessors is vulnerable to four new attacks, each of which could capture information like encryption keys and passwords — the building blocks of security for the rest of your computer. The research was reported earlier by Wired, which said the flaw affects millions of PCs.
Facebook continued its crackdown on inauthentic activity on its social media platforms with the removal of hundreds of pages and accounts originating in Israel that targeted several African nations.
You can now download a copy of the data Apple has about you.
Starting Wednesday, Apple users living in the US can download their own data from the company’s privacy portal. “Privacy is a fundamental human right,” the company said on a web page, adding “great experiences don’t have to come at the expense of your privacy and security.”
T-Mobile has revealed that hackers may have stolen personal information on some of its customers.
The intrusion took place on Monday, and some customer data “may have been exposed” before the carrier’s cybersecurity team shut off access and reported the breach to law enforcement, it said in a statement.
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce last month sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Larry Page asking about the companies’ data security and privacy practices. The five-page letter to Cook asked detailed questions about how Apple collected user data and what it used it for.
The Transportation Security Administration on Monday laid out its roadmap for the use of facial recognition on US domestic flights.
It focuses on partnering with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on biometrics for international travelers, expanding them to passengers using TSA Precheck, ultimately using facial recognition on more domestic travelers and improving the infrastructure supporting all this.