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China will use facial recognition smart locks to monitor 120,000 tenants

China will use facial recognition smart locks to monitor 120,000 tenants

Beijing shows no signs of slowing its adoption of facial recognition technology, which is already in use on everything from toilet paper dispensers to school entrances and police systems in the city. According to a new report out of the nation, China plans to install thousands of smart locks with facial recognition technology to monitor public housing and prevent illegal subletting.

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NYPD to monitor Times Square with a drone for the first time tonight [Update: Drones are grounded]

NYPD to monitor Times Square with a drone for the first time tonight [Update: Drones are grounded]

The New York Police Department plans to deploy around 7,000 police officers tonight for security in Times Square, as well as a drone that will monitor the festivities from the sky. This is a milestone occasion for the NYPD, which has never before deployed a drone for large gatherings like this. The idea is that a drone can quickly move to a potentially problematic part of the crowd to provide a visual faster than officers can push through it.

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US considers executive order to ban Huawei, ZTE telecom hardware

US considers executive order to ban Huawei, ZTE telecom hardware

The Trump administration is considering an executive order that would ban US companies from buying telecommunications hardware from ZTE and Huawei. Both Chinese companies have been the focus of potential security concerns in multiple countries, including the US and Australia, the latter of which has already passed multiple restrictions on the companies. The news follows a recent report claiming the US government interfered with Huawei's plan to install WiFi in a Washington DC stadium.

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FTC issues advisory over crafty Netflix phishing scam

FTC issues advisory over crafty Netflix phishing scam

In a release this week, the Federal Trade Commission has warned the public about a Netflix phishing scam that is making its way into many inboxes. According to FTC Consumer Education Specialist Colleen Tressler, the scam involves an email that realistically replicates the look of an official Netflix email, but that will steal banking info if the user falls for the ruse.

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Rogue drones shut down UK’s second largest airport

Rogue drones shut down UK’s second largest airport

One of the UK's biggest airports has been shut down for more than 17 hours, after rogue drones were spotted over the runway. The sightings above Gatwick Airport, one of the airports serving London and the second largest in the UK, have forced air traffic controllers there to cancel all incoming and outgoing flights across all airlines.

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Microsoft urges Internet Explorer upgrade over flaw Google spotted

Microsoft urges Internet Explorer upgrade over flaw Google spotted

Microsoft has urged Windows users to update Internet Explorer, after Google researchers spotted serious issues in the browser that could allow a hacker to take over their computer from afar. The December 2018 Security Update Release applies to all Windows versions, not just Windows 10, Microsoft said, including Windows 8 and Windows Server, along with versions of the browser back to Internet Explorer 8.

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NASA reveals October security breach that exposed employee data

NASA reveals October security breach that exposed employee data

NASA has disclosed a data breach that it discovered on October 23, 2018, explaining that it had found a "possible compromise" on the space agency's servers. These servers contained personally identifiable information (PII), according to NASA, and one of the servers also contained Social Security numbers belonging to both current and former employees. A top priority investigation into the matter is still underway.

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Windows Sandbox makes questionable software safer

Windows Sandbox makes questionable software safer

The world we live in is one that's filled with questionable executable files - not obviously dangerous, but maybe not completely safe either. Microsoft is looking to make it easier for users to test these files with a new feature called Sandbox. It isn't available to everyone yet, but when it arrives, it'll make it'll help users ensure that untrusted software or websites are actually safe.

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Android phones’ face recognition fooled by 3D printed head, report says

Android phones’ face recognition fooled by 3D printed head, report says

With fingerprint sensors disappearing, either behind screens or, in the case of the iPhone, completely, there is a great deal of attention and scrutiny being placed on face recognition. Although most of the tests have moved past using photos or even images displayed on a phone screen, there is no expense spared for trying to dupe this new breed of face recognition technologies. A new report uses a carefully crafted 3D printed head to test the iPhone X and four Android phones. And the results, while disappointing, were hardly surprising.

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SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps

SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps

With the Internet being people’s primary gateway to today’s services, web browsers have often been the target of hackers and security researchers trying to discover potential vulnerabilities. One such vulnerability has been discovered by Tencent’s Blade security team and nicknamed “Magellan”. While it affects a large chunk of browsers that use the open source Chromium engine, including Google Chrome itself, this time it isn’t the web browser that’s at fault. Instead, it’s the SQLite database that’s used not just by Chromium but by hundreds if not thousands of apps as well.

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Cydia paid store shutdown could signal iPhone jailbreaking’s end

Cydia paid store shutdown could signal iPhone jailbreaking’s end

No, iPhone jailbreaking still isn’t completely dead but it may have just been put on life support. Earlier reports pointed to Cydia’s shutdown, the most popular app store for jailbroken iPhones, but was clarified to affect only its purchasing system. While it simply means you won’t be able to buy apps there anymore, it could be the start of the end for Cydia. And when the last biggest bastion of iOS jailbreaking goes, so too might the other repositories as well.

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Facebook API bug exposed photos of millions of users

Facebook API bug exposed photos of millions of users

Facebook's seemingly never-ending string of privacy and security scandals continues today. The company has announced a security flaw in its photo API that has affected as many as 6.8 million users. This bug potentially exposed user photos to apps that use the photo API, even in some cases impacting photos that were never posted.

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