State Department Suffers Data Breach

By Sarah Landes | September 21, 2018
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. Call for smart home devices to bake in privacy safeguards for kids | TechCrunch A new research report has raised concerns […]
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U.S. Customs Agency Sees Growing Role for Facial Recognition

By Justine Brown | September 19, 2018
Anyone who has traveled abroad recently and returned to the U.S. via a major airport has probably witnessed the new kiosks in use by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP began testing the systems in 2015 as part of its biometric entry and exit programs to screen out people arriving in the U.S. with […]
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Lawmakers Slam State Department for Failing on Cybersecurity

By Sarah Landes | September 14, 2018
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. Hackers Manage to Compromise Aadhaar’s Biometric Security System | TechNadu In a highly alarming development, hackers have found a way to […]
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12 months on from Equifax breach: No change?

By Richi Jennings | September 12, 2018
Why are people still using SSNs as identifiers? It’s been a year since we discovered the biggest consumer data-breach ever. 150 million people had their personal identifying information leak out of Equifax’s servers. Identity information including social security numbers—which were of course never intended to be used as an identifier. Soon after the breach went public, there […]
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US and intelligence allies take aim at tech companies over encryption

By Constantine von Hoffman | September 7, 2018
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. US and intelligence allies take aim at tech companies over encryption | NextGov The U.S. and its four closest allies have […]
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How A Toaster Could Steal Your Identity

By Constantine von Hoffman | September 5, 2018
There is so much about the Internet of Things (IoT) that is funny — as long as you don’t consider the security implications. Consider: For a mere $100 you can own a toaster that will notify you when your toast is ready. “A companion app that has different types of bread and a slider to […]
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FBI again refutes Trump’s claim that China hacked Hillary Clinton’s email

By Constantine von Hoffman | August 31, 2018
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. FBI again refutes Trump’s claim that China hacked Hillary Clinton’s email | Washington Post The FBI says there is no evidence […]
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Biometrics Can Give Small Businesses Big Security

By Constantine von Hoffman | August 29, 2018
With all the attention given to “enterprise-level” biometrics, it’s easy to overlook how much they can – and do – help small and medium businesses (SMB). In addition to improving cybersecurity, biometrics are also being used to help manage employees more efficiently and engage with customers more personally. The 2013 release of the Apple iPhone […]
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Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Passwords Found for Sale

By Constantine von Hoffman | August 24, 2018
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. No Worry or No Hope? Americans Less Concerned About Online Security | U.S. Census Bureau Despite a seemingly endless torrent of […]
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My identity has been stolen. Now what?

By Lori Cohen | August 22, 2018
There are only two kinds of people online: Those of us who know our identity was stolen and those that are about to find out. Which are you? Me? I’m now one of some nine million Americans the FTC estimates have had their identities stolen each year. In fact, “About 2 in 5 Americans have […]
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