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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ICS Threat Broadens: Nation-State Hackers No Longer The Only Game In Town

By Constantine von Hoffman | August 17, 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. ICS Threat Broadens: Nation-State Hackers No Longer The Only Game In Town | Cybereason The ICS (industrial control systems) responsible for […]
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Amazon Face Recognition Matches 28 in Congress To Criminal Mugshots

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 27, 2018
The Weekly Cypher is 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. Amazon Face Recognition Matches 28 in Congress To Criminal Mugshots | The Verge A test by The American Civil Liberties Union of […]
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Some Myths About Biometrics and Privacy

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 25, 2018
Privacy is a big concern when it comes to biometrics. And it should be, just as it should be with anything involving personal information and the internet. However, because biometrics uses records of an individual, people get even more nervous about it. A look at the facts shows these concerns are overblown. One of the […]
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Russian Cyber Attacks Causing Chaos In The White House

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 20, 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. White House in Chaos Over Russian Cyber Attacks | Washington Post President Trump’s contradictory comments about Russian cyber attacks against the […]
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The Problem of Racial Profiling and Facial Recognition

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 18, 2018
In theory, biometrics should be free of the idiocy of racism. A fingerprint cannot tell you how much melanin someone’s skin has. Ditto an iris, a voice pattern, etc. Unfortunately, there is the problem of facial recognition. As Joy Buolamwini of MIT and Timnit Gebru of Microsoft found in their research of three commercial software systems: […]
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