Chinese and Iranian hackers renew their attacks on US companies

By Fred O'Connor | February 22, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Chinese and Iranian hackers renew their attacks on US companies | The New York Times Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in […]
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Still using your old MyFitnessPal password to access other sites? Now is the time to retire it

By Fred O'Connor | February 21, 2019
          If you’re still using your old MyFitnessPal password to access other websites, now is the time to change and retire it. Almost a year after the diet and exercise website disclosed that it was breached, threat actors are selling the stolen credentials, which may include the usernames, passwords and email […]
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Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach

By Fred O'Connor | February 15, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach | Fortune The MyFitnessPal app disclosed a data breach last year affecting […]
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What the government shutdown teaches us about cybersecurity

By John Callahan | February 13, 2019
The partial shutdown of the U.S. government last month prevented ranchers from applying for farm loans, Coast Guard personnel from getting paid and tourists from visiting the Smithsonian Institution. It also had an impact on cybersecurity. For example, the security certificates used by more than 130 US government websites expired, which made it easier for threat […]
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Using biometrics to meet PSD2’s strong customer authentication mandate

By Fred O'Connor | February 12, 2019
The Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) looks to improve how Europeans manage their money and reduce cybercrime associated with online shopping. This blog provides an overview of PSD2’s key components with an emphasis on the mandate for strong customer authentication. What is PSD2 and why is it necessary PSD2 aims to foster more competition among […]
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Hospitals turn to biometrics to identify patients

By Fred O'Connor | February 8, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Hospitals turn to biometrics to identify patients | The Wall Street Journal Biometric technology is coming to the hospital. Biometric systems, which identify people through fingerprints or […]
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Biometric authentication hits primetime in Super Bowl ads

By Fred O'Connor | February 6, 2019
Among the usual Super Bowl ads for beer, cars and snack food were two commercials that touched on a noticeably different topic: biometric authentication. Neither commercial, one for Olay skin care and the other for WeatherTech’s pet food and water bowls, was explicitly about the technology (although face recognition did play a supporting role in […]
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Could fingerprint scanners replace check-in lines at airports, baseball games and hospitals?

By Fred O'Connor | February 1, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Brazil is using a facial recognition system during Rio’s Carnival | Fast Company What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Rio de Janeiro […]
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Biometrics is set to drive off

By Justine Brown | January 31, 2019
Over the last several months, the use of biometrics has been adopted by law enforcement personnel, government agencies, healthcare organizations and the finance industry. Now consumer applications of biometrics that go beyond accessing your phone with your fingerprint or face are starting to appear. Using biometrics in this capacity may have significant impacts around making […]
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