Researchers claim new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is unhackable

Researchers claim new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is unhackable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric security systems are an improvement on passwords but they’re easy to hack, now a new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner hopes to make them even more secure.   As many of you have probably figured out by now the fingerprint recognition system on your phones, laptops...

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DARPA wants to genetically engineer smart plants to act as surveillance devices

DARPA wants to genetically engineer smart plants to act as surveillance devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone would suspect a plant of watching or surveilling them, but thanks to DARPA that’s all about to change.   This week Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, the bleeding US research arm of the US Department of Defense, announced it’s working on a new...

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Microsoft calls for a “Digital Geneva convention” to defang cyber attacks

Microsoft calls for a “Digital Geneva convention” to defang cyber attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In some respects we are starting to see the advent of open cyber warfare between competing sovereign nations and unless someone steps in the problem is only going to escalate.   Last year cyber the rise of warfare prompted the US Government to implement a...

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First of a kind AI malware learns and mimics its target systems behaviours to prevent detection

First of a kind AI malware learns and mimics its target systems behaviours to prevent detection

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Powered and fuelled by AI cyber attacks are about to go full auto and noone is prepared for what’s coming. Every second of every day cyber security experts around the world are engaged in a virtual war with criminals, hackers and wayward foreign governments, and...

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Self-destructing algorithms could usher in a new era of cyber security

Self-destructing algorithms could usher in a new era of cyber security

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One time programs perform obfuscated calculations within a “true black box” that then self-destructs keeping all the details of that calculation a secret forever, it has applications for encryption and software protection.   Imagine two millionaires, you and your better half, or alternatively two random...

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AI can now listen to individuals in a crowd

AI can now listen to individuals in a crowd

WHY THIS MATTERS This new breakthrough will let our Connected Home devices hear us better, but on the other it also gives organisations the ability to eavesdrop on everyone.   Devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home can normally deal with requests from a single person, but like us they often still...

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Researchers have developed an AI that can identify masked individuals

Researchers have developed an AI that can identify masked individuals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is increasingly helping governments and multi-nationals strip away our anonymity and privacy, and the pros and cons depend on which side of the fence you sit, but one thing is certain, in the future there will be no such thing as privacy – online...

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ARM CEO challenges the tech industry to build an immune system to prevent a cyber pandemic

ARM CEO challenges the tech industry to build an immune system to prevent a cyber pandemic

WHY IT MATTERS Over the coming decades trillions of devices will become smart and connected and, unless companies and individuals come together to tackle the issue, we could be heading for a cyber security armageddon   Cyber security today is bad, very bad, and as we all buy more devices,...

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Researchers are trying to create a rating system for cybersecurity software

Researchers are trying to create a rating system for cybersecurity software

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With cybersecurity at the top of most people’s minds how do you know just how good the cybersecurity product you just bought to protect your company or home devices really is?   Cybersecurity is obviously front of mind for a lot of people, which is...

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There’s something fishy about Dubai Airports new security technology

There’s something fishy about Dubai Airports new security technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Airports are finally moving away from Photo ID’s and passports and embracing new biometric and facial recognition technologies in order to speed up the flow of people and improve the customer experience, but some are worried about the privacy implications   Hot on the heels...

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Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid

Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The power grids used by most countries were born in a different era, but now, thanks to new technologies like blockchain, grid scale storage and renewables, they’re about to get upgraded   Imagine the scene, a power pole collapses at 8PM on a hot night...

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South China Airlines swaps boarding cards for facial recognition

South China Airlines swaps boarding cards for facial recognition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometrics is quickly becoming the security tool of choice for a vast number of governments and organisations, and increasingly I’m seeing them being used to create new “contactless” borders and “frictionless” customer experiences   Earlier this year I reported that Australia had decided to do...

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World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology keeps lowering the bar for criminals and nation states that want to cause mischief and harm, and now the makers of autonomous vehicles have something new to worry about   Recently there have been reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea...

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Lockheed’s new camera puts a space telescope in your pocket

Lockheed’s new camera puts a space telescope in your pocket

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly we’re using new, and advanced, optical systems to monitor everything that goes on around us, both on Earth and in space, and the more the sensors improve the more we can watch   Today’s space telescopes, like the Hubble or the newest kid on the...

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AI is helping create realistic “Fake news!” videos and it’s going to be a problem

AI is helping create realistic “Fake news!” videos and it’s going to be a problem

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability of “unethical actors” to create realistic looking video and audio of famous people to generate “Fake news!” is accelerating exponentially and politicians are already way behind the curve   Over the past couple of years, even before “Fake news!” became the monster topic...

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Virtual reality lets cyber security experts patrol their networks Matrix style

Virtual reality lets cyber security experts patrol their networks Matrix style

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual reality will give cybersecurity analysts the ability to patrol their networks like cops On the beat in the real world, and it could lead to significant gains in productivity and protection   The future of the workplace is, understandably, a hot topic for many...

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Blockchain experts are putting a stop to governments putting backdoors in software

Blockchain experts are putting a stop to governments putting backdoors in software

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Governments want backdoors in software and criminals want to exploit them to spread malware, now a blockchain based system from Switzerland could put a stop to both   A new blockchain based software update framework from the team at the Decentralized-Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at the Swiss...

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DNA encryption arrives to protect your genome from prying eyes

DNA encryption arrives to protect your genome from prying eyes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are increasingly sharing our DNA data online, and sometimes you don’t want everyone to see everything, so now researchers have developed the world’s first DNA Encryption product   When we talk about “security” it’s probably fair to say that not many people think about...

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World first as researchers hack a computer using modified DNA

World first as researchers hack a computer using modified DNA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we increasingly become masters of manipulating the makeup of life criminals will find new, innovative ways, to breach computer systems and cause havoc   We are increasingly becoming masters of manipulating the building blocks of life, whether it’s creating new “alien” life forms that...

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Skynet booted as Pentagon straps “Mayhem” autonomous AI into critical systems

Skynet booted as Pentagon straps “Mayhem” autonomous AI into critical systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that the AI will play an increasingly important, automatic and autonomous, role in defending a country’s critical infrastructure and systems and this is the Pentagon’s first step, but as some will say, “First step to what…!?”   After seeing the raw power,...

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