KFC Facial Recognition Trial [Link]

January 10, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

Really, what could go wrong here:

the system would tell a male customer in his early 20s to order a set meal of crispy chicken hamburger, roasted chicken wings and coke for lunch, while a female customer in her 50s would get a recommendation of porridge and soybean milk for breakfast.

This is probably the future whether we like it or not. Face and voice recognition is reaching a tipping point where documenting and influencing individuals without consent is trivial. Sure, this has long been a tactic of human merchants the difference now is that the efforts can be coordinated and compiled across multiple outlets.

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  1. DROP TABLE LTD [Link]

    January 06, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From the "the future kind of sucks" files comes this update out of the UK. There's now a company named for a SQL injection attack. I'm hopeful that the global economy will survive ; DROP TABLE "COMPANIES";-- LTD's first public offering.

  2. The Download on the DNC Hack [Link]

    January 04, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Another great summary from Brian Krebs. No matter which side you fall on politically, this stuff should concern you. The problem isn't whether there is hacking, the problem is that we can't even believe the official responses so it leaves a vacuum of information that is readily filled ...

  3. Evernote, Humans, and Machines

    December 19, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The recent Evernote privacy policy brought about considerable response from the nerds.

    Here’s the relevant section many are concerned with (highlighting is mine):

    The latest update to the Privacy Policy allows some Evernote employees to exercise oversight of machine learning technologies applied to account content, subject to the limits ...

  4. How to Encrypt in Less Than an Hour [Link]

    December 06, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Quincy Larson has a pretty reasonable approach to encrypting your data:

    And when I use the terms “private” or “secure”, I mean reasonably so. The reality is that — as long as humans are involved — no system will ever be 100% private or 100% secure.

    His list is short and pretty ...

  5. San Francisco Rail System Hacker Hacked [Link]

    December 01, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I know many people that are fascinated by the hack of San Francisco's MUNI. I'm far more fascinated by the white-hat battles against the hacker, which may have resulted in breaching the miscreant's email accounts. From Brian Krebs:

    On Monday, KrebsOnSecurity was contacted by a security researcher ...

  6. Mirai Botnet Pushes Many Germans Offline [Link]

    December 01, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Brian Krebs continues to follow the analysis of the biggest Botnet attacks the world has ever seen.

    Tell me this doesn't sound like a William Gibson plot writing itself:

    “This is an interesting development because a lot of the response to Mirai lately has been to find a Mirai ...

  7. Akamai on the Krebs DDoS Attack [Link]

    November 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Akamai was the DDoS protection service used by security researcher Brian Krebs. At least until last September when they couldn’t offer pro-bono protection under the weight of new massive attacks.

    Their latest report details the specific attack on Krebs.

    As detailed here in several previous posts, KrebsOnSecurity.com was ...

  8. Ads Surreptitiously Using Sound to Communicate Across Devices

    November 14, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Once again, Bruce Schneier freaks me out:

    The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do ...

  9. Self-Propagating Smart Light Bulb Worm

    November 10, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Bruce Schneier links to an terrifying new research paper:

    In particular, we developed and verified such an infection using the popular Philips Hue smart lamps as a platform. The worm spreads by jumping directly from one lamp to its neighbors, using only their built-in ZigBee wireless connectivity and their physical ...