Archive for Info Security and Privacy

Amidst the excitement for the arrival of Google Glass, some people are worried

Stop the Cyborgs wants to ban Google Glass

Google Glass is expected to arrive later this year for less than $1500. Not without controversy, though. Some experts, including the Canadian cyborg Steve Mann, believe the augmented reality eyewear will cause strain and damage to the eyes, especially to children. The heads-up display may also distract the user from what’s happening around him. More importantly, there are big privacy […]

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You can soon log your everyday life through the Memoto wearable camera

Memoto lifelogging cameras

Late last year, the Sweden-based tech startup Memoto AB launched their camera in Kickstarter. It was a huge hit and has earned ten times the goal. The Memoto camera is a lifelogging device — a tiny, wearable camera that automatically takes a 5MP geotagged image every 30 seconds. The photo’s orientation is also recorded so that the app can show […]

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Short Film: Ninety Seconds, a review

poster of the short film Ninety Seconds

The short film Ninety Seconds is a sci-fi thriller directed by Gerard Lough. It is set in the near future. The exact year is not given, but can be intuited to be 2017 or later. The film opens with a quote from George Orwell’s 1984: “The instrument could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.” […]

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Hide from Big Brother using a privacy visor and stealth hoodie

Stealth Wear: counter surveillance fashion line by Adam Harvey

Isao Echizen, an associate professor in The National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan and Seiichi Gohshi, a professor at Kogakuin University, have developed a visor that can protect the wearer from invasion of privacy caused by unauthorized facial recognition systems. The glasses work by adding noise to the images using a near-infrared light source that affects cameras but not […]

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CV Dazzle: how to block automated face detection

CV Dazzle anti-face detection

In my previous post, I discussed the EyeSee mannequins that profile store customers by using facial detection. The world seems to be going towards facial recognition becoming a more prevalent technology. A lot of privacy advocates are understandably bothered by this trend. If you’re one of these people, you may want to check out the CV Dazzle project. CV stands […]

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They are spying on you while you eat or shop

McDonald's in Sydney Airport records conversations

Almax, an Italian company, is selling “EyeSee” mannequins — dummies that use facial recognition software to record people’s age, gender, race, and the length of time they spent around the mannequins. The information is then used to improve the store’s layouts, window displays, and promotions to entice customers to buy. While overhead cameras have been in use in retail stores […]

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Heartbeat and eye movement: passwords of the future

heartbeat

As passwords become easier and easier to hack with powerful computers, researchers are now looking at new ways to secure access to things and information. Two candidates are your eye movement and your heartbeat. It is believed that a person’s exact manner of moving his eyes around is unique, like fingerprints. Oleg Komogortsev, a computer scientist from Texas State University-San […]

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Filipino netizens and hackers opposing the oppressive Cybercrime Law bring tears to my eyes

PNP Abuse 2

When the Philippines’ Anti-Cybercrime Law seemingly came out of nowhere last September 12, a lot of Filipino netizens expressed their outrage. Soon enough, even traditional journalists, lawyers, and international groups supported the rally against this law. The law went into effect in October 3, but due to the citizens’ severe reaction towards it, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed in October 9 […]

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Facebook monitors chats for suspicious activity

Facebook like

For productivity reasons, I decided to lay off my personal Facebook account for a few days. I’ll be using only my work-related account for blogging and business purposes. Learning that Facebook monitors chats for criminal activities only strengthened my resolve for a Facebook sabbatical. I don’t even use FB’s chat and messaging features much, but even I am outraged. It’s […]

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Kaspersky discovers super cyberweapon called “Flame”

spyware

Experts at Kaspersky Lab have discovered an extremely complex spyware actively used as a cyber weapon in several countries. The malware is more complex than other cyber threats previously known. Called Flame (detected as Worm.Win32.Flame by Kaspersky Lab’s security products), the malicious program is designed for cyber espionage and can steal important information such as files, screenshots, contact data, network […]

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