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Consumer & Gadgets

IoT labels will help consumers figure out which devices are spying on them

When hungry consumers want to know how many calories are in a bag of chips, they can check the nutrition label on the bag. When those same consumers want to check the security and privacy practices of a new IoT device, they ...

Internet

Researchers thwart DDoS technique that threatened large-scale cyberattack

In October 2016, a cyberattack temporarily took down Amazon, Reddit, Spotify and Slack for users along the U.S.'s East Coast. Mirai, a botnet of hacked security cameras and internet routers, aimed a flood of junk traffic ...

Security

High tech printing makes checking banknotes possible in the blink of an eye

New '3-D micro-optic' security features in banknotes enable the general public to detect counterfeits reliably within a fraction of a second, according to new research at the University of Birmingham.

Internet

Don't be phish food! Tips to avoid sharing your personal information online

Data is the new oil, and online platforms will siphon it off at any opportunity. Platforms increasingly demand our personal information in exchange for a service.

Security

Israeli cyber chief: Major attack on water systems thwarted

Israel's national cyber chief Thursday officially acknowledged the country had thwarted a major cyber attack last month against its water systems, an assault widely attributed to arch-enemy Iran, calling it a "synchronized ...

Computer Sciences

Tightening up facial biometrics

Facial biometrics for security applications is an important modern technology. Unfortunately, there is the possibility of "spoofing" a person's face to the sensor or detection system through the use of a photograph or even ...

Internet

Researchers develop ways to make IoT truly ubiquitous

In recent years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a reality. It has helped automatize our homes, healthcare and industrial manufacturing, to mention just a few application areas. In the home environment, this can mean ...

Security

Qatar tracing app flaw exposed 1 mn users' data: Amnesty

A security flaw in Qatar's controversial mandatory coronavirus contact tracing app exposed sensitive information of more than one million users, rights group Amnesty International warned Tuesday.

Engineering

High-security identification that cannot be counterfeited

Try whispering at one end of the Echo Wall in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. People at the far end of the curved wall will hear you from 65 meters away. This is the whispering-gallery effect. Now, researchers from Japan ...