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Sep 3, 2023

SELinux In Linux 6.6 Removes References To Its Origins At The US NSA

Posted by in categories: computing, privacy, security

Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) has been part of the mainline kernel for two decades to provide a security module implementing access control security policies and is now widely-used for enhancing the security of production Linux servers and other systems. Those that haven’t been involved with Linux for a long time may be unaware that SELinux originates from the US National Security Agency (NSA). But now with Linux 6.6 the NSA references are being removed.

The United States National Security Agency worked on the original code around Security Enhanced Linux and was the primary original developer. The NSA has continued to contribute to SELinux over the years while with its increased adoption does see contributions from a wide range of individuals and organizations.

Sep 2, 2023

NYU Researchers Developed a New Artificial Intelligence Technique to Change a Person’s Apparent Age in Images while Maintaining their Unique Identifying Features

Posted by in categories: life extension, privacy, robotics/AI

AI systems are increasingly being employed to accurately estimate and modify the ages of individuals using image analysis. Building models that are robust to aging variations requires a lot of data and high-quality longitudinal datasets, which are datasets containing images of a large number of individuals collected over several years.

Numerous AI models have been designed to perform such tasks; however, many encounter challenges when effectively manipulating the age attribute while preserving the individual’s facial identity. These systems face the typical challenge of assembling a large set of training data consisting of images that show individual people over many years.

The researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering have developed a new artificial intelligence technique to change a person’s apparent age in images while ensuring the preservation of the individual’s unique biometric identity.

Sep 1, 2023

X plans to collect users’ biometric data, along with education and job history

Posted by in categories: education, government, policy, privacy, security

X, formerly known as Twitter, will begin collecting users’ biometric data, according to its new privacy policy that was first spotted by Bloomberg. The policy also says the company wants to collect users’ job and education history. The policy page indicates that the change will go into effect on September 29.

“Based on your consent, we may collect and use your biometric information for safety, security, and identification purposes,” the updated policy reads. Although X hasn’t specified what it means by biometric information, it is usually used to describe a person’s physical characteristics, such as their face or fingerprints. X also hasn’t provided any details about how it plans to collect it.

The company told Bloomberg that the biometrics are for premium users and will give them the option to submit their government ID and an image in order to add a verification layer. Biometric data may be extracted from both the ID and image for matching purposes, Bloomberg reports.

Sep 1, 2023

Elon Musk’s X now wants your biometric data, as well as your job and education history, for ‘safety, security, and identification purposes’

Posted by in categories: education, Elon Musk, privacy, robotics/AI, security

The company said it may also use user data to train A.I. models.

Aug 29, 2023

Hacking Biometric Facial Recognition

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, privacy, robotics/AI

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Are biometric authentication measures no longer safe? Biometric authentication expert says deepfake videos and camera injection attacks are changing the game.

Biometrics authentication is getting more and more popular due to it being fast, easy, and smooth for the user, but Stuart Wells, CTO at biometrics authentication company Jumio, thinks this may be risky.

Aug 23, 2023

PERSPECTIVE: The Future of Biometric Border Control and Cyber Threat Challenges

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, privacy, robotics/AI

Additionally, iProov reveals a 295 percent yearly increase in biometric attacks that use novel face swaps. Using this technique, attackers generate synthetic images with AI, either replacing the face of the victim with a video of him to bypass liveness checks or with the face of the attacker itself.

But beyond deep fakes and other more rudimentary presentation attacks where identities are spoofed using masks or other presentation techniques, another type of attack is gaining ground: digital injection.

Aug 8, 2023

Worldcoin’s Iris-Scan ID Proposition Is Best Considered With Eyes Wide Open

Posted by in categories: privacy, robotics/AI

Company’s offer of $60 along with proof you aren’t a robot has hidden risks. Why trust a private enterprise with your biometric data?

Aug 5, 2023

Worldcoin and Kenyan Argue About Who’s Breaking Up With Whom

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, privacy

Kenya claims it’s shutting down Sam Altman’s eyeball-scanning Worldcoin cryptocurrency within its borders — but Worldcoin says it’s suspending its own services in the country, thank you very much.

In a joint statement, a group of agencies in the East African nation said that Worldcoin “must cease its data collection activities in Kenya until further notice” as it investigates regulatory concerns about the way the project collects biometric data.

Worldcoin, meanwhile, seems to have a different version of events.

Jul 27, 2023

Worldcoin struggles to find new users willing to scan iris for crypto

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, privacy

Related: Worldcoin confirms it is the cause of mysterious Safe deployments

The stark contrast in the number of sign-ups before and after the launch suggests a lack of enthusiasm. However, the early on-boards also proved controversial, with one MIT report suggesting that the developers behind the project attracted the first million using deception, cash handouts and more, especially in developing countries where data laws are notably weak.

Worldcoin has drawn scrutiny and commentary from many well-known names in the crypto community, including Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. In its defense, the project has maintained that it doesn’t collect personal information and can delete the biometric data upon user request.

Jul 6, 2023

Threads, Meta’s Twitter rival, is tracking you in all sorts of ways

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The App Privacy section of Threads’ App Store page lists all the ways in which Threads is tracking you (opens in a new tab) and using your data. Reader, the list is very, very long.

Threads, Meta’s answer to Twitter, launched on Thursday, apparently amassing more than 10 million users in the first seven hours of its existence.

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