Today’s Tech Sightings:
Biometrics might prove to be one solution to cybersecurity intrusions, but it is a cause for concern, particularly in India. Citing national security interests, the country’s parliament is getting ready to pass a bill that would give government agencies access to the world’s largest biometrics database. The move has alarmed privacy advocates, especially as it comes on the heels of the government’s recent crackdown on student protests.
Malicious online advertisements, or malvertisements, hit several major entities on Sunday, including the BBC, Newsweek, The New York Times and MSN. The attack targeted users’ computers, either infecting them with malware or encrypting their files with ransomware. The campaign is related to the Angler Exploit Kit, according to security firm Trend Micro.
The showdown continues between Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) over a government request to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter. The proceedings are also seen as a crucial contest between privacy and security. In the latest development, Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted the DoJ, saying its court filing arguing that Apple should comply violates the U.S. Constitution.
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