Today’s Tech Sightings:
Cybersecurity firm ESET says infected banner ads have put millions of internet users at risk of installing Trojans and spyware on their computers since October. The company said Stegano, as the attack campaign is called, has spread from malicious ads on several reputable sites, targeting Internet Explorer users and exploiting Adobe Flash vulnerabilities in order to gain access to various password credentials.
Smart, connected cities sound like a great idea, and the technology sector is pushing hard to bring this vision to life. But not enough thought is going into potential security risks as more public infrastructure goes online. This was one of the topics at the 2016 Smart City Summit in Boston, where participants cautioned that lack of attention to the security of connected devices could spell disaster on a large scale.
Facial recognition software in New Zealand rejected the passport photograph of an Asian man after mistakenly registering that his eyes were closed. Richard Lee submitted his photo to one of the government’s online passport photo checkers, but the photo was rejected even though Lee’s eyes were not closed. One official said up to 20 percent of passport photos submitted online are rejected.
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