Malicious Ads Put Millions at Risk; the Trouble With Smart Cities

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 1:03 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Adobe company logos are seen in this picture illustration taken in Vienna. (Reuters)

FILE – Adobe company logos are seen in this picture illustration taken in Vienna. (Reuters)

Malicious Online Ads Expose Millions to Possible Hack

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.

The Smart City Security Nightmare

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.

New Zealand Passport Robot Tells Applicants of Asian Decent to Open Eyes

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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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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