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China introduces mandatory face scans for people buying mobile phones

December 6th, 2019 at 2:02 pm » Comments Off

The rule came into effect on December 1st, to “protect” Chinese citizens’ rights and security in cyberspace. Now people buying new mobile phones and phone contracts in China will have to provide a scan of their faces. The rule came into effect on Sunday, 1 December and is meant to “protect the legitimate rights and […]



Cybercrime booms as scammers hack human nature to steal billions

November 24th, 2019 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

Cyberscams are getting more sophisticated. The secret to comedy, according to the old joke, is timing. The same is true of cybercrime. Mark learned this the hard way in 2017. He runs a real estate company in Seattle and asked us not to include his last name because of the possible repercussions for his business. […]



Here’s how quantum computer supremacy will impact self-driving cars

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

  Quantum supremacy, achieved? The news recently was agog with the claim that the so-called and highly sought “quantum supremacy” had been achieved via an effort undertaken by Google researchers. Not everyone agreed though that the Google effort warranted waving the superlative supremacy flag. That’s not to say that the use of their 54-qubit Sycamore […]



Researchers used a laser to hack Alexa and other voice assistants

November 13th, 2019 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco (CNN Business)Usually you have to talk to voice assistants to get them to do what you want. But a group of researchers determined they can also command them by shining a laser at smart speakers and other gadgets that house virtual helpers such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. Researchers at […]



‘Quantum Apocalypse’: How ultra-powerful computers could cripple governments and effectively break the internet

October 12th, 2019 at 3:43 pm » Comments Off

  A new era of computing could bring about a ‘quantum apocalypse’ ‘Our modern systems of finance, commerce, communication, transportation, manufacturing, energy, government, and healthcare will for all intents and purposes cease to function,’ cyber security expert warns A new era of unfathomably fast computers is just a few years away, with quantum computers set […]



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