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Computer Security No 42: MasterCard to launch biometrics payment app in Australia
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MasterCard to launch biometrics payment app in Australia
MasterCard has announced the launch of its MasterCard Identify Check app in Australia. This will enable people to use facial recognition.
In addition to facial recognition, the app also supports fingerprint recognition to serve as a form of two-factor authentication. MasterCard will also be offering an API that allows financial institutions to integrate these security features into their own apps.
The app will be available as a free opt-in additional service for Apple, Android and Windows Phone devices, enabling customers to swipe their finger on the device’s fingerprint reader or to take a selfie with the front camera.
As a security measure, MasterCard does not store the customer's actual fingerprint or photo on the device. Rather, it examines the face/fingerprint scan and uses an algorithm to create a string of numbers, which is encrypted and ten sent to the credit card compny to compare with the encrypted string it has on file.
This is already available in Canada and the US. www.thepaypers.com)
Ransomware that can poison your water supply if not paid
This Ransomware was created by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology. It was demo-ed at the 2017 RSA Conference (cryptography and information security) in San Francisco.
It allowed researchers to access programmable logic controllers (PLC) giving them the ability to shut valves, control the level of chlorine in the water and display false readouts.
This is all part of the vulnerability of IoT (Internet of Things). It is very similar to the way Stuxnet worked; Stuxnet was developed by NSA and Israel agencies and was used in 2010 to take down nuclear centrifuges in Iran.
One wonders what the utility of this demo was ... we knew PLCs are vulnerable - perhaps a better research project would have been to find ways to strengthen the PLCs ...
Luckily, a more useful project was the announcement of KasperskyOS - a secure operating system (that will compete with Microsoft), was launched - secure and all, 14 years in the making and with no line of Linux in it. This will be a top notch solution for IoT.
To read more: eugene.kaspersky.com
Russian hackers again? - New MacOS Malware can steal passwords and iPhone backups
APT28 Russian cyber espionage group is believed to be responsible for yet another malware, after having hacked the 2016 presidential election campaign in US.
The malware, called X-Agent is targetting the Apple MacOS system; this is a new variant of the spyware used in the past in cyber attacks against Windows, iOS, Android and linux.
APT28 is also known as Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, and Pawn Storm, has been operating since 2007 and is allegedly linked to the Russian government.
To read more: appleinsider.com
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Websites can track you online across multiple web browsers
Websites can track you online across multiple web browsers. Everyone from websites, banks, retailers, search engines (but not duckduckgo which I like to use - see https://duckduckgo.com/privacy tracks your online activities using different Web "fingerprinting" techniques.
A team of researchers from Lehigh University and Washington University in St Louis developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique to accurately track users across multiple browsers based on information like extensions, plugins, time zone, and whether ad blockers were installed.
To download the technical paper: yinzhicao.org
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- use plugins such as AdBlock Plus or Ghostery that stop most tracking cookies and ads
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