Apple’s FaceID

This is a good interview with Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering about FaceID. Honestly, I don’t know what to think. I am confident that Apple is not collecting a photo database, but not optimistic that it can’t be hacked with fake faces. I dislike the fact that the police can point the phone at someone and have it automatically unlock. So this is important: I also quizzed Federighi about the…

September 19, 2017
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Bluetooth Vulnerabilities

A bunch of Bluetooth vulnerabilities are being reported, some pretty nasty. BlueBorne concerns us because of the medium by which it operates. Unlike the majority of attacks today, which rely on the internet, a BlueBorne attack spreads through the air. This works similarly to the two less extensive vulnerabilities discovered recently in a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip by Project Zero and Exodus. The vulnerabilities found in Wi-Fi chips affect only the…

September 18, 2017
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Another iPhone Change to Frustrate the Police

I recently wrote about the new ability to disable the Touch ID login on iPhones. This is important because of a weirdness in current US law that protects people’s passcodes from forced disclosure in ways it does not protect actions: being forced to place a thumb on a fingerprint reader. There’s another, more significant, change: iOS now requires a passcode before the phone will establish trust with another device. In…

September 15, 2017
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Hacking Robots

Researchers have demonstrated hacks against robots, taking over and controlling their camera, speakers, and movements. News article. Source: https://www.schneier.com

September 14, 2017
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On the Equifax Data Breach

Last Thursday, Equifax reported a data breach that affects 143 million US customers, about 44% of the population. It’s an extremely serious breach; hackers got access to full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers — exactly the sort of information criminals can use to impersonate victims to banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, and other businesses vulnerable to fraud. Many sites posted guides to protecting yourself…

September 13, 2017
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Hacking Voice Assistant Systems with Inaudible Voice Commands

Turns out that all the major voice assistants — Siri, Google Now, Samsung S Voice, Huawei HiVoice, Cortana and Alexa — listen at audio frequencies the human ear can’t hear. Hackers can hijack those systems with inaudible commands that their owners can’t hear. News articles. Source: https://www.schneier.com

September 13, 2017
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Securing a Raspberry Pi

A Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer designed for markers and all sorts of Internet-of-Things types of projects. Make magazine has an article about securing it. Reading it, I am struck by how much work it is to secure. I fear that this is beyond the capabilities of most tinkerers, and the result will be even more insecure IoT devices. Source: https://www.schneier.com

September 12, 2017
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A Hardware Privacy Monitor for iPhones

Andrew “bunnie” Huang and Edward Snowden have designed a hardware device that attaches to an iPhone and monitors it for malicious surveillance activities, even in instances where the phone’s operating system has been compromised. They call it an Introspection Engine, and their use model is a journalist who is concerned about government surveillance: Our introspection engine is designed with the following goals in mind: Completely open source and user-inspectable (“You…

September 11, 2017
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