What Is a GAN And Is It Dangerous?
I enjoy being deceived sometimes. The magicians Penn and Teller do a great job of deceiving audiences. The website https://www.thispersondoesnotexist.com/ demonstrates a different kind of deception: computer-generated images that look incredibly realistic. This is different than the deepfake videos where one person’s face is attached to another’s body. The method the site uses is called […]
Facial Recognition Is Now Easy to Implement: What Does That Imply?
Movies and television shows are full of scenes where individuals are recognized in huge crowds using facial recognition software. Until recently, some of those seemed far-fetched or maybe prohibitively expensive. That is no longer the case. Sahil Chinoy described a facial recognition demonstration in The New York Times. He and his team built a sub-100 […]
Shut Off The Engine! Default Passwords Can Disable Your Car!
Abuse of default passwords has gotten worse since I first posted about it here five years ago. Threatpost recently posted an article discussing the issue of passwords for IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Because, for example, networked doorbells don’t have a way for the owner to enter a unique, secure password and often communicate unencrypted, […]
Another Breach of Data Stored In The Cloud. Please stop.
I have a love-hate relationship with ”the cloud”. I love how easy it is to create services, easily access software and data, and I love the easy sharing of data. But I seriously hate how easy it is to unintentionally expose data that should remain confidential. In April of this year, the Telegraph reported on […]
Physical Security is Still Important, Maybe it is More So Than Ever Before
I taught Learning Tree’s Cyber Security Introduction from my office studio recently. The course participants had one thing in common with every other group to which I’ve delivered that class: they really weren’t interested in physical security. I tried to change their minds. Along with the usual activity where a Windows device is booted from […]