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Army Wants to Automate Base Access With Facial Recognition

The Army wants to make sure drivers entering bases through automated checkpoints are, in fact, who they claim to be, and is developing a new biometric camera system to assist.

The military branch issued a call on its Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, broad agency announcement—a contract vehicle used for working with small businesses on phased, iterative development programs—seeking early-stage design for a camera system able to pull usable images of drivers approaching checkpoints and matching those photos against a facial biometric database.

Source: Army Wants to Automate Base Access With Facial Recognition at Drive-Thru Checkpoints – Nextgov

Tesla’s video footage of drivers raises safety and privacy concerns

Cars are increasingly equipped with cameras to monitor driver behavior, but Tesla’s use of the technology raises safety and privacy questions. Driver monitoring systems help ensure motorists are paying attention to the road when using automated features that don’t require their hands on the wheel.

Most of these systems use infrared cameras to track the driver’s head position or eye movements.

Tesla, on the other hand, is recording and transmitting video footage of occupants to help engineers further develop its self-driving technology. What’s worse, the automaker is not using the in-car cameras to keep passengers safe. Tesla’s in-car camera is turned off by default, but owners have the option to activate it. But any time video is being recorded, it can be accessed later, including by police, insurance companies, regulators and bad actors.

Source: Tesla’s video footage of drivers raises safety and privacy concerns – Axios

Hacked Surveillance Camera Firm Shows Staggering Scale of Facial Recognition

A hacked customer list shows that facial recognition company Verkada is deployed in tens of thousands of schools, bars, stores, jails, and other businesses around the country.

Verkada’s cameras are capable of identifying particular people across time by detecting their faces, and are also capable of filtering individuals by their gender, the color of their clothes, and other attributes.

Source: Hacked Surveillance Camera Firm Shows Staggering Scale of Facial Recognition

Florida water treatment facility hack used a dormant remote access software

A hacker who last week tried to poison a Florida city’s water supply used a remote access software platform that had been dormant for months, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told CNN on Tuesday.

The cyber-intruder got into Oldsmar’s water treatment system twice on Friday — at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — through a dormant software called TeamViewer. The software hadn’t been used in about six months but was still on the system.

Once inside the system, the hacker adjusted the level of sodium hydroxide, or lye, to more than 100 times its normal levels. he identity of the hacker, or hackers, isn’t yet known. The incident highlights how some critical infrastructure systems are vulnerable to hacking because they are online and use remote access programs, sometimes with lax security.

Source: Florida water treatment facility hack used a dormant remote access software, sheriff says – CNN

Authorities bust SIM-swap ring they say took millions from the rich and famous

Ten people have been arrested in connection with a series of SIM-swapping attacks that reaped more than $100 million by taking over the mobile phone accounts of high-profile individuals.

SIM-swapping is a crime that involves replacing a target’s legitimate SIM card with one belonging to the attacker. The attacker then initiates password resets for accounts for email, cryptocurrency holdings, and other important resources. With control over the target’s mobile phone, the attacker responds to text messages the account providers send to complete the password reset.

The account hijacking typically occurs with either the help of a malicious employee who works for the mobile carrier, or with the help of an attacker posing as the rightful account owner and asking for a new card.

Source: Authorities bust SIM-swap ring they say took millions from the rich and famous | Ars Technica

1st Circuit Upholds Border Searches of Phones and Laptops

Border agents can turn on a U.S. citizen’s laptop, phone or other digital device, scroll through the data and then confiscate it for weeks even if they don’t have any reason to suspect that the owner is guilty of a crime, the First Circuit ruled Wednesday.

“Given the volume of travelers passing through our nation’s borders, warrantless electronic device searches are essential to … adequately protect the border,” the Boston-based court said in a decision. Requiring suspicion of wrongdoing “would hamstring the agencies’ efforts to prevent border-related crime and protect this country from national security threats.”

Source: 1st Circuit Upholds Border Searches of Phones and Laptops – Courthouse News Service

Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns

Hands-free check ins and face scanners are part of pandemic travel. Flying after coronavirus is set to involve far less personal contact with airline staff. Not everyone agrees that’s a good thing.

In German airports, facial recognition technology now lets passengers move through hubs using their faces rather than their boarding passes. Elsewhere, technology developments include mobile phone-operated self-service check-ins.

But digital rights campaigners say they’re concerned the pandemic has opened the door to a culture change that isn’t proportionate and could be detrimental, if passengers get used to handing over more personal data and that data isn’t protected.

Source: Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns – POLITICO

The CBP Used COVID As An Excuse To Install Facial Recognition At 76 Airports

A recent DHS report titled the “CBP Trade and Travel Report” reads like an instruction manual on how to exploit the public’s fear of COVID. The report is a perfect example of how the Feds used the pandemic as an excuse to install facial recognition cameras across the country.

The CBP has used the pandemic to embark on “transformative biometric measures” to enroll more Americans into their “Trusted Traveler” database. he CBP’s biometric Trusted Traveler program is now being used in 76 airports. In two years, the CBP’s Global Entry Facial Comparison program has expanded to 20 international airports in the U.S. However, since 2018, the CBP has used facial recognition to ID a grand total of 7 imposters who tried getting into the United States.

Source: The CBP Used COVID As An Excuse To Install Facial Recognition At 76 Airports | MassPrivateI

Hackers tried to poison Oldsmar’s water supply

Local and federal authorities are investigating after an attempt Friday to poison the city of Oldsmar’s water supply, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

Someone remotely accessed a computer for the city’s water treatment system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, by a factor of more than 100, Gualtieri said at a news conference Monday. The chemical is used in small amounts to control the acidity of water but it’s also a corrosive compound commonly found in household cleaning supplies such as liquid drain cleaners.

The city’s water supply was not affected. A supervisor working remotely saw the concentration being changed on his computer screen and immediately reverted it, Gualtieri said.

Source: Someone tried to poison Oldsmar’s water supply during hack, sheriff says

A Home Security Tech Hacked Into Cameras To Watch People Undressing And Having Sex

A home security technician admitted Thursday that he secretly accessed the cameras of more than 200 customers, particularly attractive women, to spy on while they undressed, slept, or had sex, federal prosecutors said.

Telesforo Aviles, a 35-year-old former employee for the security company ADT, admitted he secretly accessed the customers’ accounts more than 9,600 times over more than four years, according to a guilty plea submitted in court.

Source: A Home Security Tech Hacked Into Cameras To Watch People Undressing And Having Sex, Prosecutors Say

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