Knowing the motive is key to stopping hackers

Hackers have a range of motives for the cyberattacks they pull off. Understanding more about those motives could help stop web defacements.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology crimes hackers internet privacy security

Edible security tags on pills could fight fake drugs

Putting edible tags made of proteins on pills could help fight back against counterfeit drugs, which claim thousands of lives each year.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine crimes led medications proteins security

Cybercriminals gang up to pull off a job, then disband

"...the ones causing the most damage are loose groups of individuals who come together to do one thing, do it really well... then disappear."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture crimes hackers internet security

Time to worry about electronic pills and privacy?

Electronic pills with built-in sensors could give doctors a better picture of your health, but they also come with privacy concerns, researchers say.

Lise Steen Nielsen-Copenhagen | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine medications privacy security sensors

Your car could be at risk for cyber attacks

Smart cars are vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches, some of which could even be lethal. Companies need to catch up to protect consumers, researchers say.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cars electronics hackers security

New plastic could bring infrared security to your home

Lenses made of a special type of plastic could lower the cost of infrared imaging for use in home security, fire protection, and autonomous vehicles.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology imaging-technology infrared-light lenses plastics polymers security sensors

Laser pointers can hijack your virtual assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant are vulnerable to hijacking via "Light Commands" with as little as a regular laser pointer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology hackers light security sensors voice-technology

Imposters could pose as a relative using your DNA info

Malicious users could use a site called GEDmatch to get your genetic identity and use it to impersonate family.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture dna families internet privacy security

Why companies should be open about cybersecurity

Companies that are more open about their cybersecurity risk management efforts fare better with investors than companies that keep things close to the vest.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business investments money security

Privacy and security threats lurk in these everyday choices

"We provide online service, app, and content providers with detailed information about our whereabouts, our thoughts, our feelings, our moods, and our life patterns."

Boston University | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology society-and-culture crimes hackers internet mobile-devices privacy security social-media

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