University of Toronto researchers develop AI that can defeat facial recognition systems

Facial recognition systems are controversial, to say the least. Amazon made headlines last week over supplying law enforcement agencies with face-scanning tech. Schools in China are using facial recognition cameras to monitor students. And studies show that some facial recognition algorithms have built-in biases against certain ethnicities. Concern…Read More

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Finally Gets Oreo In The U.S.

Samsung started rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy Tab S3 a couple of weeks ago. It sent out the firmware update in the United Kingdom initially and about a fortnight later, the company has finally released Oreo for the Galaxy Tab S3 in the United States.

The Galaxy Tab S3 was launched in the United States in the spring of 2017 and it came with Nougat out of the box. The tablet is still powered by Nougat and will just now be updated to Oreo.

Those who own the Galaxy Tab S3 in the United States will soon be receiving an over-the-air update notification on their tablets informing them that Oreo is finally available for their device. They can also manually pull the update by going to the software update menu in the settings app.

The update brings Android 8.0 Oreo for Samsung’s flagship tablet as well as its Samsung Experience 9.0 custom skin which is the same version that the company introduced with the Galaxy S9. This firmware update brings all of the features that are part and parcel of Android 8.0 Oreo as well as the features that are exclusive to the Samsung Experience skin.

It’s a hefty update at 1.2GB which isn’t surprising given that it’s a major Android platform update. It’s rolling out in phases across the United States and should go live for all Galaxy Tab S3 owners in the near future.

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Surprise! Teens hate Facebook

Facebook, not so long ago, ruled the social media roost. Across nearly all important demographics, the Zuckerberg-led time bomb flattened the competition. Sure, it was losing teens, but many of them were just being diverted to other Facebook-owned properties, like WhatsApp and Instagram. Now, according to Pew Research, only 51 percent of teens use Facebook — down 20 percent from 2015. Zuckerberg better grab a helmet because this time the sky really is falling. With smartphone ownership becoming a nearly ubiquitous element of teen life — 95 percent of those 13 to 17 report either owning a smartphone or having regular access…

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Ticketfly shuts down temporarily after hacker infiltrates site

Ticketfly, a ticket distribution service, has temporarily shut down after discovering a “cyber incident,” the company has revealed. Any attempts to access the Ticketfly website result in a message advising visitors of the event; the rest of the service is unavailable. The hacker had replaced the website’s with a new picture and a warning. Yesterday night, some Ticketfly visitors were … Continue reading

Ticketfly hacker threatens to release more stolen data


As far as blackmail goes, it was a relatively small request. 

The hacker who claims to have gained access to a host of data from Ticketfly, prompting the Eventbrite-owned ticketing company to pull its site offline sometime late last night, told Mashable that he was only after a single bitcoin. 

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“[Yes] i asked them 1 bitcoin for protection,” explained the hacker, who goes by IShAkDz, over email, in addition to sharing a huge repository of allegedly stolen files. “But I did not receive a reply from them.”

At the time of this writing, that comes out to around $7,500. For context, the person who hacked HBO last year wanted around $6.5 million worth of bitcoin.  Read more…

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Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Been ‘Preventing’ iOS App Updates Since Russia’s Ban in April

In April, the Russian government banned secure messaging app Telegram and this month asked Apple to remove it from the iOS App Store completely in the country, citing the potential for terrorist communication via the app since Telegram refused to allow Russia to read user messages. As this unfolds, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov posted an update for users early this morning in an effort to explain why some features “don’t work correctly under iOS 11.4” (via ArsTechnica).

According to Durov, Apple has been “preventing” the Telegram iOS app from updating on a global scale, dating back to when Russia banned the app in April. Durov says that his company chose to do the “only possible thing” and refused to provide Russia with decryption keys to access user messages, “preserving the right of our users privacy in a troubled country.”

He continued by stating, “Unfortunately, Apple didn’t side with us.” The CEO says Apple’s restricting of Telegram dates back to mid-April and while Russia represents a small subset of its user base (7 percent), Apple’s actions affect all Telegram users around the world. Because of this, the launch of iOS 11.4 on Tuesday has broken some Telegram features like stickers, and caused the company to miss its deadline for compliance with the GDPR for users in the European Union.

Apple has been preventing Telegram from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store. Russia banned Telegram on its territory in April because we refused to provide decryption keys for all our users’ communications to Russia’s security agencies. We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country.

Unfortunately, Apple didn’t side with us. While Russia makes up only 7% of Telegram’s userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April. As a result, we’ve also been unable to fully comply with GDPR for our EU-users by the deadline of May 25, 2018. We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation and will keep you updated.

By missing the deadline, Telegram users in Europe won’t have the same level of security and privacy in comparison to compliant apps, and a lack of updates could put the platform at a higher risk of vulnerability. Apple has yet to comment on the issue or explain its stance, but Durov hopes to “resolve the situation” soon as the company continues its efforts to get the iOS app up to date for all users.

This is far from the first time Telegram has been in hot water with both Apple and Russia. Earlier in February, Apple pulled Telegram from the App Store due to reports of “inappropriate content” being hosted on the messaging service, but it made a return a few hours after disappearing, once Telegram put additional protections in place.

For Russia, the government previously threatened a ban on Telegram last summer after repeated efforts to obtain more information about the company were ignored. While seemingly innocuous, Russia’s request for a “form with information” on Telegram would effectively add the company to the state regulators’ registry, further requiring Telegram to retain users’ chats and to share encryption keys with Russian authorities if asked. Similar requests date back to 2014.

As of writing, Telegram Messenger for iOS was last updated on March 24, 2018.

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