Zoom Endpoint-Security Considerations | THS

Zoom problems in a nutshell: it is possible for someone to send malicious code to the participants in a session. Once this is done the code cannot be removed. Other than that Zoom uses several outdated software components. All of them have well known documented security issues.  More here: Zoom Endpoint-Security Considerations | THS Photo […]

Security lapse exposed Clearview AI source code | TechCrunch

Clearview AI is widely considered as a privacy nightmare.  With the exposure of it’s own source code on the Internet due a server misconfiuration, it’s clear that it cannot even handle it’s most important assets. The privacy blunder was made public by Mossab Hussein, chief security officer of SpiderSilk when he gained access to a […]

Facebook cancels physical events through June 2021(!)

Facebook canceled all physical events with more than 5o people through June 2021. They will replace some of them with virtual events, but Mark Zuckerberg didn’t provide further details in his post. This outlook is certainly a bit grim since Facebook could set an example for the IT business. We might see other tech organizers […]

Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android | TechCrunch

Apple and Google’s engineering teams have teamed up to create a decentralized contact tracing tool for their respective OSs.  It’s goal is to give individuals information whether they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19: All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to […]

Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

Researchers Emilio Calvano, Giacomo Calzolari, Vincenzo Denicolò, Sergio Pastorello of the University of Bologna in Italy conducted an experiment where they let loose two simple reinforcement-learning-based pricing algorithms in a controlled environment. They learned that the these two completely autonomous algorithms actually responded to their mutual behavior.  Together, they started quickly to pull up the […]

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition Tech Is Being Used By The Justice Department, ICE, And The FBI

Clearview’s facial recognition AI is not only used by law enforcement; there is a large number of private companies that have Clearview accounts, like Kohl’s and Walmart and banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America. While most of these companies have no formal contracts with Clearview and appear to have used Clearview’s software on […]

Coronavirus and the impact on global supply chains – MIT Technology Review Insights

The coronavirus turns out to be a massive disruptor of global supply chains. For example, ´ the automotive industry óperates still at less than 50% of its pre-virus production levels. Companies producing electronics are operating at 40 to 60% of their capacities. This hits products like smartphones very hard, since the production requires asselmby lines. […]