Two vendors now sell iPhone cracking technology – and police are buying

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:17:00 -0700

Law enforcement interest in iPhone encryption-cracking hardware from two new companies is a strong indication that Apple no longer claims the mobile security high ground.

“What this means, if it’s true, is that people who thought all of their communications were totally secure shouldn’t feel so confident going forward,” said Jack Gold, principal analyst with J. Gold Associates. “But, then security has always been a tug of war between the ones implementing it and the ones trying to break it.”

In February, reports surfaced that an Israel-based technology vendor, Cellebrite, had discovered a way to unlock encrypted iPhones running iOS 11 and were marketing the product to law enforcement and private forensics firms around the world. According to a police warrant obtained by Forbes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had been testing the technology.

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How blockchain could solve the internet privacy problem

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:00:00 -0700

Fintech firms, software makers, telecom providers and other businesses have joined forces develop a blockchain-based network that will enable anyone to exchange digital credentials online and without the risk of unintentionally exposing any private data.

The companies are part of the Sovrin Foundation, a new nonprofit organization now developing the Sovrin Network, which could enable anyone to globally exchange pre-verified data with any entity also on the network.

The online credentials would be akin to identify information you or I might have in our physical wallets: a driver’s license, a bank debit card or a company ID.

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This is how blockchain might solve the internet privacy problem

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:00:00 -0700

Fintech firms, software makers, telecom providers and other businesses have joined forces develop a blockchain-based network that will enable anyone to exchange digital credentials online and without the risk of unintentionally exposing any private data.

The companies are part of the Sovrin Foundation, a new nonprofit organization now developing the Sovrin Network, which could enable anyone to globally exchange pre-verified data with any entity also on the network.

The online credentials would be akin to identify information you or I might have in our physical wallets: a driver’s license, a bank debit card or a company ID.

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Facial recognition tech moves from smartphones to the boardroom

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 03:03:00 -0700

Facial recognition technology, which has begun to gain traction on mobile devices like the iPhone X and various Android smartphones, could soon show up at work – and at the airport.

The technology uses a person’s face to authenticate their identity,  making it a potentially important security tool.

In 2015, Google launched its “Trusted Face” feature as part of its Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Trusted Face, part of Android’s Smart Lock technology, works in the same way as Apple’s Face ID, which replaced the Touch ID fingerprint reader on the iPhone X.

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Could these grain-sized computers using blockchain networks thwart counterfeiters?

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:39:00 -0700

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Tech Talk: What's trending for 2018?

Credit to Author: Ken Mingis| Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0800

When it comes to tech trends we’re likely to see in 2018, nothing would likely be more welcome than the end of passwords. With companies looking for ever better ways to protect data, it seems clear that “password123” has no indefinite future. (Nor does you pet’s name, if that’s what you use.)

But just how quickly passwords will be shunted aside, and by what technology – biometrics? two-factor authentication? algorithms? – remains unclear.

That was topic No. 1 for our panel of tech experts – CSO‘s Michael Nadeau, Infoworld‘s Serdar Syegulalp, Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis and  Macworld‘s Michael Simon – as they peer into the near-future to discern what’s coming in 2018 and what’s not.

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Mingis on Tech: 2018 and the Blockchain bubble

Credit to Author: Ken Mingis| Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:15:00 -0800

If 2017 was the year blockchain swept the tech industry with the potential to disrupt a variety of verticals — FinTech, healthcare and shipping – 2018 is already shaping up to be the breakout year for the distributed ledger technology.

Case in point: Maersk and IBM announced earlier this month that they’ve joined forces to create a new company focused on building a blockchain-based electronic shipping platform. According to Maersk, the platform would effectively supplant an archaic system that now relies on legacy technology, and paper, to track shipments around the world – something that could save billions of dollars.

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Blockchain in the real world: 3 enterprise use cases

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 03:36:00 -0800

While blockchain technology tends to get the most attention for its role in underpinning cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether, vertical industries are quickly adopting it for its efficiency and transparency.

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Mingis on Tech: Blockchain explained

Credit to Author: Ken Mingis| Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:30:00 -0800

It’s the most disruptive technology since the arrival of the Internet.

Or maybe it’s the next Linux, an open-source technology that offers great promise, but somehow never seems to make it to the mainstream world.

“It,” in this case, is blockchain – the buzz-worthy distributed ledger technology that first came into widespread use with Bitcoin represents a new paradigm for the way information is shared. FinTech firms are embracing it and a variety of companies are already rushing to figure out how they can use it to save time and admin costs, according to Computerworld Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian.

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How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:20:00 -0800

Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy.

New research from consultancy Deloitte LLP shows a “trust economy” is now developing around person-to-person (P2P) transactions enabled by blockchain technology and not dependent on more traditional methods such as credit ratings or guaranteed cashier’s checks.

“Rather, it relies on each transacting party’s reputation and digital identity – the elements of which may soon be stored and managed in a blockchain,” Deloitte analysts said in a report.

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The best mobile threat defense is mobile threat detection

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:34:00 -0800

As enterprises push ahead with mobile-first strategies – and employee smartphones and tablets increasingly becoming business tools – the importance of mobile threat defense (MTD) is growing.

Using mobile threat detection and defense, however, is no small task; the technology must cover applications, networks and device-level threats to iOS and Android phones and tablets to be effective.

“We talk about mobile threat defense, rather than detection – the reason being these solutions not only detect, but also can prevent and remediate threats,” said Dionisio Zumerle, research director for mobile security at Gartner.

The MTD market is growing in terms of adoption, and has started to attract attention from endpoint protection platform (EPP) vendors and in other related markets, according to a recent report from Gartner.

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