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World’s First Deepfake Audit Counts Videos and Tools on the Open Web

IEEE Spectrum – A new report finds that deepfake software is still prohibitively hard to use, but that may not be true for much longer – “If you wanted to make a deepfake video right now, where would you start? Today, an Amsterdam-based startup has published an audit of all the online resources that exist… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 5, 2019

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 5, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and… Continue Reading

Report: Hackers use simple trick to target U.S. presidential campaign and government officials

Mashable: “Hacking email accounts doesn’t have to be a sophisticated affair.  We are reminded once again of this fact thanks to a report released Friday by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center detailing how a group of hackers targeted the email accounts of journalists, government officials, and the campaign of a U.S. presidential candidate. And here’s… Continue Reading

The women (and men) who came forward about sexual assault and harassment tell about everything that came after

The Cut – Is It Still? Will It Ever Be? The women (and men) who came forward about sexual assault and harassment tell about everything that came after. By Irin Carmon and Amelia Schonbek Additional reporting by Sarah Jones. “In the two years since the New York Times published a story detailing allegations against Harvey… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 28, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 28, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

New federal rules will limit police searches of DNA ancestry databases

Department of Justice Announces Interim Policy on Emerging Method to Generate Leads for Unsolved Violent Crimes, September 24, 2019: “…the Department of Justice announced its Interim Policy on forensic genetic genealogy (FGG), an emerging investigative technique that will combine technological advancements in DNA analysis and searching with traditional geneology research. FGG is a unique investigative method that… Continue Reading

This AI reads privacy policies so you don’t have to and it’s actually pretty good

thenextweb: “Don’t you absolutely hate how dense and confusing privacy policies are? Considering they’re full of gotchas and intentionally obscure legalese, it’s no surprise that hardly anyone bothers to even read them — we’ve simply accepted we’re giving up our data, and with it, our sense of privacy. But thanks to this new policy-reading AI, things… Continue Reading