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Backdoor Encryption, An assault on Privacy

Facebook has certainly had its fair share of problems over the years, right from the Cambridge Analytica scandals to a host of other privacy issue related problems, which led to a lot of people deleting their accounts from the platform. Now that they have come up with a beautiful one, the end-to-end encryption that everybody should applaud, it’s a huge surprise that there is a concerted effort to stab privacy in the back through backdoor encryption. Salvos have been coming from all corners at end-to-end encryption. The surprising aspect of the whole thing is that these reactions are coming from largely unexpected quarters, that is those you thought would be very happy to fight cybercrime to a standstill.  The U.S. Attorney General William Barr in a reaction to the technology world says, “If the cops and Feds can’t read people’s encrypted messages, you will install backdoors for us, regardless of the security hit.” FBI head honcho Christopher Wray is not left out in the call for a backdoor, saying that the cops and Feds should be able to spy on end-to-end encrypted chats and the like. Also noteworthy is the fact that UK home secretary Priti Patel, US attorney general…

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Facial Recognition Could be The Next Access Point For Hackers

Facial recognition, a form of biometric technology is a biological measurement — or physical characteristic — that can be used to identify individuals. Researchers claim the shape of an ear, the way someone sits and walks, unique body odors, the veins in one’s hands, and even facial contortions are other unique identifiers. Because physical characteristics are relatively fixed and individualized — even in the case of twins — they are being used to replace or at least augment password systems for computers, phones, and restricted access rooms and buildings. Biometrics scanners are becoming increasingly sophisticated. For example, Apple’s iPhone X  which operates on the facial recognition technology incidents 30,000 infrared dots onto a user’s face in order to create a sequence of reflections which produce information about the 3D shape of the face, substantiating the user by pattern matching. The chance of mistaken identity is one in a million, according to Apple. This technological advancement should be a thing of joy as it’s supposed to go a long way in easing us of the constant worries of having to remember our passwords and also being very careful not to mistakenly drop them for cybercriminals. It is on record that in…

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