When we hit "factory reset" on our gadgets, we expect all traces of sensitive information — all of it — to be wiped out — completely. Security experts have learned that with some basic hacking, credit card info stored on old Xbox 360 hard drives can be extracted. Sigh.
As we cruise the Web everyday, most of us encounter a reCaptcha — those distorted letters and numbers designed to check that a human is behind an online activity like logging into an account or comment system. Lately, users have been seeing a change in the fuzzy text and have seen seeing what looks like real pictures.
You knew the day was coming when the military would start rolling out humanoid battle robots, but you might not have expected it to come so soon. In this case the robot's enemy will be shipboard fire emergencies, but let's be honest, that's just the start.
Remember Samsung's rad Android 4.0 ICS feature that let users unlock their smartphones with their face? Yeah, it can easily be fooled by photos. To secure it better, Samsung's gone and added "blink detection" to the software to make it harder to spoof.
In a bid to increase transparency and regain trust from Google users, Google introduced today "Account Activity." Account Activity is a monthly report that'll let users see useful statistics on how they spend their time on Google's services — all neatly complied in an easy to digest form.
In TV shows, detectives search a database of faces at lightning speed to make a match to a photo or video footage — something that a new high performance camera and software system has made reality. It can capture a face and then search up to 36 million faces in one second to find a match in selected databases.
If you think those Terminator style facial recognition cameras that can scan a whole crowd are a creepy invasion of your privacy, here's simple way to foil them.
We've all seen videos where security personnel use an inappropriate tool to stop a perpetrator, and often it's simply because they don't have something more suitable with them. This arm-worn weapon is designed to avoid that, by giving them a choice between four different non-lethal weapons.
After getting arrested by the FBI last June, Hector Xavier Monsegur aka "Sabu" — leader of the Louise Boat hacker group LulzSec that rained terror on the CIA, Fox and Sony has apparently been forced into helping the agency catch his ex-fellow hackers and Anonymous members.
The community at Kickstarter has done it again, this time giving rise to something every urban cyclist has dreamed of: a truly theft-resistant, yet cool, bike light.