Hackers can copy voiceprints to steal identities and access speech-control systems through attacks known as "voice hacking." CyberSponse Chief Strategy Officer Larry Johnson explores ways that hackers are using voice hacking, while also offering basic ways that companies should protect themselves to avoid these attacks.
The FBI is reportedly investigating a successful cyberattack launched on the election campaign computer of California Democratic congressional candidate David Min. Min is the second candidate in California to be targeted by cybercriminals; Hans Keirstead also was hacked during his campaign.
Memphis and the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology have developed a system to predict the adoption of connected autonomous vehicles. Among the study's findings: Giving up control of the vehicle was a more significant deterrent to adoption than safety concerns; improved social status is the least important incentive to owning such a vehicle; and the risk of virus attack is the most important barrier to adoption.
The Justice Department has asked Facebook to break the encryption for its Messenger app as part of a criminal investigation, threatening to hold to company in contempt of court if it refuses to comply, sources say. Facebook reportedly will contest the demand, sources add.
Google is working to make its products more accessible to disabled consumers, offering adjustable magnification, keyboard guides and its ChromeVox screen reader. The company is also making its digital apps more accessible, such as with "wheelchair accessible" routes for navigation and an upcoming app called Lookout designed for the visually impaired.
Several holding companies are achieving prominence in digital media with the rapid growth of video streaming. The holding company structure offers a number of advantages, and Group Nine Media, for instance, cites scale and greater opportunities to close upfront deals with advertisers.
Researchers at the Black Hat USA conference last week presented ways that hackers could attack four of the most popular mobile point-of-sale systems in the US and Europe. Vulnerabilities in systems, including PayPal and Square, could allow hackers to conduct man-in-the-middle, denial-of-service and other attacks.
A total of 36 states have installed the Department of Homeland Security's intrusion detection sensors to protect their election systems. So far, 74 "Albert" sensors have been installed across 38 counties to monitor networks and warn officials if a breach might have occurred.
Google intends to release a smart speaker similar to the Echo Show, with an aggressive plan to ship an initial batch of 3 million, per industry rumors. The device will likely use some voice control features and will allow users to check calendars, view maps and watch YouTube videos, among other skills.
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