Now playing: Watch this: Tim Cook almost put the brakes on Uber over privacy 2:05 It should come as no surprise to anyone that Apple takes the privacy of its iPhone users very seriously.This is after all the company that famously resisted FBI demands for a backdoor into a terrorist's iPhone. So it was understandable that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick might have been a bit anxious before a 2015 meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook.The reason? Kalanick had been directing his engineers to camouflage a feature in the ride-hailing app that allowed Uber to secretly identify and tag iPhone users, even after the app had been deleted from users' phones, according to a wide-ranging profile published Sunday by The New York Times. But Apple was on to the ruse, which violated Apple's app privacy rules."So, I've heard you've been breaking some of our rules," Cook reportedly told Kalanick in a calm tone. Cook then demanded Uber stop the deception or face getting yanked from Apple's App Store.Losing … [Read more...] about Tim Cook reportedly threatened to pull Uber from App Store
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Your smartphone probably knows more about you than you do. It knows where you are at all times. It knows every person you talk to, and what you've said to them. It has your family photos, your pet's pictures, your passwords and more. For attackers, it's a digital passport to access everything they would need to know about a person. And that's why attacks on smartphones are on the rise, security researchers said. At the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Mexico, Andrew Blaich, a researcher from mobile security company Lookout, and Eva Galperin, the cybersecurity director from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, presented their findings about Dark Caracal, a global malware campaign targeting mobile devices that's infected thousands of people in more than 20 countries. The attack campaign, tracked to a building in Beirut belonging to the Lebanese General Security Directorate, used nearly identical versions of real apps and tricked thousands of people to install it. Once it was on their … [Read more...] about Your smartphones are getting more valuable for hackers
If you see an alarming post on Twitter or Facebook claiming that a voting machine was hacked on Election Day, take a deep breath. US officials are expecting a wave of disinformation on social media as foreign actors seek to sow distrust in the electoral process. That includes lying about voting machines, which Russian trolls did during the 2016 presidential election. Social media has become a hotbed of disinformation leading up to Tuesday's midterm elections, with hoaxes touching on issues like immigration and voting. In the case of hoaxes about hacked voting machines, the goal is to discourage people from even showing up on Election Day."As we saw in 2016, foreign adversaries may be looking to amplify alleged voting problems to further divide us and diminish confidence in our elections," said David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research. It's easy to believe that a voting machine could be hacked. Security researchers at the hacking … [Read more...] about Don’t let Election Day rumors of hacked voting machines keep you from the polls
When Don Foss started his career as a car salesman, he recognized early on that most of his prospective customers had shaky credit, leaving them with few options for financing to buy a vehicle. So in 1972, he started subprime auto lending company Credit Acceptance Corporation to fill that void. He knew lending money to buyers with low credit posed an inherent risk, and he knew the business couldn’t solely be focused on closing sales. It had to excel at collecting loan payments too. “I began to realize that, even as I worked as hard as I possibly could at selling cars, we would have to do better on the collections side,” Foss said in 2009, reflecting on how he’d managed to grow and sustain a business that had provided financing to low-credit car buyers for nearly 40 years. It certainly ended well for Foss, who stepped down last year, netting $128 million upon retirement by selling off his company shares. Indeed, over time, the collections side of the business has … [Read more...] about How a Subprime Auto Lender Consumed Detroit With Debt and Turned Its Courthouse Into a Collections Agency
Giz Asks In this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts. The widespread use of facial recognition technology is almost upon us. A new iPhone is on the horizon, and it might not even have a fingerprint reader—instead, you could be unlocking your phone with your face. Facial recognition is not new. It’s been a sci-fi staple for decades, and its practical roots are in the 1960s with Palo Alto researchers on RAND Tablets manually mapping out people’s features. Even back then we could give a computer enough data to be able to match a person to a their photograph. The group, led by Woodrow William Bledsoe even managed to calculate a compensation for any tilt, lean, rotation and scale of the head in a photograph. Data inputs stayed pretty rudimentary, with manual input of details being replaced by the Eigenfaces in the ‘80s and ‘90s. This would be the start of computer vision systems … [Read more...] about What’s the Worst That Could Happen With Huge Databases of Facial Biometric Data?