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German Man Confesses to Hacking Politicians’ Data, Officials Say (NYTimes, Jan 08, 2019)
A 20-year-old German student took advantage of passwords as weak as “Iloveyou” and “1234” to hack into online accounts of hundreds of lawmakers and personalities whose political stances he disliked, officials revealed Tuesday, shaking Berlin’s political establishment and raising questions about data security in Europe’s leading economy.

Top Democrat Raises Concerns About Airport Security Amid Shutdown (The Hill, Jan 07, 2019)
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief David Pekoske on Monday asking him to specify the number of officers that have called out of work each day of the shutdown.

ACI-NA Calls On President And Congress To Reopen Federal Government (Airports Council International, Jan 08, 2019)
As the federal-government shutdown drags on into its third week, ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today sent a letter to President Trump, House Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell imploring them to resolve the current federal government shutdown as quickly as possible due to the negative impacts the impasse is having on critical safety and security programs and airport operations.

The Future Innovations Of Biometric Facial Recognition (CIO Review, Jan 08, 2019)
Facial recognition continues to be the preferred biometric benchmark because it is easy to deploy and implement. Face detection and face match processes for identification are very fast and no physical interaction is required by the end user.

These Phones Can Be Unlocked With Nothing More Than A Photograph (Komando, Jan 08, 2019)
Since Apple took its Face ID technology mainstream with the iPhone X, XS, XS Max and XR, facial recognition is now a common biometric feature in most smartphones. This, of course, allows the user to unlock the phone by merely looking at it. Unfortunately, plenty of smartphones that are currently riding the face recognition bandwagon are still vulnerable to the simplest hacks of all - a picture of its owner.

How Scammers Use Your Fingerprint to Get Your Cash (Discovery, Jan 08, 2019)
Unscrupulous app developers have been creating apps that scam their users out of hundreds of dollars. How exactly did they do it?

AT&T Is Being Criticized For Upgrading Its Phones To ‘Fake’ 5G. Now Sprint, T-Mobile And Verizon Are Piling On. (Washington Post, Jan 08, 2019)
T-Mobile chief executive John Legere joined in the ribbing Monday: “Does @ATT really think that customers would fall for their mountain of ‘5G E’ BS?!” Legere tweeted. “Their ‘5G E’ is just LTE-A.”

IBM Exec On The Ins And Outs Of Securing Internet Of Things Devices In Healthcare (HealthcareIT News, Jan 07, 2019)
Conventional IT has had years to implement programs for securing assets and data, but the protection of the Internet of Medical Things is not yet at the same maturity level.

Member News & Views

How Automakers Can Meet The Growing Demand For Differentiated In-Vehicle Experiences (Qualcomm, Jan 08, 2019)
Qualcomm Technologies announces its 3rd generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms at CES 2019.


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