All Nest accounts will require extra sign-in security this spring

All Nest accounts will require extra sign-in security this spring

It’s not just Ring committing to improving the security of its smart home systems in 2020. Google’s Nest has announced that, as of this spring, it will require email-based two-factor authentication for everyone who hasn’t previously enabled the feature or mig…

Watch Out for Lastpass’ New Log-off Bug

A number of LastPass users are taking to the company’s forums to complain about a pretty unfortunate bug that affects its extension’s automatic log-off features—something you’ll always want to enable as a backup security measure. Read more…

You Can Now Build Your Own Login Security Key With Google’s Free Software

If you genuinely take your online security seriously you should be using two-factor authentication paired with a security key every time you log in. There are lots of options out there, including Google’s own $50 Titan security key set, but the company has al…

Buggy Iowa Caucus App Is Buggy, Security Experts Say

The phone app at the center of the clown-shoe exercise in democracy known as the Iowa Caucuses was not only riddled with technical issues and potentially susceptible to being hacked, it appears to have been designed by a greenhorn programmer in the process of…

Ex-TSA agent accused of forcing a woman to expose her breasts during airport screening

A former Transportation Security Administration agent in California has been arrested after allegedly coercing a female passenger into showing her breasts during a security screening.

Tozny introduces encrypted identity tool as part of security service platform

Tozny, a Portland, Oregon startup that wants to help companies more easily incorporate encryption into their programs and processes, introduced TozID today. It is an identity and access control tool that can work independently or in conjunction with the compa…

Africa Eye: Torture ‘rampant’ among Nigeria’s security forces

BBC Africa Eye uncovers evidence that torture is being used by the Nigerian police and armed forces.

Watchdog says DHS still hasn’t got a 2020 election security plan

Homeland Security’s cybersecurity advisory unit “has not yet completed” its plans to secure the 2020 presidential election, a government watchdog has said. The report, published on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, said the unit, CISA, is “not…

A Welcome Move on Police Surveillance

A Welcome Move on Police Surveillance

A new settlement should help curb unjustified surveillance of people targeted for personal, political, religious or racial reasons.

Details of Two Surveillance Programs

National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program listens in on phone calls and reads e-mail messages to and from Americans and others in United States who NSA believes may be linked to Al Qaeda; telephone record data-mining program collec…

Cheapskate Special: Eye in the Sky

https://vimeo.com/110042404!.?.!Ever seen a video clip shot from a drone camera and also questioned if you’ll have the ability to get your own drone one day? It’ll depend on a series of choices the Federal Aviation Administration will be making over the next few years if you’re an American. In this special episode, the Cheapskate surveys the state of drone legislation in the U.S., reviews the gamers in the dispute, and also predicts the future of private drones.

How to Livestream Protests – USA

https://vimeo.com/215692028!.?.!This video clip offers standard support on livestreaming objections securely and effectively, as well as advice on just how to grow and involve your viewers. Download our tip sheet on livestreaming objections right here: http://bit.ly/LivestreamProtests

A Credible Investigation

A Credible Investigation

The world needs an impartial international investigation on Israel’s attack on a flotilla bound for Gaza.

Investigating Leaks

Editorial on Atty Gen John Ashcroft’s decision to have Justice Dept conduct investigation into how Robert Novak got name of CIA operative for publication in his syndicated column; says it is risky course, because any hint of political interference…

INVESTIGATION SOUGHT

City activist Frank Fulbrook asks federal prosecutors to investigate possible conflict of interest in state aid plan for Camden, NJ; claims plan would unfairly benefit CAMcare, health-care corporation run by Mark Bryant, brother of state Sen Wayne…

Scientists make jellyfish swim faster to prepare for deep-sea exploration

Scientists make jellyfish swim faster to prepare for deep-sea exploration

Scientists at Caltech and Stanford University want to turn jellyfish into deep-sea explorers that could be directed around the ocean, recording info as they travel. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team explains how they’ve developed …

Australia’s Bushfire Crisis Has Spread to the Nation’s Capital

Bushfires are still scorching Australia and the crisis is far from over. Read more…

Police Use Family-Tracking App on Son’s Phone to Show His Dad Was Near Huge Blaze at Ex-Employer

Authorities linked a man to a factory arson that destroyed “well over a million” dollars in property last month by convincing his son to give them access to an app that would allow them to view the suspect’s movements, Forbes reported. Read more…

Garnet Hertz’s “Experiments in Surveillance Capitalism: Device for Calling the Department of Homeland Security”

Artist and scholar on DIY culture and technology, Garnet Hertz, has a new piece opening up at York University, Gales Gallery, Toronto tonight. The piece, entitled “Experiments in Surveillance Capitalism: Device for Calling the Department of Homeland Security …

Brave uncovers widespread surveillance of UK citizens on UK council websites

Brave has uncovered widespread surveillance of UK citizens by private companies embedded on UK council websites. “Surveillance on UK council websites”, a new report from Brave, reveals the extent of private companies’ surveillance of UK citizens when they see…

Two Sundance docs sound the alarm on the dangers of modern AI

Cautionary tales about AI were all over Sundance screens this year, and not as sci-fi flights of fancy. Two new documentaries, The Social Dilemma and Coded Bias, dig into the pitfalls of artificial intelligence as it currently exists — manipulating our social…

Ken Jeong on his ‘breakthrough role’ in ‘The Office’ and Steve Carell’s genius

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 15 of the Office Ladies podcast. Many people know comedian Ken Jeong for his role as Ben Chang on Community, but before Jeong made his way to Greendale Community College he had a cameo on another NBC comedy, Th…

California Senator proposes tighter regulations on direct-to-consumer genetics testing companies

A state senator in California is introducing legislation designed to provide more direct oversight over direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. The new regulations, introduced by Santa Ana’s Democratic Senator Thomas Umberg, builds on attempts in the Ca…

Department of Smoke and Mirrors

https://vimeo.com/50344240!.?.!The Department of Smoke and also Mirrors is a setup at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Wooster, MA, January-June, 2012. Curated by Lisa Fischman with assistance by Drew Anderson.