Facial recognition is a new weapon in the hands of regimes. China is already leading on how to use this as a tool of oppression, and other countries are getting excited and slowly following China. Thankfully activists around the world are also organizing the resistance against it. Cities like San Francisco, Okland, Somerville, Massachusetts, already banned the use of facial recognition.
Sadly, for the Indians, the current regime is doubling their effort to use bio-metrics and facial recognition in every possible way. Airports like Hyderabad are using them to allow boarding to flights, and they will spread them to other cities very soon. India is also creating a national facial recognition system. Details can be found here and here
Links for the week
- Ride Bird scooters for free Detailed blog post from Matthew Garrett on his experiments with Bird scooters
- Supply chain attack on Avast Jaya Baloo gave an excellent description on the attack against Avast
- Russian group hijacking Iranian operation GCHQ shared details on how Russian group piggybacked on Iranian operation to attack
- Golang security release Updates to go
- Personal Data: Political Persuasion A must-read from Tactical Tech (released in March 2019)
New releases for this week
- Today is the Tails 4 release day
- Tor Browser 9 will also release today
- SecureDrop 1.1.0 was released last night (Indian time)
Talks for the week
- L0pht Heavy Industries testimony at US Senate Weak Computer Security in Government (1998)
- Lets talk about routing security By Anurag Bhatia
The L0pht video is a classic and must watch for every one of you. The second talk is a personal favorite.
If you want to discuss any of these topics, hop on to the Freenode server (IRC), and come to the #learnandteach channel.