Subject: SCN Daily News (HTML) Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Date: 21/08/2019, 12:02

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Millions of Old Gadgets Stockpiled in Drawers

The growing, unseen shortage of so-called "rare earth elements" was the impetus for the Royal Society of Chemistry's survey of just how much unused technology we are all stockpiling.

The organisation carried out an online survey - completed by more than 2,000 people - which revealed that half of UK households had at least one unused electronic device and 45% of homes had between two and five. Most people admitted they had no plans to recycle their collection.

Link: BBC News

Utah to Consider Bill Blocking Police from Forcing Biometrics to Unlock Phone

A bill is being prepared for Utah's state legislature to prevent police from compelling suspects to unlock their smart phones with fingerprint or facial biometrics, which Salt Lake City Fox affiliate Fox 13 says would be the first of its kind in the U.S.

Link: Biometric Update

Texas Cyber Attack Has Taken 23 Government Agencies Offline

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has confirmed that the State of Texas has been responding to a cyber-attack that started on the morning of August 16. At this point, it is known that at least 23 government agencies in Texas have been taken offline as a result of the attack.

Link: Forbes

How Hackers Use Smart Phones to Listen to your Keyboard

Skilled hackers can use a smart phone to listen to what keys you are typing on your keyboard so they can gain access to personal information, a new study has warned.

Researchers from SMU's Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity found that acoustic signals, or sound waves, produced when typing on a computer keyboard can successfully be picked up by a smart phone.

Link: 9 News

Stolen Fingerprints could Spell the End of Biometric Security

The biggest known biometric data breach to date was reported recently when researchers managed to access a 23-gigabyte database of more than 27.8m records including fingerprint and facial recognition data.

This breach highlights a major problem with biometric security systems that effectively use people's biological measurements as passwords. Unlike usernames and passwords, biometric data can't be changed if it is stolen.

Link: The Conversation

Adult Website Data Leak Connected Private Users to Content Uploads

On Monday, vpnMentor's research team said that Luscious was subject to a data breach that gave the team access to 1.195 million user accounts.

According to the team, an authentication failure on the website allowed for unfettered access to all user accounts hosted by the Luscious database. Usernames, personal email addresses, locations, activity logs, genders, and some full names exposed through the private email addresses were available.

Link: ZDNet

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