WELLINGTON (Reuters) - All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock has extended his national contract through to 2023 in a coup for New Zealand as the rugby power looks to rebuild after the World Cup in Japan. [...]
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Lock Andries Ferreira will return home to South Africa after being released by the Wellington Hurricanes without having played a game after he aggravated an old knee injury. [...]
Android phones might get a bad rap, but they’re actually quite secure. Or at least they can be.With a little work, your Galaxy, Pixel, or OnePlus phone can be a veritable fortress, virtually impenetrable to hacks, attacks, and bad apps. So whether you’re looking for a little extra security or a complete lockdown of your phone, here’s everything you need to keep your data from falling into the wrong hands.Android security: Default protection
Even if you skip the entire set-up process and ignore every safeguard prompt, your Android phone still does plenty to keep your information safe.Play Protect
Google has built a malware scanner right into the Play Store called Play Protect. First and foremost, it runs a safety check on apps before you download them, but more importantly, it also checks your phone for any apps that may have gone awry since you downloaded them. If it finds any, it will warn you via a notification and in extreme cases delete them from your device on its own. You can check your Google Play Protect settings and see the apps it scanned in the Updates tab inside the My apps & games section of the Play Store.To read this article in full, please click here [...]
August extends its connected smart lock tech to another Assa Abloy co-brand, the high-end residential lock maker Emtek. [...]
Lexar introduces flash drive secured with a fingerprint sensor. — Picture by Lexar via AFP
NEW YORK, Oct 17 — To ensure that all your data is safe both on and off your computer, Lexar has introduced a flash drive with a fingerprint sensor that secures all your files with your own unique ID.When you have files to move around from computer to computer, sometimes just putting it on a thumb drive is still the most convenient method. Such a small device, however, is easy to misplace and lose and, just like that, all your data can be compromised. This week, Lexar revealed the Jumpdrive Fingerprint F35 with new and improved security; the information on this flash drive can be protected with your fingerprint.The sensor can authenticate your print and up to nine others ultra-fast — in less than a second — and to keep your files even safer, the device comes with a 256-bit AES security solution to protect against cryptographic breaks. Despite these types of USB keys already existing on the market for years by brands like Kootian and Aspoir, just to name a few, the Lexar model is definitely one of the most flexible with four different storage capacities available and the option of multi-user access.The Jumpdrive Fingerprint F35 is compatible with both PC and Mac systems with three versions available this week: 32GB for US$32.99 (RM137), 64GB for US$49.99, and 128GB for US$89.99. A 256GB version will be available later this year for US$169.99. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
SEREMBAN: A 34-year-old manager who refused to allow a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer to inspect his vehicle and even threatened him with a steering lock, pleaded not guilty to the charge of obstructing an investigation at the Sessions Court here. [...]
Computer security researchers are warning that the electronic locks on millions of hotel rooms around the world are susceptible to hacking. Using a vulnerability in the software, researchers were able to create master keys to fit all the doors of a building.
The Swedish manufacturer Assa Abloy, a specialist in the field of door locks, has since published software updates to solve the weakness identified in its “Vision Software” lock.
However the F-Secure disclosure is not the first of its kind. In 2012 a security gap was discovered in another manufacturer’s electronic locks, millions of which had likewise been installed in hotel rooms. The gap was used by at least one thief responsible for several dozen burglaries.
F-Secure researchers said they have been interested in the issue ever since a laptop was stolen from a hotel room during a cyber security conference in Berlin, Germany 15 years ago. There were no traces of any forced entry into the room, nor any digital evidence of unauthorised access to the entry protocols.
“We wanted to find out if it’s possible to bypass the electronic lock without leaving a trace,” said F-Secure cyber security expert Timo Hirvonen.
“Only after we thoroughly understood how it was designed were we able to identify seemingly innocuous shortcomings (and) come up with a method for creating master keys.”
The makers of the locks were quick to play down the risks in connection with the software’s weak point.
“Vision Software is a 20-year-old product, which has been compromised after 12 years and thousands of hours of intensive work by two employees at F-Secure,” a spokeswoman for Assa Abloy told the BBC.
“These old locks represent only a small fraction (of the those in use) and are being rapidly replaced with new technology.” – dpa [...]