InfoSec News Nuggets 12/28/2021

Amazon Alexa slammed for giving lethal challenge to 10-year-old girl An Amazon Echo owner was left shocked after Alexa proposed a dangerous challenge to her ten-year-old daughter. AI-powered virtual assistants like Alexa that power smart devices and speakers such as Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, come with a plethora of capabilities. These include enabling the users to play simple verbal games or request "challenges" on demand. When sitting idle, such as during the holidays, it wouldn't be unusual for an Amazon…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 12/22/2021

DuckDuckGo is working on a privacy-focused desktop browser DuckDuckGo, the company best known for its privacy-focused search engine of the same name, is working on a desktop browser that should bring the same focus on avoiding being tracked to your entire web experience. In a post on its blog, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg offers a glimpse at what the upcoming browser will look like and notes that we can expect it to perform the same way…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 04/15/2021

1 - DuckDuckGo can now block the Google Chrome tracking method, FLoC In an attempt to better track users and predict their search habits, Google Chrome has developed FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts). FLoC provides visibility into user data to any website that desires this information. In fact, FLoC places each user in an ID group to help websites recognize and target individuals. In response, the alternative search engine DuckDuckGo has come out with an extension for…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 01/20/2021

How one hacker's push to secure the internet became a crucial part of Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems Jason A. Donenfeld is relentlessly curious about everything, from ancient cities to cutting edge cryptography. When he's not developing WireGuard, known as the most secure VPN protocol in the world, the security researcher enjoys exploring the vast network of centuries-old limestone tunnels beneath Paris. Donenfeld, who is 32, originally came to Paris in 2010, after landing…
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