IRS Testing Behavioral Analytics to Verify Online Users

“BioCatch collects behavioral metrics—i.e., left/right handedness, pressure—while a user is interacting with eAuth without impacting user experience and establishes a profile for the user,” IRS contracting officers wrote in the statement of work. “Once this profile is established, this data is used to detect fraud on subsequent login attempts and to prevent account takeover during …

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Saudi Oil Attack Is the Big One

Technology from drones to cyberattacks are available to groups like the Houthis, possibly with support from Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran. That major energy producer, facing sanctions but still shipping some oil, has both a political and financial incentive to weaken Saudi Arabia. The fact that the actions ostensibly were taken by a nonstate actor, …

Risks to Health and Well-Being from Radio-Frequency Radiation (RFR) Emitted by Cell Phones and Other Wireless Devices

Compared with an adult male, a cell phone held against the head of a child exposes deeper brain structures to greater radiation doses per unit volume, and the young, thin skull’s bone marrow absorbs a roughly 10-fold higher local dose. Experimental and observational studies also suggest that men who keep cell phones in their trouser …

City Council adviser: Reject police use of facial recognition software

Detroit police have been using the software for about a year and a half, guided by standard operating procedures. After the department in June asked the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners to approve a permanent policy governing use of the software, it sparked an often-heated debate. Critics say the technology opens the door to privacy …

Microsoft invests $1bn in OpenAI effort to replicate human brain

Microsoft has pumped $1bn into Silicon Valley’s most ambitious artificial intelligence research group in pursuit of the ultimate AI dream: a vast, artificial human brain that can run on Microsoft’s globe-spanning cloud computing system. The cash infusion spells a new lease of life for OpenAI, which was set up four years ago by tech luminaries …