Category: Privacy & Cloud

Microsoft takes down botnet responsible for infecting nine million computers

Microsoft takes down botnet responsible for infecting nine million computers

Microsoft says that it has disrupted a botnet that was behind one of the largest cybercrime networks. The botnet, which is called Necurs, is responsible for infecting around nine million computers around the world. It’s also known as having one of the largest spam email networks. Necurs reportedly creates 3.8 million spam emails every two […]

Android had the most technical vulnerabilities in 2019: report

Android had the most technical vulnerabilities in 2019: report

A new report crunched data about vulnerabilities in operating systems over the last 20 years and found that Android has had the most security vulnerabilities on a consistent annual basis for the last few years. But, that shouldn’t freak you out. The report was compiled by TheBestVPN using data from the National Institute of Standards […]

Scotiabank donates $750,000 to University of Ottawa for AI research

Scotiabank is donating $750,000 to the University of Ottawa to launch the Scotiabank AI & Society Initiative. The initiative will focus on two research projects. The first project will support research focused on design ethics and inclusive AI systems. The second project will explore global AI regulations and how they might impact Canadian policies. Scotiabank […]

Facebook reaches settlement for lawsuit over facial recognition for $550 million

Facebook has settled a lawsuit over its use of facial recognition in its ‘Tag Suggestions’ feature for $550 million USD (roughly $727 million CAD). The plaintiffs sued Facebook in 2015, and accused the social media giant of violating the Biometric Information Privacy Act in Illinois by collecting biometric data with users’ consent. Last year, Facebook […]

CIRA accepting funding applications for digital literacy, cybersecurity projects

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority has opened up applications for its annual $1 million CAD Community Investment Program initiative. Starting now, charities and researchers can apply for funding to improve the quality of Canada’s internet. CIRA is looking for projects based on infrastructure research that improves internet speeds and costs. It’s also interested in projects […]

U.S. government study on facial recognition reveals racial, gender bias

A U.S. government study has revealed that many facial recognition systems misidentify people of colour more often than Caucasian people. The study was conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and found that many facial recognition algorithms falsely identified Black and Asian faces more than Caucasian faces. “For one-to-one matching, the team […]

LifeLabs discloses cyberattack potentially impacting 15 million customers

LifeLabs has disclosed that it has faced a cyberattack that could have potentially impacted the information of 15 million customers. It has stated that the information of the 15 million customers was on computer systems that were potentially accessed in the breach. The majority of impacted customers are located in British Columbia and Ontario. Investigations […]