Tag: Mark of the Beast

Benefits of cashless payments outweigh alternatives

The Central Bank Nigeria (CBN) has revisited the cashless policy it floated about seven years ago, but this time, with a resolve to ensure compliance with the imposition of subtle charges for die-hard cash transaction apologists, reports, SIMEON EBULU. It’s almost four weeks now that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) rolled its sleeves to […]

Getting a new mobile number in China will involve a facial-recognition test

China is taking every measure it can to verify the identities of its over 850 million mobile internet users. From Dec. 1, people applying for new mobile and data services will have to have their faces scanned by telecom providers, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a Sept. 27 statement(link in Chinese). MIIT said the step […]

Biometric Hacking: Even Your Face is Hackable

The ability to confirm a user’s identity with facial recognition may seem like the most effective and reliable method of authentication in today’s world. But researchers in China have proven that even biometric authentication is not infallible, or un-hackable. Through a course of experiments, researchers from Tencent Security’s Zuanwu Lab in China determined that the […]

Hackers ‘educating’ themselves to launch IoT attacks

What the cyber security experts discovered after taking a sneak peek into the flourishing knowledge-sharing networks is spine-chilling. Hackers operating underground are seen arming themselves for an attack on Internet of Things (IoT) devices as they see a proliferation of connected gadgets, both at homes and in the organisations in the near future. In particular, […]

Database leaks data on most of Ecuador’s citizens, including 6.7 million children

Elasticsearch server leaks personal data on Ecuador’s citizens, their family trees, and children, but also some users’ financial records and car registration information. The personal records of most of Ecuador’s population, including children, has been left exposed online due to a misconfigured database, ZDNet has learned. The database, an Elasticsearch server, was discovered two weeks […]

Cashless society: 85 per cent of Canadians don’t pay with cash regularly

As we continue to move in the direction of becoming a cashless society, consumers and businesses are starting to make adjustments so they can adapt. Eighty-five per cent of Canadian consumers are now paying with either debit or credit on a regular basis. “It’s definitely a lot more tap and a lot more Apple pay, […]

All Filipinos can enroll for national ID by mid-2020

The Philippine Statistics Authority says it is on track to have all 107 million Filipinos registered in the Philippine Identification System by mid-2022 All Filipinos living in the country can start registering for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by July 2020, while overseas Filipinos can start by 2021. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) kicked off […]

Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

In China, scoring citizens’ behavior is official government policy. U.S. companies are increasingly doing something similar, outside the law. Have you heard about China’s social credit system? It’s a technology-enabled, surveillance-based nationwide program designed to nudge citizens toward better behavior. The ultimate goal is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making […]

Nepal moves closer to approving biometric national ID card bill

A Nepali government committee has approved the National Identity and Civil Registration Bill, which would mandate the issuance of a biometric national ID card, as well as separate biometric registries and ID cards for foreign residents of Nepal and Non-Resident Nepalis, The Himalayan Times reports. Now that the parliamentary State Affairs and Good Governance committee […]

Fundamental changes ahead as ground systems prepare for constellations, 5G

When Spire Global was building a constellation of cubesats to gather maritime and weather data in 2015, the startup built its own UHF ground station network. Now, most startups wouldn’t consider building their own ground systems because they can rely on a growing roster of companies that specialize in handling data flowing between satellites and […]