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How to camouflage yourself from facial recognition technology

How to camouflage yourself from facial recognition technology
The day when you’ll be able to hold up your phone and identify a stranger through a viewfinder is getting closer. Google’s Goggles, a mobile app for visual search, has a facial recognition version unreleased to the public, while Israeli startup’s technology can tag people’s faces in Facebook photos. Facebook even released a basic version of face detection last night, although it doesn’t have recognition. So in a world where technology chips away at our ability to remain anonymous, how does one reclaim some semblance of control? It turns out there’s actually a pretty simple way around the facial recognition technology available in the market today, according to Adam Harvey, a graduate student at NYU’s ITP (the same program that produced Foursquare chief executive Dennis Crowley and that Twitter’s location guru Raffi Krikorian taught at). “It breaks apart the gestalt of the face,” he said. Harvey says there a couple of projects that could stem from idea.

Insurgents Intercept Drone Video in King-Size Security Breach (Updated, with Video) | Danger Room In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military depends on an array of drones to snoop on and stalk insurgents. Now it looks as if insurgents are tapping into those same drones’ broadcasts, to see what the flying robot spies see. If true — and widespread — it’s potentially one of the most serious military security breaches in years. “U.S. military personnel in Iraq discovered the problem late last year when they apprehended a Shiite militant whose laptop contained files of intercepted drone video feeds,” Wall Street Journal reports. How’d the militants manage to get access to such secret data? Using cheap, downloadable programs like SkyGrabber, militants were apparently able to watch and record the video feed — and potentially be tipped off when U.S. and coalition forces are stalking them. And here’s the real scandal: Military officials have known about this potential vulnerability since the Bosnia campaign. UPDATE: Check out this 2002 video from CBS, catching the intercept in the act…

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Developments in Facial Recognition Eventually, it will work. You'll be able to wear a camera that will automatically recognize someone walking towards you, and a earpiece that will relay who that person is and maybe something about him. None of the technologies required to make this work are hard; it's just a matter of getting the error rate down low enough for it to be a useful system. The police want this sort of system. A small camera fitted to the glasses can capture 400 facial images per second and send them to a central computer database storing up to 13 million faces. In the future, this sort of thing won't be limited to the police. Of course, there are false positives -- as there are with any system like this. In Boston, someone erroneously had his driver's licence revoked: It turned out Gass was flagged because he looks like another driver, not because his image was being used to create a fake identity. IEEE Spectrum and The Economist have published similar articles.

Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones Statement from Jeremy Regarding His Plea Statement from Jeremy Regarding His Plea Today I pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This was a very difficult decision. I hope this statement will explain my reasoning. I believe in the power of the truth. During the past 15 months I have been relatively quiet about the specifics of my case as I worked with my lawyers to review the discovery and figure out the best legal strategy. Now that I have pleaded guilty it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites. I have already spent 15 months in prison. I would like to thank all of my friends and supporters for their amazing and ongoing gestures of solidarity. Jeremy Hammond

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When You Don’t Own Yourself In the short time that Social Roulette was active, 393 people pulled the trigger. Given the 1 in 6 odds, approximately 65 people should have had their accounts deleted. In fact, all 393 people survived. One side of Social Roulette is about discomfort with social networks, or ambivalence about digital identity. This manifested in the tweets and posts from people bashing Facebook or daring each other to play. A few weeks ago, on April 20th, I saw Friend Fracker , a piece from Harper Reed and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer developed during Rhizome’s 7 on 7 conference. In 2009 the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine and Seuppukoo gave you the chance to delete all your social network activity and your account. Deleting an account is one thing, but playing games with it is another. I started researching the process of Facebook profile deletion, but was dismayed to discover how difficult the process was. This made me feel like my information was hardly mine to delete by hand, much less in an automated way.

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Reporters use Google, find breach, get branded as “hackers” Call it security through absurdity: a pair of telecom firms have branded reporters for Scripps News as "hackers" after they discovered the personal data of over 170,000 customers—including social security numbers and other identifying data that could be used for identity theft—sitting on a publicly accessible server. While the reporters claim to have discovered the data with a simple Google search, the firms' lawyer claims they used "automated" means to gain access to the company's confidential data and that in doing so the reporters violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act with their leet hacker skills. The files were records of applicants for the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Lifeline subsidized cell phone program for low-income consumers. Vcare and the telecom providers are explicitly required to not retain this data under the regulations of the FCC program. Scripps News' Isaac Wolf contacted the chief operating officer of TerraCom and YourTel for an interview.

Privacy on the Line: Security lapse exposes some Lifeline phone customers to ID theft risk Last fall, when Linda Mendez was offered discount phone service through a federal program for the poor, the San Antonio mom thought it was too good to be true. She signed up anyway. (PRIVACY ON THE LINE: Get additional information on investigation - Mendez, 51, works the graveyard shift at a university gym, where she keeps the building clean and stocked with towels. She uses many of her cellphone's allotted 250 minutes each month to call the family's modest house in the evening while she's at work, checking on her husband and four young children. Did you do your homework? Mendez's phone also comes in handy during the day. "I'm always telling my husband, ‘where's my phone?'" "I need it because something's usually happening." For all the convenience afforded by Lifeline, the federal program that subsidizes phone service for qualified low-income households, Mendez now says her initial doubts were justified. back to September were posted to the Internet, Scripps found.