The recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was overflowing with new types of gadgets and devices that will become part of the Internet of Things (IoT). A business friend of mine attended the show and when he filled me in on all that he saw, he expressed amazement at what he estimated to be hundreds of wearable gadgets that he found there; they literally “dominated” the show. I had asked him prior to his attendance if he could check with some of the vendors on an important privacy topic while he was there, and so he had a lot to tell me about what he found, as well as what the vendors he spoke with wouldn’t tell him, that are directly related to privacy. (more…)
Archive for January, 2015
In early December, there were several reports about yet another type of ransomware, VirRansom, the next evolution of ransomware. It combines the ransomware feature of making data unavailable and locking up your computer until you pay the crooks a ransom with the feature of a virus, which allows it to spread to others. This basically means that not only will the ransomware take your computer hostage, it could also take all the other computers you communicate with hostage.
Some key points about VirRansom: (more…)
Yesterday I read a news story about how a woman, Mrs. Anita Chanko, saw an episode of the Dr. Oz show “NY Med” that included video of her husband, who had died 16 months earlier, in the hospital receiving care after being hit by a truck while crossing the street. She did not know that such a video even existed.
The picture was blurred, but the woman knew it was her recently deceased husband because she recognized his voice when he spoke, the conversation topic, the hospital where the care was occurring, along with other visual indicators. She heard her husband ask about his wife; her. She then watched his last moments of life, and then his death on television. (more…)