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Face from 3D printer fops facial recognition of Android devices

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A fake head is enough to lead the face recognition software of some Android phones around the garden. This is shown by research from the US business magazine Forbes . A reporter made a 3D print of his own face and took the test to the sum. The iPhone X was not cracked.

The reporter made full 3D photos of himself in a photo studio. In this way every detail and the entire shape of his face was taken away.

The head printing was relatively cheap. For $ 300 the realistic body part was developed and manufactured. That lasted a total of three days. According to the reporter, it was surprisingly easy: a group of organized thieves could also use the technology to unlock telephones to get sensitive information.

The tested phones – LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung S9, Samsung Note 8 and the OnePlus 6 – were all cracked sooner or later. The iPhone X remained unbroken. This is not really that bad. None of the top companies claim that their face recognition software is better than that of Apple. In addition, the iPhone has many more techniques with their Face ID.

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Hacking adolescent boys receive ‘hacking course’ as punishment

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Hacking adolescent boys are increasingly in the hands of the police. A new program from the police and the Public Prosecution Service must get and keep perpetrators on the right path.

Especially boys between the ages of 16 and 19 end up at the police because they commit crimes from behind the computer. They differ from other perpetrators, mainly because of their motivation. Young hackers often tend to show what they can do, to expose security leaks or simply for fun. 

They are capable of causing enormous damage despite relatively innocent drives. Take the young person who crunched an internet provider last year. In order to watch free videos, he penetrated deeply into the company’s systems. Eventually he was able to lay down 80 percent of internet and telephone traffic in the Netherlands.

He scooped up online, after which his listener ended the police. Detectives thought they were going to roll up a criminal organization, but ended up in a boys’ room. Schools also turn out to be a popular target for hacking teenagers who, for example, rummage with grade lists.

Number of cases rises

The police see more of such young perpetrators every year. In 2017, 62 cybercrime cases from young people were forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service, this year that number is rising again, probably to about seventy. 

Because an appropriate learning path that could possibly be imposed in combination with a punishment did not materialize, the police and the Public Prosecutor took matters into their own hands. They have created the program Hack_Right for young people between 12 and 23 years old. In the past year, this was the first time to experiment.

The police and the Public Prosecution Service are collaborating with Halt, the probation service and the Child Protection Board to bring and keep young hackers on the right path. The perpetrator gains insight into the consequences of his actions, but also learns about legal limits on the internet. Young people are often insufficiently aware of this. They also learn how to use their knowledge in a good way thanks to dozens of companies and ethical hackers.

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Apple enters Tesla designer: will there be an iCar?

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According to various American sources, tech giant Apple has adopted designer Andrew Kim. Kim was a senior designer at Tesla for many years. As a result of the switch, the rumors around Apple’s car are rekindled.

Earlier it became known that Doug Field, another top designer at Tesla, was also back at Apple. Field was previously a vice president within the Californian company. Kim was responsible for the interior design of the Model 3. 

The two acquisitions are not the only old Tesla employees who come to work in Cupertino. According to website CNBC, Apple has snatched many Tesla employees in 2018. Would that iCar come anyway? Apple and the new employees do not provide clarity – as usual.

Apple would be interested a few years in developing self-driving cars, but closed the division that researched in 2016. However, the tech giant continued with the development of software for autonomous cars. Meanwhile, CEO Tim Cook confirmed that these ‘autonomous systems’ are of great importance for all developments within Apple. Time will tell, so.

The market value of  technology giant Apple  passed the magic limit of 1 trillion US dollars earlier this year (twelve zeroes!). Never before has a company been worth so much.

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Vine co-founder Colin Kroll (35) died after overdose

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One of the founders of video platform Vine has passed away on Sunday. 35-year-old Colin Kroll was found dead in his apartment in New York just after midnight. According to American media, the police assume an overdose.

Kroll launched the app in June 2012 together with Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov. Later that year, the three sold the company for around $ 30 million to Twitter. Kroll remained general manager of Vine until he was dismissed in 2014 by Twitter. Earlier this year, he said in a statement: “I now realize that things I’ve said and done made others feel unappreciated or uncomfortable, and I apologize to those people.”

Vine was taken out of the air just after the sale on Twitter. On 27 October, Twitter announced to stop the service. That was because of the murderous competition from other apps that did the same, think of Instagram. In addition, the employees of Vine refused to link an earnings model to the program.

Yusupov and Kroll launched app game HQ Trivia last year. In a tweet, Yusupov said: “I am so sad about the death of my friend and co-founder, Colin Kroll, my thoughts are with his loved ones, his good-hearted soul and big heart will always stay with me, he has the world and the internet. made a nicer place, rest in peace, brother. “

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