The city of Atlanta government has apparently become the victim of a ransomware attack. The city’s official Twitter account announced that the city government “is currently experiencing outages on various customer facing applications, including some that customers may use to pay bills or access court-related information.”
According to a report from Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, a city employee sent the station a screen shot of a ransomware message demanding a payment of $6,800 to unlock each computer or $51,000 to provide all the keys for affected systems. Employees received emails from the city’s information technology department instructing them to unplug their computers if they noticed anything suspicious. An internal email shared with WXIA said that the internal systems affected include the city’s payroll application.
Nobody actually reads through the privacy policies of every website, which is why researchers recently used artificial intelligence to create a tool that reads them for you and flags anything you might not be psyched to agree to.
A company called Dataworks Plus has developed a portable facial and fingerprint biometric scanner for law enforcement.
The ‘Evolution’ is a portable facial and fingerprint smartphone that police can use to identify everyone.
“It is multi-modal and can capture fingerprint and facial images and is compatible with our RAPID-ID fingeprint recognition and FACE Plus facial recognition applications.”
Dataworks claims police can identify anyone “regardless of factors such as hair color, glasses, and image background”.
The fact that political parties are excluded from federal laws on handling personal information — such as social media data — amounts to “an important gap” that could jeopardize the integrity of the electoral process, Canada’s privacy czar says.
There should be a law governing the use of personal data by parties to prevent manipulation of the information to influence an election, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said Thursday in an interview.