Disruptive technology news

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5G subscriptions due to top 190m by end 2020 (techrepublic)

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Global 5G subscriptions are expected to hit 190 million by the end of 2020, an Ericsson report found. In 2025, 5G subscriptions are forecasted to surpass 2.8 billion, indicating a growing demand and reliance on connectivity.

The coronavirus pandemic added urgency to the need for connectivity. With the majority of businesses forced to work remotely or virtually, network infrastructures were put to the test and the need for high-speed, low latency, reliable connection became clear.

Australia subjected to massive cyber attack (The Guardian)

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The “sophisticated state-based” cyber-attack Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has warned about is not particularly sophisticated, according to experts, but serves as a wake-up call for businesses to keep their systems patched and secure, and to remain alert.

Avon recovering after mystery cyber incident (znet)

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Cosmetics giant Avon is recovering from a mysterious cyber-security incident that took place last week, on June 8, sources have told ZDNet.

The company has filed documents with the US Securities Exchange Commission disclosing the incident on June 9, a day after the company first discovered issues with some of its IT infrastructure.

Tech companies pause facial recognition (techrepublic)

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In recent weeks, protests calling for police and criminal justice reform continue to sweep the Untied States. These demonstrations have also spurred conversations surrounding flawed, racially-biased technologies used by law enforcement agencies, namely facial-recognition systems.

In recent years, police forces have developed quite the appetite for facial recognition technology with massive federal databases dedicated to these efforts. It's been estimated that about one-in-two US adults are logged in one law enforcement facial recognition network, according to a Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law report.

Amazon thwarts massive denial of service attack (BBC)

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Amazon says its online cloud, which provides the infrastructure on which many websites rely, has fended off the largest DDoS attack in history.

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are designed to knock a website offline by flooding it with huge amounts of requests until it crashes.

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Australian prime minister has doubtfully accepted the involvement of chinese hackers.

How facial recognition is biased technology ?

Hacking war is on with Iran, China or NorthKorea

Concerning facial recognition, here is the study they refer to:

A 2019 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study found that facial recognition algorithms are woefully riddled with flaws overall. Minority groups including Asians and African Americans had higher false positives in one-to-one matching. At times, these false-positives increased by a factor of up to 100 for these groups. The report also discovered gender biases, as African American females had a higher rate of false positives for one-to-many matching datasets.

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