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Syracuse, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Alfred:

Red Cross calls for governments to help stop health care hacks during pandemic

Cyberattacks are targeting health care organizations and putting lives at risk, the organization warns. → Read More

FBI slams 'Apple problem' as it unlocks Pensacola shooter's iPhone

The Justice Department said Apple's refusal to break its own encryption hampered a national security investigation. → Read More

Facial recognition firms are scrambling to see around face masks

Because of face coverings prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, companies are trying to ID people based on just their eyes and cheekbones. → Read More

US accuses China of trying to hack coronavirus vaccine research

The FBI said it is investigating hacking attempts from China targeting COVID-19 research. → Read More

COVID-19 could set a new norm for surveillance and privacy

App developers are creating tools to monitor people when they shop and work, despite lacking proof that it works or has safeguards to protect your data. → Read More

Apple and Google's coronavirus tracking tool: How privacy fits in

Here's a breakdown of the encryption and security measures Apple and Google are adopting to protect privacy. → Read More

These anti-quarantine websites are fakes. Here's what they're really after

Researchers find that hundreds of "reopen" domain names are being registered at the same time. Many are part of schemes to collect data. → Read More

COVID-19 prompts Vietnam hackers to hit China health officials for info, say researchers

The coronavirus "poses an existential concern to governments," leading to increased cyberspying over distrust about reported data, researchers say. → Read More

Hackers are targeting US government workers with COVID-19 scams offering free fast food

Google said it's detected more than a dozen government-backed hacking groups using COVID-19 to target officials. → Read More

Eventbrite is stamping out coronavirus lockdown protests

The company says it's taking action against events that violate local guidance around social distancing. → Read More

Contact-tracing apps have a trust problem, even if they do protect your privacy

Experts believe that at least half the population needs to use contact-tracing apps for them to work. The challenge will be convincing the public to opt in after years of trust issues with big tech. → Read More

Apple and Google say they will shut down COVID-19 tracking tools once pandemic ends

Contact tracing capabilities using iOS and Android devices are temporary measures, the tech giants say. → Read More

Tech isn't solution to COVID-19, says Singapore director of contact tracing app

Contact tracing using mobile apps has shortcomings in life or death situations, the government official says. → Read More

Location data brokers say they can help contain COVID-19. Here's why that's a problem

Phone location data collected by advertisers doesn't show the whole picture and is vulnerable to mass fraud, researchers warn. → Read More

Location data used for tracking COVID-19 has its limits, ACLU warns

The surveillance methods may not be as effective as government officials say they are. → Read More

Senators raise privacy questions about Google's COVID-19 tracker

Being able to track the public health crisis shouldn't come at the price of personal privacy, says a pair of lawmakers. → Read More

EU working on privacy guidelines for phone location tracking of COVID-19

Governments have started tapping geolocation data from phones to help track the pandemic, and privacy advocates are concerned about the lack of formal restrictions. → Read More

FBI issues warning about COVID-19 stimulus-package scams

Thieves online could be taking advantage of the US' $2 trillion stimulus package, the bureau says. → Read More

Governments could track COVID-19 lockdowns through social media posts

A research group scrapes more than 500,000 Instagram profiles in Italy to see if people are abiding by the quarantine. → Read More

COVID-19 tracking efforts pose a privacy risk, senator says

Sen. Ed Markey wants to make sure that technology used to track the pandemic won't be abused for years to come. → Read More