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Two Tech Problems and One Ethical Problem With Voicemail

It's just a matter of time before hackers get inside our heads.

They have already gotten inside our bodies -- literally. If you have a pacemaker, you know what we're talking about.

Now the hackers can take over our lives through our voices, sort of. It's a voicemail hack.

Forget Russian Spies; There Could Be One in Your Office

Now that the dust has settled on the Russia hack in the presidential election two years ago, we can all go back to our regularly scheduled programming. Right?

After all, the next presidential election is two years away, so who cares! It's not like Russian spies care about what's going on at your office. Right?

In case you were wondering, however, a new hack turned some Amazon Echo speakers into spies. That's right, even if nobody else is listening, your smart speakers may be.

While the speculation that robots will one day take jobs away from people is often cast as a negative, there's one industry most of the world will be glad to see destroyed by AI and robots: phishing scammers.

In a recent Ars Technica report, the newest tools cybersecurity experts use to fight back against phishing scammers is discussed at length. And while it doesn't provide much practical advice for individuals, it proposes taking the next steps of coupling the currently available technology with more robust machine learning.

However, as we've all seen over the years, when one door closes, hackers seem to just find another way in.

Voting by Smartphone -- Yea or Nay?

People can do almost everything on their cell phones, but that doesn't mean they should vote with them.

That's the debate going on in West Virginia, where officials plan to allow voters living overseas to do it via smartphone. Security experts, on the other hand, think that's not smart at all.

With the 2018 election season in full-swing, it may turn out to be 2016 all over again.

According to a recent report out of local Silicon Valley newspaper, the Mercury News, tech companies in the Silicon Valley area being targeted by Russian spies employing the "honeypot" routine.

What's a "honeypot" routine, you ask? Well, it's basically the stuff movies are made of. In short, it involves a spy engaging in a romantic relationship with a target in order to extract information. And in Silicon Valley, where tech companies rely on investor confidence, these honeypot spies present a potential security hole that tech visionaries might not be equipped to handle.

Clients to Lawyers: Protect Our Data, Or Else

A lot of outside counsel are going to lose their jobs if they don't improve their cybersecurity.

According to a new report, seventy percent of companies are "somewhat confident" that their outside attorneys adequately protect their data. Nine percent are "not at all confident."

For the law firms with superior cybersecurity, that could be good news. For the rest, it's time to get serious about it.

Researchers Discover 11 Million People Getting Snooped Online

Snoopware is not fashionware from Snoop Dog. It's software that snoops on your web browsing.

Researchers recently discovered snooping wares that affect Android and iOS users, as well as people who have installed Google Chrome and Firefox extensions. So yeah, everybody.

The good news is that only 11 million people have been snooped so far. The bad news is the hackers can see every single website users have visited -- ever. That's enough to make even Snoop Dog change his habits.

German Court: Facebook Must Give Deceased User's Messages to Family

Ho hum, a foreign court ruled against an American company for information and not damages. No problemo, right?

Wrong, especially when the company is an international force like Facebook. A German court ruled the social media giant must give up messages left behind by a deceased family member.

It's a big deal, not just because it sets a precedent for future cases. But when a company loses almost $120 billion in stock value in a day, everybody is watching for what's next.

These days, the last thing any company wants is to be put on blast by social media or a watchdog group with a good reputation and powerful following (like the ACLU).

Unfortunately for Amazon, the ACLU conducted an experiment using the company's new facial scanning software, Rekognition, to show just how dangerous it could be for law enforcement to be using facial scanning tech. In short, when the ACLU ran the faces of the members of the United States legislature through the software, it returned false positives for 28 members of Congress.

iPhone Update Blocks Police Passcode Cracking Tools

Apple really stuck it to the man with its latest software update.

In a move worthy of a counter-culture revolution, Apple released iOS 11.4.1 and took on the Establishment. The operating system blocks tools police have used to crack iPhone security.

It may look like a routine update, but make no mistake about it. Apple rocks.