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California's New Law for the Internet of Things

It's official: robots have taken over the world.

According to reports, there are about seven billion internet-enabled devices on the planet -- and that doesn't include the robots that aren't on the internet. The number is expected to reach 21.5 billion by 2025.

What does it all mean, other than you can easily find them on sale for Christmas? In California, it means lawmakers want more security.

Marriott Hacked, 500 Million Customers' Data Exposed

When Marriott acquired Starwood hotels two years ago, the company didn't realize it was also buying a massive security breach.

The breach -- compromising information about 500 million customers -- is reportedly one of the largest in history. It is not close to the Yahoo breach of some three billion user accounts.

According to reports, however, the Marriott breach involves more than email information. It apparently includes credit card, passport, and other personal details that hackers use for identity theft.

For fans of facial recognition, and other tech that utilizes biometrics, the recent letter sent by some House reps to Amazon will certainly be of interest.

Apparently, Congress wasn't too pleased about how badly Amazon got put on blast by the ACLU. And they are asking Amazon to answers some more questions about their "Rekognition" software (yes with a "k") that, in a test conducted by the ACLU, misidentified Congress members as criminals when their photos were input into the database. While there might be some comedy in that example, the potential real-life impacts of biometric misidentifications are, and can be, devastating.

Rival Cyber-Criminals Fighting for Card-Skimming Information in Internet Turf War

Not a lot has changed from the 1860s turf war portrayed in Gangs of New York, when Daniel Day-Lewis stabbed his opponent in the back.

Sure, rival gangs don't battle with hatchets in the streets anymore. From petty thief to mass-murderer, modern criminals seek their prey on virtual turf.

That's why two hacker groups are warring for control in the card-skimming wars. The gangs may have evolved, but the victims are still the same.

Tactics Criminals Use to Steal Cryptocurrency

Stop right now if you are reading this to learn how to steal cryptocurrency.

This is not a "how-to" for crypto-thieves, but rather a "watch-out" for the ways they do it. Pardon the disclaimer, but people these days...

Anyway, cryptocurrencies are tanking in the market right now. Part of the reason is that they are not quite as secure as everybody thought, thanks to the cyber-criminals.

Metacert Says 'Cryptonite' Can Protect Your Email From Phishing Links

If you are a Superman fan, "kryptonite" is an ugly word.

It's the one material that can weaken and even kill Superman. But Metacert has found a way to use its "Cryptonite" for good.

It's a program that catches phishing links in your email. And there's nothing uglier than a hacker phishing in your email.

Law enforcement in New Hampshire are hoping that an Amazon Echo might have been activated in the moments before a double homicide back in January 2017.

The murders of Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini in 2017 are suspected to have happened within earshot of an Amazon Echo device. The court recently ordered that Amazon turn over the recordings, which the company had previously withheld pending a court order. However, as of yet, there is no indication of whether Alexa captured a recording of the double murder.

An Ohio man suspected of possessing child pornography was compelled to put his face in front of his iPhone X in order to unlock it for law enforcement.

This is being reported as the first ever use, worldwide, of Apple's Face ID in a criminal investigation. And while a warrant was secured, as a result of Apple's latest security patch, investigators were only able to access chat logs, photos, and more for a brief period of time.

When CEOs decide to skirt the law via photoshop, it can often be spectacular and spectacularly backfire.

One example of this is courtesy of the CEO of Natural Sapphire Company, who forged court orders to force Google to remove malicious websites posting false and misleading reviews about the company from their search results. And though three lefts may make a right, two wrongs certainly do not. In this case, the CEO just learned that he will have nine months behind bars to think about that (and probably his flagrantly irresponsible use of email too).

If You're Near a Crime, the FBI Can Get Your Google Info

Note to self: turn off your phone's location data if you are in a high-crime area.

That's not a warning to would-be criminals; it applies to everybody. It's especially true if you don't want the FBI looking for you.

The FBI has asked Google for location data on anyone close to robberies in two states. Your information, too, may soon be on their radar.