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Comment Fake, non-credible, rumors (Score 1, Insightful) 58

...The local government feared that if news outlets were to report using signals coming from social media, there was a chance that fake, non-credible, and rumors would slip through the filter. It was absurd, to say the least...

Was it? Not trying to support censorship of any kind, especially the kind that China practices, but "social media" is well known to spew "fake, non-credible, rumors..."

Comment Re:Happens All The Time (Score 0) 105

But presumably the Brazilian Google exec was just that -- a Brazilian living and working in Brazil, and presumably under the jurisdiction of their justice system (no matter how non-local the video hosting was).

Are you saying that I, an American citizen am not under the jurisdiction of the Brizilian justice system when in Brazil?

Comment Happens All The Time (Score 2, Informative) 105

American companies are sued all the time in other countries. For example, Brizillian authorities arrested Google's top executive in Brazil after officials said he violated the South American country's election law when he didn't take down online videos that allegedly slandered a political candidate.

So, it's not just the United States, and indeed it happens quite often all over the world.

Comment Re:All this collecting and hacking (Score 2) 30

What's a person gonna do with a million of data records - maybe sell it or is it just a proof of "concept"?

Very often people reuse the same passwords and user names over a swath of accounts. Not always, but often enough that knowing a gaming account that should be "throw away" or at least not the same as your Amazon or Banking account... can get a fraudster in the door and clean you out.

Comment Here's the interesting part... (Score 4, Interesting) 97

Here's the interesting part...

A 3D printed finger alone often canâ(TM)t unlock a phone these days. Most fingerprint readers used on phones are capacitive, which means they rely on the closing of tiny electrical circuits to work. The ridges of your fingers cause some of these circuits to come in contact with each other, generating an image of the fingerprint. Skin is conductive enough to close these circuits, but the normal 3D printing plastic isnâ(TM)t, so Arora coated the 3D printed fingers in a thin layer of metallic particles so that the fingerprint scanner can read them.

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