FBI Warns of Dangers in ‘Safe’ Websites

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FBI Warns of Dangers in ‘Safe’ Websites | #TpromoCom #FBI #CyberSecurity #Cyber | Criminals are using TLS certificates to convince users that fraudulent sites are worthy of their trust.

One of the most common mechanisms used to secure web browser sessions — and to assure consumers that their transactions are secure — is also being used by criminals looking to gain victims’ trust in phishing campaigns. The FBI has issued a public service announcement defining the problem and urging individuals to go beyond simply trusting any “https” URL.

Browser publishers and website owners have waged successful campaigns to convince consumers to look for lock icons and the “https:” prefix as indicators that a website is encrypted and, therefore, secure. The problem, according to the FBI and security experts, is that many individuals incorrectly assume that an encrypted site is secure from every sort of security issue.

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An Outdoor Video Surveillance System that Thinks and Acts Like a Human

An Outdoor Video Surveillance System that Thinks and Acts Like a Human | #Memoreyes #TpromoCom #VideoSurveillance #AI | I’d like to tell you about a new, revolutionary outdoor CCTV product that is like none other. I use the word “revolutionary” because it is just that. It leverages the use of quality Megapixel/HD quality, pan-tilt-zoom cameras with machine learning and an entirely newly developed series of audio, thermal, and radar-oriented sensors. Add to that an AI (Artificial Intelligence)-based learning control platform and you have an almost human-like control system with Big Data analysis. http://bit.ly/2KKKhEc

The focus of this new tech is outdoor protection. It uses thermal, sound, and radar to focus in on moving targets, along with a Smartphone app that stakeholders can use to alert the system when there’s a potential problem of an immediate nature. Cameras automatically  follow targets, which is not entirely new, but that’s just the beginning of the story.

The uniquely developed sensors allow the system to hear, see, and detect what the camera cannot see using a variety of unique sensors that truly makes this system revolutionary. Interaction between this interactive, integrated video surveillance system and stakeholders is audio/visual in nature, further deterring would-be assailants. 

Currently the system operates using a unique machine learning system, but an AI (Artificial Intelligence) processing system is now in the works and will soon be incorporated, giving the system the ability to react with even more speed and intelligence. Through Big Data analysis, over time the system will learn the habits and trends associated with each camera within each specific setting, thus enabling the system to  quickly identify departures from the norm. There’s more. 

I’d like to propose a complementary story on the tech with a short interview with the developer, who happens to be John Collings, the former inventor and developer of Uplink. A sidebar will delve into the advancements in AI and how they will be leveraged to make this new technology a must-have for office complexes, shopping malls, multiple-tenant housing, industrial complexes, chain stores, etc. 

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56% of all light vehicles in the US will be actively connected cars by 2022

56% of all light #vehicles in the US will be actively connected #cars by 2022 | #TpromoCom #IoT #Internet | Parks Associates estimates the US will have 169 million actively connected cars by 2022, representing 56% of all light vehicles.

The firm’s 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, features the Connected Car Corner, by InstallerNet, and a special session on the connected car-smart home crossover to examine the latest innovations in this market area and the opportunities for vendors, manufacturers, and service providers to extend their IoT solutions to the vehicle.

The Connected Car Corner, by InstallerNet, features innovations from Alpine, Owlcam, Reviver, SiriusXM, Support.com, VOXX, and Waylens, among others. Solutions on display include Android Auto and Apple Car Play, dash camera recording, customer lifecycle support, digital key control and license plate, driver scoring, remote engine start, radar detection, GPS navigation, safety and security features, voice activation, WiFi hotspot, and wireless backup camera.

The session “Connected Cars: Extension for the Smart Home” features the following speakers:

  • Brian Brackenbury, Director, Connected Products, Gentex Corporation
  • Jan-Philipp Gehrmann, Director, Head of Automotive Sales & Marketing Silicon Valley, NXP
  • Andy Hodge, CEO, Founder, Owl Cameras Inc.
  • Katie McMahon, VP and GM, SoundHound Inc.
  • Dr. Alan Messer, CTO, Mojio

“From a technology perspective, many of the building blocks are already in-place for cars to connect to the smart home; however, ensuring a simple, intuitive, easy-to-use interface is critical for a non-distracted driving experience,” said Brian Brackenbury, Director, Connected Products, Gentex Corporation. “While voice has made some great strides forward, the automobile environment has factors like road noise, fellow passengers, and noisy kids that don’t always make voice the right choice for a user interface. Aggregating the fragmented services into a simple, one-touch interface, like HomeLink Connect, will ensure the end user gets something they can actually use every day, in all conditions!”

“The interrelationships between our homes, devices, and vehicles are becoming smarter and more seamless,” said Jan-Philipp Gehrmann, Sr. Director, Head of Automotive Sales & Marketing Silicon Valley, NXP. “I look forward to joining the Premier Connected Home Conference to share more about these exciting developments and how new automotive technologies are making transport increasingly autonomous, safer, more environmentally sound, and securely connected.”

“Connected car is what’s next after the connected home. Just like it is in the home, video security is at the heart of what consumers and businesses need for their cars and trucks,” said Andy Hodge, CEO, Founder, Owl Cameras Inc.

“Our burgeoning global population is straining our housing supply worldwide. We must do everything we’re able to avoid a tangential energy crisis, and smart apartment technology is uniquely positioned to do so,” said Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT.

“With the adoption of voice AI technology in connected cars as a top priority in the automotive industry, we’re at a tipping point for leveraging voice across all industries,” said Katie McMahon, VP/GM, SoundHound. “I look forward to telling the story of how integrating voice AI into cars and other Internet of Things devices can vastly improve consumers’ customized experiences, as well as allow companies to maintain their own brands.”

“The smart home ecosystem is expanding rapidly,” said Dr. Alan Messer, CTO, Mojio. “As consumers realize the value of an increasingly connected lifestyle, innovative players like Mojio and Vivint are enabling the next generation of consumer IoT services that unite the capabilities of connected cars and smart homes to unlock enhanced safety, security, and convenience protection for the two most valuable assets – our homes and our cars.”

CONNECTIONS™ will host more than 650 high-level executives in an intimate networking environment and includes a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight designed to capture the complexity and opportunities in these interconnected markets.

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors include F-Secure, Alarm.com, Rapid Response Monitoring, Verisk, Amber, AmTrust Specialty Risk, Arlo, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Bitdefender, Cirrent, Firedome, Johnson Controls, Lutron, Mnubo, Oaks Labs, PassiveBolt, Redpine Signals, Schlage, Support.com, Trusource Labs, ULE Alliance, Universal Electronics, Wi-Charge, Zigbee Alliance, Control4, Flo Technologies, Owlcam, Zen Ecosystems, HP, SAM Seamless Network, HelloTech, Inspire, and Alula. Connected Car Corner, by InstallerNet, will feature companies with specific solutions and technology for the connected car.

For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data, contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates’ 23nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 21-23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting more than 650 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com

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Home Technology Company SnapAV to Merge With Control4

#Home #Technology Company SnapAV to Merge With Control4 | #TpromoCom #HomeAutomation | SnapAV will acquire Control4 in an all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share in cash, representing an aggregate value of approximately $680 million.

SnapAV, a leading manufacturer and primary source of A/V, surveillance, networking and remote management products for integrators, and Control4 Corp. (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby SnapAV will acquire Control4 in an all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share in cash, representing an aggregate value of approximately $680 million.

This highly complementary combination will leverage the increased resources of the two companies to provide integrators with a true one -stop shop, offering a complete product portfolio of custom smart-home, control and automation solutions, according to the joint announcement from the Charlotte, N.C., and Salt Lake City-based companies.

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Two Nabbed Using Credit Card Skimmer To Steal Bank Info, Shelton Police Say

Two Nabbed Using Credit Card Skimmer To Steal Bank Info, Shelton Police Say | #TpromoCom #CreditCard #ATM #Bank | Jordy Diggins, 28, of Mount Vernon, and Jahquane Rennix, 19, of Queens, and were arrested by Shelton Police on Wednesday, April 10, following an investigation into complaints from residents that their bank accounts had been comprised, said Shelton Police Det. Richard Bango.

During the investigation, police learned that the victim’s credit cards were used at Walgreens in Shelton. Bango said. The victims stated they still had possession of their credit cards.

Shelton Police were able to obtain video of the two men using the fraudulent credit cards on April 8, at the Shelton Walgreens.

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Contactless cards are just catching on in the US — years after the rest of the world

Contactless cards are just catching on in the US — years after the rest of the world | #TpromoCom #Access #CardReader #Credential | For many foreign tourists visiting the U.S., checking out at the register feels like a trip back in time.

Inserting cards, entering pin codes and signing receipts are a thing of the past in countries that have embraced contactless payments. The world’s biggest economy, however, is just starting to catch on to the trend.

An estimated 3% of cards in force in the U.S. are contactless, according to a study published in 2018 by consultancy A.T. Kearney. That compares with roughly 64% in the U.K. and as high as 96% in South Korea.

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6 Things To Know About the Ransomware That Hit Norsk Hydro

6 Things To Know About the Ransomware That Hit Norsk Hydro | #TpromoCom #Ransomeware #CyberSecurity #Hackers | In just one week, ‘LockerGoga’ has cost the Norwegian aluminum maker $40 million as it struggles to recover operations across Europe and North America.

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LockerGoga – the malware that recently disrupted operations at Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro – is the latest example of the rapidly changing nature of ransomware attacks.

CyberSecurity is becoming an extremely important element of online business. Ransomeware is one of the upcoming trends that cause many businesses to falter and fail.

The March 19 attack impacted critical operations in several of Hydro’s business areas across Europe and North America. The attack forced the aluminum maker to resort to manual operations at multiple plants. It crippled production systems belonging to Hydro’s Extruded Solution group in particular, resulting in temporary plant closures and operational slowdowns that are still getting only in the process of getting restored.

In two updates this week, Norsk Hydro described the attack as so far costing it about $40 million.

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Ohio Jail Upgrade on Hold as Officials Seek New Funds

Ohio Jail Upgrade on Hold as Officials Seek New Funds | #ESC_LLC #Jail #Corrections #Funding | Officials in Muskingum County are making their pitch to the banks in hopes of raising some $35 million to build a new jail, WHIZ reported. The current facility is overcrowded and in need of expansion in order to continue to function, county officials say.

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