database

security

‘They Would Go Absolutely Nuts’: How a Mark Cuban-Backed Facial Recognition Firm Tried to Work With Cops

Suspect Technologies tried to convince police to hand over a database of driver license photos, and pitched a product that would scan for people of a certain ethnicity.
Joseph Cox
5.6.19
tech

This Spyware Data Leak Is So Bad We Can't Even Tell You About It

A consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data, including intimate pictures and private call recordings, for all to see on a server freely accessible over the internet. And it still hasn’t taken the data down.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.22.19
CLAMP DOWN

Which Tech Giant Will Build a Revenge Porn Database?

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and others use pooled data to stamp out child abuse imagery. Some revenge porn victims want something similar, but who is going to make it?
Joseph Cox
4.3.18
true crime

The Woman with Autism Who Built a Renowned Database of Missing People

Meaghan Good says she finds it tough to do a "normal job," but her unique skills make her perfectly suited to run The Charley Project, one of the largest and most detailed online databases of missing persons in the US.
Kelsey Lawrence
8.7.17
Internet Insecurity

Hacktivist Breaks Into Minnesota Government Databases to Protest Philando Castile Verdict

“An innocent man died. And a guilty one lives freely.”
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.20.17
nasa

NASA's Massive Photo Archive Is Now on One Convenient, Searchable Site

The world's desktop backgrounds and screen savers are about to get the NASA bump, now that the organization has updated its site for 2017.
Beckett Mufson
4.18.17
painting

You Can Find Every ‘Joy of Painting’ Painting in This Searchable Bob Ross Database

We spoke to computer programmer Felix Auer about his archive of every painting made in ‘The Joy of Painting.’
Nathaniel Ainley
4.5.17
Another Day Another Hack

Popular Teen Quiz App Wishbone Has Been Hacked, Exposing Tons of User Information

Hackers have stolen 2.2 million email addresses and 287,000 cellphone numbers from Wishbone users, many of whom are young women under the age of 18.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.15.17
News

The RCMP Used Police Databases and Social Media to Track Aboriginal Protestors

The RCMP then made their identities known to front-line officers.
Jordan Pearson
11.10.16
Rap

Researchers Claim AI Can Identify Gang Members on Twitter

But the AI may only entrench existing prejudices.
Jordan Pearson
11.1.16
News

Hacker Claims to Have Sold Leaked Terrorism Watchlist 'World-Check' For $20,000

The confidential Thomson Reuters “terrorism database” is spreading in the internet’s underground.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.20.16
News

Canada Post Might Own the Copyright to Your Postal Code

And the phrase “postal code."
Jordan Pearson
6.3.16
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