Google Showing Signs of Increased Concerns Over Rising Data Privacy Scrutiny

Earlier this year, Google quietly terminated its “Mobile Network Insights” service, which provided wireless carriers globally, information on network performance in various locations. The data was derived from devices running Google’s Android operating system, and according to a Reuters report, the shut down followed “Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone…

Open Finance First, Open Data Second

My partner Nick put together a deck outlining USV’s approach to crypto investing earlier this year and we have been using it with founders and investors since then. One slide I particularly like from that deck is this one which describes how we think the crypto market will develop over time. We have already seen…

A 60% Rise Reported on Malware Designed to Harvest Consumers’ Digital Data, aka Password Stealers

A significant rise has been detected in the use of malware aimed at harvesting consumer data, known as password stealers. According to a report from the security firm Kaspersky, the number of consumers targeted by the password stealers rose from under 600,000 people in the first half of 2018 to over 940,000 during the same…

How Android hardware-based vulnerability allow hackers to capture Loudspeaker data without permission

A newly discovered vulnerability in hardware-based motion sensor, known as accelerometer, which comes in-built on most Android devices can allow hackers to have unrestricted access to loudspeaker data by using app installed on a device even without permissions. The accelerometer is supposed to allow apps to sense the movement of a device, such as shaking,…

The absurdist’s view of business data visualization: meeting BadVR (& how Oculus Quest and 5G will change business)

Suzanne Borders, CEO/founder of BadVR, says she’s an absurdist, that she looks at the world differently than most other people and that’s the philosophy that drives even the name of her company. I dragged my camera down to meet her and her team in their offices in Marina Del Rey, near Los Angeles, to get…

OpenSSH will now Encrypt Private Keys with relatively large “prekey” consisting of Random data

OpenBSD Secure Shell (OpenSSH) is a suite of networking utilities based on the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol, which provides a secure channel in a client–server architecture over an unsecured network. While there have been several side-channel vulnerabilities in modern processors and DRAMs, such as the infamous Spectre and Meltdown, which side-channel attacks leveraged the OpenSSH…

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