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Brown Brew

Random samples of iced coffee from major franchises show contamination from faecal matter. Improper washing and handling of ice is thought to be the cause. link

Think 2-Factor Authentication is Safe?

As a principle, 2-Factor (or multi-factor) authentication is better than just a password, unless one of the factors is inherently weak.  That is the case when it's a code being texted to your phone number.  link

Telcos are notoriously bad for customer service, and make it easy for criminals to "social engineer" your cell phone number to their phone, and then proceed to reset your passwords using the SMS code they receive.  That goes for email, banks, credit cards, etc.  Each factor of authentication is a new vector for attack, so services should never rely on just one to supersede another.

Facebook is Watching

I guess since the NSA does it, Facebook wants to as well.  They've filed for a patent to secretly watch users through their webcam. link

Sure, they say they'll never use the technology.

Sunscreen Burns Skin

Health Canada is investigating Banana Boat Sunscreen as several babies have received second degree burns. Images in article are graphic link

1.9 Million Bell subscriber records stolen

Are you a Bell subscriber?  There's a good chance your information has been stolen by a recent hack.  link

Be sure to change your passwords for your email, internet, and phone accounts (and of course anywhere that uses the same passwords).

Update Your Windows

There is a ransomware raging across the globe currently, known as some variant of WannaCry, using an NSA exploit to infect Windows computers.  This particular exploit was patched in March so if you have Windows updates pending, make sure to get them installed or you might just have to pay to recover your data.  link

HP is Listening

Got an HP laptop with Conexant audio drivers?  It may have been silently logging every keystroke, writing to a file, and publishing that via a network accessible API.  link .

Google Reinvents Toronto

Google, specifically Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, is trying to reinvent Toronto "from the Internet up".  They're securing a 12-acre area downtown as part of the 2000 acres owned by "Waterfront Toronto".  link

Sidewalk Labs is best known for their ad-supported wifi kiosks in New York.  I wonder what they're planning for Toronto.

E.Coli at worst ever levels in Lake Ontario

Heavy rain sweeping sewage into Lake Ontario has put E.Coli levels at record high.  link

Google Malware

Don't open an emailed link to a google doc unless you're expecting it: link

It's an Archaic System

Trump doesn't like the checks and balances built in to the Constitution.  link . "It's a really bad thing for the country," he said.

What Could Go Wrong?

Amazon has a new virtual assistant - Amazon Echo Look.  link

Even the intro video shows it's a device designed to watch you undress and constantly upload images to the internet!

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