Good morning, Austin. Here's hoping you're enjoying the suddenly cooler weather.
As we edge into Fall, here's a look at some of the technology stories generating interest across the Interwebs this morning:
Worries grow over Yahoo data breach
Security experts are starting to weigh in on the potential long-term effects of Yahoo's giant data breach -- and what they have to say is not comforting.
As you'll recall, Yahoo admitted last week that it had been the victim of a breach in 2014 in which at least 500 million Yahoo accounts were stolen from the company. Among the data possibly taken, the company said, was names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Some Yahoo users have already started filing lawsuits over the breach.
Now, technology experts say that the stolenpassword data could be used to open locks up and down the web. "Data breaches on the scale of Yahoo are the security equivalent of ecological disasters," said Matt Blaze, a security researcher who directs the Distributed Systems Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, in a message posted to Twitter .
A big worry is a cybercriminal technique known as "credential stuffing," which works by throwing leaked username and password combinations at a series of websites in an effort to break in, a bit like a thief finding a ring of keys in an apartment lobby and trying them, one after the other, in every door in the building. Software makes the trial-and-error process practically instantaneous.
Does 3D body scanner sound great -- or terrible?
Does the idea of a 3D scanner that maps your body and tracks its changes -- both good and bad -- over time sound great to you? Or does it sound like information you'd really rather not have? Either way, the technology is on its way to the United States. As Tech Crunch reports, Australia-based company mPort is bringing its mPod body scanners to gyms and malls in the U.S., where company leaders say users will be interested in getting granular data about their bodies. The Tech Crunch story reports that "A single, 7-second scan in an mPod creates a detailed avatar that a user can examine from all angles along with some basic data including height, weight and body mass index. A premium scan gives users a comparison of body scans over time, and details like body fat composition, hip to waist ratio, and many other measurements that indicate physical fitness or a lack of it. All together, mPort CEO Dipra Ray said the mPod gathers 200,000 data points about a user’s body to construct a scan and measurements displayed in the app." Some of us might not want to know all that information, but for those who do, sounds like a pretty amazing tool.
Two words: Robot wars
If the concept of robot warriors attempting to annihilate each other sounds like great fun to you -- and really, we wouldn't it? -- take a few minutes to check out this highly entertaining piece over that The Verge. Write Ben Popper's story takes you inside the RoboMasters competition in China. For the winners, the rewards can be pretty impressive.
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