Apple investigates attack on iCloud

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) introduces a Google Glass app that not only detects faces in real time, but also analyzes them. In addition to emotions, the app can also identify the age and gender of the person. However, according to Fraunhofer IIS , it is not possible to find out who this person is with the app. According to Fraunhofer, this is the first real-time software for detecting emotions on Google Glass.

This app could be used in market research initiatives or interactive games. In addition, the Fraunhofer researchers also want the glasses as a tool for communication of persons with impairments. For example, many autistic people have problems reading emotions out of a face. This information could be displayed to these persons via this real-time app. Even visually impaired people could get audio information about their immediate environment.

Fraunhofer has a software for face recognition with the software Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition Engine, short SHORE . This forms the core of this new glassware. The app uses the camera of the Google data glasses and then processes the image data on the central processor of the glasses. An important aspect of data protection law is that these data do not leave the glasses.

According to its own information, Fraunhofer IIS has been working for years on SHORE, which combines intelligent systems with a real-time capable C ++ library. Besides faces, the software can also analyze objects. Due to the high degree of specialization and optimization of the software, the solution can be used on various devices such as smartphones. Because Fraunhofer is a member of the Google Glass Explorer program, scientists were already able to work with the hardware before it became widely available.

The app is currently not available. It is currently unclear whether Fraunhofer wants to market the app itself or to license the technology to a third-party company. As before, the device in Germany is difficult to get. Google also emphasizes that Glass is still a prototype. In the US, interested parties currently have to pay around $ 1500 for a copy. Data glasses offer enormous potential for certain applications. However, it is still questionable whether this technology can reach a broader market in the medium term.

Apple has begun investigating the attack on numerous iCloud accounts. This reports re / code . As a result, attackers exploited a vulnerability to access the Apple cloud storage service and publish nude photos of celebrities. “We take the privacy of our users very seriously and actively investigate the incidents,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.

Apple iCloudHow the iCloud accounts were cracked is unknown. The attackers may have used the recently released iBrute password cracking tool. This tries by trying to determine valid passwords. Service providers can protect themselves relatively easily against these so-called brute-force attacks. For this purpose, access must be blocked and the password reset by the user only after a certain number of incorrect entries.

The technology is also used in almost all Apple registration options. The iCloud service “Find my iPhone” was missing, however. This weakness in the registration, the group has resolved yesterday. The iBrute tool previously released on Github will stop working.

Users should enable two-factor authentication to protect themselves against such attacks in the future. Apple also offers this procedure . Users should never use identical passwords for different accounts. A strong password can also help complicate brute force attacks.

Also useful are encryption tools like Boxcryptor , which can encrypt data in the cloud. However, the tool does not support the Apple solution, but almost all other cloud services like Dropbox , Google Drive , SugarSync , Microsoft OneDrive or Box.net.

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