Colorado becomes first U.S. state to enact QR code ballot ban

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Cybersecurity concerns were the reason given for the ban. On September 16, 2019, Colorado became the first American state to put a QR code ballot ban in place. The state once used the quick response codes to help tabulate votes. However, concerns of cybersecurity issues led to the decision to ban the use of the unique 2-D barcodes on ballots. Officials say that QR codes can potentially be changed by hackers. Prior to the QR code ballot ban, residents in Colorado made their selections on a ballot-marking device. This device…

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Bitcoin QR code generators are not as secure as some may think

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A report from ZenGo reveals there’s a lot of scam QR code generators for Bitcoin. A recent analysis conducted by ZenGo, a keyless Bitcoin and cryptocurrency wallet, reveals that four out of the top five Bitcoin QR code generators listed on Google’s front page are operated by scammers. The codes that are being generated link to the scammer’s own wallet. ZenGo discovered that when a user uses one of these malicious sites to create a quick response (QR) code for their personal Bitcoin address, the site generates a code for…

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QR code security update needed, says Quick Response code creator

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Japanese engineer, Masahiro Hara, vows to strengthen the safety of the system. Hara, the creator of the 2D code, says that improved QR code security is needed since it has become so popular and is now being widely used as he hadn’t expected for various applications all over the globe. Now that it is a worldwide multipurpose application utilized in a variety of fields, including cashless payments via smartphones, Hara wants to strengthen the safety of the system. The QR Code is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019. The quick…

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Denuvo launches new mobile game security solution

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The gaming security firm has released Mobile Game Protection to combat security flaws within mobile games. Mobile game security has become an increasingly hot topic since the explosive growth of mobile gaming. Denuvo’s new security solution, Mobile Game Protection, is designed to combat an increase in pirating, cheating, and security flaw exposures. The company claims that their new system can protect the experience of legitimate players and prevent hackers from debugging, reverse engineering or altering the game. The security solution can be applied to any game without operation effort. Denuvo’s…

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Why Your Employees Need to be Aware of Phishing

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Despite major advances in intrusion detection tools and anti-malware technology, businesses are still frequent victims of cyber-attacks. This is largely due to one element that hasn’t evolved as quickly as technology, which is the employee. This makes phishing an extremely popular way to attack a business and obtain sensitive private information. A 2019 report by Verizon found that about a third of all cyber-attacks involved phishing. All one needs to perform a successful phishing attack is a computer, a grasp of the language and an unsuspecting victim. This is why,…

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