This Artificial Intelligence can Search for People by Height, Gender, and Clothing in Surveillance Videos

This is scary!

A team of AI researchers from India developed a tool to search for people in surveillance footage by height, clothing color, and gender. It’s like a search engine that can find people in a video.

Basically, you can tell this AI some details about the person you’re looking for and it’ll scour whatever video you give it. For example, a request for “females wearing red shirts who are 153 cm tall” would, potentially, narrow down an entire video clip to just frames featuring people who meet that criteria.

You can read more in an article by Tristan Greene in The Next Web at:

Pentagon Reveals Cyber Breach of Travel Records

The Pentagon on Friday said there has been a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that compromised the personal information and credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel. According to a U.S. official familiar with the matter, the breach could have affected as many as 30,000 workers, but that number may grow as the investigation continues.

Details may be found in an article by Lolita C. Baldor in the Associated Press web site at:

Divorce after Cheating Wife snapped on Google Maps

The moral of this story: when you are out in public, don’t expect any privacy.

Google Maps has sparked a divorce, after a husband discovered his wife in intimate photos with another man online. The husband got a nasty shock while planning a trip, when he saw his wife on a bench stroking the hair of another man – with the other man’s head in the lap of the wife.

You can read more and see the Google Maps image at:

Database Shows Information on School Shootings in US

Two postgraduate students in California have put together an unusual database. It has information on every school shooting in the U.S. over the past 50 years.

One of the database creators, David Riedman, says his site allows you to search 16 different categories, ranging from suicides to fights. He calls his database a good tool for school administrators building budgets and making plans for school security.

You can learn more in a video on the WIVB-TV web site at:

How to use Zello, the Walkie-Talkie App people are Downloading Ahead of Hurricane Florence

If Hurricane Florence is coming to your area, you need to download Zello in your smartphone. Details may be found in an article by Avery Hartmans in the Business Insider web site at:

Also, see the earlier articles about Zello published here in the PrivacyBlog by starting at:

U.S. Government Reportedly Wants to Wiretap Facebook Messenger

According to an exclusive report from Reuters, Facebook may be about to receive one of its stiffest challenges yet from the U.S. government. The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc. to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. Such a mandate would be a clear violation of the company’s and the customers’ First Amendment speech and expression rights.

The encrypted text messaging and voice conversation applications, such as Facebook Messenger, Signal, WhatsApp, and others are so secure that even the employees of the producing company cannot wiretap the conversations and listen in. These highly secure, end-to-end encrypted, communications go directly from one user to another user without revealing anything intelligible to providers or to anyone who wiretaps the conversations.

The U.S. Government reportedly wants to change that, despite the fact that such an order appears to be unconstitutional.

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