FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: May 19th – May 25th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe – for our American friends, we’re sure you were able to enjoy Memorial Day weekend!

For this week’s roundup we’re dealing with how facial recognition technology may be used as COVID-19 Passports, how Google and Apple recently launched the first phase of their contact tracing app, and how the FBI was finally able to unlock a shooter’s iPhone without the help of Apple.

When the world begins to slowly recover from the pandemic, many companies will want to ensure that their workforce isn’t being compromised by individuals with the virus. To offset this occurrence, many facial recognition companies have promoted the idea of “coronavirus-immunity registry”, in which medical databases will be able to indicate if you’ve been infected with the virus, simply by scanning your face.

Although this hasn’t been implemented yet, there is also the argument that this kind of technology can be used to help track the virus, and allow for safer global travel as many organizations attempt to minimize the spread.

Curious? You can read more on the situation here.

On April 10th, Apple and Google announced that they will be partnering up to release a contact tracing application to monitor the spread of COVID-19. Now, they’ve released the first phase of the app, which requires the download of COVID-19 related app, which then uses an API (Exposure Notification application programming interface) to then monitor and trace the spread of the virus.

Users can enter their medical information, and if they happen to be infected, they can enter it into the app, which will then reach out to any individuals the individual may have come into contact with in the past 14 days.

You can read more into the application here!

It seems as though the FBI were finally able to unlock the iPhone of the shooter who killed three young US Navy students and injured eight at a Pensacola, Florida naval base in December 2019 – with no help from Apple.

In January, the FBI had asked Apple to help unlock the iPhones of the suspects involved in the case. Apple didn’t budge, as the phones use warrant-proof encryption, preventing Apple from interfering with the case.

The iPhone’s were inevitably unlocked, but the FBI is still not pleased with what they call “The Apple Problem.”

That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!