Newsletter: Spotify Hacked And Dubai Gets First ‘RoboCop’

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller

THOUSANDS OF SPOTIFY LOGIN CREDENTIALS LEAKED ONLINE

THE STORY

A hacker group named ‘The Leak Boat’ dumps login details for more than 9000 Spotify Accounts on a public webpage.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?

2017 has certainly brought a lot of bad news for internet users with several major online forums and platforms being hacked. The latest one to get exploited this time is the popular music streaming website Spotify. This was realised after hackers dumped all hijacked login details on a public website named ‘Ghostbin. The group then tweeted about their exploit via their twitter handle @SecTeamSix_ and claimed to have released details for more than 9000 accounts.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

A hacker group named “The Leak Boat” claimed responsibility for this cyberattack. The quoted group have also been notorious for leaking login details for various other public forums and social platforms including accounts of various celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence.

Although their claim 9000 accounts is a little shady as only 6,410 accounts are currently listed on Ghostbin. Nevertheless, Leak Boat has also claimed they will post 10 videos of celebs in their private moments if they get more than 600 followers on twitter.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Since the login details are listed in plain text, this makes them highly vulnerable and can be picked by anyone. Readers should find it worthwhile to visit https://ghostbin.com/paste/nmdgz and search their login details as soon as they can. If you find your account details listed there, it would be a good idea to change your password to a complex one to prevent this in the future.
DUBAI BECOMES FIRST TO ENLIST REAL-LIFE ROBOCOPS

THE STORY

Streets of Dubai feature world’s first Robotic Police Force, who will replace a quarter of the city’s police force by 2030.

IS IT EVEN REAL?

It might be hard to believe, but the future shown in several science fiction movies has finally managed to arrive. The city of Dubai will now have their own force of Robocops who will roam the streets from now. It uses various IoT technologies to resolve petty instances of crimes and offenses and utilizes an ‘emotion detector’. So if you’ve been thinking of this as a hoax, it is totally true and legitimate, so you must believe that the ‘Future is Now’.

WHAT CAN THEY DO?

Currently, the robot police unit isn’t intended for battling serious crimes and uses technologies such as facial recognition, hand gestures and converse in several languages. The Robocops also feature a specialized tablet on their chests that are used to report crimes and offences by civilians. These robots are more like an assisting force right now to keep the city streets free from crime and provide a safer environment to people.

The robotic police force was made operational by Brigadier General Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, who said “With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.”

OTHER DETAILS AND SPECIFICATIONS

Robocops stand almost 5.9 feet tall and weigh around 220 pounds. It uses wheels to get around locations and is also designed to uplift people’s moods when it detects any angry or upset expressions. It can also respond to public queries and can bow, shake hands and salute.

This surely reminds us of the Hammer Drones from Iron Man 2. Although we surely hope this robot police doesn’t end up being victim to cybercrime and bring our worst fears into reality.

 

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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