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November 4, 2016

New York Tops City Risk Index for Cyberattack Threats

The increasing risk of cyberattacks has placed New York as the number one city at risk of a cyberattack with $14.08 billion of economic growth at risk, according to Lloyd’s City Risk Index report.

In a joint report with the University of Cambridge, the Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025 report looked at 301 global cities covering 18 different threats from cyberattacks, tsunamis, solar storms, plant epidemics, terrorism, and market crashes.

According to the report, New York was number one for cyberattack exposure, followed by Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Paris, and London, which had $7.89 billion of economic growth at risk.

The report noted that as cyberattacks become [...]

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January 14, 2016

New York Bill Would Mandate Backdoors into Smartphones

A new bill up for consideration in the New York state assembly would mandate smartphone manufacturers to decrypt their phones for law enforcement to install backdoors and gain access to smartphones on demand.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Matt Titone in summer 2015 was referred to the committee last week, also proposes a $2,500 fine for each device that flouts the requirement, as revealed by On The Wire.

The primary requirement of the bill is:

…any smartphone manufactured on or after January 1, 2016, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.

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July 22, 2015

New York Court Rejects Facebook Bid to Stop Search Warrants

As it stands now, it is crystal clear that Facebook Inc. has failed in its bid to stop the biggest search warrant ever received by the company. This came to fruition as a result of a court ruling in New York. The ruling has the potential of mitigating the volume of information social media sites relay to law enforcement agencies in the future.

The huge amount of digital information in the hands of social media companies have triggered privacy related worries across America and this has been made worse by law enforcement officials who utilize it as evidence of wrongdoing against people.

Cyrus Vance Jr. a Manhattan District Attorney, in 2013, secured 381 warrants in the [...]

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December 19, 2014

Amazon Prime Now Unveils One Hour Delivery Service in Manhattan

It’s a beautiful world we live in when a simple technology journalist can download an app, place an order for candy and get it delivered to their door in under 30 minutes. For one Engadget journalist, that was just the case when Amazon unveiled Amazon Prime Now, their new service for people in Manhattan that want their orders delivered in an hour.

Depending on where you live, Amazon claims it can get you more than 25,000 different items directly to your door in under an hour as long as you pay for the Amazon Prime service. From TVs, to snacks, to everyday groceries, Amazon seems to not be wasting any time getting a piece of the home-delivery grocery market urban-area consumers [...]

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