Archive For The “Cyber” Category

Brains tricked into ‘feeling’ life-like sensations using VR

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“Amputees can be tricked into ‘feeling’ life-like sensations from robotic limbs using virtual reality headsets, according to new research.”

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New Intel chip flaws: ‘Foreshadow’ could wreak havoc on cloud

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More flaws found in Intel chips could let hackers access sensitive information in computers or in the cloud.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/15/new-intel-chip-flaws-foreshadow-could-wreak-havoc-on-the-cloud/

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Iran’s Cyber War on Dissidents Could Infiltrate Your Mailbox – Defense One

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“Iran’s crackdown on protesters could affect almost anyone in contact with them, thanks to a sophisticated internal police operation that routinely targets not only academics and dissidents but also those who have interacted with them — and even people only tangentially linked.

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/01/irans-cyber-war-dissidents-could-infiltrate-your-mailbox/144899/

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Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers – Defense One

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“The U.S. government effort to stop the attack “was effective at knocking down their command and control. But — and this is a ‘but’ we haven’t seen talked about that much — there was a persistent ‘stage one’ on all of those routers,” said Joyce. “If it was at a stage-two or stage-three implant, it knocked it back to one, which was power- and reboot-persistent. At that point, we couldn’t call back out via those two methods to re-establish command and control,” he told the crowd.

Bottom line: “It’s still on those routers and if you know the wake-up knock you can go in, control those routers, and put a stage two or three back on them… What do you think the odds are that the actors in Russia who put those down have the addresses of the places where the put the malware? I think it’s pretty high,” he said.”

https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/08/russian-military-spy-software-hundreds-thousands-home-routers/150474/

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From laboratory in far west, China’s surveillance state spreads quietly | Reuters

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““Right now, as I understand it, only two provinces in the whole country don’t use these,” said a sales representative at Zhongke Ronghui Security Technology Co Ltd, a Shaanxi-based firm that produces the XDH-5200A, one of the scanners detailed in several police procurement documents.

The representative said police stations across the whole country could consult a centralized repository of extracted data. “Almost every police station will have the equipment.””

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-monitoring-insight/from-laboratory-in-far-west-chinas-surveillance-state-spreads-quietly-idUSKBN1KZ0R3

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AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

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“An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.”

https://apnews.com/828aefab64d4411bac257a07c1af0ecb

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Bill Nelson: The Russians have penetrated some Florida voter registration systems | Tampa Bay Times

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“They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about,” Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times before a campaign event in Tampa. He said something similar a day earlier in Tallahassee but declined to elaborate.

“That’s classified,” the Democrat said Tuesday.”

https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/08/08/bill-nelson-the-russians-have-penetrated-some-florida-voter-election-systems/

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Inside Google’s Effort to Develop a Censored Search Engine in China

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The app has been designed to filter out content that China’s authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about political opponents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. The censored search app will “blacklist sensitive queries” so that “no results will be shown” at all when people enter certain words or phrases, according to internal Google documents.

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/08/google-censorship-china-blacklist/

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Google Woos Partners for Potential China Expansion – WSJ

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As part of a project dubbed “Dragonfly,” Google is testing a mobile version of its search engine that would adhere to China’s strict censors, people familiar with the matter said. ,”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-woos-partners-for-potential-china-expansion-1534071600

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Cash machines could be mass-hacked in global cyber attack, FBI warns

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