Archive For The “Cyber” Category

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards’ Mugshot Released | Law & Crime

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We now have our first look at the senior advisor at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) who has been arrested and charged for the unauthorized leak of confidential bank records to a BuzzFeed reporter.

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/our-first-look-at-the-senior-u-s-treasury-official-accused-of-leaking-confidential-bank-records-to-the-press/

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Robotic Security Forces On Patrol Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some « CBS New York

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The company said it costs between $6 and $12 an hour for a new robot to hit the streets. They’re currently deployed in 16 states to come alongside local security teams to help reduce crime.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/10/16/knightscope-robot-security-patrol/

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Tens of Millions of U.S. Voter Records for Sale

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“Certain states require the seller to personally travel to locations in-state to receive the updated voter information. This suggests the information disclosure is not necessarily a technical compromise but rather a likely targeted campaign by a threat actor redistributing possibly legitimately obtained voter data for malicious purposes on a cybercrime forum,” Anomali Labs write in a report today.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/tens-of-millions-of-us-voter-records-for-sale/

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China Is Working to Remove President Donald Trump, Mike Pence Warns

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“Beijing has mobilized covert actors, front groups and propaganda outlets to shift Americans’ perception of Chinese policies,” the vice president will say, according to prepared remarks seen by the Journal. “As a senior career member of our intelligence community recently told me, what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country.”

https://www.newsweek.com/china-working-remove-president-trump-mike-pence-warns-1152677

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The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

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Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies?srnd=premium

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The Government Is Knocking On Amazon’s Door A Lot More Often

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“In a legal context, courts would likely treat Echo recordings in the same way that they treat text-based search queries collected by Google or Bing-although Wessler says there’s not a lot of case law on the subject.

“I don’t think there’s any good privacy-based reason to treat those differently,” Wessler says. “Both are reflecting the content on someone’s mind and maybe very intimate details about what they’re looking up online.””

https://www.fastcompany.com/40517128/the-government-is-knocking-on-amazons-door-a-lot-more-often

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Tim Berners-Lee’s radical new plan to reinvent the World Wide Web

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This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90243936/exclusive-tim-berners-lee-tells-us-his-radical-new-plan-to-upend-the-world-wide-web

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How Facebook Was Hacked And Why It’s A Disaster For Internet Security

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The perpetrator’s ultimate aim was to steal what are known as “OAuth bearer tokens.” Essentially, these tokens prove the Facebook user is the rightful owner of an account and denote what they have access to. As Shadwell describes them: “OAuth tokens are like car keys, if you’re holding them you can use them, there’s no discrimination of the holder.” And in the context of this attack, those keys unlocked not just Facebook accounts, but any site that affected users accessed with a Facebook login. That might include Instagram or news websites.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/09/29/how-facebook-was-hacked-and-why-its-a-disaster-for-internet-security/

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Facebook’s Worst Security Breach Hammers User Trust Once Again – Bloomberg

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In the incident disclosed Friday, the Menlo Park, California-based company said it started investigating suspicious activity on Sept. 16. A few days before that, Zuckerberg wrote that the company was better prepared for attacks by foreign actors spreading division and misinformation ahead of elections in the U.S., France and other countries. The prospect of hackers taking control of almost 50 million Facebook accounts may undermine those assertions.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-29/facebook-s-worst-security-breach-hammers-user-trust-once-again

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Google CEO Agrees to House Testimony After Refusing Senate

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Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent, denies it makes content decisions based on politics.

Google has also faced blowback over news that it was developing a project for a mobile search app that complies with Chinese censorship rules.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-28/google-ceo-meeting-with-lawmakers-kudlow-amid-charges-of-bias

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