17 Dec 2019

Argonne’s Advanced X-Rays Are Beaming the Way to Smarter Helmets

A collaboration between researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory, the Army Research Laboratory and Northwestern University are developing next level military helmets by collecting and deciphering data from x-ray analyses of human skulls. The project leader, physicist Jonathan Almer, stated that the helmet would lead to a decrease in fatal

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17 Dec 2019

New York Just Set a ‘Dangerous Precedent’ on Algorithms, Experts Warn

New York City announced a task force to develop a policy on algorithm technologies two years ago, but it has since been bogged down in a bureaucratic mess, failing to gain access to basic information about automated systems already in use. Last week, a shadow report was published in response

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17 Dec 2019

One in every 172 active RSA certificates are vulnerable to attack

On Saturday, a team of researchers from Keyfactor presented a vulnerability that they discovered in RSA certificates that could compromise one in every 172 certificates in use. The team presented their findings at the First IEEE Conference in Los Angeles, California. RSA certificates serve as public-key certificates, using cryptographic algorithms

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17 Dec 2019

Ransomware ‘Crisis’ in US Schools: More Than 1,000 Hit So Far in 2019

Ransomware attacks have been targeting US school systems with 226 schools hit since October, compromising 11 different school districts in major cities such as New Orleans and Pensacola hit earlier this month. Data published by security firm Armor shows that a total of 72 US school districts have suffered from

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17 Dec 2019

Iran Banks Burned, Then Customer Accounts Were Exposed Online

Last month as anti-government protests raged throughout Iran, authorities addressed the destruction of numerous banks across the country. However, a new threat has been introduced, a security breach exposed the information of millions of Iranian customer accounts. On Tuesday, the details of 15 million bank debit cards were posted on

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16 Dec 2019

Over 100 Phishing Sites Spotted in Global Government Campaign

According to the security vendor Anomali, sources of domains and over 120 phishing sites have been detected as involved with a major global campaign that is targeting government procurement services. Anomali stated that the credential harvesting campaign consisted of spoofed sites for international government departments as well as spoofed email

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16 Dec 2019

Airport Facial Recognition System Fooled

Facial recognition technology used to secure airports in several countries have recently been fooled by photographs and 3D masks in a series of tests carried out by artificial intelligence company Kneron. Based in San Deigo, Kneron conducted tests on systems in several different countries. Researchers at Kneron were able to

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16 Dec 2019

New York Times: US ‘secretly expelled’ Chinese officials who entered ‘sensitive’ military base

Two Chinese Embassy officials were expelled by the US after they allegedly entered a sensitive military base in Virginia earlier this year. US officials believe that at least one of the Chinese officials, who were with their wives at the time of the incident, was an intelligence officer operating under

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16 Dec 2019

New bill gives this Homeland Security agency authority to get ISP info

A new bipartisan bill introduced on December 12 would grant the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber unit access to ISP information on customers that CISA has identified as “operating vulnerable critical infrastructure.” The CISA would also have the ability to subpoena ISPs for customer information. The CISA would obtain the

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16 Dec 2019

Cisco Wins Legal Challenge in Battle Against Chinese Counterfeits

Cisco Systems has secured an injunction that requires marketplaces like Amazon and Alibaba to stop selling certain knockoffs of key networking equipment. Cisco argues that counterfeit items could threaten US national security and health systems because the items were more prone to failure and issues. The suit, which was filed

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