13 Sep 2019

Researchers invent cryptocurrency wallet that eliminates ‘entire classes’ of vulnerabilities

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) have invented a new form of hardware wallet designed to eradicate classes of vulnerabilities affecting cryptocurrencies. MIT CSAIL has developed “Notary”, a USB form-factored wallet that incorporates hardware fail-safes to mitigate successful cyberattacks. Known as

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13 Sep 2019

FIN7’s IT admin pleads guilty for role in billion-dollar cybercrime crew

Fedir Hladyr, administrator of the hacking group Fin7, pleaded guilty in a U.S. district court Wednesday to conspiracy to commit computer hacking and wire fraud. Hladyr participated in campaigns that stole more than $1 billion from 100 banks in 30 countries by targeting U.S. companies, including Chipotle, Red Robin, Saks

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13 Sep 2019

North Korean hackers target U.S. entities amid stalled denuclearization talks

Prevailion, a Maryland-based cybersecurity firm, has identified a hacking group with ties to North Korea targeting U.S. entities that discuss nuclear deterrence, North Korea’s nuclear submarine program, and economic sanctions on the North Korean regime. The hacking group has started placing its malware in obscure file formats, namely Kodak FlashPix

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13 Sep 2019

Trump Leaves Open Possibility of Easing Iranian Sanctions to Spur Nuclear Talks

Following the departure of John Bolton as the White House national security adviser, it looks like President Trump is taking a step back from his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. The President has signaled that he is ready for diplomatic talks with the possibility of easing economic sanctions that

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13 Sep 2019

New fake-news worry for Instagram

Experts are concerned that Instagram could become a leading platform for disinformation leading up to the 2020 election. “Disinformation is increasingly based on images as opposed to text,” said Paul Barrett, the author of an NYU report that’s prompted a renewed look at the problem. Barrett’s report also notes that

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13 Sep 2019

Key Takeaways from the Encryption Working Group’s Paper on “Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward”

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Encryption Working Group released a white paper with the hopes of moving the encryption policy debate forward. Former government officials, business representatives, privacy and civil rights advocates, law enforcement experts, and computer scientists contributed to the document, concentrating on law enforcement access to encrypted

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18 Jul 2019

Meet With OODA At Blackhat in Vegas 6-8 Aug 2019

Since many OODA Network Members attend Blackhat each year, OODA will be hosting a member only happy hour during the event so we can catch up in person. This should be a good way to connect with old friends and meet others in the network you have yet to meet

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11 Jul 2019

OODA Launches New Series for Tech CEOs on The Federal Market

Startup CEOs: The federal government needs your technology! A high tech startup that has made it through the wickets required to get VC funding and create real capabilities almost always has something that someone in government needs. But that does not mean you should drop everything and pursue federal business.

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14 May 2019

The NSA knows its weapons may one day be used by its targets

Several large scale cyber attacks have utilized cyberweapons and exploits first developed by the United States military and intelligence communities. While much has been done to develop vulnerability equities programs and responsible disclosure processes, such tools are an essential component of our cyber mission and will continue to be developed

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14 May 2019

An FCC Commissioner Sees AI and Blockchain As Contributing to 5G

An FCC commissioner hopes that machine learning and distributed crypto-ledgers will free up wireless spectrum for billions of devices. Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at the US Federal Communications Commission, believes that artificial intelligence and blockchain technology will give the US an edge in next-generation wireless networking over its big technological

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