14 May 2019

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security

With recent disclosures surrounding medical embedded device security, hospitals are looking to in-room device manufacturers to provide additional disclosures and guaranties around medical devices and software in use at their locations. “Hospital-technology officials say gaining access to the software running inside devices—and knowledge of its vulnerabilities—would help them build firewalls

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14 May 2019

Korean APT Groups Evolving And Gaining Operational Expertise: One adds rare bluetooth device harvester tool

In the dynamic world of cyber conflict organizations either evolve or die. Tracking how threat actors evolve can help better position our defenses. One dynamic of note is the evolution of the APT group known as Group 123, Reaper or ScarCruft. ScarCruft attracted some attention early last year for employing

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14 May 2019

Patching Our Digital Future Is Unsustainable and Dangerous

In a new essay, Melissa Hathaway makes the case for more sustainable and deliberate collective approaches to building security and trust into new systems and more robust disclosure processes. “We must become much more strategic in how new digital technologies are created and deployed.  Over the last 30 years, we

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14 May 2019

DARPA Air Combat Evolution (ACE) Program: Dogfighting with an AI wingman

Artificial intelligence has defeated chess grandmasters, Go champions, professional poker players, and, now, world-class human experts in the online strategy games Dota 2 and StarCraft II. No AI currently exists, however, that can outduel a human strapped into a fighter jet in a high-speed, high-G dogfight. As modern warfare evolves

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14 May 2019

How a Chinese spy stole some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive secrets

In a story excerpted from Jim Sciutto’s book Shadow War, additional details regarding China’s business espionage activities is detailed. “As it turns out, Su and his partners would have unfettered access inside Boeing’s network for three years before the intrusion was first discovered. During that time, they would claim to

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14 May 2019

Sensitive Information of Millions of Panama Citizens Leaked

Researchers have once again discovered a trove of unprotected personal information accessible via public cloud servers. “An unprotected Elasticsearch cluster exposed 3,427,396 records containing sensitive personal information on Panama citizens with ‘patient’ labels, together with another 468,086 records labeled as ‘test patients’.” Source: Sensitive Information of Millions of Panama Citizens

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14 May 2019

Drone flights over Iraq limited by electromagnetic interference

A U.S. military report identifies that drone operations in the Middle East have been impacted by electromagnetic interference. “‘Due to maintenance issues, disabled video broadcasting devices, and electromagnetic interference, about 11 percent of Coalition ISR coverage this quarter was lost, specifically affecting areas along the Iraq-Syria border and in northern

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14 May 2019

China’s ‘self-destructive nuclear option’ in trade war: Selling US Treasury bonds

Included in China’s Twitter response to U.S. tariffs being increased on products originating in China, the threat of China selling U.S. Treasury bonds was explicitly called out a viable response option. Other responses included introducing tariffs on U.S. exports to China. Long considered a risk to the U.S. economy, this

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14 May 2019

Starbucks, Nordstrom And Whole Foods Now Accept Bitcoin

A new payments application allows for the use of cryptocurrencies in popular retail stores. While the half-hearted step requires the use of a special application as opposed to accepting cryptocurrencies via a wallet/blockchain transaction, it does offer a new use case for spending cryptocurrencies at popular vendors and retailers. “Companies

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14 May 2019

Grindr is the latest victim of US-China tensions

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had previously identified the foreign ownership stake in Grindr as representing a security risk to the United States. Now CFIUS has reached an agreement with the company Beijing Kunlun Tech which acquired a 60% stake in Grindr to sell its

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