16 Oct 2018

The Newest Password Technology Is Making Your Phone Easier for Police to Search

The way that current laws are written in the US has meannt that the “keys” to biometric passwords like facescans, fingerprints, and other similar technologies are treated like traditional searches for which police can easily obtain warrants. Alphanumeric passwords, however, are treated as “testimonial” evidence, meaning that defendants have Fifth

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16 Oct 2018

No One Can Get Cybersecurity Disclosure Just Right

Facebook’s recent data breach impacting several millions of people “served as the first major test run of disclosure requirements in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Facebook could face more than $1.5 billion in fines under GDPR just for allowing the breach in the first place. But the company

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15 Oct 2018

There’s a thriving black market for selfies with pictures of passports

A new report by Comparitech has found that selfies displaying passport information is a new market for counterfeiters, providing a method for obtaining bank accounts and other services under false names while bypassing many security features. “A passport scan is a digital picture of the ID page showing the bearer’s

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15 Oct 2018

This Malware Pretends to Be a Flash Update But Is Really Mining Cryptocurrency

Updating Adobe Flash is apparently such a regular task for computer users that hackers are able to take advantage of the familiarity and slip in cryptocurrency mining malware into fake Flash updates. Once installed, the malware works in the background, using the computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency (Monero, in

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15 Oct 2018

Hackers breach customer rating tool used on over 7,000 websites

“Hackers infiltrated a customer ratings tool used on more than 7,000 online stores in a widespread attempt to steal credit card information. Magecart — the world’s largest credit card skimming campaign — in September targeted Shopper Approved, a widely used plugin for people to rate products and services, according to

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15 Oct 2018

Pentagon reveals cyber breach of travel records

The Pentagon announced a breach of its DoD travel records, accessed through a compromised commercial vendor, that compromised personal information, including credit card information, of both military members and civilians. The breach impacted up to 30,000 employees and occurred months ago, although it was only just discovered on October 4th.

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11 Oct 2018

The problems transparency creates for cyber operations

The U.S. is working to build a cyber deterrence policy and philosophy that will build coalitions and clearly communicate, through both word and deed, that cyber attacks against the U.S. and its allies will lead to severe consequences. Transparency in these efforts, however, poses a singular difficulty. While joining with

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11 Oct 2018

WhatsApp, used by 1.2 billion worldwide, fixes severe call security bug

“Facebook WhatsApp messenger service said on Wednesday it has fixed the latest bug on its platform that allowed hackers to take over users’ applications when they answered an incoming video call. ‘We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable. We promptly

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10 Oct 2018

GAO: Vulnerabilities Plague ‘Entire Generation’ of U.S. Weapons Systems

A recently-issued report from the Government Accountability Office indicates that U.S. weapons systems are full of cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow adversaries to shut them down or control them. “From 2012-2017, DoD testers routinely found mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons systems that were under development.” The report listed

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10 Oct 2018

Microsoft to Host the Government’s Classified Data Early Next Year

“Microsoft is making moves to target a growing multibillion market: hosting, storing and running the U.S. government’s most sensitive classified secrets and data. On Tuesday, the software giant announced it will join rival Amazon as the only commercial cloud providers with the security capabilities to host secret classified data by

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