10 Oct 2018

Google+ Shutting Down After Bug Leaks Info of 500k Accounts

“Google has announced that they are closing the consumer functionality of Google+ due lack of adoption and an API bug that leaked the personal information of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts. While no evidence was found that indicates this bug was ever misused, it was determined that the complexity of protecting

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10 Oct 2018

Most Home Routers Are Full of Vulnerabilities

“More than 80% of surveyed routers had, on average, 172 security vulnerabilities, new research shows. Research conducted by the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research indicates that the routers commonly found in homes are huge security vulnerabilities for consumers and their employers. The center’s analysis shows that of 186

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10 Oct 2018

The Pentagon doesn’t know how much it is spending on AI

“Before the Pentagon can hold artificial intelligence accountable, it will have to find it. Auditing the Department of Defense is a daunting task to begin with, and trying to figure out within that budget the full scale of existing spending on AI likely requires the audit as a prerequisite. At

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09 Oct 2018

Second Skripal Poisoning Suspect Identified as Dr. Alexander Mishkin

OSINT organization and forum Bellingcat has released its report on the identity of the second Skripals poisoning suspect. “In the preceding report from the current investigation into the two suspects in the Skripals poisoning case, Bellingcat and its reporting partner the Insider disclosed the identity of one of the two

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09 Oct 2018

Is the US legal system an effective cyber deterrent?

On the heels of the U.S. indictment of seven Russian intelligence agents for hacking a number of organizations, including anti-doping agencies, some have asked whether this tactic is effective as a cyber deterrent. It is extremely unlikely that any of the indicted will see a U.S. jail, so why would

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09 Oct 2018

New Tool Fights Fake News by Exposing the Websites That Create It

Fake news and misinformation thrives because it takes an impossible amount of time and resources to fact check, address every lie and fix every bad narrative. Research indicates that fake news also spreads more quickly than accurately sourced articles. By targeting the sources rather than the stories, however, researchers are

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09 Oct 2018

Can this AI find a terrorist in a surveillance video?

American video analytics firm IronYun recently pitched AI software that can screen live feeds simultaneously (or historical video data) and make it searchable for items and people in the videos. For example, analysts could search for a suspect that was wearing a black shirt, white shoes, and carrying a brown

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09 Oct 2018

Russia is Winning the Information War in Iraq and Syria: UK General

“A senior general in the international fight against ISIS has a pointed warning for Western governments with troops in Iraq and Syria: You’re being played by the Russians. The Russian and Syrian regimes are mounting ‘extremely aggressive’ information operations, spreading disinformation and distorted narratives on social media in a bid to

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08 Oct 2018

Russian government hackers mined bitcoin to fund attacks on FIFA, anti-doping agencies

The Russian hackers recently indicted for their attacks attacks against anti-doping agencies and others were funding their work through bitcoin mining, according to U.S. documents. “The conspirators used the same funding structure – and in some cases, the very same pool of funds – to purchase key accounts, servers, and

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08 Oct 2018

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020

As one of the many bills around the country and world that is working to protect devices and data, the state of California has banned the use of simple or default passwords on internet-connected devices made or sold in its borders, mandating that every item have its own unique password

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