Security News This Week: Maybe Go Ahead and Make Your Venmo Private

August 21, 2018

This week started with a controversial, widely derided meeting between President Trump and Russian commander Vladimir Putin, and finish with … an invite for round two! And yes, all sorts of craziness managed to happen in between. That includes yet more repudiations on Trump’s part that Russia interfered–and continues to–with US democracy, a stance that has serious repercussions, nonetheless many times he treads it back. The Putin press conference performance…

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Smartphone Voting Is Happening, but No One Knows if It’s Safe

August 15, 2018

When news made this week that West Virginian military members providing abroad will become the first people to vote by phone in a major US election this November, security experts were chagrined. For years, they have warned that all forms of online voting are particularly vulnerable to attacks, and with signs that the midterm elections are already being targeted, they fret this is exactly the incorrect is now time to…

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The Midterm Elections Are Already Under Attack

August 14, 2018

With primaries underway and less than four months to run until this year’s midterm elections, early signs of onslaught have already arrived–just as the US intelligence community forewarned. And yet Congress has still not done everything in its influence to defend against them. At the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, Microsoft executive Tom Burt said that phishing attacks–reminiscent of those is currently conducting in 2016 against Hillary Clinton’s campaign–have targeted…

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Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

August 11, 2018

When we gratified in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend. It was a few weeks after the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had killed 17 people, most of them adolescents, and promptly turned the internet into a cesspool of finger pointing and plot slinging. Within periods, ultraconservative YouTube superstars like Alex Jones had rallied their advocates behind the bogus assert that the students…

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Reddit Got Hacked Thanks to a Woefully Insecure Two-Factor Setup

August 7, 2018

Reddit said in a blog post Wednesday that a hacker broke into the company’s systems in June and gained access to a variety of data, including consumer emails, generator code, internal records, and “all Reddit data from 2007 and before.” And it likely could have been avoided if some Reddit employees were employing two-factor authentication apps or physical keys instead of their phone numbers. “On June 19, we learned that…

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How to Secure Your Accounts With Better Two-Factor Authentication

August 3, 2018

Hopefully by now you’ve heeded the repeated warns from your best friend and loved ones( and friendly, beloved internet columnists) to use two-factor authentication to secure your digital accounts. That’s where better access to Facebook or Twitter or your online bank–anything that supports it, really–requires not just a password but also a special code. Not all two-factor is created equal, however. For better protection, you’re going to want an authenticator…

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A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandoras Box for DIY Guns

July 22, 2018

Five years ago, 2 5-year-old revolutionary libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the initiation on the world’s firstly fully 3-D-printed artillery. When, to his succor, his plastic invention fired a. 380 -caliber bullet into a berm of dirt without jamming or exploding in his hands, he drove back to Austin and uploaded the blueprints for the pistol to his website, Defcad.com. He &#…

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Someone Found a Use for Bitcoin. Russian Hackers!

July 18, 2018

Bitcoin is a pain to expend. It is energy-guzzling, perilously slow and, with the prospect of dazzling returns( at the least until recently ), perhaps best to HODL’ til you withdraw. But Bitcoin can count at least one group of spendthrifts among its users: Russian hackers accused of hacking in the 2016 election. According to an indictment liberated Friday by the DOJ, the Russian intelligence officers who orchestrated the 2016…

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How An Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab for Cyberwar

July 16, 2018

The clocks speak zero when the sunlights went out. It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the sofa with his wife and teenage son in the living room of their Kiev apartment. The 40 -year-old Ukrainian cybersecurity researcher and his family were an hour into Oliver Stone’s film Snowden when their building abruptly lost power. “The hackers don’t want us to finish the movie,…

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Trump Says He Gave Kim Jong Un His Direct Number. Never Do That

July 4, 2018

Days after President Donald Trump met with Northern korean despot Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the president touted the strength of the two leaders’ relationship. “I can now call him, ” he told reporters at the White House on Friday. “I rendered him a very direct amount. He can now call me if he has any difficulty. We have communication.” The US and North koreans have an extremely complicated and…

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Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots

June 30, 2018

Twitter has announced a range of actions intended to bolster their efforts to combat spam and” malicious automation”( aka bad bots) on its platform — including increased security measures around account proof and sign-up; extending an historic audit to catch spammers who signed up when its systems were more lax; and taking a more proactive approaching to recognizing spam activity to reduce its ability to make an impact. It tells…

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Social SafeGuard scores $11M to sell alerts for brand-damaging fakes

June 29, 2018

Social SafeGuard, a 2014 -founded U.S. startup which sells security services to enterprises is targeted at mitigating a range of digital dangers that lie outside the corporate firewall, has closed an $11 million Series B funding round, from AllegisCyber and NightDragon Security. It’s hoping to ride the upsurge in awareness around social media fakery — putting the new funding towards marketings and marketing, plus some product dev. “As one of…

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Encyclopdia Britannica Wants to Fix False Google Results

June 24, 2018

In January 2014, Google made a fundamental change to its investigation product: It started demonstrating answers to user queries directly in so-called snippets , no farther clicks expected. But what started out as a time-saver has morphed into a repeated informant of misleading and outright false information, thanks to Google’s frequent reliance on untrusted sources. The product has, among other things, declared that Barack Obama is the “king” of the…

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All the Times North Korea Promised to Denuclearize

June 17, 2018

The nuclear peak between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has concluded, with each fastening something they value. The US will postpone the joint military exercises with South Korea that rattle the Hermit Kingdom. And North Korea has promised to denuclearize. At some phase. Probably. But if the past is any sort of prologue, you shouldn’t comprise your breath. On the look of it, the agreement…

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Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Faces His Ghosts in Parliament

June 15, 2018

During a nearly four-hour grilling before Parliament Wednesday, Alexander Nix, former CEO of the now defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica, faced the ghosts of his past. In the green-carpeted chamber where the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee interrogated Nix for the second time this year, the audience included Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistling on the surreptitious harvesting of up to 87 million Facebook…

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A friendly reminder: Dont put passwords in Trello

June 14, 2018

A brand-new chip of studies from David Shear at security firm Flashpoint found that there are hundreds if not thousands of open Trello committees containing passwords, login credentials, and other potentially sensitive stuff including employee on-boarding documents. He and Brian Krebs reported the members of the security council to Trello although some folks have already been notified by well-meaning hackers who wrote” Change your password” on some of these public…

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Papua New Guinea Wants to Ban Facebook. It Shouldn’t

June 7, 2018

Papua New Guinea, a small, island nation that shares a border with Indonesia, may soon turn off Facebook. The nation’s communication official proposed Tuesday that the government restrict access to the website for one month while it conducts research into issues like fake profiles, misinformation, and pornography. PNG will likewise reportedly explore making its own, government-run alternative to Facebook. When the report reached Western outlets Tuesday, some people praised. It…

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Senators Grill Whistleblower on Cambridge Analytica’s Inner Workings

June 4, 2018

In a highly anticipated hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, lawmakers questioned Christopher Wylie, a former research head for the shadowy political data firm Cambridge Analytica, about the company’s history of privacy violations, its contacts with Russia, and its work with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. But an even more fundamental question formed the main points of the inquiry: Did all of the black magic Cambridge Analytica sold to…

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How a Former US Spy Chief Became Trumps Fiercest Critic

June 3, 2018

James Clapper was eating lunch in Muscat, Oman, on November 9, 2016, when at 2:31 am EST Donald Trump was declared the winner of the presidential election. Clapper was on one of his final trips abroad at the end of a 54 -year-long career in the army and intellect, working with allies to shore up US concerns overseas. Although he didn’t know it at the time, the next presidential transition…

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White House Cuts Critical Cybersecurity Role as Threats Loom

June 2, 2018

A little over a month ago, the White House forced out Tom Bossert, its cybersecurity czar. A week afterwards, cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce said he would depart as well. And now, rather than replace either, the Trump administration will do without anyone at the helm of its cybersecurity policy. It couldn’t have picked a worse time. The news that the newly appointed national protection consultant John Bolton has decided to…

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