Posts Tagged ‘security’

How North Korea’s Hackers Became Dangerously Good

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

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“Once you have been selected to get into the cyber unit, you receive a title that makes you a special citizen, and you don’t have to worry about food and the basic necessities,” says a defector familiar with North Korea’s cyber training.”
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https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-north-koreas-hackers-became-dangerously-good-1524150416

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet Excerpt, Part 1: Scientific American

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Spam-Shadow-History-Internet-Infrastructures-ebook/dp/B00C4UU2E8

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet [excerpt, Part 1]: Scientific
American http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=spam-shadow-history-of-internet-excerpt-part-one

discusses naive bayes

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft’s Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far | WIRED

Monday, May 14th, 2018

https://www.wired.com/story/xbox-underground-videogame-hackers/

Google’s New Super-Secure Email Is Designed For High-Profile Targets. Would It Have Protected Hillary’s Campaign?

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

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“The Advanced Protection Program incorporates a physical security key (a small USB or wireless device that costs around $25) to protect against phishing. The key, which participants need to buy themselves, uses public-key cryptography and digital signatures. Without the key, even someone with your password would be unable to access your account. Advanced Protection limits your Google data access to only Google apps and adds additional safeguards in the account recovery process to prevent someone from social engineering their way into your account. It also performs additional scans on files and attachments to ensure no malware is piggybacking on the download.”
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#Google’s New Super-Secure Email Is Designed For High-Profile Targets http://www.Slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/10/17/google_introduces_super_secure_email_to_prevent_high_profile_hacks_could.html Appears to be open to all. Anyone tried this?

Artificial intelligence just made guessing your password a whole lot easier

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

#AI just made guessing your password…easier
http://www.ScienceMag.org/news/2017/09/artificial-intelligence-just-made-guessing-your-password-whole-lot-easier rather Number cracked raises #security/#privacy concerns HT @Rozowsky

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The new study aimed to speed this up by applying deep learning, a brain-inspired approach at the cutting edge of AI. Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, started with a so-called generative adversarial network, or GAN, which comprises two artificial neural networks. A “generator” attempts to produce artificial outputs (like images) that resemble real examples (actual photos), while a “discriminator” tries to detect real from fake. They help refine each other until the generator becomes a skilled counterfeiter.
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We’re committed to your security

Monday, September 18th, 2017

http://links.e.lastpass.com/ctt?kn=1&ms=NTQ4ODM4MTcS1&r=MTk4NDYzMjg3MDcwS0&b=0&j=MTI0NDc3NjcwMwS2&mt=1&rt=0

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

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As you may have heard, Equifax, one of the three largest credit monitoring bureaus in the U.S., announced a data breach at the company that may have affected 143 million U.S. consumers. The breach included social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, credit card numbers as well as other personal information.
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Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual
Currency https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/business/dealbook/phone-hack-bitcoin-virtual-currency.html Problematic #privacy loophole w/ #2factor

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“Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal.
In a growing number of online attacks, hackers have been calling up Verizon, T-Mobile U.S., Sprint and AT&T and asking them to transfer control of a victim’s phone number to a device under the control of the hackers.
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cybersecurity story

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The absent-minded prof in the news…!

http://www.nature.com/news/cybersecurity-for-the-travelling-scientist-1.22379

Cybersecurity for the travelling scientist

Virtual private networks, tracking apps and ‘burner’ laptops: how to protect sensitive data when you take your research on the road.

Brian Owens

02 August 2017

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Mark Gerstein has had his fair share of scares when it comes to losing track of his electronic devices — and, along with them, access to his private information and research data.

“I’m very security conscious, but also a bit of an absent-minded professor,” says Gerstein, a bioinformatician at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

He recalls one trip to Boston, Massachusetts, when he left his phone in a taxi, and watched it get farther and farther away on the tracking app on his iPad while he ran after the car in vain. Luckily, Gerstein was able to contact the taxi company, and eventually watched his phone make the return journey to his pocket.

Gerstein’s story had a happy ending, but all too often, hardware lost on the road is lost for good.
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The Demon Voice That Can Control Your Smartphone

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Demon Voice That Can Control Your…phone
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/the-demon-voice-that-can-talk-to-your-smartphone/513743 Verbal malware: Yell into a crowd, “Hey #Siri, text mom, I’m pregnant”

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“Here’s a fun experiment: Next time you’re on a crowded bus, loudly announce, “Hey Siri! Text mom, ‘I’m pregnant.’” Chances are you’ll get some horrified looks as your voice awakens iPhones in nearby commuters’ pockets and bags. They’ll dive for their phones to cancel your command.

But what if there was a way to talk to phones with sounds other than words? Unless the phones’ owners were prompted for confirmation—and realized what was going on in time to intervene—they’d have no idea that”
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The Demon Voice That Can Control Your Smartphone

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Demon Voice That Can Control Your…phone
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/the-demon-voice-that-can-talk-to-your-smartphone/513743 Verbal malware: Yell into a crowd, “Hey #Siri, text mom, I’m pregnant”

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“Here’s a fun experiment: Next time you’re on a crowded bus, loudly announce, “Hey Siri! Text mom, ‘I’m pregnant.’” Chances are you’ll get some horrified looks as your voice awakens iPhones in nearby commuters’ pockets and bags. They’ll dive for their phones to cancel your command.

But what if there was a way to talk to phones with sounds other than words? Unless the phones’ owners were prompted for confirmation—and realized what was going on in time to intervene—they’d have no idea that”
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