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Operations Security, Security

Developer faces prison time for giving blockchain talk in North Korea

December 3, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea. The US government considers his presentation to be a transfer of technology—and […]


Operations Security, Security

A bug in Microsoft’s login system put users at risk of account hijacks

December 2, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Microsoft has fixed a vulnerability in its login system, which security researchers say could have been used to trick unsuspecting victims into giving over complete access to their online accounts. The bug allowed attackers to quietly steal account tokens, which […]


Operations Security, Security, Software, Tech

Twitter drafts a deepfake policy that would label and warn, but not always remove, manipulated media

November 11, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Twitter last month said it was introducing a new policy to help fight deepfakes and other “manipulated media” that involve photos, videos, or audio that’s been significantly altered to change its original meaning or purpose, or those that make it […]


Operations Security, Security

Former Twitter employees charged with spying on users for Saudis

November 7, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

In an indictment filed on November 5, the Justice Department has charged two former employees of Twitter as acting as unregistered agents for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and falsifying documents provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to cover […]


Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

New bill would create Digital Privacy Agency to enforce privacy rights

November 6, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Congress is taking yet another stab at addressing the near-complete lack of federal laws covering the absolutely massive trove of data that companies now collect on every one of us, which forms the backbone of basically the entire big tech […]


Operations Security, Security

Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

November 5, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Once upon a time, there was a phone company—or rather, the phone company. AT&T Corp., the venerable “Ma Bell,” provided nearly all telephone service to nearly all Americans for decades… until it didn’t. The company infamously broke up on New […]


Operations Security, Security

Fun and games can raise cybersecurity awareness in state government

October 25, 2019

Via: StateScoop

To get state employees interested in emerging cybersecurity techniques, state agencies are trying old games — like capture the flag — in cyber ranges that can simulate different cybersecurity scenarios. Bill Rowan, a vice president of federal sales at the […]


Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

Senator proposes mandatory labeling for products with mics, cameras

October 9, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Much in the same way that food labels are now required to disclose the potential presence of allergens such as peanuts, one Senator is proposing a law that would require tech companies to include a label on products disclosing the […]


Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

Europe’s top court says active consent is needed for tracking cookies

October 1, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Europe’s top court has ruled that pre-checked consent boxes for dropping cookies are not legally valid. Consent must be obtained prior to storing or accessing non-essential cookies, such as tracking cookies for targeted advertising. Consent cannot be implied or assumed. […]


Operations Security, Policy, Security, State & Local

San Diego’s smart streetlights misunderstood, officials say

September 25, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Privacy advocates are clashing with law enforcement in San Diego over the city’s network of modern streetlights, which like those in many cities are outfitted with environmental monitors, acoustic sensors and video cameras. While city officials say the streetlights feature […]