security

Russian hackers target governments in Europe and South America

Russia's Fancy Bear hacking team (aka APT28) isn't just focused on meddling with elections and retaliating against anti-doping agencies. Symantec has observed Fancy Bear conducting intelligence gathering hacks in Europe and South America, including… Source: Engadget | Russian hackers target governments in Europe and South America

Trump administration suggests firmer controls on data privacy

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has laid out the Trump administration's approach to bolstering data privacy. The agency is seeking to strike a balance between increased consumer protection and affording companies… Source: Engadget | Trump administration suggests firmer controls on data privacy

Facebook will reward those who report bugs in third-party apps

Facebook is expanding its bug bounty program and will begin offering rewards to those that report vulnerabilities in third-party apps that connect to its platform. Specifically, the company is concerned with the misuse of access tokens, which allow F… Source: Engadget | Facebook will reward those who report bugs in third-party apps

Kelihos botnet operator pleads guilty to hacking and fraud charges

The Kelihos botnet story appears to be winding to a close. Russian Peter Levashov has pleaded guilty to charges relating his operation of the botnet, including intentional damage to a computer, wire fraud, conspiracy and identity theft. He reported… Source: Engadget | Kelihos botnet operator pleads guilty to hacking and fraud charges

European Court rules UK surveillance program violated human rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is the latest to deem the UK government's mass surveillance program unlawful. Judges ruled the "bulk interception regime" violated the right to privacy and freedom of expression. It said there was "insufficie… Source: Engadget | European Court rules UK surveillance program violated human rights

British Airways Website and Mobile App Suffer Huge Customer Data Breach

British Airways says it is investigating the theft of customer data from its website and mobile app over a two-week period, during which 380,000 payment cards were exposed (via The Guardian). “From 22:58 BST August 21 2018 until 21:45 BST September 5 2018 inclusive, the personal and financial details of customers making bookings on our …

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US charges North Korean man linked to Sony hack and WannaCry

The US Treasury Department announced today that it has sanctioned one individual and one group connected to malicious cyber activities perpetuated by North Korea's government. Park Jin Hyok, a computer programmer, was sanctioned today along with Kore… Source: Engadget | US charges North Korean man linked to Sony hack and WannaCry

Biometric security now has an industry-wide testing standard

Biometric security is par for the course on smartphones and increasingly common on PCs, but there hasn't been a standard way to verify that the technology passes muster. That's where the FIDO Alliance might help. It's launching a first-of-its-kind Bi… Source: Engadget | Biometric security now has an industry-wide testing standard

IBM used NYPD surveillance cameras to develop facial recognition tech

It's not a secret that the NYPD has been using facial recognition tech, though the details of the program have been kept under wraps. Now, The Intercept has learned that IBM developed the technology for the NYPD using police camera footage. The fact… Source: Engadget | IBM used NYPD surveillance cameras to develop facial recognition …

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DOJ will reportedly charge North Korean operative for Sony hack

The Justice Department will reportedly announce charges today against at least one North Korean operative connected to the 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the Washington Post reports. Officials told the publication that computer hacking charges wo… Source: Engadget | DOJ will reportedly charge North Korean operative for Sony hack

MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down

It's rather important to secure cloud-based AI systems, especially when they they use sensitive data like photos or medical records. To date, though, that hasn't been very practical — encrypting the data can render machine learning systems so slow… Source: Engadget | MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down