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Malware in Google Apps

Interesting story of malware hidden in Google Apps. This particular campaign is tied to the government of Vietnam.At a remote virtual version of its annual Security Analy...

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Fooling NLP Systems Through Word Swapping

MIT researchers have built a system that fools natural-language processing systems by swapping words with synonyms:The software, developed by a team at MIT, looks for the...

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Vulnerability Finding Using Machine Learning

Microsoft is training a machine-learning system to find software bugs:At Microsoft, 47,000 developers generate nearly 30 thousand bugs a month. These items get stored acr...

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Contact Tracing COVID-19 Infections via Smartphone Apps

Google and Apple have announced a joint project to create a privacy-preserving COVID-19 contact tracing app. (Details, such as we have them, are here.) It's similar to th...

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Cybersecurity During COVID-19

Three weeks ago (could it possibly be that long already?), I wrote about the increased risks of working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.One, employees are working f...

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Privacy vs. Surveillance in the Age of COVID-19

The trade-offs are changing:As countries around the world race to contain the pandemic, many are deploying digital surveillance tools as a means to exert social control, ...

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Hacking Voice Assistants with Ultrasonic Waves

I previously wrote about hacking voice assistants with lasers. Turns you can do much the same thing with ultrasonic waves:Voice assistants -- the demo targeted Siri, Goog...

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TSA Admits Liquid Ban Is Security Theater

The TSA is allowing people to bring larger bottles of hand sanitizer with them on airplanes:Passengers will now be allowed to travel with containers of liquid hand saniti...

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CIA Dirty Laundry Aired

Joshua Schulte, the CIA employee standing trial for leaking the Wikileaks Vault 7 CIA hacking tools, maintains his innocence. And during the trial, a lot of shoddy securi...

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Let's Encrypt Vulnerability

The BBC is reporting a vulnerability in the Let's Encrypt certificate service:In a notification email to its clients, the organisation said: "We recently discovered a bug...

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Firefox Enables DNS over HTTPS

This is good news:Whenever you visit a website -- even if it's HTTPS enabled -- the DNS query that converts the web address into an IP address that computers can read is ...

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Voatz Internet Voting App Is Insecure

This paper describes the flaws in the Voatz Internet voting app: "The Ballot is Busted Before the Blockchain: A Security Analysis of Voatz, the First Internet Voting Appl...

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Crypto AG Was Owned by the CIA

The Swiss cryptography firm Crypto AG sold equipment to governments and militaries around the world for decades after World War II. They were owned by the CIA:But what no...

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Attacking Driverless Cars with Projected Images

Interesting research -- "Phantom Attacks Against Advanced Driving Assistance Systems":Abstract: The absence of deployed vehicular communication systems, which prevents th...

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Modern Mass Surveillance: Identify, Correlate, Discriminate

Communities across the United States are starting to ban facial recognition technologies. In May of last year, San Francisco banned facial recognition; the neighboring ci...

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Brazil Charges Glenn Greenwald with Cybercrimes

Glenn Greenwald has been charged with cybercrimes in Brazil, stemming from publishing information and documents that were embarrassing to the government. The charges are ...

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Critical Windows Vulnerability Discovered by NSA

Yesterday's Microsoft Windows patches included a fix for a critical vulnerability in the system's crypto library.A spoofing vulnerability exists in the way Windows Crypto...

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USB Cable Kill Switch for Laptops

BusKill is designed to wipe your laptop (Linux only) if it is snatched from you in a public place:The idea is to connect the BusKill cable to your Linux laptop on one end...

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Mysterious Drones Are Flying over Colorado

No one knows who they belong to. (Well, of course someone knows. And my guess is that it's likely that we will know soon.)

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ToTok Is an Emirati Spying Tool

The smartphone messaging app ToTok is actually an Emirati spying tool:But the service, ToTok, is actually a spying tool, according to American officials familiar with a c...


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