Monday, September 23, 2019

Google Tightens Its Voice Assistant Rules Amid Privacy Backlash

Following Apple, Amazon, and others, Google will put in new safeguards against accidental voice assistant collection and transcription.

The iOS 13 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

Your iPhone just got a major security upgrade. Here are all the ins and outs.

Edward Snowden in His Own Words: Why I Became a Whistle-Blower

Book excerpt: As a systems administrator, the young man who would expose vast, secret US surveillance saw freedom being encroached and decided he had to act.

Extreme-Risk Laws Reduce Gun Violence

Opinion: Red Flag laws help prevent suicides and mass shootings, and buy time for people in crisis to get help.

WeWork’s Wi-Fi Is Woefully Insecure

The Saudi oil strike, a license plate privacy disaster, and more of the week's top security news.

A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You

Beating back the scourge of online ad tracking entirely is almost impossible. But you can futz with your smartphone's "ad ID" to slow it down.

Hackers Hit Click2Gov Bill-Paying Portals in 8 Cities

The new wave of attacks comes after a previous Click2Gov hack compromised 300,000 payment cards.

We All Could Pay a Price for the Latest Slap at Huawei

An international cybersecurity group has evicted the Chinese telecom company to comply with US sanctions. That could allow malware to spread more easily.

On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

New research shows that over 2,000 streaming apps track information about your devices—even when you tell them not to.

Clever New DDoS Attack Gets a Lot of Bang for a Hacker’s Buck

By exploiting the WS-Discovery protocol, a new breed of DDoS attack can get a huge rate of return.

A Password-Exposing Bug Was Purged From LastPass

Google Project Zero found and reported a flaw in the widely used password manager.

The Air Force Will Let Hackers Try to Hijack an Orbiting Satellite

At the Defcon hacking conference next year, the Air Force will bring a satellite for fun and glory.

A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect

Karen Navarra was a quiet woman in her sixties who lived alone. She was found beaten to death. The neighbors didn't see anything. But her Fitbit did.

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

In a new memoir and interview, the world’s most famous whistle-blower elucidates as never before why he stood up to mass surveillance—and his love for an internet that no longer exists.

‘Simjacker’ Attack Can Track Phones Just by Sending a Text

White house spying, North Korea sanctions, and more of the week's top security news.

What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?

How do you make blockchain and other transactions truly private? With mathematical models known as zero-knowledge proofs.

National Security Is in Trump’s Hands

With the departure of John Bolton from the White House this week, even the former national security advisor’s biggest critics are worried.

New Clues Show How Russia’s Grid Hackers Aimed for Physical Destruction

A fresh look at the 2016 blackout in Ukraine suggests that the cyberattack behind it was intended to cause far more damage.

It’s Time for IoT Security’s Next Big Step

Connected devices are more secure than ever. That's still not nearly enough.

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

The most sweeping takedown yet of so-called BEC scammers involved arrests in nearly a dozen countries.
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Ning Wang – Offensive Security

Ning WangCEO Offensive Security Why Nominated: Ning Wang is a rising star has worked to break the boundaries in the security industry, so that people can see that anyone is capable of starting a career in cybersecurity and advancing it –...
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Dani Martínez – IOActive

Dani MartínezSecurity ConsultantIOActive Why nominated: Dani Martínez proved to be a self-starter, beginning his career in IT he soon developed an interest in cybersecurity and began taking online courses in his spare time. Martínez also dove write in and began a cybersecurity blog...
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Maurice Stebila – Harman, a Samsung Company

Maurice StebilaDigital Security,Compliance and Privacy OfficerHarman, a Samsung Company Why nominated: Maurice Stebila has spent more than 30 years in the automotive, manufacturing and financial services industry supporting two of the world’s largest companies – EDS/General Motors and Harman by Samsung...
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Ed Adams – Security Innovation

Ed AdamsPresident and CEOSecurity Innovation Why Nominated: A highly respected veteran of the cybersecurity industry, Security Innovation CEO Ed Adams has taken on several new leadership roles in the year or so. Last April, he was named to board of directors of...
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David Archer – Galois

David ArcherPrincipal scientistGalois Why Nominated: Archer, an advocate for preserving privacy of data even when it’s used in decision-making both within the U.S. at all levels of government as well as internationally, directs research in privacy-preserving information technologies. Profile:  David Archer is all...