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Personal Security Takes A Hit With Public Release Of NSA’s Hacking Toolkit

Former members of Team Espionage recently expressed their concern that the Shadow Brokers’ dump of NSA Windows exploits had done serious damage to the security of the nation. The unwanted exposure of NSA power tools supposedly harmed intelligence gathering efforts, even though the tools targeted outdated operating systems and network software.

Source: Personal Security Takes A Hit With Public Release Of NSA’s Hacking Toolkit

AI Is the Future of Cybersecurity, for Better and for Worse

In the near future, as artificial intelligence (AI) systems become more capable, we will begin to see more automated and increasingly sophisticated social engineering attacks. The rise of AI-enabled cyberattacks is expected to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses. Ironically, our best hope to defend against AI-enabled hacking is by using AI. But this is very likely to lead to an AI arms race, the consequences of which may be very troubling in the long term, especially as big government actors join the cyber wars.

Source: AI Is the Future of Cybersecurity, for Better and for Worse

Encryption May Lower Fines Under New EU Privacy Regime

New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes with high fines – up to 20 million Euros or 4% of company’s global annual revenue – whatever is higher. Though, companies can lower the risk of massive fines by encrypting personal data. Also, companies that encrypt personal data will also be exempt from the GDPR’s new mandatory data breach notification provisions.

Source: Encryption May Lower Fines Under New EU Privacy Regime

You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

Ability to dissent and to do it anonymously was central to fight for independence and founding of the United States. However, latest facial recognition technology, used to fight crime, may eliminate people’s ability to be anonymous. It tracks our body, not devices we use, and is able to identify us from far away and without us knowing it.

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Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer to See If He Will Be Let Go

On  April 7, the FBI arrested a 31-year-old IT engineer accused of installing malware on his employer’s servers to steal proprietary source code. He admitted hacking accounts of other employees looking for more information on the company’s plans on lay-offs as he feared for his job.

Source: Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer to See If He Will Be Let Go

Meet Chris Vickery, the internet’s data breach hunter

Vickery is security researcher. His job is simple: find leaked and exposed data before the bad guys do. His work has resulted in protecting the personal information and privacy of tens of millions of people. In recent years Vickery has made more headlines than almost any other person, and yet his name remains unknown for many.

Source: Meet Chris Vickery, the internet’s data breach hunter

Exclusive: John McAfee Reveals World’s ‘Most Hack-Proof’ Smartphone

 

Cybersecurity pioneer and creator of famous antivirus program, John McAfee, has revealed plans to produce John McAfee Privacy Phone – the “world’s first truly private smartphone.” He claims it will be the most hack-proof smartphone ever manufactured.

Source: Exclusive: John McAfee Reveals World’s ‘Most Hack-Proof’ Smartphone

British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

South Wales Police is piloting facial recognition at one of Europe’s biggest sporting events despite significant criticism against the technology from fans.

Cameras will potentially be scanning the faces of an estimated 170,000 visitors. Cameras also will capture plus many more thousands of people in the Cardiff city center on UEFA Champions League match day.

Captured images will then be compared in real time to 500,000 custody images stored in the police information and records management system alerting police to any “persons of interest”.

Source: British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

State of the Cyber Nation: UK Government Report on Cybersecurity Breaches

On 19 April 2017, the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a report on cybersecurity breaches and how they affected UK companies in the last year.

According to the report in the past year 51% of all UK businesses that hold personal data on customers identified at least one cybersecurity breach.

The report also indicates that a many of UK companies have not implemented comprehensive cybersecurity policies or strong safeguards to protect against cyber attacks.

Source: State of the Cyber Nation: UK Government Report on Cybersecurity Breaches

Technology use by sex traffickers fuels debate between privacy and security

Sex traffickers are growing more adept at using sophisticated technology to exploit people, especially tools to hide their identity and encrypt data, fanning an ongoing battle between online privacy and security, a conference heard on Tuesday.

Source: Technology use by sex traffickers fuels debate between privacy and security

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