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Invincea 1H 2015 Advanced Endpoint Threat Report

Nextgov: “Malicious code Russians reportedly used to jimmy open a White House network and malware Chinese hackers reportedly used to rupture insurer Anthem’s network were similar — and free, according to new research…The Anthem hackers compromised the Social Security numbers and other personal information of about 80 million customers. The White House hackers infiltrated anContinue Reading

The Internet of Things and 5G Networks

TechCrunch: “…Now with the leap to 5G networks, we can start to completely reshape entire industries, and rethink how we run our cities and manage critical national infrastructures. 5G will be a far more capable network than its predecessors; it will deliver speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps), which is 40 timesContinue Reading

Binaryedge Report – more than petabyte of data on unsecured servers

Via Digital Guardian – “The research firm Binaryedge says it found more than a petabyte of data stored in high performance databases like MongoDB is exposed to the public Internet.”

Another Snowden Reveal – Telecom Giant Provides Massive Data Pipeline to NSA

NYT and ProPublica investigative reports: “The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newlyContinue Reading

US Database of the Deceased

As cybercrime has had a significant impact on tens of millions of our lives, whether we are: in the federal work force and all (yes all) of our personal (the definition of the word ‘personal’ needs to be modified soon) data was compromised (or more accurately, it was stolen, siphoned off, hacked…over days, weeks, months,Continue Reading

Not Even Close: The State of Computer Security (with slides) – James Mickens

“In this bleak, relentlessly morbid talk, James Mickens will describe why making computers secure is an intrinsically impossible task. He will explain why no programming language makes it easy to write secure code. He will then discuss why cloud computing is a black hole for privacy, and only useful for people who want to fillContinue Reading

Cyber crimes against NATO and its members

Via Atlantic Council – New Twists in Russia’s Cyber Campaign Against NATO and Its Members By Sam Jones, Financial Times: “Russia’s aggressive actions in cyber space are all carefully designed to fall short of warranting any kind of serious military or aggressive response. One of Moscow’s new favoured tactics is to arm crime syndicates withContinue Reading

GAO Report – Facial Recognition Technology

Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law, GAO-15-621: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015. “Facial recognition technology can be used in numerous consumer and business applications, but the extent of its current use in commercial settings is not fully known. The technology is commonly used in software thatContinue Reading

Govt posts Request for Quotations in response to massive employee data breach

FCW.com -“At long last, vendors can size up the official requirements for protecting the identities of 21.5 million affected by the Office of Personnel Management background check breach. The full load could be more like 28 million, and whoever wins will have to let the feds inside their own databases. Quotations are due Aug. 14Continue Reading

Coalition Announces New ‘Do Not Track’ Standard for Web Browsing

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), privacy company Disconnect and a coalition of Internet companies have announced a stronger “Do Not Track” (DNT) setting for Web browsing—a new policy standard that, coupled with privacy software, will better protect users from sites that try to secretly follow and record their Internet activity, and incentivize advertisers and dataContinue Reading

Privacy Implications of Health Information Seeking on the Web

Privacy Implications of Health Information Seeking on the Web, By Timothy Libert  Communications of the ACM, Vol. 58 No. 3, Pages 68-77 10.1145/2658983 “Privacy online is an increasingly popular field of study, yet it remains poorly defined. “Privacy” itself is a word that changes according to location, context, and culture. Additionally, the Web is aContinue Reading

Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors

American Library Association: “Protecting user privacy and confidentiality has long been an integral part of the intellectual freedom mission of libraries. The right to free inquiry as assured by the First Amendment depends upon the ability to read and access information free from scrutiny by the government or other third parties. In their provision ofContinue Reading