The Cybersecurity (CS) Digest is a curated bi-weekly news summary for cybersecurity professionals. It is transmitted in an HTML-formatted email and provides links to articles and news summaries across a spectrum of cybersecurity topics.
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Brussels-based SWIFT has been urging banks to bolster security of computers used to transfer money since Bangladesh Bank lost $81 million in a February 2016 cyber heist that targeted central bank computers used to move funds. The new warning provided detail on some new techniques being used by the hackers.
Inside Airbnb’s Russian Money-Laundering Problem - The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast found a number of recent posts on several Russian-language crime forums, in which users were looking for people to collaborate with to abuse Airbnb's service. According to Rick Holland, VP of strategy from cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows, these operations rely on an individual or group using legitimate or stolen Airbnb accounts to request bookings and make payments to their collaborating Airbnb host. The host then sends back a percentage of the profits, despite no one staying in the property.
U.S. military commanders want more authority to launch cyber operations. But Congress is mulling new restrictions and reporting requirements, setting up a showdown that will shape American defense in the network era.
The alert, from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, said North Korean hackers were using a type of malware known as "FALLCHILL" to gain entry to computer systems and compromise network systems.
The FBI and DHS had issued a warning in June that squarely blamed the North Korean government for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 targeting media, aerospace and financial sectors, as well as critical infrastructure, in the United States and globally.
Tuesday's alert included the publication of IP addresses the FBI said were linked to the hacking campaign and was intended to help private industry guard against the attacks.
Coast Guard Cyber Command ‘Just as Important as Cutters and Aircraft’ - Federal News Radio
The U.S. Coast Guard has a split-identity - it's a military service, but it falls under the purview of the Homeland Security Department, not the Defense Department. That means its Cyber Command has to balance the competing demands of protecting operational capability in an armed conflict with protecting infrastructure during peacetime.
While hackers linked to China, North Korea and Russia have dominated headlines over the past year, similar groups in Iran have caused significant damage while drawing far less attention.
Stability was an overriding concern at last week's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on nuclear command authority, the first in four decades. Senators wondered aloud whether one individual - the American president - should have the sole authority to direct a nuclear attack. The focus is understandable, but there are other challenges to nuclear stability that deserve more attention than they're getting.
A Massive Resource for Cybercriminals Makes it Easy to Access Billions of Credentials.
A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called "bug bounty" program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities, three people familiar with the events have told Reuters.
When internet users visit Walgreens.com, a software company may record every keystroke, mouse movement, and scroll, potentially exposing medical conditions such as alcohol dependence, or the names of drugs a user has been prescribed, according to Princeton researchers.
When a company like Apple rushes out a software patch for a critical security bug, it deserves praise for protecting its customers quickly. Except, perhaps, when that patch is so rushed that it's nearly as buggy as the code it was designed to fix.
"Highly professional" hackers made off with around 4,700 Bitcoin from a leading mining service. The hacked service was NiceHash, a Slovenia-based mining exchange.
Small Antennas Could be a Big Deal for the Air Force - Armed with Science
Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, in partnership with Northeastern University, recently developed an ultra-compact antenna that uses a whole different approach in transmitting and receiving signals. This breakthrough could be a big step in the miniaturization of many military and commercial communication systems.
“AI” to “EI” – Moving from Fear to Flourishing in the Age of the Algorithm - IEEE USA InSight
It's easy to get caught up in the idea that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be one of two things: our destroyer or our savior. It's time to move beyond this dualistic narrative. The "either or" comparisons create fear or unrealistic expectations, neither of which pragmatically move society forward. Part of shifting this narrative is evolving a new framing for the term, "Artificial Intelligence."
Tags: Artificial Intelligence (AI)
A considerable number of articles cover machine learning and its ability to protect us from cyberattacks. Still, it's important to separate the hype from the reality and see what exactly machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL) and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can do right now in cybersecurity.
Janus Vulnerability Allows Android App Takeover - Infosecurity Magazine
An Android vulnerability has been uncovered that allows attackers to modify apps in an undetected way, without affecting their signatures.
CISOs recognize these issues and many organizations are actively hanging a "help wanted" sign to find cybersecurity talent. Unfortunately, it is exceedingly difficult to bring new people onboard. Why? Experienced cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, so organizations are engaged in a battle royale to coax them away from their present employers and outbid others for their services.
Tags: Cyber Workforce
Big Step Forward For Quantum Computing - Science Daily
Harvard researchers have developed a specialized quantum computer, known as a quantum simulator, which could be used to shed new light on a host of complex quantum processes, from the connection between quantum mechanics and material properties to investigating new phases of matter and solving complex real-world optimization problems.
Tags: Quantum Computing
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