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Lawmaker puts pressure on ISPs to ‘stop customers being infected with viruses’

Posted on: 2017-04-28

Should your ISP play a greater role in keeping you safe from malware, viruses and other web threats? One of Australia’s senior politicians seems to think so. In a column in The West Australian, Dan Tehan, Australia’s cybersecurity minister, wrote: “Just as we trust banks to hold our money, just as we trust doctors with our health, in a digital age we need to be able to trust telecommunications companies to protect our information from threats.” A companion news article in the same newspaper cited Tehan as arguing that “the onus is on telecommunications companies to develop products to stop…

How The Blockchain Will Secure Your Online Identity (Forbes)

Posted on: 2017-03-03

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=25326 Digital Identity Have you ever been the victim of identity theft? It is an ugly experience.  Calling up credit card companies to change all your cards and dispute charges.  Resetting passwords to all of your applications.  Always worrying whether someone may call up your cell phone provider with your leaked information to commit a SIM porting hack, meaning they would have access to all of your text messages. Once someone has access to your texts this is the gateway to getting into many online services, even if you were being diligent and using two factor authentication. We increasingly rely…

How The Blockchain Will Secure Your Online Identity (Forbes)

Posted on: 2017-03-03

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=25326 Digital Identity Have you ever been the victim of identity theft? It is an ugly experience.  Calling up credit card companies to change all your cards and dispute charges.  Resetting passwords to all of your applications.  Always worrying whether someone may call up your cell phone provider with your leaked information to commit a SIM porting hack, meaning they would have access to all of your text messages. Once someone has access to your texts this is the gateway to getting into many online services, even if you were being diligent and using two factor authentication. We increasingly rely…

Java and Python have unpatched firewall-crossing FTP SNAFU (The Register)

Posted on: 2017-02-21

Stop us if you've heard this one: Java and Python have a bug you can exploit to cross firewalls. Since neither are yet patched, it might be a good day to nag your developers for a bit. The Java vulnerability means protocol injection through its FTP implementation can fool a firewall into allowing TCP connections from the Internet to hosts on the inside. That's explained in rather more detail in two documents: this, by Alexander Klink, and this, by Blindspot Security's Timothy Morgan. Klink's discovery was that Java's XML eXternal Entity (XEE) mishandles FTP connections, because it doesn't syntax-check the…

Java and Python have unpatched firewall-crossing FTP SNAFU

Posted on: 2017-02-21

Stop us if you've heard this one: Java and Python have a bug you can exploit to cross firewalls. Since neither are yet patched, it might be a good day to nag your developers for a bit. The Java vulnerability means protocol injection through its FTP implementation can fool a firewall into allowing TCP connections from the Internet to hosts on the inside. That's explained in rather more detail in two documents: this, by Alexander Klink, and this, by Blindspot Security's Timothy Morgan. Klink's discovery was that Java's XML eXternal Entity (XEE) mishandles FTP connections, because it doesn't syntax-check the…

Big data privacy is a bigger issue than you think

Posted on: 2017-02-17

Image: iStock If you're in the big data business, there's a huge privacy issue that isn't addressed as often as it should be. The hottest privacy topic to make the headlines is the embarrassment your company will suffer if there's a data breach. Other privacy topics that get a lot of coverage are the risk of discrimination (i.e., your algorithms show a discriminatory and illegal bias), inaccurate analysis due to fake news, and identity reverse engineering (i.e., basically undoing anonymization). While I agree these are significant issues that are exacerbated by big data, a bigger concern is what I call…

Big data privacy is a bigger issue than you think (TechRepublic)

Posted on: 2017-02-17

Image: iStock If you're in the big data business, there's a huge privacy issue that isn't addressed as often as it should be. The hottest privacy topic to make the headlines is the embarrassment your company will suffer if there's a data breach. Other privacy topics that get a lot of coverage are the risk of discrimination (i.e., your algorithms show a discriminatory and illegal bias), inaccurate analysis due to fake news, and identity reverse engineering (i.e., basically undoing anonymization). While I agree these are significant issues that are exacerbated by big data, a bigger concern is what I call…

Thai police search of Buddhist temple fails to turn up wanted monk (Yahoo Security)

Posted on: 2017-02-17

By Aukkarapon NiyomyatBANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai security forces filed past chanting monks on Thursday to search the country's biggest Buddhist temple for an influential former abbot accused of money laundering, but failed to find him.With political parties and many activists silenced since a coup in 2014, the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple is a rare institution in defying the junta, which until now trod warily in confronting a group that claims millions of followers.Police went in hours after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha used a security measure that critics dub "the dictator's law" to give forces a free hand to arrest, search, demolish…

Facebook and Profiling

Posted on: 2017-01-13

Just a quick one. I was aware that a few data points in an anonymized data set can already be enough to identify a single person. However, what you can get out of Facebook is amazing. If you do not know it yet, go to https://applymagicsauce.com/ and apply the magic to your Facebook profile. Just… Source: Security Bloggers Network @ January 13, 2017 at 07:02AM

Your fingerprint sensor could be hacked with a single photo (Yahoo Security)

Posted on: 2017-01-11

Our fingerprints guard our digital lives more than ever before and, between Apple’s Touch ID and the various fingerprint unlock features from Android manufacturers, biometric data is an increasingly hot commodity for hackers. Researchers from the National Institute of Informatics in Japan (NII for short) are taking the risk of stolen fingerprints extremely seriously. In fact, the scientists suggest that even something as simple as waving your fingers in the air could compromise your security, and they’re hard at work on a technology for the public to hide their prints from the prying digital eyes that surround each and every one of…