Could Estonia be the first “digital country”?

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Estonia says it’s the first country in the world to offer “e-residency” – granting anyone in the world a digital government ID and access to online services. Source: BBC Future News Date: October 20th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171019-could-estonia-be-the-first-digital-country Discussion 1) “in 2007, an infamous crisis in which Russia waged what’s considered the first cyberwar on Estonia. Banks had their servers… Read more »

How may I help you? Virtual Shopping Assistants

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 10th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/disruptors_how_may_I_help_you Discussion 1) “In the brave new world of retail this won’t necessitate a trek out to the nearest late night supermarket. Instead the shop can come to you.  With the touch of an app button, you hail a low-slung electric vehicle, like a glass-sided motorhome, which quietly glides into… Read more »

How to beat security threats to ‘internet of things’

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The “internet of things” is all about connecting objects to a network and enabling them to collect and share data. Household objects like thermostats, light switches, doorbells, washing machines, fridges and even toys can all be connected via wi-fi and controlled remotely. But how safe are your home appliances from hacking? Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 25th, 2017… Read more »

Smartphone fingerprint sensors may not be as secure as you think

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New research suggests that smartphones can be easily fooled by fake fingerprints that have been digitally composed. Source: New York Times Date: April 25th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/04/11/smartphone-fingerprint-sensors-may-not-be-as-secure-as-you-think.html Discussion 1) Biometrics has been touted as a very secure way to ensure the security of technology.  What could we do better now that we know fingerprints are so easily falsifiable?… Read more »

Mobile phone motion sensors can be used to crack your PIN

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A new study has revealed just how easy it is for hackers to use the sensors in mobile devices to crack four-digit PINs and to access a wide variety of other information about users. Cyber-security experts from Newcastle University in the U.K. found that once a mobile user visits a website, code embedded on the page could then use… Read more »

Investigation found Ohio inmates built and hid computers in prison

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Lax security allowed inmates at an Ohio prison to build two computers and connect them to the state’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s network, investigators found. Source: CNN Date: April 13th, 2017 Link: http://us.cnn.com/2017/04/12/us/ohio-jail-computers-trnd/index.html Discussion 1) What steps could the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction have taken to find network traffic they weren’t expecting on their network?… Read more »

Smart TV hack embeds attack code into broadcast signal—no access required

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A new attack that uses terrestrial radio signals to hack a wide range of Smart TVs raises an unsettling prospect—the ability of hackers to take complete control of a large number of sets at once without having physical access to any of them. The proof-of-concept exploit uses a low-cost transmitter to embed malicious commands into… Read more »

Investigative reporter for CBS News continues to fight government electronic surveillance

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As an investigative reporter for CBS News, Ms. Attkisson was responsible for investigating and reporting on national news stories. Between 2011 and 2013, she investigated and prepared various high-profile news reports, including ones related to the “Fast and Furious” “gunwalking” operation and the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya… In 2011——at the… Read more »

4 myths — and facts — about online security

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Use strong passwords and don’t go to sketchy websites, and you’ll protect yourself online, right?  Well… That’s a good start. But it’s not quite that simple. Source: CNN Money Date: March 28th, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/22/technology/cybersecurity-misconceptions-pew/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool Discussion 1) Why is cybersecurity so difficult? 2) Shouldn’t most of the things that make us secure online be just built into the… Read more »