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Friday Cyber News: April 26 2019

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 4/20 - 4/26:

1. Collusion or no, recently-departed DHS Secretary Nielsen claims that she was told not to address Russia's online election interference in front of the president. [NY Times]

2. Out of concern for the spread of false information, Sri Lanka temporarily blocked access to social media sites in the immediate aftermath of Easter Sunday bombings, raising concerns about when governments can make decisions to limit access to speech platforms, and whether blocking social media actually solves the problem of misinformation. Meanwhile, New Zealand and France plan to collaborate on a strategy to block extremist content on social media. [The Verge; NY Times]

3. Media still haven't established guidelines on the use of hacked materials, like the emails stolen from the DNC and John Podesta in the lead-up to the 2016 election. Although reporting on stolen material is generally accepted, publishing that material is seen as abetting hackers' aims. [CNN]

4. Expecting a $3-5B fine from the FTC for privacy violations related to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook has set aside a portion of its over $15B revenue last year to pay it. [WSJ] 

5. Omar Al-Bashir responded to last year's anti-government protests in Sudan with a misinformation playbook authored by a Russian company with ties to the Kremlin. [CNN]

6. NSA now recommends ending the Section 215 metadata collection program publicized by Edward Snowden. [The Hill]

7. New definitions of success for US Cyber Command emphasize how the command helps the State Department, DHS, and the Treasury Department curtail illegal activity and issue sanctions. [CyberScoop] 

8. Iranian hackers are being doxxed: "For the last month, a mystery person or group has been targeting a top Iranian hacker team, dumping its secret data, tools, and even identities onto a public Telegram channel". [Ars Technica]

9. There's a blockchain bandit lose, targeting cryptocurrency wallets secured with nonrandom private keys, like birthdays and small numbers. [Security Evaluators]

10. Analogies abound in Mozilla's internet health report--targeted advertising using multiple sources of data akin to the E. coli outbreak from contaminated lettuce leading to a larger recall due to mixed produce sourcing?--along with useful data about how equality of internet access breaks down across international and socioeconomic lines, and how ransomware campaigns make money. [Internet Health Report]

Thanks for reading,


Stanford Cyber Initiative

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