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Friday Cyber News, August 14 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 8/8 - 8/14:

1. A Wall Street CFA is arrested on insider trading and hacking charges for breaking into financial news sites and stealing press releases on mergers and other corporate deals before they were released. [Bloomberg]

2. The crypto war has a body count: using the real example of an Illinois man shot dead after agreeing by text message--encrypted text message--to meet someone, prosecutors argue for the real law enforcement benefits of backdoors. Bruce Schneier argues there are other ways to obtain that data, though, and that this is a problem law enforcement has long confronted. [Lawfare]

3. John Brennan was going to apologize to Senator Feinstein and her team for snooping on Senate Intelligence Committee files...but then he found a way out, as inadvertently released CIA documents reveal. [Vice News]

4. How do algorithms learn to discriminate? A Q&A with Cynthia Dwork of Microsoft Research (a favorite of our Spring seminar series!) [NYTimes]

5. Eugene Kaspersky's ties to the KGB investigated, amid accusations today that the Kaspersky lab generates false positives--fake malware--to fool competitors. [NPR; Reuters]

6. What is hacker culture--and is it being gentrified? Hackers these days are just bright-eyed, bushy-tailed corporate drones; and they're motivated by social causes! Why, back in the day it used to mean something to be a cyberpunk... [Aeon; TechCrunch]

7. Oracle doesn't want bug hunters or security researchers looking for flaws in their software. But is it their choice, or are hackers who find and warn about bugs performing a public service? Space Rogue weighs in. [CSM Passcode]

8. An update to a story from last week: private emails of national security officials were targeted--and many compromised--by the Chinese since 2010, over a time period that corresponds with Hillary Clinton's use of a private mail server for her Secretary of State correspondence. [NBC News]

9. Build a tool that scrapes Facebook Messenger data to stalk people, and lose your Facebook internship--either for violating their ToS or for pointing out an embarrassing security lapse, depending on your point of view. [Gizmodo]

10. The "Socrates of SIGINT" helped the NSA think through, and ultimately justify, its intelligence collection programs. And yet, he wants to remain anonymous--a common desire his agency often pretended didn't exist. [The Intercept]



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