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Friday Cyber News, August 24 2018

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 8/18 - 8/24:

1. Alex Stamos outlines how the US could improve its protections against online election interference, and where current protections failed in 2016. Proposed measures include Congress establishing legal standards to address online disinformation, an assessment of who in the US government is responsible for cybersecurity defense, increased state capabilities to protect elections, and citizens demanding that future attacks be investigated thoroughly. [Lawfare]

2. A blog called Intrusion Truth has been doxing hackers affiliated with APT10, which is linked to Chinese intelligence. [Motherboard]

3. The Senate postponed a hearing on the Secure Elections Act, which includes measures to protect elections from cyberattacks and guide the disbursement of funding to secure election systems, over concerns that the Act lacked GOP support. Related: the Senate Judiciary Committee recently heard testimony from multiple panels on cyber threats to our critical infrastructure. [The Hill;]

4. Microsoft reported this week that it had shut down websites linked to Fancy Bear, the Russian GRU-linked hacking group, which were targeting conservative US think tanks. Russia denies the allegations. [The Hill; Reuters]

5. This week in Facebook: Facebook has taken down pages, groups, and accounts linked to "coordinated inauthentic behavior" originating from Russia and Iran. A paper linking right-wing anti-refugee postings on Facebook with hate crimes has spurred follow-up analysis of how to correlate social media with real-life events. Facebook is being asked by law enforcement to break Messenger's encryption to allow investigators to listen to a criminal suspect's voice conversations. [FB Newsroom; SSRN; NY Times; Slate; Reuters]

6.​ How hacking Business Wire and selling unpublished press releases led to a lucrative cyber criminal career. [Verge]

7. Kaspersky Lab has identified a malware campaign targeting customers of Mexican financial institutions, which they are calling Dark Tequila. [Securelist]

8. University of Michigan and University of Amsterdam researchers have developed a natural language processing algorithm that can detect fake news with greater accuracy than human reviewers. [Next Web]

9. T-Mobile identified a security breach that exposed the personal information of approximately 3% of its customers [Reuters]

10. A former FBI agent is proposing that the government's cyber response capabilities be consolidated to provide one-stop reporting, as well as a hotline framed as a "cyber 911". [Cyberscoop]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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