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Friday Cyber News, December 29 2017

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 12/23 - 12/29:

1. The waitlist for election security reviews by DHS extends up to nine months, meaning some states will not get reviews of their election hardware and networks until weeks before their midterm elections. [Politico]

2. Having found that its red-flag icon next to news items whose accuracy was disputed actually increased the number of times those items were shared, Facebook is removing the flags in favor of a "related articles" display that they hope will provide context. In a roundabout way, they've also confirmed that fake news can drive revenue on the platform, clicks and shares being key metrics for advertising. [Telegraph]

3. An analysis of military campaign planning shows there is no process for integrating offensive or defensive cyber operations, which hinders the effectiveness and use of these tools. [Georgetown Journal of International Affairs]

4. Newly opened on Tuesday, China's first cybersecurity innovation center is a type of public-private partnership that will bring small- and medium-sized companies together with the military work on cyber defense systems for military-related internet services, and threat intelligence sharing services. [Technode; People's Daily Online]

5. Keeping login details stored in your browser's built-in password manager enables third-party scripts to track you across sessions and devices. [Freedom to Tinker]

6.​ Yardsticks for comparing the cost of cyber attacks are hard to come by; estimations that use the number of records breached will underestimate the costs of ransomware attacks in which data is not exfiltrated, for example. Using an attack pattern classification framework, attacks can instead be categorized by the patterns of exploitation used, and the likelihood and severity of those exploits. [Dark Reading]

7. Only 10 of 48 economists polled by the Center for Economic Policy and Research believe cryptocurrencies are or will be a threat to the stability of the current financial system. Unclear whether this is considered a vote in favor of, or against, cryptocurrencies. [Quartz]

8. Understanding what's wrong with the centralization of the internet means accepting that it's going to get worse, says Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde. "We’ve centralized all of our data to a guy called Mark Zuckerberg, who’s basically the biggest dictator in the world as he wasn’t elected by anyone. [...] Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and I don’t think there’s a way for us to stop it." [Hackernoon]

9. After an attack on a local exchange, the South Korean government issued a statement this week indicating it plans to ban anonymous cryptocurrency trading accounts, and will make it easier for regulators to close exchanges if they see the need to do so. [Guardian]

10. Baudrillard predicted in the 70s that media saturation would reduce the meaning inherent in our communication, pushing us toward spectacle and simulation, and away from utility and societal exchange. I think he would have appreciated the California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg. [CRoIMZ]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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