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Friday Cyber News, January 26 2018

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 1/20 - 1/26:

1. In 2014, Dutch hackers gained access to servers used by Russian APT group Cozy Bear, as well as a security camera in their offices. They were able to use this access to monitor Cozy Bear's penetration of the DNC in the US, and to warn US intelligence of the intrusion. If this sounds familiar, it may be because of a similar situation in 2014, when an Israeli cyber defense group able to watch Russian hackers steal files through Kaspersky software, and to confirm their findings through another hacked Russian security camera. I'm not sure what was happening in 2014 that made Russian security cameras so easy to hack, but in 2015, the US's Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center was born, to coordinate disparate-source reports like these. [Nos; Engadget]

2. In the absence of federal movement to reinstate net neutrality rules, Montana made net neutrality a condition of receiving state contracts, and the governor of New York signed a similar order this week. [Ars Technica; New York Law Journal]

3. The Teamsters union's initial negotiations with UPS included "no drones" and "no driverless trucks," indicating that labor is taking seriously the threat posed by increasing automation. [WSJ]

4. Paypal can share your data with 309 other companies, in 11 verticals (e.g., "Financial Products," "Commercial Partnerships") and this data visualization does a better job of conveying the scope of that sharing than a privacy policy. [Rebecca-Ricks]

5. Norton estimates the cost of cyber crime in 2017 at $172B; global banana production is only worth $39B, for scale. [Businesswire]

6.​ This week in cryptocurrency news: South Korea plans to require cryptocurrency trading to be conducted through accounts linked to the users' real names. Venezuela released more details about its oil-backed "petro" cryptocurrency, which it plans to use as an alternative to the dollar-based black market. $400M has been stolen from ICOs so far, representing 10% of the money raised by ICOs on average. 50 Cent remembered he'd sold some of his albums for bitcoins in 2014, and discovered that he's now a bitcoin millionaire. [Quartz; Piie; Infosecurity Magazine; Techcrunch]

7. "Facebook has styled itself as a neutral platform for information. But its role in spreading propaganda and fake news, as well as its relationship with the Cambodian government, shows how easily that neutrality can be exploited by autocrats." Facebook also created a unit of time this week, to better subdivide digital video into frames. [Buzzfeed; Twitter]

8. By analyzing the color fluctuations in border pixels of stationary objects on video, MIT researchers were able to reconstruct the sound waves around those objects--such as a bag of chips, a candy wrapper, or even a brick--and reproduce speech that had been uttered near the objects. [IEEE] 

9. Alphabet is launching a cybersecurity company, called Chronicle, focusing on early threat detection. [FT]

10. The NSA deleted references to "honesty", "trust", and "openness" from its core values and mission statement. [Intercept]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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