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Friday Cyber News, July 14 2017

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 7/8 - 7/14:

1. After floating the idea of a US-Russia cooperative cybersecurity unit following a meeting at the G-20 summit, the plan was quickly denouncedback-tracking tweets were issued, and the No Cyber Cooperation with Russia Act was introduced in the US Congress. Here's a guide to Russia's infrastructure hacking teams, Energetic Bear, Voodoo Bear, and a third that has not yet become a bear. [Politico; Global; Washington Times; Wired]

2. Cyber Initiative researchers Michael Bernstein and Melissa Valentine on Foundry, their flash organization platform that allows teams to quickly assemble, produce digital and physical products, and provide data about how workers organize and perform in the world of online work. [NY Times]

3. Australia plans to force companies to decrypt messages requested by law enforcement, and Prime Minister Turnbull notes that "the laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia." [WSJ; Telegraph]

4. China is moving ahead with its new, restrictive cybersecurity laws, and has instructed telecommunications providers to block personal VPNs by February first. Apple is opening a data center in China to comply with new local data storage regulations. [Bloomberg; NY Times]

5. ​Obfuscated systems like Facebook's newsfeed algorithm lead to unexpected mismatches between intent and outcome, like the Facebook Mom Problem: a user's mom likes all of his posts, very quickly after they are posted, which leads Facebook to categorize the post as related to family even though it usually isn't, preventing it from reaching its intended audience. [Chris Aldrich]

6.​ Under the hood of a self-driving taxi, from LIDAR to CAN bus. [Voyage]

7. 14M Verizon customer records were leaked from a company contracting with Verizon to analyze data from customer service calls. [ZDnet]

8. Initial coin offerings are inflating the cryptocurrency bubble while avoiding securities regulations and the due diligence of venture capital. Coins or tokens offer perks from early entry into a new cryptocurrency system to IoT micropayments. [Forbes]

9. Estonia aims for 10m e-residents by 2025, and has set another goal of encouraging looser data localization restrictions to allow EU countries to share data like pharmaceutical prescriptions or drivers' licenses across borders. [Economist]

10. Your ATM could have a skimmer or illegally installed card-reader on it, but it could also have a person trapped inside. [BBC]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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