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Friday Cyber News, July 17 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 7/11 - 7/17:
 
1. The US Justice Department took down Darkode, a black market for hackers to buy and sell malware and services. One of the individuals charged as part of the bust was an intern at FireEye, causing the company concern that their software was compromised. [Justice.gov (h/t Dave); NPR; CNN]
 
2. It seems straightforward: if we can use a bot to monitor tweets and detect suicidal individuals, we can try to intervene and offer help. But couldn't malicious actors also use the algorithm to identify vulnerable people? And isn't your mental health private information? Scenarios that juxtapose data privacy and the greater good are forcing epidemiologists and public health researchers to carefully consider their methods. [Science]
 
3. An Iranian blogger jailed in 2008 for his writings was recently, unexpectedly, freed. His experience of the abrupt transition from the internet of 2008 to the internet of today led him to argue that the move away from the hyperlink to today's "content platforms" has made the internet more like TV, and taken away your ability to individually curate what you see and read. [Medium]
 
4. Nuclear power plants! Weather satellites! Train crossings! The many ways hackers will try to kill you in the future. [Hopes&Fears]
 
5. Three international trade agreements, including the TTIP between the US and Europe, may pit strong consumer data privacy laws against the forces of capitalism, by shifting political weight toward corporations' ability to sue governments that enact "business-unfriendly" laws. However, others argue that the provisions actually enable better security, by allowing market forces to guide companies to the best data protection and storage solutions, regardless of individual nations' preferences. [The Guardian; CSM Passcode]
 
6. Without diminishing its emotional impact, harassment on the internet is part of a bigger problem: separating the digital wheat from the digital chaff. Forbes, which has a new e-book on the "Internet of Garbage" problem, argues that Reddit's recent turmoil is a good example of how a community centered around free speech and diverse interests comes to realize it needs to set some boundaries. [Forbes; Washington Post]
 
7. Online bill-paying, pre-filled forms, and interdepartmental communication are just a few of the ways tech could improve the still paper-laden immigration process. The White House is on board, despite recent hacks that suggest immigrants may want to invest in identity protection before they apply. [Wired; WH.gov]
 
8. As computer security moves into the public eye, venture capital is increasingly investing in cybersecurity startups, spending $1.2B in the first half of 2015, that may have seemed of limited interest in the past. And as these companies go public, interest doesn't wane; one company, Rapid7, saw its shares increase in value by 67% on its first day of trading. The trend reflects the uncertainty around security--how much to spend, what products will stand up best to threats--but for some, it's a success story. Supposedly pushed into starting a dating website because cryptography drew little interest from funders, two co-founders of OkCupid are returning to their first love with Keybase.  [WSJ; FT]
 
9. A robot that pays you undivided attention. A hotel staffed by robots. A virtual psychologist. We must be fairly confident that Elon Musk's investments can prevent AI from turning against us. [AP (h/t Megan); Hui Ten Bosch; Science; Wired]
 
10. Before it becomes Oceans 404, read the step-by-step process a con man from Minsk uses to steal your digital identity, and your bank account. [Bloomberg]
 
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