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Friday Cyber News, July 24 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 7/18 - 7/24:
 
1. You're driving at 65 miles per hour when all of a sudden the radio comes on full volume, the air conditioning is going full blast, you've slowed to 30, and the brakes and gearshift aren't responding. You're not driving a Pinto, so it must be...cyber criminals? Hackers shut down a Jeep mid-highway, from across the country, to draw attention to holes in automobile cyber security big enough to drive Senate legislation through. [Wired; Senate.gov]
 
2. France just approved a surveillance law to allow law enforcement to eavesdrop on citizen communications. Pakistan's intelligence agency is also attempting to spy on phone calls and Internet activity. The Senate is trying to compel Twitter and Facebook to report terrorist activity on their platforms, thereby outsourcing surveillance responsibility. But will it work? Cameras aren't stopping police brutality; will more surveillance deter internet crime? [France24; International Business Times; KMOV; Guardian]
 
3. We rely on plenty of algorithms to make split-second decisions for us, such as those involved in airbag deployment, or controlling surgical lasers (and yes, robot surgeons have killed people). A recently released report from the Army Research Lab, in collaboration with the DoD and IDA, suggests that drones will soon be making their own decisions, too. How else will they learn? [BBC; DefenseOne]
 
4. The idea of a "golden key"--or even a "split key"--that allows the government special access to encrypted material is based on bad science. The government has to lose the latest crypto war, argues Elissa Shevinsky, to save our, and their, security. [CSM Passcode]
 
5. Our blog has a piece this week on the ad-revenue-driven model of the internet, and how ad blockers are affecting it; an additional mechanism some apps are using to circumvent ad blockers is running ads in the background. This lose-lose tactic effectively scams advertisers while also using up your data plan. [Stanford Cyber Initiative; Bloomberg]
 
6. The EFF, Human Rights Watch, and New America have put their comments on the Wassenaar guidelines online. The guidelines, meant to protect against human rights violations enabled by the export of surveillance technology to repressive regimes, also pose problems for security researchers. The Commerce Department, on the other hand, is asking for stricter regulations following the OPM hack. [New America; NPR]
 
7. Online hookup site Ashley Madison was hacked this week by privacy vigilantes upset that its options to delete an account didn't entirely delete the account. Now they're revealing the identities of users, in the hopes that shame will shutter the company--admittedly not a concern for their business model previously, if their ads are any indication. [CNN; CBS]
 
8. Cheaper satellites are producing more data at higher resolutions, better algorithms and connectivity are allowing us to do more with that data, and Google Earth was just the beginning: from real-time maritime tracking to economic analysis by tracking the cars in every parking lot, "outer space is becoming the next internet." [CNBC]
9.  Some cyber threats are real, and some are teenagers trying to be funny: determining malicious intent from internet comments is a difficult, aggravating task that the Secret Service engages in daily, reading through the President's twitter replies and incoming emails. [Atlantic]
 
10. If you think a sysadmin's work is boring, you'll appreciate this suspenseful account of the social engineering and clever fixes needed to patch a subcontractor's security loophole before tens of millions were lost. [Reddit]
 
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