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Friday Cyber News, July 27 2018

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 7/21 - 7/27:

1. The new US defense bill asks for clarification on US cyber strategy; explicitly permits proportional response to cyber attacks from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea; and requires Congressional reports on cyber attacks that involve defense contractors or the military. [Fifth Domain]

2. The mass governmental collection of our biometric data is changing the way crime is addressed, writes Anne-Marie Slaughter, changing our paradigm from 'innocent until proven guilty' to a database of as-yet-unconvicted suspects. [Project Syndicate]

3. A cyberattack on Singapore's government health database stole 1.5 million citizens' data, the most serious hack the country has ever experienced. [Reuters]

4. The global internet has never been free, open, secure, interoperable, or resilient, and it never will be, argues a New America report on the liberal idealization of the promise of the internet. [New America]

5. US officials warn that Iran is preparing cyber attacks against US infrastructure. [NBC]

6.​ A new CSIS report finds that law enforcement's most pressing technological issue regarding digital evidence is not device encryption, but determining which company holds the relevant data and how to get it. [CSIS; Washington Post]

7. Facebook reaffirms its commitment to identifying political propaganda and fake news on its platform, as a leaked memo from outgoing CISO Alex Stamos identifies many areas of improvement, including creepy features, excessive data gathering, and a focus on short-term growth. [Reuters; Buzzfeed News]

8. Classifying cyber attackers as "enemies of mankind" would mean universal jurisdiction--any country could pursue and prosecute cyber criminals. [The Hill]

9. Interested in what newsroom cybersecurity entails--from employee phishing tests to secure messaging for journalists? Meet Runa Sandvik, senior director of information security for the New York Times. [NY Times]

10. Augur, the blockchain-based predictive betting market we mentioned two newsletters ago, is now hosting death pools. A test of Amazon's facial recognition software found that it incorrectly matched mug shots with Congressmen. [Motherboard; ACLU]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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