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Friday Cyber News, June 10, 2016

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 6/4 - 6/10:

1. Obama and Indian PM Modi agree on cyber threat information sharing and a commitment to a free internet, important after Facebook was seen as trying to sign India up for a Free Basics model that restricted their activity to Facebook-owned channels. [The Hill]

2. You've heard that your credit card information goes for only a few bucks on the black market, and that ransomware is on the rise (the University of Calgary paid up); the link is the changing business model of cybercrime. [The Hill; Atlantic]

3. Privacy Shield, the successor to the Safe Harbor agreement for US-EU data transfer, makes the mistake of assuming that data is automatically strongly protected in the EU, when in fact the EU's data protection regulations passed in April don't limit law enforcement access. [Passcode]

4. David Dill explains why voting online is dangerous, for verification, reliability, and privacy. [Stanford Engineering]

5. MIT's Media Lab is releasing version 1 of their design for blockchain-enabled certificates and credentials, replacing the phone call to an employer to verify a position, or the academic transcript. [Medium]

6. 80% of Bitcoins are mined in China, and 90% of transactions take place at Chinese exchanges. Has the cryptocurrency just become a vehicle for Chinese investment and money management that the Chinese government can't touch? [Economist]

7. Want to be an Uber driver but don't have a car? Uber will also lease you the car, through a subsidiary called Xchange. But these are subprime loans, and when Uber can unilaterally lower fares without lowering your Uber-sponsored car payment, it's turning drivers into internet-enabled sharecroppers. [Bloomberg; Quartz]

8. Hackers demonstrate how to change Facebook Messenger logs; Facebook messages have been used as evidence in divorce proceedings, but are not a verifiable source. [CSO Online]

9. We don't remember phone numbers anymore, or addresses--we've offloaded that memory into digital storage. This affects our biological memory--for example, photographing a place makes your memories of it less detailed than had you not photographed it--and increases our ability to mine our own history, whether it's helpful to us or not. It also leads us to place a lot of trust in the veracity of our digital memory which, as you'll see in #10 below, might be misguided. [New Statesman]

10. Bear with this one--what do you know about the cartoon TV show Street Sharks? What do Wikipedia, IMDB, Netflix, and the actors themselves know about the show? What if some of that information, from all of those sources, was wrong, and was purposefully added years ago by one dedicated prankster who took advantage of the relative obscurity of the subject matter to perpetrate a web of Street Shark lies across the foundations of internet TV knowledge? [Geek]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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