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Friday Cyber News, June 3, 2016

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 5/28 - 6/3:

1. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that a warrant is not needed to obtain smartphone location data, as smartphone carriers already willingly provide that information to their mobile providers. The ruling could spell the end of location-based privacy. [CSM Passcode]

2. The Federal Reserve suffered more than fifty cyber breaches in the past five years, but attribution and information about those attacks is redacted--and inaccessible via FOIA, so far. [Guardian]

3. KPCB's annual Internet Trends report points out that although YoY growth in new internet users is slowing due to saturation, retail and advertising are moving to mobile and messaging platforms, with strong growth. As voice recognition accuracy has reached 90% for the largest players, use of voice search and voice commands is increasing. [KPCB]

4. A new form of biometric authentication: the way you drive. With data from a car's sensors reporting acceleration, steering wheel position, and braking patterns, individuals can be uniquely identified; even data from just the brake pedal is unique 90% of the time. [Wired]

5. Digital forensics is helping researchers uncover data on extinct media--like floppy disks and magnetic tape--and helping researchers here at Stanford recover Stephen Jay Gould's notes and drafts. [Nature]

6. Automated threat intelligence reported a breach at Dropbox--but it was actually Tumblr. Is automated security getting sloppy, or was there just a lot of overlap in users of both services and their credentials? [Krebs]

7. Irongate, newly identified malware related to Stuxnet, shows the proliferative ability of hacking styles and exploits, once exposed. [Dark Reading]

8. Ransomware is taking off in a big way, and is behind 93% of phishing emails. [CSO Online]

9. Robots add value when they assist humans, not replace them; the use of robots in surgery actually produces less capable doctors, who have had less training and experience because they aren't needed to assist a more senior surgeon. [TechCrunch]

10. Saudi religious scholar issues fatwa against stealing wifi. And that's assuming the signal even reaches all the way to the minaret. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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