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Friday Cyber News, May 18 2018

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 5/12 - 5/18:

1. The White House officially eliminated its cyber coordinator role, leading many to criticize the "streamlining" effort at a time of increased attention to cybersecurity and cyber threats. [Politico]

2. Securus, a company that provides law enforcement with phone tracking services, was breached and logins were provided to journalists, revealing the extent of law enforcement's capabilities to track devices even with GPS turned off. As GDPR day approaches, another form of tracking--ad tracking--may be in its last days. [Motherboard; Harvard]

3. This Wednesday, the US Senate voted to reject the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, which only results in action if the House also votes, via a simple majority, to do the same and the President approves the decision. [Digg]

4. Kenya signed into law a cyber crimes act that punishes the publication of fake news with a $50,000 fine and up to two years in prison, which worries advocates of press freedom. [Business Live]

5. In the first quarter of 2018, Facebook disabled 538 million fake accounts, and estimates an additional 3-4% of active accounts are still fake. This is the first time Facebook has published its enforcement numbers, and also revealed that 96% of unallowed nudity and 86% of violent content is identified automatically, but only 38% of hate speech is automatically flagged. [Facebook Newsroom]

6.​ Sharing classified cyber threat information with public companies could improve both private- and public-sector security, and dampen companies' ardor for the authority to hack back. [Council on Foreign Relations]

7. HTML-based email platforms can be tricked into revealing the plaintext of PGP-encrypted emails, due to a vulnerability its discoverers are calling "efail". Many clients have issued patches, and Signal is always an alternative. [Cyberscoop]

8. Human rights activists in Pakistan are being targeted for surveillance and phishing attacks. [Amnesty International]

9. A Florida county tax collector is accepting bitcoin and bitcoin cash for payments associated with licenses, car titles, and property tax. Because every bitcoin transaction is itself taxable, could this lead to an infinite recursive loop of tax payments? [Coindesk]

10. The SEC created a joke crypto token, Howey Coins, to illustrate commonalities in ICO scams--and admirable diversity in their leadership team that isn't reflected by real ICO teams, or by SEC commissioners. [Howeycoins]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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