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Friday Cyber News: May 25 2019

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 5/18 - 5/25 (and we'll go back to regularly scheduled Fridays next week):

1. Slowed and altered videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be the first viral misinformation campaign of election season. While the Pelosi video's manipulation falls short of being considered a deepfake, here's a good recap of deepfakes, including examples, a quiz to spot them yourself, and explanations of the research being done to classify and identify them. [Washington Post; CNN]

2. Giving up too soon? "US officials say foreign election hacking is inevitable" and are encouraging a focus on resilience. [Fifth Domain] 

3. Two bills of note: Senators Wyden and Paul reintroduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act, to prevent warrantless searches of electronic devices. Another Wyden-introduced bill, the Federal Campaign Cybersecurity Assistance Act, would help political parties spend more on cybersecurity assistance than the current in-kind donation cap. [The Hill; Gizmodo]

4. Oh, snap: Snapchat employees are accused of using an internal tool developed to provide information for law enforcement requests to spy on users. The tool was called SnapLion, after LEO as an abbreviation for law enforcement officer, not the clearly superior SnapDragon after Dragnet. [Vice]

5. While AI strategy remains a top priority for national defense, the OECD released a more development-focused set of principles and recommendations for AI, including transparency, sustainable development, and continuous risk assessment across technology lifecycles. US lawmakers are suggesting spending $2.2B on AI over the next five years, to remain competitive with China. [Venture Beat; Nextgov]  

6. Moody's downgraded Equifax to a negative rating as fallout from its data breach in 2017 is continuing to require heavy investment. [CNBC] 

7. In China, surveillance technology is being used in regions with large populations of Muslims to monitor people who they "believe have stopped using a smartphone, have begun avoiding the use of the front door in coming and going from home, or have refueled someone else’s car", among other "suspicious" behaviors. DHS warns that Chinese-made drones may also be "sending sensitive flight data to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government." [NY Times; CNN]

8. Notwithstanding Cyber Command's efforts on election day 2018, disconnecting Russia's internet in retaliation for their election interference could violate their sovereignty, harm other US interests, and have less of a deterrent effect than expected. [Just Security]

9. The lightning network? AT&T now accepts cryptocurrency. [The Verge]

10. Pop art or pop-up art? A laptop infected with six of the most famous computer viruses was auctioned off for more than $1.1M, in case you still believe that compensation is driven by the provision of value. [Vice]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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