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Friday Cyber News: May 31 2019

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 5/26 - 5/31:

1. A guide to offering cybersecurity training to Congressional campaigns, from someone with the frequent-flier miles to prove it. Things that worked well: doing training in-person, providing one way to do things, recommending specific products, talking about degrees of safety, not shaming, spreading out action items over time, providing a contact phone number, and using public health analogies. [Idle Words]

2. Nancy Pelosi, it turns out, hates those edited videos of her: she accused Facebook of being "willing enablers" of Russian influence during the 2016 election after seeing first-hand their response to obviously manipulated viral videos. [KQED]

3. Der Spiegel reports that the German Interior Minister wants to force messaging services to provide law enforcement with full text chat logs, in effect preventing end-to-end encryption. [Der Spiegel]

4. Twitter users themselves have the best take: "we already had a whole world war on this": "Twitter is conducting in-house research to better understand how white nationalists and supremacists use the platform. The company is trying to decide, in part, whether white supremacists should be banned from the site or should be allowed to stay on the platform so their views can be debated by others, a Twitter executive told Motherboard." [Motherboard]

5. Hacked New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has filed for US bankruptcy protection after losing $16M. [Bloomberg]

6. Encoding watermarks in certain color frequencies of digital images can reveal tampering and protect against image and video manipulation, as shown by researchers attempting to protect against undetectable deepfakes. [Wired]

7. Mortgage data firm First American misconfigured its online storage, leaving 885M files exposed, including "bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images." [Axios]

8. On a blockchain: $1.3T of Vanguard's index funds. [Forbes]

9. On Plum Island: DARPA has been staging mock cyber attacks for training purposes. (But that's only part of the island. There's a very, very nice beach. Terns nest there.) [Business Insider]

10. Negative feedback notwithstanding, Chrome is moving ahead with its plan to restrict the use of ad-blocking extensions in the browser; this newsletter will be switching to Firefox. [9to5Google]

Thanks for reading,

Allison
Stanford Cyber Initiative
fsi.stanford.edu/cyber

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