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Friday Cyber News, October 16 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 10/10 - 10/16:

1. The Drone Papers reveal previously secret documents about the US's drone program, including that nine out of ten of those killed by drones weren't the original targets. [Intercept]

2. Researchers are suggesting that the NSA is able to break so much crypto simply because they put so many computers on the job, more than $1bn worth: they're using supercomputers to discover specific large primes used in communications involving Diffie-Hellman key exchange. [Weakdh.org; Freedom to Tinker]

3. Russian hackers are targeting critical infrastructure--such as the Polish stock market--bringing it into conflict with NATO. [Bloomberg]

4. The government revealed Wednesday that ISIS/ISIL have been attempting cyber attacks against the US electrical grid. However, while persistent, the hackers are not advanced, and the FBI is monitoring attempts to purchase cyber weapons and gain better capabilities. [CNNMoney]

5. Digital information is too easily accessible when you want to be forgotten, and too hard to find when a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalism series disappears from the web and can't be found in an archive. [Atlantic]

6. One of the ways schools are trying to combat the threat of violence on campus is by monitoring social media. There's a long history of law enforcement conducting this kind of monitoring, and it factors into the privacy vs. security debate over the sanctity of our individual devices. [CSM Passcode]

7. There are more and more reasons to be paranoid about interconnected technologies snooping on you and profiling you--whether by the government monitoring your metadata or the smaller cabal of your FitBit and your iPhone conspiring to give you health advice--and the new tech paranoia looks a lot like the old 2nd amendment paranoia. [Atlantic, h/t George; Fusion]

8. University campus networks are some of the most difficult to secure--lots of visitors, collaborators, financial information, and intellectual property--and experts disagree on how to score universities' network security, as some are targeted more frequently than others. That's partly why, in the linked report, MIT gets a D while Merced Community College gets an A+. [Atlantic; Security Scorecard]

9. Hillary Clinton--who would like us to stop talking about her emails--criticized Edward Snowden in the Democratic debate this week, saying that he could have been a traditional whistleblower, but instead allowed his documents to fall into the wrong hands. But what evidence do we have that Russia or China obtained confidential documents from Snowden's files? [MSNBC; New Yorker]

10. Disney is hiring a global intelligence intern to monitor cyber attacks against the Mouse. [Quartz]

Thanks,

Allison

 

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