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Friday Cyber News, October 2 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 9/26 - 10/2:

1. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month: to make sure you're aware, 15 million T-Mobile customers had their information exposed through a breach of the Experian network used to evaluate their creditworthiness. Patreon, a platform for donation-gathering, was also hacked and user information was posted online. [USAToday; Ars Technica]

2. Starting today, your credit card has a second factor of authentication, a chip in the card itself. Without it--if your card is still a magnetic stripe-only card--merchants are liable for fraudulent charges. The system is modeled after chip-and-PIN, used in Europe, though ours are mostly "chip-and-signature" cards. [Fast Company; NPR]

3. Uber executives are on trial in France--recall the protests over the summer around UberPop--and facing the possibility of major restrictions in England, including a mandatory five-minute wait, no showing live cars on the app, and limiting ridesharing. Whether you see these actions as propping up a dying taxi industry, or protecting workers from Uber's business model, Uber's reaction will be indicative of its ultimate goal: taking over the taxi market, or setting up a network for the future use of self-driving cars. [WSJ; Telegraph]

4. The State Department Cybersecurity Coordinator says that a cyberarms treaty between the US and China doesn't make sense, and China has no intention of abiding by its cyberespionage agreement. [CSM Passcode]

5. Sherry Turkle describes how smartphones are affecting children's conversations, at summer camps, in school cafeterias, and at group dinners, where conversational lulls can always be filled by news updates. [NYTimes]

6. The economics of ad-blocking for those who pay for their mobile data--most of us--are clear: ads are a large portion of the cost to load most news pages. [NYTimes]

7. Driverless cars could be a big public health achievement, saving 30,000 lives per year. Part of the way they improve safety is by predicting dangerous behaviors before you're even aware of them. They could also have a bioweapon defense mode, if they use Tesla's engineering. [Atlantic; Tech Review; The Verge]

8. The "right to be forgotten" online raises the question of how long our data is remembered--are your Geocities webpages stewing on a server somewhere, for example? Facebook has patented a method to uniquely associate photos to the camera that took them, so your pictures could stay with you forever. [Aeon; Google Patents Database]

9. Benevolent malware compromises your machine to fix it. "Wifatch" removes other malware and connects to a network to receive further threat updates. But, it does this without user consent. Is that okay? []

10. This billboard campaign is hoping an emotional appeal will push NSA and GCHQ employees out of the organizations over surveillance practices. [Wired]




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