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Friday Cyber News, October 23 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 10/17 - 10/23:

1. Despite original incredulity that CIA Director John Brennan had an AOL account, reports that a teen hacker used social engineering tactics to access the account were bolstered by the release of documents stolen from the account, including a security clearance application. [Wired]

2. Native political advertising online is crossing the line between regulated advertisement and opinion blogging--and readers don't understand the difference. [Columbia Journalism Review]

3. When hacks are an inevitability, how do insurers calculate risk to appropriately price cyber insurance? The terrorism risk insurance act could provide a model, but still addresses unlikely events. [New America]

4. Facebook will now warn you when your account is targeted by state-sponsored attackers, prompting you to verify each login. This week, Facebook also released TechPrep, a suite of learning tools targeting minority students and their parents, to encourage them to go into computer science. And Facebook is trying to be more considerate with how it reminds you of past events from your profile--though sometimes all we have left of deceased loved ones are Facebook's birthday reminders, or a Street View image--their digital inheritance. [Mashable; Fortune; New Yorker]

5. Will self-driving cars need to be moral utilitarians? Will they need to learn from their mistakes? And if different brands offer different preference algorithms--if children are in the car, should it swerve to avoid an adult on a motorcycle--who will be responsible for an accident? [Tech Review; Fortune]

6. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) was hacked, and attribution is indicating China. Does this already violate Xi Jinping's promise of not conducting economic cyber espionage? [Quartz]

7. TalkTalk, a UK telecom, has experienced its third cyber attack this year, and it still failed to encrypt users' data--this time the perpetrators appear to be Islamic militants, and have asked for a ransom. [Guardian]

8. Internet harassers organize unwanted food deliveries, prank calls in response to fake advertisements, and police visits after made-up emergency reports--and the dedicated, anonymous community behind it just doesn't stop. [Fusion]

9. Smart payment card fraud employs a "man-in-the-middle" chip--on the same card as the targeted, stolen chip. [IACR]

10. Access to, and analysis of, genetic data have never been easier to obtain, but your DNA may fall into the wrong hands, whether those of hackers or of police authorities looking to match material obtained at crime scenes. [Fusion]






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