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Friday Cyber News, September 11 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 9/5 - 9/11:

1. Perhaps the future of work is telepresence; telecommuting can be enhanced by robots with screens that allow a type of mobile Skype call to stand in for your physical attendance at meetings. One Wired employee's experience using one is both empowering and frustrating. [Wired]

2. This summer, the DOJ obtained a court order asking Apple to turn over real-time iMessages. Apple responded that these are encrypted, and it would not comply. So far, that response has held. Microsoft, relatedly, is challenging a warrant for a US customer's emails because the emails are stored on a server in Ireland. [NYTimes]

3. Security researchers at ERNW discovered since-patched vulnerabilities in FireEye's products, which FireEye responded to with an injunction against publication. The researchers argue they cooperated with FireEye extensively before moving to publish their results, while FireEye maintains it was protecting its IP in the form of its source code. [Forbes]

4. Using economic sanctions against Chinese companies that have benefited from cyber theft requires disentangling the supply chains of US companies from those who may have used stolen designs. [New America]

5. DoE computer systems were compromised 159 times between 2010 and 2014, posing threats to our energy grid, nuclear weapons stockpiles, and national labs. [USA Today]

6. With privacy concerns at the forefront of patients' minds, many hospitals and researchers are investigating how to incentivize data donation. [Nature]

7. As many anxiously await the freedom of self-driving cars, VW and Toyota are doubling down on the opposite: the assumption that we will always want the freedom of driving ourselves. [Quartz]

8. Useful to consider as we attempt to predict the effects of cyber social system integration: predicting the future has a cultural blindspot. Our predictions are good for devices, and bad for societal mores. [Nautilus]

9. John McAfee, creator of McAfee Antivirus, is running for US President under his newly created Cyber Party. Twitter user @cfclark notes "If the slogan isn't 'Install McAfee' I can't take this seriously." [ArsTechnica; Twitter]

10. The TSA uses a set of master keys if it needs to open your luggage locks. Unfortunately, the Washington Post recently published a picture of those keys, allowing anyone to print the keys and open the locks. Although the locks were already pretty puny, the incident underscores the point that government backdoors aren't a good idea. [Schneier; TSABlog]

Thanks,

Allison

 

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