Things I Hearted this Week - 30th Nov 2018

Last week I was off attending IRISSCON in Dublin and so there was no update, and this week I’ve been at the SAN EU security awareness summit - so while I have been hearting things for the last two weeks, I’ve not had a chance to put them down.

I don’t want to miss two weeks in a row - so I’ll give you a quick download and hopefully normal service will resume next week!

Chat app Knuddels fined €20k under GDPR regulation

The chat platform violated GDPR regulation by storing passwords in clear text and for this reason, the regulator imposed its first penalty under the privacy regulation.

IOC Origins

Richard Bejtlich gives a historical view into the origins of IoC’s

The spread of low-credibility content by social bots

The massive spread of digital misinformation has been identified as a major threat to democracies. Communication, cognitive, social, and computer scientists are studying the complex causes for the viral diffusion of misinformation, while online platforms are beginning to deploy countermeasures. Little systematic, data-based evidence has been published to guide these efforts. Here we analyze 14 million messages spreading 400 thousand articles on Twitter during ten months in 2016 and 2017. We find evidence that social bots played a disproportionate role in spreading articles from low-credibility sources.

The $1M SIM Swap

A 21-year-old has been accused of SIM-swapping the mobile number of a Silicon Valley executive in order to steal roughly $1 million in cryptocurrency.

A day in the life of a trickbot hunter

Nice writeup!

Crypto hacking

If you maintain any software libraries that deal with cryptocurrency wallet private key, there's a huge incentive for hackers to compromise your library's dependencies, and dependencies of dependencies. That's what happened with this npm package

Get SaaSy

The NCSC's new SaaS security collection provides a lightweight approach for determining the security of any SaaS application. The collection also includes security reviews of the 12 most asked-about SaaS services used across UK government.

Today's Deep Learning "AI" Is Machine Learning Not Magic

Well, if AI isn’t magic, I should update my Uncybered browser plugin!

Chinese Ramp up AI

When I read stories like this, my worry that machines will take over human jobs subsides. In this story, Chinese cities have rolled out AI-powered facial recognition technology to identify jaywalkers (because I’m sure they’ve solved every other crime out there).

The results… well, can you say dystopian?

I hope to be this petty some day

Zuckerberg told Facebook execs to stop using iPhone after Tim Cook privacy comments | Apple Insider

Although, is it as petty as 50 Cent?

50 Cent buys 200 tickets to Ja Rule concert to keep seats empty in ongoing feud | CBS news

Other stories of interest


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