Iranian Hackers

Following the news that the US Justice Department announced charges against nine Iranians and an Iranian company for attempting to hack into hundreds of universities worldwide, dozens of companies and parts of the U.S. government, IT security experts commented below.

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Wins Battle in Ongoing Fight Against US Extradition

Eccentric Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has won a major court battle today in his ongoing fight against his extradition from New Zealand to the U.S. From a report: German-born Dotcom faces extradition to the United States relating to his Megaupload site, which was shut down in 2012 following an FBI-ordered raid on his Auckland mansion. U.S. authorities say Dotcom and three co-accused Megaupload executives cost film studios and record companies more than $500 million and generated more than $175 million by

encouraging paying users to store and share copyrighted material

Is Blockchain Really Disruptive in Terms of Data Security?

Despite the fact that Blockchain technology is widely associated with cryptocurrency and is primarily known as the innovation pushing Bitcoin and Bitcoin price up, experts have been predicting a much longer list of industries that it will disrupt due to its features. Blockchain can provide transparency, decentralization, efficiency, security, and other benefits, revolutionizing multiple industries. In addition to predictions that Blockchain will improve the world of data security, experts have listed well over a dozen other industries it will transform, including:

IDG Contributor Network: The ethics of AI in the shadow of GDPR

Days later my ears are still ringing from the booming baritone of the public-address announcer in the keynote session on the first morning at the IBM Think 2018 conference in Las Vegas. I keep wondering when the humming will subside, but with it a single thought continues to linger from the presentation that was delivered by IBM’s CEO, Ginni Rometty. That was the discussion point of the ethics of artificial intelligence or AI.

YouTube TV becomes first-ever presenting partner for the NBA Finals, following similar deal with MLB

YouTube TV announced this morning it will become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the 2018 NBA Finals as the result of a multi-year partnership focused on raising consumer awareness of YouTube’s streaming TV service. In addition to becoming the presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals, the deal will also see YouTube TV becoming the presenting sponsor of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Finals and the NBA’s minor league, the NBA G League.

The Latest: FTC confirms Facebook investigation on privacy

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on reports that millions of Facebook users’ data was used to target political ads (all times local):10:50 a.m.The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including whether the company engaged in “unfair acts” that cause “substantial injury” to consumers.Facebook’s stock, which already took a big hit last week, plunged as a result.Facebook said in a statement on Monday that the company remains “strongly committed” to protecting people’s information and that it welcomes the opportunity to answer the FTC’s questions.News outlets have reported on the FTC investigation last week, but the FTC hadn’t confirmed it until Monday. Facebook reached a settlement with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances.5 a.m.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is promising to do a better job protecting user data following reports that a political consultant misused the personal information of millions of the company’s subscribers. The fact is, European regulators are already forcing him to do so.A similar data breach in the future could make Facebook liable for fines of more than $1.6 billion under the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced from May 25. The rules, approved two years ago, also make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data and apply to any company that uses the data of EU residents, no matter where it is based.

Twitter moves to ban crypto ads

Twitter is the latest social service to boot out cryptocurrency advertisers. The company told Reuters it will be launching a new policy this week to prohibit the advertising of token sales/initial coin offerings (ICOs), and crypto wallet services.

Azure’s new Serial Console gives you a direct window into the dark heart of your VMs

Azure developers and sysadmins have long asked for the ability to get access to a serial console for their virtual machines (VMs). While it’s generally easy enough to log into a VM after it has booted, things get far more complicated if the machine doesn’t boot for some reason. Troubleshooting that can be a nightmare. With today’s launch of the Serial Console in the Azure portal, developers get a full view of their machine’s boot process that should make fixing these kind of issues far easier.

Talos Threat Research Summit at Cisco Live US 2018

Cisco Talos presents a conference by Defenders, for Defenders.

Talos had one goal in mind when creating a brand new conference: Make something that we’d want to attend ourselves.  As such, the Talos Threat Research Summit is aimed at being a one-day conference by defenders, for defenders. This summit is designed to assist you in keeping your users and network safer. Our roster of experienced speakers will share their deep expertise in network defense, tracking the bad guys and identifying trends in the threat landscape. The goal of the summit is that you will leave with up-to-date, actionable intel you can take back to your network and use immediately.  There are also opportunities for networking with your defense-focused peers and security leaders.

Advanced Persistent Adware: Analysis of nation-state level tactics

Abstract

The Booz Allen Dark Labs’ Advanced Threat Hunt team discovered a unique form of adware lurking on networks that evades all traditional forms of cyber defense. The adware is a previously known threat that is commonly used to inject advertisements into a user’s browser and covertly collect information about the user’s browsing activity. This adware employs advanced techniques commonly seen in Nation-State-level APTs to evade detection, maintain persistence, and connect to Command and Control (C2) servers to initiate a stage 2 attack.