This week Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. To commemorate the four years in office of the outgoing Donald Trump, we’ve looked at things that are more absurd, bizarre, or downright dangerous. Trump spoke about cybersecurity. (At least he’s do not say them on Facebook or Twitter more.)
He also doesn’t say them on Speak, because no one has since the far-right platform was started by Amazon Web Services. But! Remember how the pirates uploaded all of Parler’s public articles, images and videos just before he falls? A new site called Faces of the Riot has harnessed machine learning and facial recognition software to post thousands of images of people who were at the Capitol Hill protests—And riots — January 6. The project alerts privacy advocates, who say it highlights the pervasive threat of facial recognition; The Faces of Riot also makes no distinction between the insurgents who stormed the Capitol building and those who drew the line in protest.
In other Talking news, the the platform has come back to life, kind of. Well, OK, it’s just a landing page. But it wouldn’t have been this far without the help of DDoS-Guard, a Russian cloud infrastructure company that also counts the white supremacist Daily Stormer among its clients. All of this data circulating across Russia is of concern to security professionals; Parler hopes to find an American host, but the choices are slim for a site of this size.
The news from SolarWinds just keeps getting worse. Now that the tactics used by hackers after infiltration have been shown to be effective, researchers expect other groups to use them as well. And in addition to his misfortunes in Russia, US needs new plan to beat China in AI, argued former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in an interview with WIRED.
And there’s more! Every week, we collect all the news that we haven’t covered in depth. Click on the titles to read the full stories. And stay safe there.
In 2016, Congress passed the Best Online Ticket Selling Act, intended to target the bots that flood venues and grab prime seats before daily fans can. The Federal Trade Commission took its first enforcement action under the BOTS on Friday, hitting three New York-based ticket brokers with a collective $ 31 million fine for allegedly using automated ticket buying software , creating hundreds of fake Ticketmaster accounts, and more. Because they cannot afford the fines, the three defendants will instead pay $ 3.7 million. Hopefully, this is a sign that the FTC is going to take its enforcement role more seriously when it comes to robots and beyond.
A former technician at home security company ADT pleaded guilty this week to illegally accessing customer accounts 9,600 times in four years, sometimes tapping into home security cameras to spy on them. He got in by adding his personal email address to the online accounts of 220 Texas-area clients, allegedly targeting homes with women he found attractive. ADT first exposed this issue in April last year, but the guilty plea at least brings some closure to victims. The company faces three pending civil cases related to the case.
Mistakes happen! In this case, the UK Department for Education distributed 23,000 computers to distance learning schoolchildren, a well-intentioned move marred only by the presence on some of these machines of Garamue, a remote access worm. It’s unclear how many devices are affected, but schools have already taken extra precautions – in one case, reimagining laptops – to ensure they don’t accidentally distribute malware to their already under siege. .
While cybersecurity suffered under the Trump administration, Joe Biden has already assembled a highly capable team in all respects. The new administration also created the post of Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies, giving more weight to an increasingly critical area. In addition to the return of a few Obama-era veterans, Reuters reports that the smart money is flowing to former NSA official Jen Easterly to take on another new role, national cyberspace director.
The American Perspective this week presented Rebellion Defense, a startup supported by Eric Schmidt and founded by former members of the Pentagon Digital Defense Service. It’s worth reading for an in-depth look at how Schmidt has positioned himself in DC and the shadow AI firm that has reaped the benefits.
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