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YouTube stresses deepfake ban

Ahead of the Iowa caucuses – and the chaos that ensued after an app failed – YouTube reminded its community that deepfake videos – and other misleading videos aimed at voters that pose “serious risk of egregious harm” – are banned and will be removed. Viewers won’t see birtherism videos or any other footage that…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Deepfakes and their potential impact on society

Although deepfakes have only been around for a few years, they are quickly becoming a key element in a new era of digital threats. While some teeter on the more comical side – think Will Smith turned into Cardi B on The Tonight Show – others are creating disillusionment and propelling the era of fake…
Election Coverage, Government, Security News

Facebook deepfakes ban falls short, lawmakers say

House lawmakers Wednesday grilled Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, Monika Bickert, over the company’s ban of “deepfakes,” saying that the policy fell short. “Big Tech failed to respond to the grave threats posed by deepfakes, as evidenced by Facebook scrambling to announce a new policy that strikes me as wholly inadequate,” said Rep.…
Layering EMV chip, tokenization, encryption bolsters card payment security
Security News

Chip and PIN protections may fall short as future threats materialize

The protections that chip and PIN payment card solutions offer may fall short as cybercriminals begin installing command-and-control malware on infected EMV device readers, a new report warns. Cybercriminals could begin repurposing ATM EMV malware to attack retail environments by infecting point-of-sale (POS) machines (possibly via malicious USB drives) and then introducing an altered EMV…
Government, Malware, Network Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

House committee leaders submit white paper urging U.S. to address AI security concerns

Artificial intelligence holds tremendous promise for technological innovation, but also presents grave privacy and security risks that necessitate government action, according to a new white paper issued today by two U.S. legislators. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Tex., and Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., respectively the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s…
Security News

2020 cybersecurity predictions

Curtis Simpson, CISO, Armis Voice Deepfakes will become the new phishing bait: C-level executives, politicians and other high-profile individuals are already high-risk targets for standard email phishing attacks given their level of access and financial decision making within their organization. With advancements in the deepfake voice technology, I expect a rise of voice phishing schemes…
APTs/cyberespionage, Network Security, Security News

Panel: Laws to curb influence campaigns on social media should stress transparency, collaboration

Security and trust executives from social media platforms Facebook and Twitter said at a RSA 2019 keynote panel this week that their companies would welcome additional transparency regulations as a countermeasure against the weaponization of the internet by foreign adversaries. In addition, other experts on the panel suggested regulations that would require the identification of…
Director's Cut Videos, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Election integrity preserved in fictitious city of Adversaria during Operation Blackout tabletop exercise

On a sunny day last week during RSA 2020, a group of journalists huddled in a vault in the San Francisco Mint, plotting to wreak havoc and sow doubt on Election Day in the fictitious city of Adversaria. Despite taking over traffic cameras, the governor’s Facebook account, the mayor’s Twitter account, plotting cyberattacks, developing deepfakes…
Diluted Freedom Act passes House to privacy advocates' dismay
Government/Defense, Security News

Facebook and Twitter offer Senators progress report on efforts to thwart foreign influence campaigns

In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today, executives from Facebook and Twitter attempted to convince lawmakers that they have successfully stepped up efforts to combat foreign influencers’ attempts to abuse their platforms in order to spread disinformation and sow discord amongst democratic institutions. Facebook also fielded questions related to its oft criticized user data privacy practices, while Google invited scorn by…
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Network Security, Research, Security News

Russia’s 2016 election interference was highly organized, but fixes for 2020 are possible: reports

The campaign by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election using fake Twitter accounts was even organized than many people realize, according to a new report from Symantec Corporation. But another new report from scholars at Stanford University prescribes more than 45 policy recommendations for how the U.S. can prevent…
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