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CES defends choosing Ivanka Trump for keynote

After the CES show, kicking off Tuesday in Las Vegas, drew criticism for tapping Ivanka Trump as a keynote speaker, the show’s head defended his choice on a Facebook thread, citing the first daughter’s “compelling views” on a range of topics from AI and workforce training to advocacy for entrepreneurship and the advancement of women…

DHS warns Iran retaliation could include cyberattacks

Although it stressed there is no evidence of a specific credible threat to the U.S. after the killing Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the Department of Homeland Security Saturday issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin warning of retaliation, including cyberattacks. Previous homeland-based plots by Iran and its partners “have included, among other things, scouting and…

Army cyber troops

Army joins Navy in banning TikTok

The U.S. Army this week joined the Navy in banning soldiers from using TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app marred by troublesome data handling practices, pegging it as a national security risk. “The U.S. Army’s decision to ban TikTok is yet another sign of the growing suspicion and mistrust U.S. authorities feel towards the Chinese-developed…

Facebook login bug lets attackers hijack accounts on Mashable, other sites

Open dark web database exposes info on 267 million Facebook

An unsecured database on the dark web left the personal information of more than 267 million Facebook users, mostly in the U.S., exposed. Although the database, discovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech and traced to Vietnam, is now inaccessible, it laid bare names, phone numbers, timestamps and Facebook IDs and that information also…

Facebook Tor gateway down while TLS certificate renewed

Facebook’s Tor gateway will be out of commission for a week or two after a TLS certificate expired. “Our onion service, facebookcorewwwi.onion, is temporarily unavailable while we await renewal of our TLS certificate. In the meantime, Facebook is still accessible via facebook.com using Tor Browser,” the company posted on the Facebook Over Tor page. The social media…

Secret court judge orders FBI to reform FISA process

Spurred by a Justice Department inspector general (IG) report that found the FBI made serious mistakes in a FISA surveillance application during its Russia probe, a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge ordered the bureau to submit changes to the process for obtaining permission for surveillance. “The frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned…

Senate building

Senate passes $1.4 trillion spending bill, includes $25 million for election security

The Senate today passed the sweeping $1.4 trillion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which includes a number of security measures and appropriates $425 million in funding for election security, though it stopped short of requiring post-election audits for states not using paper ballots and safeguards against foreign interference in U.S. elections.…

Maze behind Pensacola ransomware attack

Maze was behind the ransomware attack on the City of Pensacola that began early Saturday morning, and its operators have demanded a $1 million ransom to provide the municipality with a decryptor. The Maze operators, who typically threaten to publish files online if victims don’t pony up, said in a Bleeping Computer report that the…

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