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#NSA Award for Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper | #privacy #surveillance


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luiy's curator insight, July 28, 2013 5:34 AM

Yesterday I received the NSA award for the Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper of 2012 for my IEEE Oakland paper “The science of guessing.” I’m honored to have been recognised by the distinguished academic panel assembled by the NSA. I’d like to again thank Henry Watts, Elizabeth Zwicky, and everybody else at Yahoo! who helped me with this research while I interned there, as well as Richard Clayton and Ross Anderson for their support and supervision throughout.

On a personal note, I’d be remiss not to mention my conflicted feelings about winning the award given what we know about the NSA’s widespread collection of private communications and what remains unknown about oversight over the agency’s operations. Like many in the community of cryptographers and security engineers, I’m sad that we haven’t better informed the public about the inherent dangers and questionable utility of mass surveillance. And like many American citizens I’m ashamed we’ve let our politicians sneak the country down this path.

In accepting the award I don’t condone the NSA’s surveillance. Simply put, I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form. Yet I’m glad I got the rare opportunity to visit with the NSA and I’m grateful for my hosts’ genuine hospitality. A large group of engineers turned up to hear my presentation, asked sharp questions, understood and cared about the privacy implications of studying password data. It affirmed my feeling that America’s core problems are in Washington and not in Fort Meade. Our focus must remain on winning the public debate around surveillance and developing privacy-enhancing technology. But I hope that this award program, established to increase engagement with academic researchers, can be a small but positive step.

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FBI investigates alleged Russian cyber attack on Wall Street - Telegraph

FBI investigates alleged Russian cyber attack on Wall Street - Telegraph | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Major US financial institutions reportedly targeted by sophisticated high-level cyber-attack amid suspicions that operation was launched in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine
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Peace and War: The Space Between

Peace and War: The Space Between | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
President Obama’s commitment to reducing America’s reliance on the military instrument of power is well-known. It has been a constant theme of his presidency –...
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Snowden: US developed dangerous cyberwar tool, hacked Chinese hospitals and knocked Syria offline

Snowden: US developed dangerous cyberwar tool, hacked Chinese hospitals and knocked Syria offline | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
In a new interview, Snowden explained how fears of an accidental cyber-war, together with concerns over surveillance of U.S. citizens’ web traffic, turned him into a whistleblower.
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Annual Global Cyber Threat Review

Annual Global Cyber Threat Review | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it

The global cyber threat review conducted by CyberArk reveals: The recent reports regarding the NSA’s activities, in addition to the wave of infiltrations into the networks of large U.S. retail companies, had the most influence on the security strategies of organizations over the past year.... http://i-hls.com/2014/08/annual-global-cyber-threat-review/


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China Hacking Iron Dome, Arrow Missile Defense Systems

China Hacking Iron Dome, Arrow Missile Defense Systems | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
"[The] Chinese have been doing that to all defense contractors in the West." — Uzi Rubin, former head of missile defense at Israel's Defense Ministry. For the future of the free world, the U.S. and the international community must put an immediate end to
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Preparing for cyber warfare

Preparing for cyber warfare | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
(BPT) - Recently, emboldened Russian hackers breached the systems of power plants across the United States and Western Europe. In June, Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to several U.S. power plant operation control systems. And in May, the Department of Homeland Security announced hackers had actually gained control of a mechanical device at an unnamed U.S. energy facility.
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Banks Dreading Computer Hacks Call for Cyber War Council

Banks Dreading Computer Hacks Call for Cyber War Council | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Wall Street’s biggest trade group has proposed a government-industry cyber war council to stave off terrorist attacks that could trigger financial panic by temporarily wiping out account balances, according to an internal document.
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Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle

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A Unit 8200 networking event in Tel Aviv

A Unit 8200 networking event in Tel Aviv | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
“Please move away from the Mossad booth,” said the hostess of a networking event I recently attended on a balmy evening at an undisclosed location in Tel Aviv. Because I was the only nongraduate of Unit 8200 present—aside from the bartenders and security personnel at the front door—Israel’...
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Microsoft seizes 22 NO-IP domains, disrupts cybercriminal and nation state APT malware operations

Microsoft seizes 22 NO-IP domains, disrupts cybercriminal and nation state APT malware operations | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Microsoft seized 22 domains previously owned by Vitalwerks, company behind dynamic dns service NO-IP
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Nuclear Brinksmanship: Obama’s ProtoWar Against Russia and China

Nuclear Brinksmanship: Obama’s ProtoWar Against Russia and China | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Russia and China are both under attack by a multi-pronged U.S.-led ‘proto-war’ which could erupt into ‘hot war’ or even nuclear war.   ‘Protowar’ or ‘proto-warfare’ is the term I have coined to des...
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El Pentágono presenta el futuro de las guerras digitales y robotizadas | #cyborgs #cyberwar #bigdata

El Pentágono presenta el futuro de las guerras digitales y robotizadas | #cyborgs #cyberwar #bigdata | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
La Agencia de Proyectos de Investigación Avanzada de Defensa (DARPA, en inglés) de EEUU presentó en el Pentágono los cien proyectos que prepara para guerras cibernéticas y campos d

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luiy's curator insight, May 22, 3:20 AM

El patio central del Pentágono mostró brazos robóticos, la versión militar de las Google Glass y sobre todo 'software' y plataformas digitales con el ojo puesto en futuras guerras cibernéticas, en las que los códigos binarios marcarán las diferencias entre vencedores y vencidos.

 

"El hombre y la máquina estarán cada vez más integrados", explicó Yifatch Eisenberg, director del proyecto de DARPA Ultra-Vis, un visor que se coloca frente al casco del soldado y envía en tiempo real información sobre órdenes, distancia a objetivos enemigos, grados con respecto al norte, situación de compañeros o la dirección a seguir.

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Australian military is to use new cyber warfare after Snowden's revelations

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Twitter crackdown on terrorist group hampers U.S. intelligence efforts

Twitter crackdown on terrorist group hampers U.S. intelligence efforts | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
U.S. counterterrorism officials say Twitter’s crackdown on tweets from the Islamic State is complicating efforts to identify the terrorist group’s key members and activities by intelligence agencies that increasingly use social media to spy on the militants.
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Gaza and Crimea conflicts could have been predicted by monitoring cyber attacks - Telegraph

Gaza and Crimea conflicts could have been predicted by monitoring cyber attacks  - Telegraph | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
A surge in cyber attacks preceeded both the conflict in Ukraine and in Gaza, new research has found - leading to suggestions that the technique could be used to predict future fighting
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School children in UK to be trained in cyber warfare - Telegraph

School children in UK to be trained in cyber warfare - Telegraph | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
A new cyber security training programme hopes to encourage more young people towards careers in STEM subjects
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US Homeland Security contractor victim of 'state-sponsored' cyber attack

US Homeland Security contractor victim of 'state-sponsored' cyber attack | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Information about government employees may have been stolen by hackers
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Canada Says China Hacked Science Agency Computers | SecurityWeek.Com

Canada Says China Hacked Science Agency Computers | SecurityWeek.Com | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Canada accused China of hacking into the computers of its National Research Council, which Beijing strongly denied.
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Gaza tunnels take IDF by surprise - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Gaza tunnels take IDF by surprise - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
For years, Hamas has constructed an ''underground Gaza'' designed to fire rockets at Israel, send infiltrators and protect Hamas' leadership, while investing nothing in the welfare of "upper Gaza."
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Israel’s Much-Hyped “Iron Dome” Technology Is Achieving Little | MIT Technology Review

Israel’s Much-Hyped “Iron Dome” Technology Is Achieving Little | MIT Technology Review | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Although it appears to hit incoming Hamas rockets, Israel’s system could be falling short of detonating the rockets’ warheads.
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Interesting: a defensive weapon that does not work in theory... but does the job in practice!...

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US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research

US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Defense Department spent millions researching users, including studies on Occupy and Middle East residents, and how to better spread propaganda
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luiy's curator insight, July 10, 2:54 AM

The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control emotions by manipulating news feeds.

 

Research funded directly or indirectly by the US Department of Defense’s military research department, known as Darpa, has involved users of some of the internet’s largest destinations, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Kickstarter, for studies of social connections and how messages spread.

 
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Russia Moves To Ban Online Services That Don’t Store Personal Data In Russia | TechCrunch

Russia Moves To Ban Online Services That Don’t Store Personal Data In Russia | TechCrunch | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
The Russian government has moved one step closer towards a “China-like” approach towards Internet services. Last night, the Russian State Duma..
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An Interactive Map Showing Global Cyberattacks In Real Time

Security firm Kaspersky Lab has launched an interactive cyberthreat map that visualizes cyber security incidents occurring worldwide in real time. A quick glance shows that the world is a pretty scary place.


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luiy's curator insight, June 27, 1:46 PM

The interactive map is a promotional tool created by Kaspersky Lab, but it's fascinating nonetheless. Threats displayed include malicious objects detected during on-access and on-demand scans, email and web antivirus detections, as well as objects identified by vulnerability and intrusion detection sub-systems.

 

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Iranians Caught Cyber Snooping on High-Value US Targets | Cybersecurity | TechNewsWorld

Iranians Caught Cyber Snooping on High-Value US Targets | Cybersecurity | TechNewsWorld | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
A cyberespionage campaign with links to Iran for at least three years has been targeting U.S. military and congressional personnel, journalists and diplomats, as well as U.S. and Israeli defense contractors and members of the U.S./Israel lobby, according to a report released Thursday by iSight Partners. The spy ring used more than a dozen phony identities on online social networks.
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What to Expect From Charges Against Chinese Hackers: Nothing

What to Expect From Charges Against Chinese Hackers: Nothing | Cyberwar and security | Scoop.it
Pot, meet kettle.
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