Midnight In The Desert — security

Mon April 11 - Ben Hammersley - The Dark Web

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Mon April 11 - Ben Hammersley - The Dark Web

Website: benhammersley.com Ben Hammersley is the presenter of "Cybercrime with Ben Hammersley" on Netflix. He has been a reporter and technologist for 20 years, for The Times of London, The Guardian, the FT and others - including stints as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Beirut. He consults for governments and corporations worldwide on the effects of technology on business and politics.

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U.S. urges Australia not to trust Huawei and China with its 5G network

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U.S. urges Australia not to trust Huawei and China with its 5G network

Pointedly expanding its efforts to address Chinese cybersecurity threats, the United States today urged Australia to keep Huawei equipment out of its 5G networks, reports Australia’s Financial Review. U.S. lawmakers and security agencies previously lobbied top U.S. carriers to cut ties with Huawei, but today’s discussions with Australia reach well beyond American borders, suggesting the potentially global scale of the 5G security risk. According to the report, the heads of the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security personally briefed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on “U.S. concerns about Chinese involvement in 5G networks,” including “security risks posed by...

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Smartphones open new opportunities for privacy invasion

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Smartphones open new opportunities for privacy invasion

Consider everything your smartphone has done for you today. Counted your steps? Deposited a check? Transcribed notes? Navigated you somewhere new? Smartphones make for such versatile pocket assistants because they’re equipped with a suite of sensors, including some we may never think — or even know — about, sensing, for example, light, humidity, pressure and temperature. Because smartphones have become essential companions, those sensors probably stayed close by throughout your day: the car cup holder, your desk, the dinner table and nightstand. If you’re like the vast majority of American smartphone users, the phone’s screen may have been black, but...

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What Should I Do about the Spectre and Meltdown Attacks Against Microprocessors

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What Should I Do about the Spectre and Meltdown Attacks Against Microprocessors

The security of pretty much every computer on the planet has just gotten a lot worse, and the only real solution -- which of course is not a solution -- is to throw them all away and buy new ones. On Wednesday, researchers just announced a series of major security vulnerabilities in the microprocessors at the heart of the world's computers for the past 15-20 years. They've been named Spectre and Meltdown, and they have to do with manipulating different ways processors optimize performance by rearranging the order of instructions or performing different instructions in parallel. An attacker who controls...

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Understanding the Intel CPU Security Bug [Video]

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Understanding the Intel CPU Security Bug [Video]

You may have heard about the discovery of a major security hole affecting most recent Intel microprocessors which allows a process running on a computer to exploit a side-channel attack to read privileged information from the operating system or other processes on the same machine. Here is the technical paper describing this exploit. This was reported by those who discovered it to the major CPU manufacturers: Intel, AMD, and ARM on 2017-06-01, but kept secret to allow time for mitigation to be put into place. This is one of the most serious hardware problems to have discovered in mass-produced microprocessors...

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