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Sep 9, 2020

States Join Automated Security Pilot with MS-ISAC, Johns Hopkins

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government, robotics/AI

The promise of artificial intelligence for cybersecurity is that it will free security professionals at government agencies from menial tasks and allow them to focus on threat hunting and higher-level work. Another benefit that might get lost in the shuffle, but is no less important, is that automation in cybersecurity can actually lead to enhanced security for agencies.

Five governments are testing that proposition. Last month, the states of Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Texas, along with Maricopa County, Ariz., announced a partnership with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to pilot a cybersecurity automation program.

The agencies will be using security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) tools, which “enable organizations to collect security-threat data through multiple sources and perform triage response actions significantly faster than with manual processes,” according to a Johns Hopkins press release. The hope is that it will enable the agencies to “quickly and broadly share information — in near real time — and leverage automation to prevent or respond to cyberattacks,” the release states.

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Sep 6, 2020

How to build a modern public-private cybersecurity partnership

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, economics, energy, government

Public-private partnerships have been central to the development of cybersecurity over the past decade, through the sharing of threat information between commercial organizations and historically secretive government agencies. The opportunity now exists for a new era of public-private partnership, for a new realm of information sharing.


Cyberattacks continue to be reported as a key business risk. In the recent World Economic Forum’s Regional Risks for Doing Business 2019 report, survey respondents in six of the world’s 10-largest economies identified cyberattacks as their number one risk.

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Sep 6, 2020

How AI will automate cybersecurity in the post-COVID world

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

As cybercrime is becoming more lucrative and more automated, we’re going to have to depend on automated defenses on the other side.

Sep 4, 2020

The psychology of phishing: why do we fall for terrible email scams?

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, finance

This is an article from 2014, but it’s interesting — especially for why phishing emails are so lame. Money quote:

‘The answer is that the implausibility is a useful tool for the scammers. An entirely believable email would get millions of people falling for the bait – most of whom would catch on later when the scammers started requesting private banking details. This way, the fraudsters can avoid wasting their time on no-hopers, knowing that any replies they do receive are … See More.


Maybe your bank wants you to update your password; maybe a new Facebook friend wants to show you a funny web page. Maybe a Nigerian lawyer wants to pass on a legacy from a long-lost relative.

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Sep 3, 2020

Our quantum internet breakthrough could help make hacking a thing of the past

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, quantum physics

New research shows how the next generation of ultra-secure communication could be possible with existing infrastructure.

Sep 3, 2020

Optimising the Everyday with The Spatial Web

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, bitcoin, cybercrime/malcode, internet, robotics/AI

Amanda Christensen, ideaXme guest contributor, fake news and deepfake researcher and Marketing Manager at Cubaka, interviews Dan Mapes, PhD, MBA co-founder of VERSES.io and co-author of The Spatial Web: How Web 3.0 Will Connect Humans, Machines, and AI to Transform the World.

Amanda Christensen Comments:

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Sep 2, 2020

NCSC departing boss reflects on China, Russia and trust in tech

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government

At the same time, the NCSC had to help government and public-sector organisations deal with the sudden increased dependence on technology, whether in the cabinet meeting over video link or the government sending out genuine text messages to the entire public.


The departing head of the National Cyber Security Centre reflects on the threats he has faced.

Aug 30, 2020

Emotet malware’s new ‘Red Dawn’ attachment is just as dangerous

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

The Emotet botnet has begun to use a new template for their malicious attachments, and it is just as dangerous as ever.

After a five-month “vacation,” the Emotet malware returned in July 2020 and began to spew massive amounts of malicious spam worldwide.

Aug 29, 2020

Android security bug let malicious apps siphon off private user data

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

The bug, now fixed, could be abused to steal sensitive and private data from other apps.

Aug 28, 2020

FBI Reportedly Foils Russian Hack at Tesla Factory

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, sustainability, transportation

« Acording to Electrek, an FBI complaint details how the feds helped foil a plot by Russian hackers to target Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory with a massive ransomware hack and data breach.

It’s worth noting that the complaint itself never explicitly says that the target of the hack was Tesla, though its Gigafactory is located outside Sparks, Nevada. Electrek, though, is reporting as fact that Tesla is the target. We’ve reached out to Tesla for additional information and we’ll update if any new info comes to light. »


Intriguingly, it sounds as though the hackers weren’t just after ransom.

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