Siri keeps secrets | This week in cybersecurity
Britain PM Theresa May Calls to ‘Regulate Cyberspace’
British Prime Minister Theresa May has responded to this weekend’s attack in central London in part by calling for tighter controls on online communication. Her words have outraged some technologists who say that the proposal is both unacceptable and at fundamental odds with the spirit of the Internet. Read more.
Both countries have signed a two-year agreement to cooperate closely on cybersecurity, which will include information exchange, training, and joint exercises focused on critical information infrastructure. Read more.
Early Monday, Bahrain’s Foreign Affairs Ministry severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, and was quickly followed by United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The diplomatic break between four of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is being partially blamed on a security incident at Qatar News Agency (QNA). The alleged hack resulted in a fake news article that inflamed leaders in the region. Read more.
CNET reported that all the voice commands heading to Siri through the new smart speaker will be anonymized and encrypted, which means even Apple won't know what you're saying. This is a stark contrast to the models used by competing voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Read more.
The Intercept obtained highly classified intelligence reports that showed that Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election. Read more.
The value of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin ($2900 today) and Ethereum ($260) keeps rising, and as investors flock to buy them, hackers flock to hack into their accounts to steal them. Read more.
A new report out from Cybersecurity Ventures estimates there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, up from 1 million openings last year. In 2017, the U.S. employs nearly 780,000 people in cybersecurity positions, with approximately 350,000 current cybersecurity openings, according to CyberSeek. Read more.