InfoSec News Nuggets – June 15, 2018

InfoSec News Nuggets
New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad An update to Tesla's Autopilot software earlier this month has caused headaches for drivers of its electric cars – with one user alleging he was almost driven off the road by the robotic assistant. The patch, 2018.21.9, contained a number of tweaks to address safety concerns with the Autopilot software, which Tesla trumpeted as the first step on the path to fully self-driving cars. Users, unfortunately, have often bought into the dream a little too wholeheartedly and failed to read the small print. Drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road – because Autopilot isn't an actual autopilot. It's more of a jumped-up cruise control at this stage. Due in part to some high-profile…
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InfoSec News Nuggets – June 14, 2018

InfoSec News Nuggets
Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good As a newly revealed video-manipulation system shows, super-realistic fake videos are improving faster than some of us thought possible. The SIGGRAPH 2018 computer graphics and design conference is scheduled for August 12 to 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, but we’re already getting a taste of the jaw-dropping technologies that are set to go on display. Zollhöfer’s new approach uses input video to create photorealistic re-animations of portrait videos. These input videos are created by a source actor, the data from which is used to manipulate the portrait video of a target actor. So for example, anyone can serve as the source actor and have their facial expressions transferred to video of, say, Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin. Trik Spam Botnet Leaks 43 Million Email…
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InfoSec News Nuggets – June 13, 2018

InfoSec News Nuggets
Apple bans mining cryptocurrency on iPhones Apple has a clear message for cryptocurrency enthusiasts: Don't mine it on our devices. It's a new rule included in the latest version of Apple's App Store policies, released last week as part of the company's annual developer conference. The ban couldn't be clearer. From section 2.4.2, "hardware compatibility," emphasis ours: Design your app to use power efficiently. Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources. Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining. Palmer Luckey’s border control tech has already caught dozens of people During a news cycle where headline after headline covers the political, social, and emotional turmoil at the United States-Mexico border,…
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Infosec News Nuggets – June 12, 2018

InfoSec News Nuggets
Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan Russia presents a greater threat in terms of sophistication and a greater overall danger – not least because it doesn't mind being destructive, Hannigan warned. The destructive element of attacks blamed on Russia includes NotPetya and attacks on the Ukrainian power grid. Attacks attributed back to Russia have become more sophisticated, brazen and even a little bit reckless. Russia appears to be live-testing cyberattacks – as has been speculated about the recent planting of the VPNFilter backdoor on routers – although the intent is unknown. "It's unclear if that was a mistake or an experiment," Hannigan said. "Russia seems to be live testing things in cyber, as it has been [on the ground] in Syria,…
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