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Hackable door locks? Senators want to make smart gadgets more secure

Hacking anything connected to the Internet Billions of internet-connected things like smart light bulbs are expected to pop up in our homes and businesses in the coming years. And a group of senators wants to help make them more secure. The bipartisan group introduced a bill on Tuesday to address some concerns regarding the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). Itwould require any companies that provide the federal government with internet-enabled devices to meet basic security requirements. Devices must be able to receive software updates, have login credentials that can be ...

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The Defense Department will soon use more secure email

How to protect yourself from hackers The U.S. Department of Defense will soon start sending more secure emails. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the body in charge of the Pentagon’s email, said it plans to enable stronger encryption on all emails by July 2018. The agency explained its plans to move to a stronger email encryption technology in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, this week. The tech is called STARTTLS, a 15-year-old encryption technology that prevents people from spying on emails when they’re sent ...

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Microsoft Windows 10 S Isn’t as Secure as the Company Claims

One of the major pitches for Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, which only runs apps that you download from the Windows Store, is that it’s significantly more secure from malware and other types of attacks. The company has also touted Windows 10 S as being less susceptible to ransomware, and protected from types of attacks that have taken down previous Windows versions. As with most promises of this sort, the truth is rather more complicated. It’s true that Windows 10 S does protect against certain types of downloadable malware, ...

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4 Years After Snowden, Top Defense Contractor Still Can’t Secure its Files

Just over four years ago, Edward Snowden blew the lid off some of the NSA’s most powerful programs and tools for monitoring global communications around the world. In the aftermath of that intelligence debacle — and whatever you think of Edward Snowden and his actions, his releases certainly qualified as a debacle for his employer and its reputation — one would have expected Booz Allen Hamilton to have dramatically overhauled its security procedures, tightened its policies, and taken some basic steps to seal its Titanic-sized leaks. But whatever BAH did ...

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DARPA may borrow blockchain tech from Bitcoin to secure military networks

You’ve probably heard about blockchain technology most often in the context of digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but the blockchain can be much more than that. In fact, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking into an implementation of the blockchain that could fundamentally alter how sensitive military systems are secured. Blockchain technology could even help keep nuclear weapons safe and sound. With Bitcoin, the blockchain is the universal record of all the transactions that take place. Although there are some ways to game the system in Bitcoin’s case, ...

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Microsoft leaks Secure Boot credentials, demonstrates why backdoor ‘golden keys’ can’t work

Over the past year, there’s been a raging debate over what kinds of encryption companies should use and whether they should retain the ability to crack end-user devices when ordered to do so by the federal government. Many in the government have called on companies to provide this functionality, claiming that it’s possible to create a backdoor with a so-called “golden key” that allows only legitimate government actors to access information while simultaneously locking out black hats and hackers. A number of prominent security researchers and analysts have pushed back ...

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Just how secure are electronic voting machines?

How hackers could swing the election We’ve officially entered the era of the hackable election. It’s no secret, given the hacks that have plagued the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. But security researchers warn that it’s just the beginning. “There’s not even a doubt in my mind that there are other actors out there that have yet to be found,” Crowdstrike CEO George Kurtz told CNNMoney. “I’m sure there will be other hacks that come out over the course of this election and certainly beyond that.” Kurtz, whose ...

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MIT researchers devise a secure anonymity network that’s 10x faster than Tor

Researchers from MIT and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have come up with a new and secure anonymity network that could prove better than Tor. “The initial use case that we thought of was to do anonymous file-sharing, where the receiving end and sending end don’t know each other,” said Albert Kwon, first author on the report, which will be presented at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium this month. “The reason is that things like honeypotting are a real issue. But we also studied applications in microblogging, something like ...

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Oculus under fire for efforts to secure exclusive rights to VR titles

Oculus’ policies and practices have been under fire almost since the Rift launch. The company’s decision to launch into retail stores without first filling preorders sat poorly with many of its most ardent fans, while its decision to break the Revive compatibility project by introducing DRM to the Oculus Store flew directly in the face of earlier comments by founder Palmer Luckey. Now the company is in the hot seat again over its attempts to secure paid exclusives for the Rift. Yesterday, a Croteam developer named Mario Kotlar who’s currently ...

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Disney's Bob Iger needs an heir to secure story-book finish to epic run

5 Stunning stats about Disney Having built Disney into a juggernaut, can CEO Robert Iger comfortably relinquish the keys to the Magic Kingdom? Iger declined to elaborate Tuesday during Disney’s second-quarter earnings call about the circumstances regarding the exit of chief operating officer Thomas Staggs, which stunned Hollywood in April. He did say he had no plans to extend his term as CEO beyond June 2018, and felt that was ample time to find a successor. Still, Disney’s tremendous success under Iger, and growth through strategic acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel ...

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