Cyber- / ExoWarfare Blog

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Mozilla’s DNS-over-HTTPS makes surfing safer, and improves performance -- 06 Jul 2019 - Internet group brands Mozilla ‘internet villain’ for supporting DNS privacy feature by Zack Whittaker An industry group of internet service providers has branded Firefox browser maker Mozilla an “internet villain” for supporting a DNS security standard. The U.K.’s Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA), the trade group for U.K. internet service… ... Read More
Agentur für Cyberwaffen (ADIC): SPD bremst von der Leyens Prestigeprojekt aus -- 06 Jul 2019 - Freitag, 05. Juli 2019 - von Thomas Schmoll Von der Leyens Berateraffäre "Versagen befördert die Karriere" Von der Leyen will nach Brüssel, doch ihre Vergangenheit könnte sie einholen. Viele Mitglieder im Untersuchungsausschuss zur Berateraffäre beharren auf einer Aussage: "Schließlich soll die europäische Öffentlichkeit erleben, wen die Kanzlerin nach Brüssel geschickt… ... Read More
Berlin Ecosystem Launch Report: the most complete and detailed picture of Berlin’s tech ecosystem -- 05 Jul 2019 - Overview: Overview of Berlin’s startup landscape Update on Berlin’s unicorns and future unicorns Update on investment: is Berlin keeping up with Europe? Local PDF copy: https://www.bgp4.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Berlin-Launch-2019-FINAL.pdf Original web PDF copy: https://blog.dealroom.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Berlin-Launch-2019-FINAL.pdf       ... Read More
‘Jetson’ is a Pentagon laser that can identify people by heartbeat -- 01 Jul 2019 - Lookin' for a heartbeat... Forward-looking: Biometrics is advancing and evolving at a rapid rate. It seems like just yesterday we were unlocking our phones with our fingerprint — now it’s our face. What’s it going to be tomorrow — our heartbeat? Well, maybe. MIT Technology Review reports that the Pentagon now… ... Read More
Der chinesisch-amerikanische Anteil am weltweiten Handel beträgt nur 3,1 Prozent -- 28 Jun 2019 - Fünf Gründe sprechen dagegen, dass Trump und sein Handelskrieg die Welt erschüttern werden: ► Erstens: China und Amerika sind zwar die größten Wirtschaftsmächte der Gegenwart. Aber beide produzieren im Wesentlichen für ihre riesigen Binnenmärkte. Hier gibt es keine Zölle und daher auch keinen Zollkrieg. ► Zweitens: Der chinesisch-amerikanische Anteil am… ... Read More
Mobile Apps für Apple sind lukrativer -- 25 Jun 2019 - Android dominiert den Smartphone-Markt und ist auch darüber hinaus das mit Abstand am weitesten verbreitete mobile Betriebssystem. Trotzdem ist Apple für App Publisher immer noch die deutlich lukrativere Adresse, wie ein aktueller Report von Sensor Tower zeigt. Demnach erzielten die 100 größten iOS-App-Publisher im ersten Quartal 2019 durchschnittlich 84 Millionen… ... Read More
Facebook’s Libra: “It would make the early 20th century Morgans or Rockefellers seem downright competitive.” -- 25 Jun 2019 - Standard Oil depicted as an Octopus in a 1904 political cartoon (image via Wikimedia Commons). Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: Bad for Privacy, Bad for Competition Author Scott A. Shay is co-founder and chairman of Signature Bank of New York and also the author of "In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism"… ... Read More
Der Preis (in $$) der persönlichen Daten in USA -- 20 Jun 2019 - Daten gegen kostenlose Nutzung. Das ist kurz zusammengefasst der Deal auf den sich NutzerInnen sozialer Netzwerke einlassen. Laut einer Umfrage von NBC News/Wall Street Journal aus dem März 2019 finden 74 Prozent der US-Amerikaner, dass das kein fairer Handel ist. Auch in Deutschland dürfte eine entsprechende Umfrage ähnlich ausfallen. Aber… ... Read More
Polizei will bei Alexa mithören -- 05 Jun 2019 - BERLINER KURIER, Mittwoch, 5. Juni 2019     ... Read More
No Patch: Hackers Can Bypass Windows Lockscreen on Remote Desktop Sessions -- 05 Jun 2019 - The Network Level Authentication (NLA) feature of Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS) can allow a hacker to bypass the lockscreen on remote sessions, and there is no patch from Microsoft, the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University warned on Tuesday. NLA provides better protection for Remote Desktop (RD) sessions… ... Read More
There is no cloud – it’s just someone else’s computer. -- 30 May 2019 - P.S. you can get the sticker here: https://www.redbubble.com/de/people/tamagothings/works/28066602-there-is-no-cloud?p=sticker 2,67 € for small 7,43 € for medium 11,13 € for large size (prices include Euro VAT -- I am not associated with sticker sales, just saving you the search)   People often argue "you get the elasticity" and the "extra bandwidth at spikes", and… ... Read More
ExoWarfare done lousy: Facebook löscht Milliarden Fake Accounts -- 24 May 2019 - (if you can identify them - its done badly)   24 MAY 2019 2,4 Milliarden monatlich aktive Nutzer hat Facebook im Geschäftsbericht für das erste Quartal 2019 gemeldet. Im selben Zeitraum löschte das Unternehmen 2,2 Milliarden Fake-Accounts. Das geht aus dem gestern veröffentlichten Community Standards Enforcement Report hervor. Und dabei… ... Read More
“Bestmixer.io” – EU Authorities Shut Down Bitcoin Transaction Mixer -- 23 May 2019 - 22 MAY 2019 The Dutch Financial Criminal Investigative Service has seized the website of a bitcoin transaction mixer in a crackdown involving Europol and other authorities. Calling it the the “first law enforcement action of its kind against such a cryptocurrency mixer service,” Europol said in a statement Wednesday that… ... Read More
USMC: Marines want their phones and tablets to handle classified data -- 23 May 2019 - The Marine Common Handheld program will provide secure mobile computing at the tactical edge. (Lance Cpl. Harrison C. Rakhshani/Marine Corps)   The Marine Corps has selected several companies to bid on task orders that will allow warfighters to transmit secure on-the-move command-and-control and situational awareness data, including sending classified information… ... Read More
The Gravity of Space-X’s 12,000 Satellites in 3 Layers -- 22 May 2019 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho36aufooAU   24 MAY 2019 Backgrounder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTDwXooAvgk   Blast-Off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-tC7njLArs   Deployed:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KujiMxKomZ0   Spotted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytUygPqjXEc   Landing of the rocket (3rd use) afterwards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2wbTRw3zUo       ... Read More
Reality Mining: How Mass Surveillance Works in Xinjiang, China -- 21 May 2019 - (Articles below updated last: 05 JUN 2019) ‘Reverse Engineering’ Police App Reveals Profiling and Monitoring Strategies (Synapsis; full report further below) New York, May 2, 2019 Chinese authorities are using a mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region. The… ... Read More
Dependency on Centralized Services: Massive Outage at SalesForce.com -- 21 May 2019 - Salesforce Woes Linger as Admins Clean Up After Service Outage An accidental permissions snafu caused a massive outage for all Salesforce customers that continues to affect some businesses. After a massive service outage on Friday, software-as-a-service giant Salesforce restored partial access to its affected customers over the weekend, while admins… ... Read More
Power Point presentations should be forbidden at meetings – tell a story instead -- 17 May 2019 - ethos, logos, and pathos the three key elements to persuade Jeff Bezos is prohibited from using Power Point presentations at meetings, as he considers them a waste of time. However, the alternative method by which he has replaced them is most useful and effective. Do you want to know what… ... Read More
Intel MDS Vulnerabilities: ZombieLoad, RIDL (Rogue In-Flight Data Load), Fallout, and Store-to-Leak Forwarding – affect almost every Intel chip since 2011 -- 15 May 2019 - Tech giants have published security advisories and blog posts in response to the Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) vulnerabilities affecting most Intel processors made in the last decade. Remedy? The microcode updates, like previous patches, would have an impact on processor performance. The vulnerabilities are related to speculative execution and they… ... Read More
North Korea: Bitten by Bitcoin Bug – New Dimension Lazarus Hacking -- 09 May 2019 - A report from ProofPoint by Darien Huss   Executive Summary With activity dating at least to 2009, the Lazarus Group has consistently ranked among the most disruptive, successful, and far-reaching state-sponsored actors. Law enforcement agencies suspect that the group has amassed nearly $100 million worth of cryptocurrencies based on their… ... Read More
Large-Scale “BOLD5000” MRI Dataset Bridges Human Vision And Machine Learning -- 09 May 2019 - Improving computer vision was an important part of the BOLD5000 project from its onset. Senior author Elissa Aminoff, then a post-doctoral fellow in CMU’s Psychology Department and now an assistant professor of psychology at Fordham, initiated this research direction with co-author Abhinav Gupta, an associate professor in the Robotics Institute.… ... Read More
Alibaba-backed, Chinese Gov-supporting facial recognition AI startup Megvii raises $750 million -- 09 May 2019 - One of China’s most ambitious artificial intelligence startups, Megvii, more commonly known for its facial recognition brand Face++, announced Wednesday that it has raised $750 million in a Series E funding round. Founded by three graduates from the prestigious Tsinghua University in China, the eight-year-old company specializes in applying its… ... Read More
Russia-linked Threat Group Turla Uses Sophisticated Backdoor ‘LightNeuron’ to Hijack Exchange Mail Servers -- 07 May 2019 - The Russia-linked threat group known as Turla has been using a sophisticated backdoor to hijack Microsoft Exchange mail servers, ESET reported on Tuesday. The malware, dubbed LightNeuron, allows the attackers to read and modify any email passing through the compromised mail server, create and send new emails, and block emails… ... Read More
Chinese Hackers Used NSA Tool a Year Before Shadow Brokers Leak -- 07 May 2019 - A Chinese threat actor was spotted using a tool attributed to the NSA-linked Equation Group more than one year prior to it being leaked by the mysterious Shadow Brokers, Symantec revealed on Monday. The Chinese cyber espionage group is tracked as Buckeye, APT3, UPS Team, Gothic Panda, and TG-0110, and… ... Read More
New report explains how China thinks about information warfare -- 07 May 2019 - The Chinese military has established a Network Systems Department, responsible for information warfare.   The Department of Defense’s annual report on China’s military and security developments provides new details about how China’s military organizes its information warfare enterprise, an area that has been of particular interest to U.S. military leaders.… ... Read More

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