US, UK cybersecurity officials: Destructive hacks are coming

From: Federal Times

The world should brace itself for more physically destructive hacks, two senior cybersecurity officials said Wednesday, warning that a more dangerous era of hacking was already upon us.

Paul Chichester, the director of operations at Britain’s new National Cybersecurity Center, told an event hosted by British defense think tank Royal United Services Institute that electronic intrusions were on their way to becoming more “destructive, disruptive and coercive.”

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Ranking the Web With Radical Transparency

From: Linux.com

Ranking every URL on the web in a transparent and reproducible way is a core concept of the Common Search project, says Sylvain Zimmer, who will be speaking at the upcoming Apache: Big Data Europe conference in Seville, Spain.


We spoke with Zimmer, who founded Jamendo, dotConferences, and Common Search, to learn more about why nonprofit search engines are important, why Apache Spark is such a great match for the job, and some of the challenges the project faces.

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Building the DHS cybersecurity workforce

From: CSO | DHS Cyber Central


At the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we fight against the world’s toughest cyber adversaries. They attack at the speed of light, rapidly changing their tactics — and targets — to exploit new vulnerabilities and new technology. We are constantly challenged to keep up with these adversaries and defend the safety and security of the American people – the highest stakes.

Our best weapon is our people. So today, we are sharing two videos with you to help us meet this mission.

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‘Rock Hall Of Famer’ Jerry Harrison Launching Red Crow Equity Crowdfund Platform

From: Forbes

Angel investor and ‘Rock & Roll’ hall of famer Jerry Harrison, most widely known for his work with the Talking Heads, is set to launch equity crowd funding portal Red Crow this November, which will initially target ‘social impact’ and healthcare/medtech sectors. There are also plans to expand into other verticals including cyber security, virtual reality, machine learning and potentially “environmentally focussed” investments.

The Milwaukee-born serial entrepreneur, an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2002 with fellow Talking Heads’ musicians David Byrne, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, is behind San Francisco-based Red Crow’s equity crowd funding portal launch that touts “exclusive and professionally-vetted investment opportunities” for both accredited (under ‘Title II’ designation) and non-accredited investors (‘Title III’).


Trust gives way to de-risking

From: Gulf Banking News

If the level of risk management is excessive, it interferes with legitimate business activity

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Special to Gulf News

Banking as a business used to be less complicated. There were fewer regulations, and the choice of services was simple compared with the myriad now on offer. Trust was a central pillar in an individual’s or company’s relationship with their bank.



GAO: Cyber Hacking Anxiety Could Reverse USPS Woes

From: District Sentinel


A government watchdog analyzed how the internet is reducing Americans’ reliance on the US Post Office, and suggested that the downward trend of paper mail delivery may only be temporary.

Postal experts interviewed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claimed that continued “electronic diversion” in mail delivery is likely to be short-lived, as more people get burned in cyberspace.

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Army official warns that the U.S. may be vulnerable to cyber attacks during natural disasters

From: Bloomberg Government

Yasmin Tadjdeh

The commander of U.S. Army North — which coordinates the military’s response to domestic security crises — worries about a nightmare scenario of a terrorist cyber attack being perpetrated during a natural disaster.

“What concerns me is if we’re in the middle of responding to a natural disaster and our focus is completely there … and then all of the sudden we get a manmade threat come in and take us from the backside,” Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan said Oct. 7.

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Trust Needed on Cybersecurity: Commerce Secretary

From: BNA

By George R. Lynch


“The problem is that relationships between regulators and the businesses they regulate are inherently adversarial—NOT collaborative,” Pritzker said in her prepared remarks for a keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Cybersecurity Summit. “Trust is the linchpin of the digital economy. Failure to cultivate that trust will not only leave us vulnerable to attacks on critical infrastructure, but risk slowing the pace of American innovation,” she said.


Oil and Gas Industry Joins Forces in Fight Against Cybercrime

From: Scandinavian Oil Gas

Cybercrimes cost energy and utilities companies an average of USD 12.8 million each year in lost business and damaged equipment.* Platform operators need confidence that countermeasures can deal with bigger and more sophisticated cyber-attacks. DNV GL is now collaborating with Shell, Statoil, Lundin, Siemens, Honeywell, ABB, Emerson and Kongsberg Maritime to develop best practice in addressing this threat. Other companies are still welcome to join.



Hacking, Cryptography, and the Countdown to Quantum Computing

From: The New Yorker


Given the recent ubiquity of cyber-scandals—Colin Powell’s stolen e-mails, Simone Biles’s leaked medical records, half a billion plundered Yahoo accounts—you might get the impression that hackers can already break into just about any computer they want. But the situation could be a lot worse. The encryption methods that protect everything from online shopping to diplomatic communications remain effectively impregnable when properly implemented, even if, in practice, there are frequent breaches—whistle-blowers, careless clicks, and so on. This relatively happy state of affairs will not, however, endure. Scientists around the world are inching toward the development of a fully functioning quantum computer, a new type of machine that would, on its first day of operation, be capable of cracking the Internet’s most widely used codes. Precisely when that day will arrive is unclear, but it could be in as little as ten years. Experts call the countdown Y2Q: “years to quantum.”

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