Category Archives: Security Theater

Facebook: The AI-powered dystopia. Time to realize!

Zeynep Tufekci: We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | TED Talk


“We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren’t even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us — and what we can do in response.”

Does your server mine Minero? Well… it might have been hacked…

Reality update: Cryptocurrency mining malware uses five-year old vulnerability to mine Monero on Linux servers | ZDNet … but hey, it is only PHP/Cacti:

The cryptojacking campaign exploits CVE-2013-2618, an old vulnerability in Cacti’s Network Weathermap plug-in, an open source tool which is used by network administrators to visualise network activity.

I’m still waiting for the first Linux Virus to hit the streets. Send it to me, please, if you have one. No, not the manual ones. They are boring.

Kaspersky won’t play with the US anymore…

Kaspersky’s ‘Slingshot’ report burned an ISIS-focused intelligence operation – CyberScoop
Hehehe: Kaspersky recently exposed US Intelligence Malware

“The U.S. government and Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab are currently in the throes of a nasty legal fight that comes on top of a long-running feud over how the company has conducted itself with regard to U.S. intelligence-gathering operations.
A recent Kaspersky discovery may keep the feud alive for years to come.
CyberScoop has learned that Kaspersky research recently exposed an active, U.S.-led counterterrorism cyber-espionage operation. According to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, the operation was used to target ISIS and al-Qaeda members.”
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(Thanks to Fefe)

How Facebook is killing democracy – all the facts so far

Iafrikan.com has a nice overview of the Facebook/Cambridge story so far. This story is full of links to the first-hand sources: How Facebook is killing democracy … :

A Cambridge Analytica executive explained: “There are two fundamental human drivers … hopes and fears … and many of those are unspoken and even unconscious. You didn’t know that was a fear until you saw something that evoked that reaction from you. Our job is … to understand those really deep-seated underlying fears, concerns. It’s no good fighting an election campaign on the facts because actually it’s all about emotion.”

Apple: Siri talks too much and reveals secret content (German/Spanish)

Reality update: Sicherheitsproblem: Siri verrät Inhalte gesperrter Benachrichtigungen – Golem.de … :

Solange Apple den Fehler nicht korrigiert hat, lässt sich das Problem nur beheben, indem Sperrbildschirmbenachrichtigungen für sensible Anwendungen deaktiviert werden.(…) Das Problem ist auch in der aktuellen Betaversion von iOS 11.3 vorhanden.

(Only mitigation is to deactivate messages on the lock screen, also iOS 11.3 Beta is affected.) 

If you understand Spanish, here’s the link to MacMagazine that discovered the flaw

Fined 2 trillion? Seems like Facebook has a problem.

Reality update: The FTC Is Powerless to Regulate Facebook Right Now. Ask Chuck Schumer Why. … :

The consent decree authorizes the FTC to fine Facebook $40,000 per violation per day; if applied to 50 million users, the potential exposure equals at least $2 trillion. This is likely not limited to Cambridge Analytica, as Facebook’s policies on third-party developers acquiring user data are famously weak. “We had no idea what developers were doing with the data,” said former Facebook operations manager Sandy Parakilas to The Guardian. Plus, Facebook routinely provides this kind of “social graph” information — likes, friend connections, and other data — to advertisers. Surveillance is effectively Facebook’s business model.