May, 2023

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AI’s “Oppenheimer Moment” Is B t.

John Battelle's Searchblog

Well that was something. Yesterday the Center for AI Safety, which didn’t exist last year, released a powerful 22-word statement that sent the world’s journalists into a predictable paroxysm of hand-wringing: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from A.I. should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks, such as pandemics and nuclear war.

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Tesla Whistleblower Leaks 100GB of Data, Revealing Safety Complaints

Dark Reading

Informants have released data that includes thousands of safety complaints the company has received about its self-driving capability, as well as sensitive information regarding current and past employees.

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Discord Admins Hacked by Malicious Bookmarks

Krebs on Security

A number of Discord communities focused on cryptocurrency have been hacked this past month after their administrators were tricked into running malicious Javascript code disguised as a Web browser bookmark. This attack involves malicious Javascript that is added to one’s browser by dragging a component from a web page to one’s browser bookmarks.

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Millions of Gigabyte Motherboards Were Sold With a Firmware Backdoor

WIRED Threat Level

Hidden code in hundreds of models of Gigabyte motherboards invisibly and insecurely downloads programs—a feature ripe for abuse, researchers say.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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Building Trustworthy AI

Schneier on Security

We will all soon get into the habit of using AI tools for help with everyday problems and tasks. We should get in the habit of questioning the motives, incentives, and capabilities behind them, too. Imagine you’re using an AI chatbot to plan a vacation. Did it suggest a particular resort because it knows your preferences, or because the company is getting a kickback from the hotel chain?

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The Mysteries Behind ColdIntro and ColdInvite: TL;DR edition

Jamf

Learn about the discovery of a novel threat vector on iPhone that allows attackers to circumvent security mitigations by exploiting under-protected co-processors, leveraging access to further compromise the iOS kernel.

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The AI Act – A step closer to the first law on Artificial Intelligence

Data Protection Report

On 11 May 2023, members of the European Parliament passed their compromise text of the AI Act (the AI Act ) at the committee stage, taking this law a step closer to being finalised. The compromise text ( the Parliament Draft ), which amends the Commission’s original proposal, includes quite a large number of amendments, some of which will most likely not make the final cut following the trilogue negotiations [Footnote: The Council’s (representing the governments of the EU Member States) position

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Promising Jobs at the U.S. Postal Service, ‘US Job Services’ Leaks Customer Data

Krebs on Security

A sprawling online company based in Georgia that has made tens of millions of dollars purporting to sell access to jobs at the United States Postal Service (USPS) has exposed its internal IT operations and database of nearly 900,000 customers. The leaked records indicate the network’s chief technology officer in Pakistan has been hacked for the past year, and that the entire operation was created by the principals of a Tennessee-based telemarketing firm that has promoted USPS employment we

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European Parliament Adopts EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework Resolution

Hunton Privacy

On May 11, 2023, at a plenary session, the European Parliament voted to adopt a resolution on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (the “Framework”) which calls on the European Commission (the “Commission”) to continue negotiations with its U.S. counterparts with the aim of creating a mechanism that would ensure equivalence and provide the adequate level of protection required by EU data protection law.

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How and Why Should You Be Tracking Geopolitical Risk?

Geopolitical risk is now at the top of the agenda for CEOs. But tracking it can be difficult. The world is more interconnected than ever, whether in terms of economics and supply chains or technology and communication. Geopolitically, however, it is becoming increasingly fragmented – threatening the operations, financial well-being, and security of globally connected companies.

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OpenText receives recognition from leading industry analyst firms

OpenText Information Management

Here at OpenText, we are proud of the technology we build. The investments we make and the customer-centric approach we take to our innovations are, we believe, what makes our solutions so valuable. It is always encouraging and exciting to be acknowledged by our customers and the experts in the markets we serve. This includes … The post OpenText receives recognition from leading industry analyst firms appeared first on OpenText Blogs.

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Data Breach Roundup: Attempted Extortion Attack on Dragos

Data Breach Today

Also: Twitter Hacker Pleads Guilty, Seoul National University Hospital and Sysco In this week's data breach, the spotlight was on Dragos, a guilty plea from a Twitter hacker and cryptocurrency thief and North Korean hackers. Also, Sysco, a Ukrainian border truck queuing system and an update on Western Digital. Plus, a new tool for decrypting partially encrypted files.

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Leaked EU Document Shows Spain Wants to Ban End-to-End Encryption

WIRED Threat Level

In response to an EU proposal to scan private messages for illegal material, the country's officials said it is “imperative that we have access to the data.

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Leak of Intel Boot Guard Keys Could Have Security Repercussions for Years

Dark Reading

While Intel is still investigating the incident, the security industry is bracing itself for years of potential firmware insecurity if the keys indeed were exposed.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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Phishing Domains Tanked After Meta Sued Freenom

Krebs on Security

The number of phishing websites tied to domain name registrar Freenom dropped precipitously in the months surrounding a recent lawsuit from social networking giant Meta , which alleged the free domain name provider has a long history of ignoring abuse complaints about phishing websites while monetizing traffic to those abusive domains. The volume of phishing websites registered through Freenom dropped considerably since the registrar was sued by Meta.

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CNIL Publishes Action Plan on AI

Hunton Privacy

On May 16, 2023, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) announced its action plan on artificial intelligence (the “AI Action Plan”). The AI Action Plan builds on prior work of the CNIL in the field of AI and consists of a series of activities the CNIL will undertake to support the deployment of AI systems that respect the privacy of individuals.

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Ransomware – Stop’em Before They Wreak Havoc

Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing

Ransomware – Stop’em Before They Wreak Havoc madhav Thu, 05/18/2023 - 06:03 Cybercriminals have been making a run on your data with ransomware attacks over the last decade in increasing frequency. They wreak havoc by bringing critical infrastructures, supply chains, hospitals, and city services to a grinding halt. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts by 2031 ransomware will cost victims $265 billion annually, and it will affect a business, consumer, or device every 2 seconds.

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OAuth Flaw Exposed Social Media Logins to Account Takeover

Data Breach Today

Now-Fixed Expo Framework API Vulnerability Posed Credential, Identity Theft Risks A new OAuth-related vulnerability in an open-source application development framework could expose Facebook, Google, Apple and Twitter users to account takeover, personal data leakage, identity theft, financial fraud and unauthorized actions on other online platforms, security researchers said.

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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Introducing the technology behind watsonx.ai, IBM’s AI and data platform for enterprise

IBM Big Data Hub

We stand on the frontier of an AI revolution. Over the past decade, deep learning arose from a seismic collision of data availability and sheer compute power, enabling a host of impressive AI capabilities. But we’ve faced a paradoxical challenge: automation is labor intensive. It sounds like a joke, but it’s not, as anyone who has tried to solve business problems with AI may know.

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Microsoft Azure VMs Hijacked in Cloud Cyberattack

Dark Reading

Cybercrime group that often uses smishing for initial access bypassed traditional OS targeting and evasion techniques to directly gain access to the cloud.

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Russian Hacker “Wazawaka” Indicted for Ransomware

Krebs on Security

A Russian man identified by KrebsOnSecurity in January 2022 as a prolific and vocal member of several top ransomware groups was the subject of two indictments unsealed by the Justice Department today. U.S. prosecutors say Mikhail Pavolovich Matveev , a.k.a. “ Wazawaka ” and “ Boriselcin ” worked with three different ransomware gangs that extorted hundreds of millions of dollars from companies, schools, hospitals and government agencies.

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The Underground History of Turla, Russia's Most Ingenious Hacker Group

WIRED Threat Level

From USB worms to satellite-based hacking, Russia’s FSB hackers, known as Turla, have spent 25 years distinguishing themselves as “adversary number one.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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Texas Legislature Passes Texas Data Privacy and Security Act

Hunton Privacy

On May 10, 2023, the Texas Senate passed H.B. 4 , also known as the Texas Data Privacy and Security Act (“TDPSA”). The TDPSA now heads to Texas Governor Greg Abbott for a final signature. If the TDPSA is signed into law, Texas could become the tenth state to enact comprehensive privacy legislation. The final text of the TDPSA closely follows H.B. 1844 , which we previously reported on when it was introduced in the Texas House in February.

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FTC Fines Fertility App Vendor, Bars It From Data-Sharing

Data Breach Today

Case is FTC's 2nd Enforcement of Health Data Breach Notification Rule The Federal Trade Commission has barred the developer of fertility tracking app Premom from sharing users' personal health data with third parties for advertising purposes and has fined the vendor $100,000 for alleged violations of the agency's Health Data Breach Notification Rule.

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How Generative AI Will Remake Cybersecurity

eSecurity Planet

In March, Microsoft announced its Security Copilot service. The software giant built the technology on cutting-edge generative AI – such as large language models (LLMs) – that power applications like ChatGPT. In a blog post , Microsoft boasted that the Security Copilot was the “first security product to enable defenders to move at the speed and scale of AI.

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9M Dental Patients Affected by LockBit Attack on MCNA

Dark Reading

The government-sponsored dental and oral healthcare provider warned its customers that a March attack exposed sensitive data, some of which was leaked online by the ransomware group.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Digitizing Records: Getting Started

National Archives Records Express

Digital Imaging Lab [technologies] at Archives 2–[photographed for] Prologue use. National Archives Identifier: 184340999 We continue our series of posts to support the publication of 36 CFR section 1236 subpart E – Digitizing Permanent Records , which provides the requirements for digitizing permanent records. Records management is a crucial part of any agency operation, and the rise of digital technology has led many agencies to digitize their records for improved efficiency and ac

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AI Voice-Based Scams Rise as One-Third of Victims Can’t Tell if the Voice is Real or Not

KnowBe4

As audio deepfake technology continues to go mainstream as part of the evolution in AI-based tools, new data shows there are plenty of victims and they aren’t prepared for such an attack.

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CJEU Determines that a Mere Infringement of the GDPR is not Sufficient to Require Compensation

Hunton Privacy

On May 4, 2023, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a judgment in the Österreichische Post case (C-300/21). In the decision, the CJEU clarified that a mere infringement of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is not sufficient to give data subjects the right to receive compensation under Article 82 of the GDPR. Article 82 provides that “ any person who has suffered material or non-material damage as a result of an infringement of this Regulation shall have th

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