Week 15th May 2023 - 19th May,2023

:wave: Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of In the News. As always, we’re looking at the issues that affect us all - cybersecurity and privacy in the modern age.

We’ve selected some of the most interesting articles we’ve seen this week and hope you enjoy them. This week we cover a massive crypto theft, TSA facial recognition, a 13-year-old college graduate and more. Read on to catch up with the latest in cybersecurity. :eyes:

TSA is testing facial recognition at more airports, raising privacy concerns

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is embarking on a pilot programme testing facial recognition technology for airport screening. The goal is to improve the security process by replacing traditional identification methods. Privacy advocates are sounding the alarm, raising concerns about misuse and the mishandling of sensitive information.

Date: May 15, 2023
Source: AP News
Author: Rebecca Santana & Rick Gentilo
Tag: Data Privacy, Tech

North Korean crypto thefts target Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong

North Korean hackers are focusing their cryptocurrency theft operations on Japan, Vietnam and Hong Kong. The aim is to obtain funds for weapons programmes. Over $721 million in cryptocurrency has been stolen by the hackers. All with phishing and malware attacks, targeting exchanges and individuals. This underscores the ongoing fight against cybercrime and the need for strong security measures in the cryptocurrency industry.

Date: May 15, 2023
Source: Reuters
Author: Akinobu Iwasawa & Rei Kobayashi
Tag: Hack, Malware

New trends in ransomware attacks shape the future of cybersecurity

Ryan Bell, Threat Intelligence Manager at Corvus Insurance shares insights from researchers. Corvus Insurance looked at data from leak sites and the dark web, uncovering a 60% increase in ransomware victims in March 2023. This is the largest monthly count in over two years. Bell also shares cautionary measures.

Date: May 16, 2023
Source: HelpNet Security
Author: Ryan Bell
Tag: Ransomware, Cyber Crime

New ZIP domains spark debate among cybersecurity experts

Google recently allowed top-level domains with .zip and .move to be purchased and it’s created a debate. These TLDs could been seen as risky as .zip and .mov are commonly used as file extensions when these filetypes are shared… The change allows for threat actors to manufacture phishing scams or cause unsuspecting people to download malware. Microsoft has already fallen victim with a phishing website at microsoft-office[.]zip that is identical to the Microsoft sign-in page.

Date: May 17, 2023
Source: Bleeping Computer
Author: Lawrence Abrams
Tag: Social Engineering, Tech

Lawmakers advance cyber bills aimed at open-source, satellite vulnerabilities

Committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved cyber bills that target vulnerabilities in open-source satellite systems. The purpose of the bills is to address the potential security risks associated with the use of open source software in satellite operations.

Date: May 18, 2023
Source: The Record.
Author: Martin Matishak
Tag: Politics, Tech

In Battle Over A.I., Meta Decides to Give Away Its Crown Jewels

Meta is made their AI technology open source, hoping to address the reproducibility crisis in AI and promote collaboration. Concerns have been raised regarding data privacy and the presence of data biases in the open source datasets. As the Meta AI gains momentum, it does have the power to push the ethical AI development and collaborative AI forward.

Date: May 18, 2023
Source: The New York Times
Author: Cade Metz & Mike Isaac
Tag: Open Source, AI

Apple reportedly limits internal use of AI-powered tools like ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot

Apple has reportedly restricted the internal use of popular AI-powered tools including ChatGPT and GitHub’s Copilot. This restriction comes following concerns over privacy and potential risks of sensitive user data leaks. Apple will continue to use AI in it’s products and services, but is taking a cautious approach when utilizing third-party tools internally.

Date: May 19, 2023
Source: TechCrunch
Author: Ivan Mehta
Tag: AI, Tech

13 Y.O. Makes History With Computer Science And Cybersecurity Degrees

At age 13, Elijah Muhammed is the youngest African-American to earn a college degree in both computer science and cybersecurity. In addition, Elijah holds 10 IBM certs, a Google IT certificate and four Oklahoma City Community College degrees. His older sister, Shania, 15, graduated from college a week earlier.

Date: May 19, 2023
Source: Vibe
Author: Amber Corrine
Tag: Tech, Education

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