A Review of the Best News of the Week on AI, IoT, & Mobile Security

Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce (McKinsey & Company, May 29 2018)
Demand for technological, social and emotional, and higher cognitive skills will rise by 2030. How will workers and organizations adapt?

Google in court over ‘clandestine tracking’ of 4.4m iPhone users (Naked Security – Sophos, May 23 2018)
The search giant could be looking at a giant fine of up to $4.3b.

Low-Cost Android Devices Found Secretly Installing Adware (PCMag, May 25 2018)
Avast found the ‘Cosiloon’ threat on over 140 different Android models, most of them tablets from lesser-known vendors.

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Microsoft is creating an oracle for catching biased AI algorithms (MIT Technology Review, May 29 2018)
As more people use artificial intelligence, they will need tools that detect unfairness in the underlying algorithms.

FBI: Kindly Reboot Your Router Now, Please (Krebs on Security, May 28 2018)
To help arrest the spread of the malware, the FBI and security firms are urging home Internet users to reboot routers and network-attached storage devices made by a range of technology manufacturers.

Good News, Humans: AI Still Needs Us (for Now) (PCMag, May 23 2018)
Companies developing AI and machine learning systems need to acknowledge that they’re not infallible and remain ‘teachable’ via human intervention.

JASK Applies AI to Security Incident Analysis, Management (eWEEK, May 24 2018)
A new autonomous security operations center platform from JASK promises to make the workload of security analysts more effective and less overwhelming than what’s been done in the past.

New York Times: Using AI to host better conversations (Google, May 29 2018)
When commentary on The New York Times website became too much for human moderators to handle, they turned to machine learning to help.

100 Million IoT Devices Possibly Exposed to Z-Wave Attack (SecurityWeek, May 24 2018)
Researchers have demonstrated that the Z-Wave wireless communications protocol, which is used by more than 100 million Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, is vulnerable to security downgrade attacks.

High-level vulnerabilities discovered in 84% of Android shopping apps (Help Net Security, May 23 2018)
More than 84% of the shopping apps have three or more high-level security vulnerabilities, according to a security assessment by Appknox and Seworks.

iOS 12 to Allow iPhones to Unlock Doors Via NFC (Mac Rumors, May 29 2018)
Apple is expected to expand the NFC capabilities of its iPhones beyond mobile payments, allowing users to securely unlock doors equipped with the technology, according to The Information.

Researchers find abundance of legitimate apps used to stalk intimate partners (SC Magazine, May 22 2018)
Researchers from various universities conducted what was described as the first large-scale study of apps used by stalkers to track their intimate partners.

FBI Admits Overestimating Number of Encrypted Phones it Cannot Access (Infosecurity Magazine, May 23 2018)
Admission damages arguments for encryption backdoors

Russian Police Arrest Man Involved in Android Banking Trojan Scheme (SecurityWeek, May 25 2018)
Law enforcement authorities in Russia have arrested an unnamed 32-year-old man who is believed to be part of a cybercrime ring that made up to $8,000 per day using Android banking Trojans.

Are your Android apps sending unencrypted data? (Naked Security – Sophos, May 29 2018)
This simple setup will help you discover if you’ve got leaky apps.