AI, IoT, & Mobile Security – The Week’s Best News – 2018.12.25

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

Drones shut down major international airport (Naked Security – Sophos, Dec 20 2018)
A drone operator has repeatedly flown two (UAVs close to the runway, grounding flights at the airport since last night.

In Project Maven’s Wake, the Pentagon Seeks AI Tech Talent (Wired, Dec 21 2018)
The Defense Department wants to use AI in warfare. In the aftermath of Project Maven, it still needs Big Tech’s help.

Amazon Slip-Up Shows How Much Alexa Really Knows (Dark Reading, Dec 21 2018)
Amazon mistakenly sent one user’s Alexa recordings to a stranger but neglected to disclose the error.


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AI Yields Security Benefits, Not Without Problems (Infosecurity Magazine, Dec 19 2018)
AI holds great promise, if organizations can work through its challenges.

Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity is Not Delivering on its Promise (SecurityWeek, Dec 19 2018)
The Cybersecurity Industry Doesn’t Have Artificial Intelligence Right Yet, But it is Promising Technology

The benefits and limitations of AI in cybersecurity (Help Net Security, Dec 20 2018)
Today’s AI cannot replace humans in cybersecurity but shows promise for driving efficiency and addressing talent shortage.

Hacker Talks to Arizona Man Directly Through His IoT Security Camera (Motherboard, Dec 17 2018)
The man identified himself as a “white hat hacker” and part of the “Anonymous Calgary Mindhive.”

Most home routers lack simple Linux OS hardening security (Naked Security – Sophos, Dec 20 2018)
A new assessment of 28 popular models for home users failed to find a single one with firmware that had fully enabled underlying security hardening features offered by Linux.

Global Smartphone Shipments Will Rebound in 2019 (eWEEK, Dec 20 2018)
After a 3 percent smartphone shipment decline in 2018, the industry is expected to turn a corner and improve in 2019, says the latest IDC report.

Apple spams users with unwanted ‘Carpool Karaoke’ push notifications (Naked Security – Sophos, Dec 21 2018)
It’s U2 déjà vu: Apple’s yet again shoving stuff at users without their say-so. This time, it’s via the TV app, to some iOS users.

Phone repair shop employees accused of stealing nude photos (Naked Security – Sophos, Dec 20 2018)
Roy stated that he was never given permission to search any customer’s electronic devices and there was no reason for him to do this. When asked if he would ask for a customer’s computer/cellphone password for cases where just a broken screen needed to be fixed, Roy stated they typically wouldn’t ask unless the customer was pretty.

Android 9 Brings Significant Security Advancements, Google Says (SecurityWeek, Dec 21 2018)
The latest Android iteration brings along a great deal of security improvements, including better encryption and authentication, Google says. 

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