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

AI can protect old equipment from cyberattack (Houston Chronicle, Dec 30 2019)
“The energy vertical really faces what I would call the perfect storm,” said Leo Simonovich, global head of industrial cyber and digital security for Siemens.

“On the one hand, there’s a vast brownfield of assets that were never designed with security in mind,” he told me on the sidelines of Time Machine 2019, an artificial intelligence conference. “On the other hand, the energy vertical is undergoing a massive transformation with the introduction of renewables through digitalization and connectivity.”

2020 Predictions: Mobile Security (SC Magazine, Dec 26 2019)
2020 will be the year of 5G, bringing with it not only faster speeds and bandwidth capabilities to our mobile devices, but also making them highly coveted targets by DDoS attackers. While mobile devices have always been targeted by financial or personal data thieves, 5G’s increased bandwidth allows attackers to take control over a relatively small number of mobile handsets and unleash a tremendous amount of damage.

Popular Mideast App Pulled After Report it Was Spying Tool (SecurityWeek, Dec 24 2019)
A popular mobile application developed in the United Arab Emirates has been removed from both Apple and Google’s online marketplaces following a report it was used for widespread government spying.

Filter Out the Noise
Since I started this curated newsletter in June 2017, I’ve clipped ~12,000 articles and narrowed them down into the best 20 per day & best 15 per week. This is my favorite way to cut through all the security marketing and hype. If you’re enjoying it, tell a friend. If you hate it, tell an enemy.
Thanks! – Lucas Samaras

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How AI and Cybersecurity Will Intersect in 2020 (Dark Reading, Dec 30 2019)
Understanding the new risks and threats posed by increased use of artificial intelligence.

Top 10 Languages for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (IT Pro, Dec 29 2019)
Here are the 10 most important programming languages for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

IoT Security: How Far We’ve Come, How Far We Have to Go (Dark Reading, Dec 24 2019)
As organizations fear the proliferations of connected devices on enterprise networks, the private and public sector come together to address IoT vulnerabilities.

Employee error to blame for massive data leak, Wyze says (Ars Technica, Dec 30 2019)
Yet another cloud-based service left a big pile of data sitting around unlocked.

Two information-disclosing bugs found in Twitter Android (SC Magazine, Dec 26 2019)
In a Dec. 20 blog post, Twitter noted that it issued an app update to fix the first bug, which can be exploited via a “complicated process involving the insertion of malicious code into restricted storage areas of the Twitter app.” Successfully performing this exploit would allow a malicious actor to access information such as direct messages, protected tweets and location information. However, Twitter said there is no evidence to suggest that anyone has successfully executed such an attack.