AI, IoT, & Mobile Security – The Week’s Best News – 2020.06.09

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

How to improve cybersecurity for artificial intelligence (Brookings Institution, Jun 09 2020)
In January 2017, a group of artificial intelligence researchers gathered at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in California and developed 23 principles for artificial intelligence, which was later dubbed the Asilomar AI Principles. The sixth principle states that “AI systems should be safe and secure throughout their operational lifetime, and verifiably so where applicable and feasible.”

IoT Security Is a Mess. Privacy ‘Nutrition’ Labels Could Help (Wired, Jun 09 2020)
Just like foods that display health information the package, researchers are exploring a tool that details how connected devices manage data.

Rethinking AI regulation by rethinking public procurement (World Economic Forum, Jun 09 2020)
Now, the public consultation on the European Commission’s White Paper coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic. AI could help in the response effort, as highlighted by UN Global Pulse. AI can be as accurate as human intelligence, save radiologists’ time and diagnose COVID-19 faster and cheaper than standard tests. For example, BenevolentAI, a UK startup, uncovered an already-approved drug as a potential treatment for COVID-19 in just 90 minutes.


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Since I started this curated newsletter in June 2017, I’ve clipped ~14,000 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.
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Shattering Key Misconceptions about Automated Machine Learning (eWEEK, Jun 09 2020)
AutoML tools are appealing to a broad range of users–from data scientists who prefer the increased productivity to business intelligence and data professionals, who like the capability to build models without any background in machine learning.

How Darktrace’s AI Caught Two Microsoft 365 Account Takeovers (Darktrace Blog, Jun 08 2020)
This blog outlines two cases of Microsoft 365 account takeover, detailing how Darktrace’s ability to correlate insights across SaaS applications and email activity enabled it to neutralize the threats.

Social Distancing for Healthcare’s IoT Devices (Dark Reading, Jun 03 2020)
Security pros need to double down around prevention of lateral movement by attackers, especially if IoT devices are connected to the network.

5G adoption, security and worldwide market trends (Help Net Security, Jun 03 2020)
With 5G adoption ramping up all over the world, we sat down with Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, to learn more about the current 5G landscape.

Hackers Plan to Use Stolen Cryptocurrency Exchange Data for SIM Swapping (VICE, Jun 02 2020)
Coinsquare, the impacted exchange, says a former employee stole the data.

Wallpaper that Crashes Android Phones (Schneier on Security, Jun 03 2020)
The image, a seemingly innocuous sunset (or dawn) sky above placid waters, may be viewed without harm. But if loaded as wallpaper, the phone will crash.

Google deletes Indian app that deleted Chinese apps (Naked Security – Sophos, Jun 04 2020)
Google has deleted an app from the Play Store that offered to delete Android software associated with China.

Making the Advanced Protection Program and Titan Security Keys easier to use on Apple iOS devices (Google Online Security Blog, Jun 04 2020)
“Starting today, we’re rolling out a change that enables native support for the W3C WebAuthn implementation for Google Accounts on Apple devices running iOS 13.3 and above. This capability, available for both personal and work Google Accounts, simplifies your security key experience on compatible iOS devices and allows you to use more types of security keys for your Google Account and the Advanced Protection Program.”

Malicious Android Apps Double in Q1 as Lockdown Users Are Targeted (Infosecurity Magazine, Jun 04 2020)
Upstream claims leisure apps increasingly contain premium service abusers

How secure is your phone’s lock screen? (WeLiveSecurity, Jun 05 2020)
From the humble passcode to biometric authentication, there are quite a few options to lock your Android phone. But which of them are more secure than the others?

Malware found in popular barcode apps produces ads that instantly vanish (SC Media, Jun 08 2020)
A pair of Android barcode reader apps that were downloaded more than 1 million times were found to contain ad fraud malware that tries to stay hidden by generating advertisements that instantly disappear from view.

Agencies Spending Millions on ‘Crossbow’ Spy Tech, an Upgraded Stingray (VICE, Jun 08 2020)
Motherboard found various military and federal law enforcement agencies have bought the Crossbow, which appears to target phones on 4G.

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