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

China Is What Orwell Feared (The Atlantic, Jul 29 2020)
Xi Jinping is using artificial intelligence to enhance his government’s totalitarian control—and he’s exporting this technology to regimes around the globe.

BlackBerry Phone Cracked (Schneier on Security, Aug 03 2020)
“Australia is reporting that a BlackBerry device has been cracked after five years:

An encrypted BlackBerry device that was cracked five years after it was first seized by police is poised to be the key piece of evidence in one of the state’s longest-running drug importation investigations.

In April, new technology “capabilities” allowed authorities to probe the encrypted device….”

How One Company Collected Browsing Data Via Android Apps (VICE, Jul 31 2020)
“Not even Facebook” has this granularity of data, one employee of Ogury said in an email obtained by Motherboard.

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What’s this? A bipartisan plan for AI and national security (Ars Technica, Aug 01 2020)
More Pentagon spending, a Cold War-style “hotline,” and a curb on chip exports to China.

How AI can alleviate data lifecycle risks and challenges (Help Net Security, Aug 03 2020)
Let’s explore several of the most common data lifecycle challenges and risks businesses are facing today and how to overcome them..

Technical Challenges of IoT Cybersecurity in a Post-COVID-19 World (Dark Reading, Jul 29 2020)
Effective management of vulnerabilities can be done only when information about supply chain dependencies is accurate and recent.

IoT data management services to reach $42.9 billion by 2026 (Help Net Security, Aug 02 2020)
The emergence of stream processing and analytics solutions provided the impetus for data-enabled decision making and insights for enterprises.

Google’s secret home security superpower: Your smart speaker with its always-on mics (Protocol, Aug 03 2020)
Google speakers are listening to more than just voice commands. Using them for home security could supercharge Google’s $450 million ADT deal.

Securing IoT as a Remote Workforce Strategy (Dark Reading, Aug 04 2020)
Digital transformation with Internet of Things devices offers organizations a way forward in the era of COVID-19. Optimizing this approach for the future will need to start with security.

Microsoft in Talks to Buy TikTok in the US (Infosecurity Magazine, Aug 03 2020)
Redmond giant steps in with plan to tackle security concerns

Trump administration gives TikTok 45 days to sell to Microsoft or leave US (Ars Technica, Aug 03 2020)
Short-form video platform beloved by teens seen as a national security threat.

India Bans 47 More Chinese Mobile Apps (SecurityWeek, Jul 29 2020)
India has banned 47 more Chinese apps just weeks after blocking the highly popular video-sharing platform TikTok and 58 others over national security and privacy concerns, an information ministry official and media reports said Monday.

US Warns of ‘Consequences’ If Brazil Picks Huawei 5G (SecurityWeek, Jul 30 2020)
The US ambassador in Brasilia warned of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Chinese telecoms company Huawei to develop its 5G network, in an interview published Wednesday.

Many Second Hand Phones Are Sold with Security Vulnerabilities (Infosecurity Magazine, Jul 31 2020)
Which? finds 31% of used phones sold by one retailer are not supported by security updates

UK Gov-Funded Projects Aim to Put Britain at Forefront of 5G Tech (Infosecurity Magazine, Jul 30 2020)
Britain’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is funding a new wave of projects aimed at putting the UK at the forefront of 5G technology.