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

Deepfake videos of Tom Cruise went viral…to boost awareness. (NBC News, Mar 05 2021)
The creator of a series of deepfake Tom Cruise videos that garnered more than 11 million views on TikTok said he never wanted to trick people.

Thousands of Mobile Apps Expose Data via Misconfigured Cloud Containers (SecurityWeek, Mar 05 2021)
Thousands of mobile applications expose user data through insecurely implemented cloud containers, according to a new report from security vendor Zimperium.

10 Google Play Apps Found Containing Banking Malware (Infosecurity Magazine, Mar 09 2021)
Malicious dropper also loaded RAT onto victim devices

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Microsoft accuses China over email cyber-attacks (BBC, Mar 06 2021)
Microsoft accuses China over email cyber-attacks  BBC News

Deepfake is the future of content creation’ (BBC News, Mar 09 2021)
At the top of the hour, regular news anchor Kim Joo-Ha started to go through the day’s headlines. It was a relatively normal list of stories for late 2020 – full of Covid-19 and pandemic response updates.

Yet this particular bulletin was far from normal, as Kim Joo-Ha wasn’t actually on the screen. Instead she had been replaced by a “deepfake” version of herself – a computer-generated copy that aims to perfectly reflect her voice, gestures and facial expressions.

Emails Show Shadow Structure Behind Encrypted Phone Network Encrochat (VICE, Mar 09 2021)
Emails obtained by Motherboard show an Encrochat co-owner conducting business via overseas companies and bank accounts.

WhatsApp may soon roll out encrypted chat backups (WeLiveSecurity, Mar 09 2021)
While chats are end-to-end encrypted, their backups are not – this may change soon