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

#RSAC: Bruce Schneier Warns of the Coming AI Hackers (Infosecurity Magazine, May 17 2021)
AI hacking has the potential to reshape the cybersecurity landscape for good or for evil, Schneier warns in a grim RSA Conference keynote

Hackers Are Having a Field Day With AirTags (VICE, May 13 2021)
Just two weeks after their release, several hackers and security researchers are tearing Apple’s AirTags apart and finding some issues with them.

Researchers Unearth 167 Fake iOS & Android Trading Apps (Dark Reading, May 12 2021)
The apps are disguised as financial trading, banking, and cryptocurrency apps from well-known and trusted organizations.

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How AI defends critical infrastructure from ransomware (Darktrace Blog, May 13 2021)
In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack, this blog discusses the many threats facing critical infrastructure, and how Cyber AI disrupted a similar ‘double extortion’ ransomware attack against an electrical utilities supplier.

When AI Becomes the Hacker (Dark Reading, May 13 2021)
Bruce Schneier explores the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) systems gone rogue in society.

Apple AirTag hacked again – free internet with no mobile data plan! (Naked Security – Sophos, May 14 2021)
More phun with Apple AirTags! Free internet, no data plan required… but it’s s-l-o-o-o-w.

Researchers Create Covert Channel Over Apple AirTag Network (Dark Reading, May 18 2021)
Small amounts of data could be sent from nearly anywhere using Apple’s “Find My” network, hidden in the large volume of traffic as AirTags become widely used, two researchers say.

1 million risky apps rejected or removed from Apple’s App Store in 2020 (WeLiveSecurity, May 12 2021)
Apple also claims to have foiled US$1.5 billion worth of potentially fraudulent transactions