CIS in the news.

  • Who Is Marcus Hutchins?: Security Researcher Community Worried?

    Date published: 
    August 4, 2017

    "Dr. Richard Forno, director of Graduate Cybersecurity Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, offered a similar response, telling IBT bonafide white hat security researchers “have no business developing and then selling malware on dark web sites—let alone launching or managing a malware outbreak” as the indictment against Hutchins alleges.  

  • New VPN Ban in Russia Latest Step in Increasing Cyber Risk for US Companies

    Date published: 
    August 3, 2017

    "Moreover, Scott Shackelford, cybersecurity program chair at Indiana University, said the case in part “illustrates the difficulty of shutting down botnets (given how easy it is to set up new command and control servers), along with the trouble of protecting trademarks online. At a higher level, it helps highlight the difficulty of exercising jurisdiction in an interconnected world.”"

  • Senate Crackdown on Online Sex Trafficking Hits Opposition

    Date published: 
    August 2, 2017

    "For Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland, the bill’s language — in particular phrases like “assist, support or facilitate sex trafficking” and “conduct violates federal criminal law” — are too vague in defining what constitutes facilitation and violation. While she supports modest change to the statute, she said she would rather see the courts re-evaluate their interpretation of the law’s specific language."

  • Cybersecurity for the travelling scientist

    Date published: 
    August 2, 2017

    "It can be tempting to try to hide information or use technological tricks such as 'duress passwords' that, if used instead of the genuine one, unlock the device but keep a portion of the data hidden and encrypted. But Jennifer Granick, who studies cybersecurity law at Stanford University in California, warns against such strategies. “You don't want to lie to a government agent. That can be a crime.” And border guards are not likely to be sympathetic to the argument that a researcher has a legal duty to prevent anyone from seeing confidential data.

  • A white man called her kids the n-word. Facebook stopped her from sharing it.

    Date published: 
    July 31, 2017

    "The coalition has gathered 570,000 signatures urging Facebook to acknowledge discriminatory censorship exists on its platform, that it harbors white supremacist pages even though it says it forbids hate speech in all forms, and that black and Muslim communities are especially in danger because the hate ­directed against them translates into violence in the streets, said Malkia Cyril, a Black Lives Matter activist in Oakland, Calif., who was part of a group that first met with Facebook about their concerns in 2014."

  • That R. Kelly ‘cult’ story almost never ran. Thank Hulk Hogan for that.

    Date published: 
    July 30, 2017

    "There’s a lot of uncertainty and fear out there, post-Gawker, said Nabiha Syed, BuzzFeed’s assistant general counsel, who vetted the story before publication.

    “The answer to uncertainty in the environment is certainty in our mission,” she said. And in making sure that a story is accurate, that it can be backed up and that it serves a purpose."

  • How an online wedding registry in my name appeared out of thin air

    Date published: 
    July 29, 2017

    "Arvind Narayanan, a computer science professor at Princeton University and an expert on internet privacy, correctly captured my angst when he told me that privacy “is not so much secrecy, but the ability to control how we present ourselves in the world.”

    The whole thing is creepy, but it also serves as a stark reminder that our personal information is floating around the ether for companies to use. “There are a million different ways in which different aspects of your activities are observed and put into databases,” Narayanan said."

  • ‘Textalyzer’ May Bust Distracted Drivers — But at What Cost to Privacy?

    Date published: 
    July 28, 2017

    ""We can't give the government the power to peer into everybody's digital lives indiscriminately, because that might create a bigger problem than the one we're trying to solve in the first place," said Neil Richards, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis who's an expert in privacy and civil liberties. "The way to do it is if the police suspect a case of distracting driving, they go and they get a warrant and they compel the records from the service provider.""

  • To thwart the trolls, social-media sites should require users' real names

    Date published: 
    July 28, 2017

    "“Trolling is a terrible problem,” acknowledged Ryan Calo, an assistant law professor at the University of Washington who specializes in technology issues. “Are companies doing enough? I don’t think they are.”

    He quickly added, however, that “we shouldn’t live in a world where if you don’t show utmost civility, you get erased from the Internet.”"

  • How Norway's $25 million 'Tesla of the Seas' aims to take autonomous shipping off-road

    Date published: 
    July 25, 2017

    "Bryant Walker Smith, an expert in legal aspects of autonomous driving, also commented on the cost of the ships. "So much of modern consumerism depends on the ability to move things vast distances at surprisingly low economic cost," Smith said.

    Still, Smith told TechRepublic that there's "cumulatively, a high environmental cost and mixed social impacts." As a result, he said, "automated and solar-powered shipping could therefore have profound economic, environmental, and even social implications.""

  • Congress Is Considering Letting 100,000 Self-Driving Cars Hit the Road

    Date published: 
    July 20, 2017

    "These new robo-cars won’t have to meet existing safety standards for manned automobiles, but manufacturers will have to petition the National Highway Safety and Transportation Bureau, a federal agency tasked with reducing vehicle-related crashes, for an exemption, explained Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor and self-driving car expert at Stanford University. That means that automakers will need to make a clear case that their self-driving technology is safe enough to drive alongside cars with humans at the wheel."