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US Embassy in Havana Cuba

Podcast Episode 86: Unraveling the Cuban Embassy’s Acoustic Mystery

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:12 — 48.3MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this week’s episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#86) we speak with Dr. Kevin Fu of the University of Michigan about research he conducted that casts doubts on reports of mysterious acoustic attacks on US embassy employees in Havana, Cuba. Also: Chip Block of Evolver talks about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s expanded cyber security guidance. And finally: thousands of radiologic sensors were deployed in the U.S. following the attacks of September 11 2001. We’ll look at new efforts to secure those systems from cyber attack.

WeChat

WeChat set to become China’s official electronic ID | Security Affairs

Officials in the Nansha District of Guangzhou, China plan to allow citizens to use the WeChat social networking application as a form of official identification for access government and private sector services, Security Affairs reports. 

DJI Drones - Spy Eyes in the Sky

Spy Eyes In the Sky: DHS says DJI Drones spy for Chinese Government, Industry

The Department of Homeland Security is warning that commercial drones made by the China-based firm Da Jian Innovations (DJI) may be providing “U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data” to the Chinese government and favored industries in that country, according to a copy of an August, 2017 Intelligence Bulletin (PDF) published by the website Public Intelligence. 

Information Security has a MeToo Problem

Podcast: Infosec has a #MeToo Problem also TOR-ifying Wikipedia

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:01:53 — 113.3MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this week’s Security Ledger Podcast, we talk with Genevieve Southwick, CEO of the B-Sides Las Vegas hacker conference about the information security industry’s #metoo problem and what steps conference organizers are taking to stem sexual assault and harassment at information security events. Also: researcher Alec Muffet talks with us about making a TOR version of Wikipedia (and why it’s not sticking around). Finally, Martin McKeay of Akamai talks about the state of Internet security one year after Mirai. (Spoiler alert: Mirai is still a problem.)

Furby Connect

Surveillance Under The Tree: Connected Device Audit Turns up Sensors, Security Holes

Sensors and security holes are common companions on a range of connected toys and consumer devices available to consumers this holiday season.