Opinion

A visual representation of the sites supporting "counter narratives" and other conspiracy theories online. (Image courtesy of University of Washington.)

Podcast: Facebook Makes a Stand. But can Fake News be stopped?

In-brief: Facebook on Thursday unveiled a new initiative to stamp out disinformation and ‘fake news,’ but University of Washington researcher Kate Starbird, who is studying online ‘counter narratives’ says that conspiracy theories and ‘truthers’ may be here to stay. 

Companies should make life harder for cyber criminals by ceasing the use of valuable, "static" data to authenticate consumers. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

Opinion: Disrupt Fraud by Devaluing Data

In-brief: companies that want to make life difficult for cyber criminals can start by moving valuable data off the front lines and finding ways to use less valuable information to verify the identity of their customers, writes Keir Breitenfeld, who works for Experian’s Fraud & Identity Solutions group.

Will hack for beer? Cisco's Talos security group rigged up a Kegerator with a WiFi hotspot and other controls, allowing an enterprising hacker who could break into the device to poor him or herself a beer. (Image courtesy of Marc Blackmer.)

At Industrial Control Security Con: Will hack IoT for Beer

In-brief: Cisco’s Marc Blackmer reports from the S4 Conference in Miami – one of the top gatherings of industrial control system security experts. Among the attractions this year: Justine Bone of the firm Medsec, the psychology of malicious insiders and a hackable “kegerator.”

Opinion: Confusion over Vermont Utility Underscores Risks of Cyber Attribution

Opinion: Confusion over Vermont Utility Underscores Risks of Cyber Attribution

In-brief: errant reports about a Russian government hack of a Vermont utility are the first byproduct of a flawed report on Russian hacking of U.S. interests. They won’t be the last. 

Blockchain, which was developed as a way to provide assurance for Bitcoin transactions has applications on the Internet of Things. But first there are some technical hurdles to clear.

Analysis: Three Things May Limit Blockchain Use on the Internet of Things

In-brief: Blockchain technology will have to clear a number of hurdles before it will be ready to serve as a core infrastructure for the Internet of Things, the author explains.