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Your car's computers might soon get malware protection


Modern cars contain tens of specialized computers that control everything from infotainment functions to steering and brakes. The pressing need to protect these computers from hackers will likely open up a new market for car-related software security products. Karamba Security, a start-up based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is one of the companies that has stepped up to answer this demand. The company's anti-malware technology, unveiled Thursday, is designed to protect externally accessible electronic control units (ECUs) found in connected cars. These controllers, like those that handle handle telematics, infotainment and on-board diagnostics, can be accessed via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or even the Internet, so they can serve as entry points for hackers into a car's network.

PayPal receives patent for ransomware detection technology


The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted this week a patent to online payments company PayPal for a technique for detecting and stopping ransomware attacks. According to US patent number 10262138, issued on April 16, PayPal believes it can detect the early stages of a ransomware infection, and take one of two actions --to stop the encryption process, or to save a copy of the untainted original file to a remote server, before it gets encrypted, as a backup, so it can be restored later on. At the patent's heart is the technique through which PayPal claims it can detect the onset of a ransomware infection. PayPal says that its system will watch for when local files are loaded inside a computer's memory cache system, the place all files are loaded when an application needs to execute an operation. PayPal's system will look for a certain action pattern --when the file is duplicated, and high-entropy (encryption) operations are performed on the duplicate.

DML Early Whitelist Program Update -- 19 February 2018


Since our announcement of DML Early Whitelist Program, there has been great numbers of incoming applications keep coming in everyday, and DML Community has grown from below 1,000 members to now over 7,000 members.



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Japan and South Korea trade officials to discuss export controls next month

The Japan Times

Senior trade officials from Japan and South Korea will meet next month to discuss Tokyo's tightened controls on tech-related exports, trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said Friday. The director general-level meeting, set to take place during the third week of December in Tokyo, will be the first in 3½ and the first since Japan took the measures in July. Preparatory talks will be held next Wednesday in Vienna, Austria, Kajiyama told a news conference, adding that working-level officials also met on Thursday. Japan revoked South Korea's preferential status as a destination for three materials used in the production of semiconductors and display panels in early July. The following month, Tokyo removed Seoul from a whitelist of trusted trade partners.