The CyberWire · daily podcast · 8.12.16


In today's podcast we learn that the US Intelligence Community discovered the DNC hack sometime last year--much earlier than its public disclosure this Spring. We hear about threats to critical infrastructure, and we follow developments in the cyber criminal markets--ransomware's getting mighty picky, if you ask us. We hear about ISIS's appeal to disaffected petty criminals. The Olympics see both cybercrime and patriotic hacktivism. And, of course, we hear more about how Pokémon-GO is driving security people quite nuts.

Artificial intelligence won't save the internet from porn


"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that." In 1964, the Supreme Court overturned an obscenity conviction against Nico Jacobellis, a Cleveland theater manager accused of distributing obscene material. The film in question was Louis Malle's "The Lovers," starring Jeanne Moreau as a French housewife who, bored with her media-mogul husband and her polo-playing sidepiece, packs up and leaves after a hot night with a younger man. And by "hot," I mean a lot of artful blocking, heavy breathing and one fleeting nipple -- basically, nothing you can't see on cable TV.

Russia's biggest search engine beats Google in antitrust case


Google has settled its long-running court battle with the Russian search engine Yandex. The Moscow-based company had accused the search giant's parent, Alphabet, of undermining competition by forcing phone makers to preinstall a set bundle of Google apps on Android. SEE ALSO: So much for Equal Pay Day: Google accused of'very significant' pay discrimination Russian antitrust regulators also fined the company $7.8 million. While Google never outright required manufacturers to pre-load its apps, its previous rules made it so that companies producing Android-powered phones had to either install all of Google's core apps -- Gmail, a browser with Google default search, and, most importantly, the Google Play app store -- or none at all. That effectively meant that customers couldn't download apps unless device makers acquiesced (with the exception of the rare companies with their own app store, like Amazon).

Get ready for more data privacy regulations


Companies in industries such as financial services and healthcare have long had to comply with regulations calling for stronger data privacy. Today, it seems like businesses in every sector are facing more stringent rules about data protection -- and enterprises should expect to see even more regulations on the horizon. "No one knows what the next law will be or whether it will be a state, federal or even global one, but it seems inevitable that new regulations are coming," said Jason Rader, national practice director for security in the Cloud and Data Center Transformation division of insight, an IT service provider. In response to privacy concerns sparked by Facebook's and Google's handling of user data, leading technology companies last year called on the US federal government to pass a national data privacy law similar to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Rader noted. And in February 2019, the US Government Accountability Office issued a similar recommendation.

AlphaBay shut down by the Justice Department

Daily Mail

The biggest ever online black market - ten times the size of the notorious Silk Road - has been shut down. AlphaBay, an internet marketplace with 200,000 members and 40,000 vendors selling drugs, counterfeit goods, weapons, hacking tools and other illicit items, has been taken offline by the Justice Department. The dark web site was created by Canadian national Alexandre Cazes, a computer expert, who had been living in luxury in Thailand for the past eight years with three homes and four high end sports cars. The 26-year-old was arrested in Bangkok on July 5 and was due to be extradited to the US, where he faced drug trafficking and money laundering charges, but was found dead in his cell just a week later. Thai authorities say Cazed hung himself.