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Researchers Are Proposing a New Way To Generate Street Addresses by Extracting Roads From Satellite Images

Slashdot - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 06:15
An estimated 4 billion people in the world lack a physical address. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab and Facebook are now proposing a new way to address the unaddressed: with machine learning. From a report: The team first trained a deep-learning algorithm to extract the road pixels from satellite images. Another algorithm connected the pixels together into a road network. The system analyzed the density and shape of the roads to segment the network into different communities, and the densest cluster was labeled as the city center. The regions around the city center were divided into north, south, east, and west quadrants, and streets were numbered and lettered according to their orientation and distance from the center. When they compared their final results with a random sample of unmapped regions whose streets had been labeled manually, their approach successfully addressed more than 80% of the populated areas, improving coverage compared with Google Maps or OpenStreetMaps. This isn't the only way to automate the creation of addresses. The organization what3words generates a unique three-word combination for every 3-by-3-meter square on a global grid. The scheme has already been adopted in regions of South Africa, Turkey, and Mongolia by national package delivery services, local hospitals, and regional security teams. But Ilke Demir, a researcher at Facebook and one of the creators of the new system, says its main advantage is that it follows existing road topology and helps residents understand how two addresses relate to one another.

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Trump Admin Takes First Steps To Overhaul H-1B Visa That Tech Companies Use To Hire Internationally

Slashdot - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 05:37
President Donald Trump's immigration authorities are moving to enact broad changes to a visa that allows American companies to bring international workers to the country. From a report: On Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security released a proposed rule that takes the first steps toward overhauling the H-1B visa. The new rule would prioritize applications for workers with advanced degrees from American universities. The policy would also change the application process companies go through when they want to secure H-1B visas for foreign talent. Instead of completing a petition for the new employee, companies would register for free online to enter what's been described as the "H-1B lottery." Immigration law caps the number of regular H-1B visas that can be awarded each year at 65,000. An additional 20,000 may be awarded to workers with master's degrees and PhDs. Under the new system, USCIS would review all applications, including those for workers with advanced degrees, during a registration period before the actual petitions are filed.

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Intel Publishes Its First Modern Windows Driver for PCs

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 23:30
Intel has published its first Modern Windows Driver for several of its modern integrated GPUs, representing a new way for graphics drivers to be pushed to your PC -- and something to keep an eye on until the new driver infrastructure settles in. From a report: Modern Windows Drivers, also known as Universal Windows Drivers, are a new feature of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update that takes advantage of the UWP infrastructure within Windows 10. As Microsoft explains it, a Modern Windows Driver is a "single driver package that runs across multiple different device types, from embedded systems to tablets and desktop PCs." The first Intel driver to take advantage of this is labeled UWD 25.20.100.6444. Microsoft doesn't intend for you to do anything different to obtain the new Modern drivers. If you own a prebuilt PC, the PC maker will continue to be the first place you should check for updated drivers, according to an Intel FAQ. That's because the universal driver includes a base driver, plus optional component packages and an optional hardware support app. The latter two are written by the system builder or OEM, while the former is written by the GPU maker itself.

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Marriott Says 500 million Starwood Guest Records Stolen in Massive Data Breach

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 22:50
An anonymous reader writes: Starwood Hotels has confirmed its hotel guest database of about 500 million customers has been stolen in a data breach. The hotel and resorts giant said in a statement filed with U.S. regulators that the "unauthorized access" to its guest database was detected on or before September 10 -- but may have dated back as far as 2014. "Marriott learned during the investigation that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014," said the statement. "Marriott recently discovered that an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information, and took steps towards removing it." Specific details of the breach remain unknown. We've contacted Starwood for more and will update when we hear back. The company said hat it obtained and decrypted the database on November 19 and "determined that the contents were from the Starwood guest reservation database." Some 327 million records contained a guest's name, postal address, phone number, date of birth, gender, email address, passport number, Starwood's rewards information (including points and balance), arrival and departure information, reservation date, and their communication preferences.

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In China, Your Car Could Be Talking To the Government

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 22:10
schwit1 shares a report: More than 200 manufacturers, including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi and U.S.-listed electric vehicle start-up NIO, transmit position information and dozens of other data points to government-backed monitoring centers, The Associated Press has found. Generally, it happens without car owners' knowledge. The automakers say they are merely complying with local laws, which apply only to alternative energy vehicles. Chinese officials say the data is used for analytics to improve public safety, facilitate industrial development and infrastructure planning, and to prevent fraud in subsidy programs. But other countries that are major markets for electronic vehicles -- the United States, Japan, across Europe -- do not collect this kind of real-time data. And critics say the information collected in China is beyond what is needed to meet the country's stated goals. It could be used not only to undermine foreign carmakers' competitive position, but also for surveillance -- particularly in China, where there are few protections on personal privacy. Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, China has unleashed a war on dissent, marshalling big data and artificial intelligence to create a more perfect kind of policing, capable of predicting and eliminating perceived threats to the stability of the ruling Communist Party.

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After Microsoft Complaints, Indian Police Arrest Tech Support Scammers At 26 Call Centers

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: New Delhi police have arrested 63 suspects in the last two months working and operating 26 call centers that were engaging in tech support scams, posing as tech support staff at Microsoft, Google, Apple, and other major tech companies. The raids on Delhi-based call centers have taken place over the last two months, Microsoft said. Police first raided 10 call centers and arrested 24 people in October, and then raided 16 other call centers and made 39 more arrests this week. Microsoft said its staff received over 7,000 victim reports associated with the 16 call centers raided this week, from over 15 countries. Users reported paying between $100 and $500 for unnecessary tech support services and products. The raids resulted in the seizure of substantial evidence including call scripts, live chats, voice call recordings and customer records from tech support fraud operations, Microsoft said. The Delhi police's crackdown on tech support call centers came after Microsoft filed legal complaints earlier this year. Microsoft has been collecting customer complaints about tech support scams since 2014, via its "Report a technical support scam" portal.

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Japan Has Restarted Five Nuclear Power Reactors In 2018

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 18:00
With Shikoku Electric Power Company's 890 megawatt (MW) Ikata-3 reactor, Japan has restarted a total of five nuclear reactors in 2018. "Japan had suspended its nuclear fleet in 2013 for mandatory safety checks and upgrades following the 2011 Fukushima accident, and before 2018 only four reactors had been restarted," reports OilVoice. From the report: Following the Fukushima accident, as each Japanese nuclear reactor entered its scheduled maintenance and refueling outage, it was not returned to operation. Between September 2013 and August 2015, Japan's entire reactor fleet was suspended from operation, leaving the country with no nuclear generation. Sendai Units 1 and 2, in Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture, were the first reactors to be restarted in August and October 2015, respectively. The restart of Japan's nuclear power plants requires the approval of both Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) and the central government, as well as consent from the governments of local prefectures. In July 2013, the NRA issued more stringent safety regulations to address issues dealing with tsunamis and seismic events, complete loss of station power, and emergency preparedness. As part of Japan's long-term energy policy, issued in April 2014, the central government called for the nuclear share of total electricity generation to reach 20%-22% by 2030, which would require 25 to 30 reactors to be in operation by then. In 2017, four operating nuclear reactors provided 3% of Japan's total electricity generation.

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NASA Is Outsourcing Its Next Moon Lander To a Private Company

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:00
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The Press Herald reports: The goal is to get small science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible. The first flight could be next year; 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing. "We're going at high speed," said Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA's science mission directorate, which will lead the effort. NASA officials said the research will help get astronauts back to the moon more quickly and keep them safer once they're there. The initial deliveries likely will include radiation monitors, as well as laser reflectors for gravity and other types of measurements, Zurbuchen said. Bridenstine said it will be up to the companies to arrange their own rocket rides. NASA will be one of multiple customers using these lunar services.

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Google Shut Out Privacy, Security Teams From Secret China Project

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept about Google's secretive plans to build a censor version of its search engine for China: The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a search engine for China that would censor broad categories of information about human rights, democracy, and peaceful protest. Yonatan Zunger, then a 14-year veteran of Google and one of the leading engineers at the company, was among a small group who had been asked to work on Dragonfly. He was present at some of the early meetings and said he pointed out to executives managing the project that Chinese people could be at risk of interrogation or detention if they were found to have used Google to seek out information banned by the government. Scott Beaumont, Google's head of operations in China and one of the key architects of Dragonfly, did not view Zunger's concerns as significant enough to merit a change of course, according to four people who worked on the project. Beaumont and other executives then shut out members of the company's security and privacy team from key meetings about the search engine, the four people said, and tried to sideline a privacy review of the plan that sought to address potential human rights abuses. Google's leadership considered Dragonfly so sensitive that they would often communicate only verbally about it and would not take written notes during high-level meetings to reduce the paper trail, two sources said. Only a few hundred of Google's 88,000 workforce were briefed about the censorship plan. Some engineers and other staff who were informed about the project were told that they risked losing their jobs if they dared to discuss it with colleagues who were themselves not working on Dragonfly.

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Protecting Against Identity Theft

US-CERT - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:12
Original release date: November 29, 2018 | Last revised: December 04, 2018

As the holidays draw near, many consumers turn to the internet to shop for goods and services. Although online shopping can offer convenience and save time, shoppers should be cautious online and protect personal information against identity theft. Identity thieves steal personal information, such as a credit card, and run up bills in the victim’s name.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages consumers to review the following tips to help reduce the risk of falling prey to identity theft:

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US Life Expectancy Falls Further

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:10
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday released data that shows life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, to 78.6 years (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), pushed down by the sharpest annual increase in suicide in nearly a decade and a continued rise in deaths from opioid drugs. "Influenza, pneumonia and diabetes also factored into last year's increase," The Wall Street Journal adds. From the report: Economists and public-health experts consider life expectancy to be an important measure of a nation's prosperity. The 2017 data paint a dark picture of health and well-being in the U.S., reflecting the effects of addiction and despair, particularly among young and middle-aged adults, as well as diseases plaguing an aging population and people with lower access to health care. The U.S. has lost three-tenths of a year in life expectancy since 2014, a stunning reversal for a developed nation, and lags far behind other wealthy nations. Life expectancy is 84.1 years in Japan and 83.7 years in Switzerland, first and second in the most-recent ranking by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The U.S. ranks 29th. White men and women fared the worst, along with black men, all of whom experienced increases in death rates. Death rates rose in particular for adults ages 25 to 44, and suicide rates are highest among people in the nation's most rural areas. On the other hand, deaths declined for black and Hispanic women, and remained the same for Hispanic men. As drug and suicide mortality has risen, deaths from heart disease, the nation's leading killer, went down only slightly, failing to offset the increases in mortality from other causes and prolonging another worrisome trend.

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Floyd Mayweather, DJ Khaled Charged For Illegally Touting Crypto Offerings

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:30
The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging DJ Khaled and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr for failing to disclose that they were paid promotional fees to tout fraudulent initial coin offerings. The Verge reports: According to the SEC, this is the first time that individuals have faced charges involving ICOs. The Commission is accusing Mayweather of failing to disclose a $100,000 promotional payment and DJ Khaled with a $50,000 one. Both celebrities received these promotional fees from Centra Tech, Inc. earlier this year. Neither Mayweather nor Khaled have admitted to or denied the Commission's findings, but both have agreed to pay back what they had received to promote the ICO and are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional penalties each. "These cases highlight the importance of full disclosure to investors," said SEC Enforcement Division co-director Stephanie Avakian. "With no disclosure about the payments, Mayweather and Khaled's ICO promotions may have appeared to be unbiased, rather than paid endorsements."

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AR18-337D: MAR-10164494.r1.v1 – SamSam4

US-CERT - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:00
Original release date: November 29, 2018 | Last revised: December 03, 2018
Description Notification

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SummaryDescription

Three artifacts were submitted for analysis.

For a downloadable copy of IOCs, see:

MAR-10164494.r1.v1.stix

Submitted Files (3)

738c95f5bfe63a530b200a0d73f363d46c5671c1fcbb69c217e15a3516501a86 (mswinupdate.exe)

9b23bfc35b18ed80104c496b2aa722b3e56ff9ceb9dae60d1aff7230321c1d12 (ClassLibrary1.dll)

bbd4102fe25e73c0815d0c020d60d47dbbfbe79ef1e490e7b4f97640dd932b58 (g04inst.bat)

Findings9b23bfc35b18ed80104c496b2aa722b3e56ff9ceb9dae60d1aff7230321c1d12Tags

downloaderransomwaretrojan

DetailsNameClassLibrary1.dllSize5120 bytesTypePE32 executable (DLL) (console) Intel 80386 Mono/.Net assembly, for MS WindowsMD576bd79f774ae892fd6a30b6463050a91SHA14d7a60bd1fb3677a553f26d95430c107c8485129SHA2569b23bfc35b18ed80104c496b2aa722b3e56ff9ceb9dae60d1aff7230321c1d12SHA51267e0046db0b565a1ac1862bbd536016c3ea984f8fceadaa31b4c99e7a8b434b170d5badbb10c2c25e264b17bbf2f97576f252e7ef74279b3b845b1553cef9829ssdeep48:6DhamfhRd4tvDo4Xbgj/aarU3LT88VMM8UX8i02+KfANbU7gjBRd1trWO8lGO+3L:m+5DoAbgfU88Spi0oANbsgjMPYp3XIIEntropy4.004964AntivirusAhnlabTrojan/Win32.BlackAntiyTrojan/Win32.AGenericBitDefenderTrojan.GenericKD.30369417ClamAVWin.Trojan.Agent-6538241-0CyrenW32/Trojan.URRI-3517ESETa variant of MSIL/Runner.N trojanEmsisoftTrojan.GenericKD.30369417 (B)IkarusRansom.MSIL.SamasK7Riskware ( 0040eff71 )McAfeeRansomware-GJY!76BD79F774AEMicrosoft Security EssentialsRansom:MSIL/Samas.DNANOAVTrojan.Win32.Runner.ffvfblSophosTroj/Samas-FSymantecTrojan.Gen.2Systweaktrojan.downloaderTrendMicroTROJ_STUBDCRYP.ATrendMicro House CallTROJ_STUBDCRYP.AYara Rules

No matches found.

ssdeep Matches

No matches found.

PE MetadataCompile Date2018-01-28 06:09:15-05:00Import Hashdae02f32a21e03ce65412f6e56942daaFile DescriptionClassLibrary1Internal NameClassLibrary1.dllLegal CopyrightCopyright © 2018Original FilenameClassLibrary1.dllProduct NameClassLibrary1Product Version1.0.0.0PE SectionsMD5NameRaw SizeEntropy34943f18fd2a99cc3f5cabe43b4765f8header5122.54792006219fe6e30e15dce12688ca2b434890.text30724.85667011b58fc9ac45168b871cc50399b7c86c.rsrc10242.888335ec45a535f38fb6dc4ac4ed7cbf63b754.reloc5120.081539Description

This file is a .NET Class Library module designed to decrypt the encrypted data file with a ".stubbin” extension using a Rijndael encryption algorithm.

Displayed below is the encryption key and the initialization vector used for decryption.

--Begin encryption information--
rijndael.Key = hdfgkhioiugyfyghdseertdfygu
rijndael.IV = ghtrfdfdewsdfgtyhgjgghfdg
--End encryption information--

738c95f5bfe63a530b200a0d73f363d46c5671c1fcbb69c217e15a3516501a86Tags

ransomwaretrojan

DetailsNamemswinupdate.exeSize6144 bytesTypePE32 executable (console) Intel 80386 Mono/.Net assembly, for MS WindowsMD5b96620d8a08fa436ea22ef480dd883ceSHA1a1ab74d2f06a542e77ea2c6d641aae4ed163a2daSHA256738c95f5bfe63a530b200a0d73f363d46c5671c1fcbb69c217e15a3516501a86SHA5122a9f4ebb025c8e7b4e074d301477656ffad66318da5ea35ddc8363c17f4bdbf501778539133261adbb9f441066a1e2b79240306ad1877f5ef17009c8f05ff4a6ssdeep48:6ZMMEikGAgS7zfMFmZUX7OLbqMMou6ZVqsPIUlf41cjGPRMfNFrbvZiJY527qnfF:/ikGAgS7b0807M+And6c6mBiJYPezNtEntropy4.238961AntivirusAhnlabTrojan/Win32.SamasAntiyTrojan[Ransom]/MSIL.SamasAviraTR/Samas.qybuhBitDefenderTrojan.GenericKD.30367991CyrenW32/Trojan.VYAP-2611ESETa variant of MSIL/Runner.N trojanEmsisoftTrojan.GenericKD.30367991 (B)IkarusRansom.MSIL.SamasK7Riskware ( 0040eff71 )McAfeeRansomware-GJX!B96620D8A08FMicrosoft Security EssentialsRansom:MSIL/SamasNANOAVTrojan.Win32.Generic.eymsceNetGateMalware.GenericSophosMal/Kryptik-BVSymantecTrojan.Gen.2Systweakmalware.shurikenTrendMicroTROJ_RUNNER.GBBTrendMicro House CallTROJ_RUNNER.GBBZillya!Trojan.Samas.Win32.32Yara Rules

No matches found.

ssdeep Matches

No matches found.

PE MetadataCompile Date2018-01-28 06:09:17-05:00Import Hashf34d5f2d4577ed6d9ceec516c1f5a744Company Nameoiauoyqtfhqiwur578q26trgqiwue ffh iufiuqwytf 78wt8File Descriptiondkhjkasyfafa udfiu asd fuiysfd fiusdfh oiafiuayInternal Namerock2.exeLegal Copyrightiusy ergy8wej udg uyOriginal Filenamerock2.exeProduct Name98y4798t qiy er998ergg iuery 8 o8uieyfui qewhfiuoyafibuwy ey7fq iuyiProduct Version76.7.99.12PE SectionsMD5NameRaw SizeEntropy7f1dc4bd716bc037dea251c4dff12cddheader5122.538579c8076584486a2745281e4945da9b8b13.text30724.9462721efe88aa4756d059ec1d3b49e342de5d.rsrc20483.9173957048daac38c935b38e086adcd8035d2a.reloc5120.081539Packers/Compilers/CryptorsMicrosoft Visual C# v7.0 / Basic .NETDescription

This file is a PE32 .NET executable designed to search and load an encrypted data file with a ".stubbin" extension onto the victim's system. If the file exists, it will utilize the Rijndael algorithm in the Class Library file (ClassLibrary1.dll) to decrypt the data file. After decryption, the file deletes the encrypted data file. The encrypted file with a ".stubbin" extension was not available for analysis.

bbd4102fe25e73c0815d0c020d60d47dbbfbe79ef1e490e7b4f97640dd932b58Tags

ransomwaretrojan

DetailsNameg04inst.batSize276 bytesTypeASCII text, with CRLF line terminatorsMD502c19bbf8e19bb69fc7870ec872d355eSHA1cc76586ef94122329e825c78aad2ecb9ac064343SHA256bbd4102fe25e73c0815d0c020d60d47dbbfbe79ef1e490e7b4f97640dd932b58SHA512283681b5b8e78440bf474c8e50504e6e82f25bd3f6240d5e70600e43fc9fd609a78ee7b837c9b68aa25ed13f2ee735f360a18e614ded15e11bb62043cd028c99ssdeep6:JF1ZzA+QragXsoNLYjClAVyXHI+CIwZALICLA9XEUXR/JgW:L1J4aSJF+dyXo+Bb0LEUhyWEntropy4.962735AntivirusMcAfeeBAT/Starter.hMicrosoft Security EssentialsRansom:BAT/SamasSophosTroj/RansRun-ASymantecTrojan.MalscriptYara Rules

No matches found.

ssdeep Matches

No matches found.

Description

This file is a batch file designed to execute mswinupdate.exe with predefined arguments. Displayed below are the arguments:

--Begin arguments--
Format: %myrunner% %password% %path% %totalprice% %priceperhost%
Sample: mswinupdate.exe <password> juxtapositional 5 0.8
--End arguments--

Recommendations

NCCIC would like to remind users and administrators to consider using the following best practices to strengthen the security posture of their organization's systems. Any configuration changes should be reviewed by system owners and administrators prior to implementation to avoid unwanted impacts.

  • Maintain up-to-date antivirus signatures and engines.
  • Keep operating system patches up-to-date.
  • Disable File and Printer sharing services. If these services are required, use strong passwords or Active Directory authentication.
  • Restrict users' ability (permissions) to install and run unwanted software applications. Do not add users to the local administrators group unless required.
  • Enforce a strong password policy and implement regular password changes.
  • Exercise caution when opening e-mail attachments even if the attachment is expected and the sender appears to be known.
  • Enable a personal firewall on agency workstations, configured to deny unsolicited connection requests.
  • Disable unnecessary services on agency workstations and servers.
  • Scan for and remove suspicious e-mail attachments; ensure the scanned attachment is its "true file type" (i.e., the extension matches the file header).
  • Monitor users' web browsing habits; restrict access to sites with unfavorable content.
  • Exercise caution when using removable media (e.g., USB thumbdrives, external drives, CDs, etc.).
  • Scan all software downloaded from the Internet prior to executing.
  • Maintain situational awareness of the latest threats and implement appropriate ACLs.

Additional information on malware incident prevention and handling can be found in NIST's Special Publication 800-83, Guide to Malware Incident Prevention & Handling for Desktops and Laptops.

Contact Information

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Document FAQ

What is a MIFR? A Malware Initial Findings Report (MIFR) is intended to provide organizations with malware analysis in a timely manner. In most instances this report will provide initial indicators for computer and network defense. To request additional analysis, please contact US-CERT and provide information regarding the level of desired analysis.

What is a MAR? A Malware Analysis Report (MAR) is intended to provide organizations with more detailed malware analysis acquired via manual reverse engineering. To request additional analysis, please contact US-CERT and provide information regarding the level of desired analysis.

Can I edit this document? This document is not to be edited in any way by recipients. All comments or questions related to this document should be directed to the NCCIC at 1-888-282-0870 or soc@us-cert.gov.

Can I submit malware to NCCIC? Malware samples can be submitted via three methods:

NCCIC encourages you to report any suspicious activity, including cybersecurity incidents, possible malicious code, software vulnerabilities, and phishing-related scams. Reporting forms can be found on US-CERT's homepage at www.us-cert.gov.

Revisions
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Your 4K Netflix Streaming Is On a Collision Course With Your ISP's Data Caps

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:50
Household bandwidth consumption is soaring thanks to video streaming, new data suggests, and American consumers are about to run face-first into broadband usage limits and overage fees that critics say are unnecessary and anti-competitive. Motherboard reports: Cisco's 2018 Visual Networking Index (VNI) -- an annual study that tracks overall internet bandwidth consumption to identify future trends -- predicts that global IP traffic is expected to reach 396 exabytes per month by 2022. Cisco's report claims that's more traffic than has crossed global networks throughout the entire history of the internet thus far. The majority of this data growth is video; Cisco found that 75 percent of global internet traffic was video last year, up from 63 percent just two years earlier. Cisco says this number could climb to 82 percent in 2022, with 22 percent of overall video consumption coming from bandwidth-intensive 4K streaming. The problem: As monthly household bandwidth consumption soars courtesy of 4K Netflix streaming and other new services, many broadband users are likely to run into usage caps and overage fees that jack up their monthly rates. The report mentions Comcast imposes a terabyte usage cap on all of its service areas except the Northeast, but users can pay an additional $50 per month to avoid such limits.

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Democrats Demand Info On Law Enforcement's Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Tool

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday saying that the company's previous explanations to Congress about its Rekognition software were inadequate. Democratic lawmakers expressed concern about the potential threat the technology poses to civil liberties in the hands of police. "Facial recognition technology may one day serve as a useful tool for law enforcement officials working to protect the American public and keep us safe," the letter reads. "However, at this time, we have serious concerns that this type of product has significant accuracy issues, places disproportionate burdens on communities of color, and could stifle Americans' willingness to exercise their First Amendment rights in public." In the letter on Thursday, the Democratic members requested that Amazon provide them with results from accuracy tests of the Rekognition software. They also asked again for information on their government clients and if they audited law enforcement's use of facial recognition to ensure that its not being employed in violation of civil rights law. "Customer trust, privacy, and security are our top priorities at AWS," Michael Punke, Amazon's vice president for global public policy, wrote in response. "We have long been committed to working with federal and state legislatures to modernize outdated laws to enhance the privacy and security of our customers by preventing law enforcement from accessing data without a warrant."

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Vuln: NUUO NVRmini Products CVE-2018-15716 Incomplete Fix Remote Command Injection Vulnerability

SecurityFocus Vulnerabilities/Bugtraq - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:00
NUUO NVRmini Products CVE-2018-15716 Incomplete Fix Remote Command Injection Vulnerability

Vuln: IBM Case Manager CVE-2018-1884 Arbitrary File Overwrite Vulnerability

SecurityFocus Vulnerabilities/Bugtraq - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:00
IBM Case Manager CVE-2018-1884 Arbitrary File Overwrite Vulnerability

'The Supremacy of Japanese Cars Has Been 40-Plus Years In the Making'

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 07:30
American business journalist Joe Nocera writes in a Bloomberg article about "how badly things have deteriorated for the U.S. car makers," after the recent news that both General Motors and Ford will soon be exiting the sedan market in the country. Slashdot reader gollum123 shares the report: Much of the analysis about Ford and GM's exit from the sedan market stressed that sedan sales have lost ground in recent years "as consumers have gravitated toward pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles," as the New York Times put it. If you look at the historical sales figures of the top Japanese sedans, you'll see a small decline in recent years, but nothing like the big drop-off in sales that have hammered the American companies. So in addition to the overall decline in sedan sales, there is a second, largely overlooked, dynamic taking place: Americans have only stopped buying American sedans, not Japanese sedans. The American car companies now say they are going to count on profits from trucks and SUVs while moving toward autonomous and all-electric vehicles. They had better hope that transition takes place quickly. I couldn't help noticing that while the top three selling vehicles in the U.S. are, indeed, American-made trucks, No. 4 on the list is Nissan's top SUV, the Rogue, the sales of which have gone from 18,000 in 2007 to 403,000 last year. No. 5 is a Toyota SUV, the Rav4 (407,000 in 2017). No. 6 is the Honda CR-V (378,000). And the leading American SUV? It's the Chevy Equinox. Last year, Chevrolet sold 290,000 of them -- 100,000 fewer than the Toyota Camry.

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Starbucks Says It Will Start Blocking Porn On Its Stores' Wi-Fi In 2019

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 06:50
Starbucks announced that it will start blocking pornography viewing on its stores' Wi-Fi starting in 2019. "A Starbucks representative told NBC News that the viewing of 'egregious content' over its stores' Wi-Fi has always violated its policy, but the company now has a way to stop it," reports NBC News. From the report: "We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019," the company representative said. The announcement was first reported by Business Insider and comes after a petition from internet-safety advocacy group Enough is Enough garnered more than 26,000 signatures. The nonprofit launched a porn-free campaign aimed at McDonald's and Starbucks in 2014, and it says that while McDonald's "responded rapidly and positively," Starbucks did not. In a letter that [Enough is Enough CEO Donna Rice Hughes] said she received from Starbucks over the summer, the company vowed to address the issue "once we determine that our customers can access our free Wi-Fi in a way that also doesn't involuntarily block unintended content." Starbucks has not released details about how it plans to restrict the viewing of pornographic sites or illegal content over its Wi-Fi. In response, the vice president of YouPorn responded by sending a memo to staff banning Starbucks products from company offices starting Jan. 1, 2019.

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Microsoft Wins $480 Million Military Contract To Bring HoloLens To Battlefield

Slashdot - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 06:10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft has won a $480 million contract to develop an augmented reality system for use in combat and military training for the U.S. Army. Called Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), formerly Heads Up Display (HUD) 3.0, the goal of the project is to develop a headset that gives soldiers -- both in training and in combat -- an increase in "Lethality, Mobility, and Situational Awareness." The ambitions for the project are high. Authorities want to develop a system with a goggle or visor form factor -- nothing mounted on a helmet -- with an integrated 3D display, digital cameras, ballistic laser, and hearing protection. The system should provide remote viewing of weapon sights to enable low risk, rapid target acquisition, perform automated or assisted target acquisition, integrate both thermal and night vision cameras, track soldier vitals such as heart and breathing rates, and detect concussions. Over the course of IVAS's development, the military will order an initial run of 2,550 prototypes, with follow-on production possibly in excess of 100,000 devices.

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