Recent Security News

with @djhardb, @infosecirvin, @KaitlynGuru, and @sambowne

July 7, 2020

A discussion with Elizabeth Biddlecome, Irvin Lemus, Kaitlyn Handelman, and Sam Bowne.

Kaitlyn Handelman @KaitlynGuru

IoT Part 3: Fire!

Inside the Facebook Group Where Doctors Process Their Immense Coronavirus Grief

Companies Boycotting Facebook Over Alleged ‘Hate Speech’ Still Advertise On Russian Social Media That Bans Gay-Rights Groups

Sam Bowne @sambowne

US Student Ban

Trump Speeds Up Plans To Force Foreign Students, Others Out Of U.S.
#ICE International #StudentBan: organizing effective lobbying action via twitter
Princeton's warning: — feel free to leave, but you may be gone for a long, long time.
ICE: SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester

Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Facebook, Google and Twitter among firms 'pausing' police help
TikTok to exit Hong Kong 'within days'
Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries
National security law: social media giants refusing to cooperate with Hong Kong police may have to make exit plans, analysts say
The United States is 'looking at' banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says
In Hong Kong, a Proxy Battle Over Internet Freedom Begins


Four New Insights About the Coronavirus

  • COVID-19 transmits through the air, but attacks the body as a vascular disease, causing blood clots, affecting many organs including lungs, kidneys, gut, and brain. It causes strokes.
  • Blood oxygen level is not the only symptom, so cases may fail to be diagonsed
  • Testing is therefore imperative.
  • The virus mutates every two weeks
  • The original strain was the Wuhan strain. It spread to Asia, Iran, and then Italy.
  • The virus mutated in February in Italy to be 5-10 times more transmissible, but not more lethal. That's the strain that spread to the US.
  • By Darwinian evolution, viruses typically mutate to become more transmissible, but less lethal, so the host lives longer and infects more other people.
  • In 1918, the virus started out very lethal and infected 60-70% of all the people in the world.
  • It then went to pigs, until enough vulnerable new humans were born. It reappeared as the H1N1 flu, which is still one of the normal seasonal flus we see every year. It's less lethal and more transmissible.
  • You are much safer outdoors than indoors. A Chinese study of 318 centers of transmission found only one that took place outdoors. A Japanese study suggested the chance of infection was 20 times higher indoors than outdoors.
  • Indoors, people emit an aerosol that spreads like cigarette smoke, lingering in the air.
  • The large protests in the USA did not lead to big infection spikes.
  • It should be pretty safe to open grade schools, hecause kids are not big transmitters to adults. The biggest symptom kids get is inflammation, rather than coughing or sneezing.
  • Teachers may be at risk, however, because they interact with other adults, like administrators and parents.

Elizabeth Biddlecome @djhardb

Prolific Hacker Made Millions Selling Network Access

Hack Brief: Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment

Iran nuclear: 'Incident' at Natanz uranium enrichment facility
The Curious Case of the Exploding Iranian Nuclear Site
Did a Cyber-Weapon Blow Up an Iranian Missile Factory—And Is This Cyber-War?

Irvin Lemus @infosecirvin

5 dating apps caught leaking millions of user-sensitive data

US schools leaked 24.5 million records in 1,327 data breaches since 2005

Microsoft Launches Free Linux Forensics and Rootkit Malware Detection Service
Introducing Project Freta
Project Freta