Drone have been used to drop bombs, spy on foreign countries and monitor how farmers work their fields. Now they could help hack into personal computers.
According to e-mails posted by WikiLeaks, military contractors may want to do just that. Boeing and Hacking Team — a Milan-based company criticized for selling surveillance software to repressive governments — were in talks earlier this year to plant malware on drones to perform such activities, according to the e-mails, which were stolen from Hacking Team in July.
Higher education institutions are treasure troves for hackers. Colleges and universities are huge repositories of research data, sensitive information for large populations of applicants and enrolled students (personal, academic, financial and health data), as well as sensitive personal and tax information for all faculty and staff. Higher education information systems are particularly valuable targets for cyberattacks.
In the wake of a series of cyberattacks on several prominent colleges and universities, higher education institutions would be well-advised to review their current security posture, breach preparedness, and cyber insurance coverage.
The Labor Department has several gaps in its cybersecurity protections that could be exploited by hackers, according to a report publicly released Tuesday by its inspector general’s office. Several of the gaps were identified three years ago, the report noted, but the department has done very little to prevent potential data theft.
Facebook drives nearly a quarter of all web traffic. The company’s recent video improvements will likely push those numbers even higher.
In a case involving sex, cyberbullying and the statute of limitations, a schoolteacher filed her lawsuit just in time to accuse of (sic) her ex-boyfriend of taking over her Facebook account to post obscene messages, the Second Circuit ruled on Tuesday.
The court warned in its opinion that the case demonstrates the “troubling” predicament of victims of hacking who are unable to learn the identity of their attackers within two years.
On July 29, 2015, BakerHostetler filed an amicus brief with the Second Circuit on behalf of the Center for Democracy and Technology, joined by five prominent nonprofit public interest groups, for the en banc rehearing of United States v. Ganias, Case No. 12-240. In Ganias, the Court will grapple with arguments centering on whether the government, after seizing a large volume of digital data pursuant to a warrant, may retain that data indefinitely and later use it in ways outside the scope of the original warrant, including bringing charges against individuals not originally under investigation. Recognizing the huge impact the Second Circuit’s en banc decision will have for anyone subject to a warrant, the amicus brief urges the Court to ensure that Fourth Amendment protections remain strong in the face of ever-evolving technologies.