Sunday, December 04, 2016

Mistranslation?  Then or now?  
Bank of Russia disclaims reports hackers steal 2bln rubles from its correspondent accounts
The Bank of Russia (central bank) has disclaimed the reports hackers stole two billion rubles ($30.8 million) from its correspondent accounts.
"The reports about stolen two billion rubles from the Bank of Russia’s correspondent accounts in a hacker attack are not true to life," the regulator’s press service told TASS on Saturday.  "The review of financial stability, which was presented on Friday evening, the Bank reported the losses commercial banks and their clients suffered in hacker attacks during the year 2016."

It’s never ‘opt-in’ is it.
Uber Now Tracks You After Your Ride: Here's How to Stop That
Uber is now tracking your location even after you leave the car.  A location-tracking feature that the ride-sharing company proposed last year has gone live, despite fierce opposition from privacy advocates.
The good news is that you can turn it off; the bad news is that the process is trickier than it should be.
The Naked Security blog from Sophos, a British security firm, has all the details.

Does this suggest they have not been sharing information the Philippines needs? 
Philippines Asks for $81 Million Cyber Heist Probe Results
The Philippines asked Bangladesh for the results of its investigation into a $81 million cyber heist as it commits to help the Bangladesh central bank recover stolen reserves, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said in a statement.
   “We are pursuing lawsuits on your behalf, actually, as vigorously as we can.”
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla asked Bangladesh officials for a full report on the investigation to strengthen the Philippine government’s position on behalf of Bangladesh in the court proceedings, the Department of Finance said in the statement.  The Bangladesh officials have committed to sending updates on the probe, it said.

For my Governance and Architecture students:
“We carefully tested their software and we now conclude that our test was not very careful.”
“We took their word for it but ow we are taking Google’s word for it.”
Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user data
Blu, the Florida-based maker of budget Android phones, says it’s swapping out the Chinese update software that stole user data for Google-approved software, according to a report in PCMag.  The issue, first unveiled last month by security firm Kryptowire, was a firmware-updating application that monitored user communications and even sent back text messages to a keyword-searchable archive on a Chinese server.
   According to Blu CEO Sammy Ohev-Zion, the company will "not install third-party applications where we don't have the source code and don't understand the behavior.”  Blu is also planning on updating its privacy policy to clarify the type of data its firmware-updating tools gather.  Shanghai Adups Technology Co., the Chinese app maker in question, claims its data collection tool was not designed for US phones, and that the data has since been deleted.

Muslims today, ______________ tomorrow.  (Pick anything, you won’t be wrong for long.)
Sam Biddle reports:
Every American corporation, from the largest conglomerate to the smallest firm, should ask itself right now: Will we do business with the Trump administration to further its most extreme, draconian goals?  Or will we resist?
This question is perhaps most important for the country’s tech companies, which are particularly valuable partners for a budding authoritarian.  The Intercept contacted nine of the most prominent such firms, from Facebook to Booz Allen Hamilton, to ask if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry, an idea recently resurfaced by Donald Trump’s transition team.  Only Twitter said no.
Read more on The Intercept.

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