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Risk Radar Free Cyber Security Newsletter – Jan. 7, 2016

BlackBerry-infused tech coalition does not back weakened encryption
It seems like BlackBerry and friends (Information Technology Industry Counsel) are not backing the weakened encryption. BlackBerry seems to be flirting with the government on backdoor access. The ITIC president came out strongly against weakened encryption. Which seems right to me, how do you have strong encryption with a built in flaw like a backdoor.
Google fixes dangerous rooting vulnerabilities in Android
This is good news for any Nexus device owners out there. You should be seeing these security updates soon. Not so great news for non-Nexus device owners out there. It would be great if Google and device makers could push updates on their own. I just don’t see the carriers giving that ability to anybody right now. I am still surprised Apple got that concession from the carriers to push updates.
Hackers leak personal records of over three million Hello Kitty customers
This is a worrisome database hack due to the information on children that has been released. Names, emails, passwords, birthdates, and location data have been released in the hack of 3.3 million user records. With all the personal data leaked it could be a real treasure trove of information for identity theft. Any users should change passwords asap.
Exploit broker places $100k bounty on bypassing Flash Player’s latest defenses
Zerodium an exploit broker that was started by the founder of Vupen is going to pay for exploits that bypass the Flash Player’s latest defenses. These exploit brokers bring up some interesting questions. Software makers have a hard time matching what exploit brokers like Zerodium can pay for high quality exploits. Would it be better if these high quality exploits went to the software maker? In many ways yes, but without the high bounties paid by companies like Zerodium would the exploits be found? Some interesting things to think about.
Global geopolitical risk predictions for 2016
Here are some predictions of geopolitical risk for 2016. Some interesting points are brought up about ISIS, Russia, Europe, China, and Global Infrastructure. Predictions are easy to make and the quality of them can be hit or miss. This is an interesting read, especially if you have an international focus.
HP tackles ‘visual hacking’ with privacy filters in laptop, tablet screens
HP is adding an interesting feature to their laptops and tablet screens. A privacy filter that limits the viewing angle. The nice thing is the privacy filter is built into the screen with the help of 3M. It should make the privacy filter very usable since it can be turned on and off as needed.