Security & Privacy


Vollkommen überraschend ist Antivirensoftware Schlangenöl und können Schaden auf den Systemen anrichten, die sie schützen sollen. Quote:

Da die Antivirenprogramme mit Root-Rechten laufen, konnten auch wichtige Systemdateien gelöscht werden.

Aus dem Artikel.
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Der Bayerische Rundfunk hat zusammen mit Propublika Million von Datensätzen von Patienten im Internet gefunden. Offenbar sind medizinische Untersuchungsberichte und Röntgenbilder, zusammen mit personenbezogenen Daten ungeschützt auf Servern auffindbar gewesen. Im wesentlichen geht es wohl um US Patienten, aber 13.000 Betroffene in Deutschland sind immer noch sportlich.

Wenn Daten das neue Öl sind, dann ist das so ein Ölteppich.

Internet & Cloud

Internet may be changing the brain

We all knew it for a while. Scientists from Western Sydney University, Harvard University, Kings College, Oxford University and University of Manchester conducted research to prove it.

Source: Research reveals how the Internet may be changing the brain

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Behavioral advertising efficiency

Researchers from U Minnesota, UC Irvine and CMU took a look into “behavioural based advertisement”, a segment that requires heavy tracking of users across websites through cookies. A report of their findings is here: Online Tracking and Publishers’ Revenues: An Empirical Analysis. Money quote:

Empirical analysis of behavioral advertising finds that surveillance makes ads only 4% more profitable for media companies

They found that despite the 40% “ad-tech” premium charged by behavioral ad companies, the ads only added about 4% the media companies that published them, meaning that behavioral advertising is a losing proposition.

Source: Boing Boing

Security & Privacy


Until recently, notepad.exe was considered safe in terms of security vulnerability, mostly for its lack of features and therefore lack of attack surface. Until Vulnerability researcher at Google, Tavis Ormandy, took a closer look and popped a shell from notepad.exe.


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Stealthy Microsoft Exchange backdoor discovered

The LightNeuron Microsoft Exchange backdoor can read, modify or block emails going through the compromised server, and even compose and send new emails.

Source: Researchers discover highly stealthy Microsoft Exchange backdoor – Help Net Security

Internet & Cloud Security & Privacy

State of Internet of things security

Forrester, well known for their predictions on the impact of technology, took a look at the state of Internet of Things Security. To no surprise they came to the conclusion the technology still has to come a long way.


Forrester’s take on the Internet of things isn’t that shocking–the industry has developed with little thought about security–but the time frames are jarring nonetheless.

Quelle:  ZDNet

Internet & Cloud

Inaudible sounds to track you for ads.

Following the recent debate about ad-technology and how annoying it is and advertisers insight, you may have though it could only get better from there. Turns out, it can be worse if these claims about tracking through inaudible sounds from ads hold true.

Privacy advocates warn feds about surreptitious cross-device tracking.

Quelle: Ars Technica

Even though I’d consider this inacceptible from a consumers perspective, I’d be very curious about the (audio) technology and the kind of insight this provides, from a marketing perspective. Just consider a TV-Ad broadcasting this signal to a room full of people, for one the signal would sure be difficult to detect. And then, all devices carry the same cookie, making it difficult to identify individuals…

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Research to ensure A.I. doesn’t turn out evil

Yep, right. People are researching AI, but those that won’t kill you later on.


a $7 million research grant, funded in part by Elon Musk, will go to 37 projects devoted to ensuring that artificial intelligence doesn’t turn out evil.

Quelle: These are the research projects Elon Musk is funding to ensure A.I. doesn’t turn out evil

IEEE & Computer Society

Chip Fingerprinting Scheme Could Secure IoT Devices Against Malware

Chip Fingerprinting Scheme Could Secure IoT Devices Against Malware.

Security in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) is an area that is expanding, along with the growth of IoT itself. Fingerprinting schemes are an approach that didn’t go along with malware prevention in traditional computing, but IoT use cases may benefit from a combination.

via IEEE Spectrum.