More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, writes Mike Orcutt. Here is the link: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612974/once-hailed-as-unhackable-blockchains-are-now-getting-hacked/
Apple dug a tunnel beneath the App Store, and the rats are getting through, writes Nick Statt. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/20/18232583/apple-ios-developer-enterprise-program-store-mobile-apps
Google has admitted it made an error when it didn’t disclose that its Nest Secure home security system included an on-device microphone, writes Jon Porter. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/2/20/18232960/google-nest-secure-microphone-google-assistant-built-in-security-privacy
UK-headquartered identity data intelligence company GBG, has conditionally agreed to acquire Atlanta-based IDology.
Cloud-based data protection provider Carbonite is acquiring cybersecurity company Webroot for $618.5 million in cash.
Cybersecurity company Illumio has closed $65 million in a Series E funding round.
Nisos has raised $6 million in funding from Columbia Capital.
API protection company Salt Security has raised $10 million in funding.
The Japanese government approved a law amendment on Friday that will allow government workers to hack into people's Internet of Things devices, writes Catalin Cimpanu. Here is the link: https://www.zdnet.com/article/japanese-government-plans-to-hack-into-citizens-iot-devices/
The machine triumphed in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, where teams automated white-hat hacking, writes David Brumley. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/mayhem-the-machine-that-finds-software-vulnerabilities-then-patches-them
The Department of Homeland Security has issued an emergency directive ordering administrators of most federal agencies to protect their Internet domains, writes Dan Goodin. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/01/multiple-us-gov-domains-hit-in-serious-dns-hijacking-wave-dhs-warns/
DJI has fired some of its employees after uncovering fraud cases that could cost it tens of millions of dollars, writes Joshua Berlinger. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/21/tech/dji-fraud-investigation-china-intl/index.html
GrammaTech, a developer of commercial embedded software assurance tools and cybersecurity solutions, has been awarded a $8.4 million, four-year contract from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined £15,000 for failing to respond to an American citizen’s request for copies of information it holds on him, writes David Pegg. Here is...
Prosecutors played copies of what they said were audio recordings of Guzmán the FBI obtained “after they infiltrated his encrypted messaging system”, writes Tom McKay. Here is the link: https://gizmodo.com/the-feds-cracked-el-chapos-encrypted-communications-net-1831595734