Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked — MIT Technology Review

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/

How Apple’s enterprise app program became the new wild west of mobile apps —...

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 claims built-in Nest mic was ‘never intended to be a secret’ — The...

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

GBG acquires identity verification services provider IDology for $300 million

UK-headquartered identity data intelligence company GBG, has conditionally agreed to acquire Atlanta-based IDology.

Carbonite to acquire Webroot for $618.5M

Cloud-based data protection provider Carbonite is acquiring cybersecurity company Webroot for $618.5 million in cash.

Illumio raises $65 million

Cybersecurity company Illumio has closed $65 million in a Series E funding round.

Nisos raises $6M

Nisos has raised $6 million in funding from Columbia Capital.

Salt Security raises $10M

API protection company Salt Security has raised $10 million in funding.

Japanese government plans to hack into citizens’ IoT devices — ZDNet

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/

Mayhem, the machine that finds software vulnerabilities, then patches them — IEEE Spectrum

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

DHS: Multiple US gov domains hit in serious DNS hijacking wave — Ars Technica

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/  

Chinese drone maker DJI uncovers fraud that could cost it $150 million — CNN

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

DARPA awards GrammaTech $8.4 million autonomous cyber hardening contract

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 owner fined £15,000 for ignoring data request — The Guardian

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...

The Feds cracked El Chapo’s encrypted comms network by flipping his system admin —...

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