Risky Business #476 -- Zeynep Tufekci on machine learning and disinformation

PLUS: Sponsor guest Julian Fay on recent crypto vulns...
01 Nov 2017 » Risky Business

On this week’s show we’re chatting with Zeynep Tufekci about how machine learning accelerates the dissemination of crazy s–t, basically. Zeynep’s September TED talk titled “We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads” is a must watch and has been doing the rounds on infosec Twitter over the last couple of weeks. She joins us this week to talk through what we might be able to do about the tendency of online platforms to send people down pretty warped rabbit holes. That’s a fascinating chat.

This week’s show is brought to you by Senetas.

Senetas is a Melbourne-based company that develops and manufactures layer 2 encryption gear. They also operate the SureDrop secure file sharing platform and are working on a bunch of cloud crypto tech as well. Julian Fay is CTO over at Senetas and he’s along this week to talk us through the bugs Matthew Green and his colleagues found in a bunch of FIPS-certified gear from Fortinet. It’s a really, really illuminating chat. I love it when Julian’s in the sponsor chair because I always learn a lot.

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Show notes

Infrastructure for the ‘Bad Rabbit’ Ransomware Appears to Have Shut Down - Motherboard
Global ransomware attacks tiptoed around Russian anti-virus products
NotPetya ransomware cost Merck more than $310 million
British security minister says North Korea was behind WannaCry hack on NHS | The Independent
Worker who snuck NSA malware home had his PC backdoored, Kaspersky says | Ars Technica
Proud to keep on protecting ' no matter the false allegations in the U.S. media. | Nota Bene: Eugene Kaspersky's Official Blog
Equifax Was Warned - Motherboard
China Tests the Limits of Its US Hacking Truce | WIRED
Google: Chrome is backing away from public key pinning, and here's why | ZDNet
YubiHSM 2 is here: Providing root of trust for servers and computing devices | Yubico
Francisco Partners Acquires Comodo's SSL Security Business
Google's reCaptcha Cracked Again | Threatpost | The first stop for security news
Unexplained cyberattacks sow chaos among dark web markets
The Fight Over Jordan Hamlett’s ‘Hack’ of Trump’s Tax Returns
Facebook, Google, Twitter tell Congress their platforms spread Russian-backed propaganda | Ars Technica
LSE Business Review – Blockchain and bitcoin: In search of a critique
A Guide to Attacking Domain Trusts – harmj0y
Fooling Neural Networks in the Physical World with 3D Adversarial Objects · labsix
Zeynep Tufekci: We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | TED Talk | TED.com
Attack of the week: DUHK – A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
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