BlackBerry's encryption tools have been cleared by the National Security Agency for US government use, joining similar offerings from Apple and Samsung. No federal agencies have yet signed up for BlackBerry's suite, which works with iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices.
Part of India's plan to make 100 of its cities smart is to create high-rise housing in the island city of Bhendi Bazaar, replacing three- to five-story housing units with buildings up to 60 stories, writes Hugh Byrd. This redevelopment plan could have serious implications, including increases in population by 25%, waste water production and water consumption by 155%, residential energy by 30%, and 43% in carbon dioxide emissions, Byrd says.
New Hampshire has the highest malware infection rate of any state, with numbers in 2017 topping the national average by 201%, an Enigma Software Group report states. There is no clear link between geography and malware rates in the report, but it notes that malware infections have dropped 31% in the first six months of the year.
Security cameras using the open source code gSOAP are vulnerable to remote hacking that allows the hacker to send commands to the devices, per research from Senrio. The flaw was detected across cameras from 35 companies, including 249 models from Axis.
Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign manager, and Matt Rhoades, Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign manager, have joined Harvard's Defending Digital Democracy as co-leaders and fellows. The goal of the initiative is to protect future elections from cyberattacks.
Security in smart cities was a hot topic at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, and cities that focus on cheaper costs and not higher security are leaving the door open for vulnerabilities. "Cities have to have the responsibility to at least vet these technologies," said 1Concern CEO Ahmad Wani.
Penetration testers, chief information security officers and cybersecurity engineers are the three most in-demand cybersecurity roles this year, staffing agency Mondo reports. These positions will continue to be in-demand through 2018, the agency predicts, with many companies offering perks, benefits and higher salaries to fill the roles.
A fleet-wide cyberattack on autonomous cars is a serious concern of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space X. "It is my top concern from a security standpoint -- that Tesla is making sure that a fleet-wide hack or any vehicle-specific hack can't occur," Musk said at the National Governors Association summer meeting.
A global ransomware attack in June affected many businesses, including courier service FedEx, which suffered the shutdown of many critical systems, including its TNT Express subsidiary. The company isn't yet clear on what the attack will cost it.
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