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#Cybersecurity & #AI news events that rocked 2018.

Business Insider India: Facebook just announced a major security issue affecting 50 million users.
https://www.businessinsider.in/facebook-just-announced-a-major-security-issue-affecting-50-million-users/articleshow/65999322.cms

PCMag: Russian Hackers Use Malware That Can Survive OS Reinstalls.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/364046/russian-hackers-use-malware-that-can-survive-os-reinstalls?source=googlenewsstand-news

BloombergQuint: Will Personal Cyber Insurance Cover Phishing, Hacking And Stalking?.
https://www.bloombergquint.com/law-and-policy/will-personal-cyber-insurance-cover-phishing-hacking-and-stalking

Observer Research Foundation: Will AI help create more jobs?.
https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/44485-will-ai-help-create-more-jobs/

Livemint: AI is key to driving customer engagement, say top marketers.
https://www.livemint.com/Technology/YOhxOiKGbH3S0QfOgycB8K/AI-is-key-to-driving-customer-engagement-say-top-marketers.html

Livemint: AI brings down digital marketing costs by 50%: Jodie Sangster.
https://www.livemint.com/Technology/y9kiCMEdOxB4Z50Kr0PQiI/AI-brings-down-digital-marketing-costs-by-50-Jodie-Sangste.html

The News Minute: Cybersecurity, data privacy biggest concerns for Indian businesses: Dell survey.
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/cybersecurity-data-privacy-biggest-concerns-indian-businesses-dell-survey-88949

VCCircle: Using AI for documentation, R&D and drug manufacturing: Dr Reddy’s Mukesh Rathi.
https://techcircle.vccircle.com/2018/09/24/using-ai-for-documentation-r-d-and-drug-manufacturing-dr-reddy-s-mukesh-rathi/

Livemint: Ransomware, fileless attacks and cold boot give firms the shivers.
https://www.livemint.com/Technology/bosJNJjcBBznI5MTnvfW7J/Ransomware-fileless-attacks-and-cold-boot-give-firms-the-sh.html

University of Dallas: Securing Your Weakest Link.

CNBC International: How do you stop a cyberwar? | CNBC Explains.

Global Times: Google values China’s AI potential despite risk from trade tension.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1120149.shtml

Livemint: India faces most cybersecurity threats in Asia-Pacific: Cisco.
https://www.livemint.com/Industry/X2UzYMJdi2KGuBB9HLBBkM/India-faces-most-cybersecurity-threats-in-AsiaPacific-Cisc.html

gbhackers.com: Hackers Constantly Carrying out Password Stealing Attacks Targeting Financial Services Industry.
https://gbhackers.com/hackers-password-stealing-attacks/

Business Standard: Is AI really coming for your job? Chances are high if you’re in India.
https://www.business-standard.com/article/jobs/is-ai-really-coming-for-your-job-chances-are-high-if-you-re-in-india-118091800131_1.html

Mashable: Annoying iOS web attack will forcibly restart your iPhone, but not much else.
https://mashable.com/article/ios-web-attack-force-restart-iphone-ipad-/

Hindustan Times: Google can remotely change your device’s Settings, and it did for some users.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/google-can-remotely-change-your-device-s-settings-and-it-did-for-some-users/story-jerMVfd9kD19YbFruY4bII.html

gbhackers.com: Hackers Spreading New Malware with Powerful Obfuscation Technique to Bypass Antivirus Software.
https://gbhackers.com/obfuscation-technique/

India Today: AI is the new tool that will transform things: Former Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan.
https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/news/story/ai-is-the-new-tool-that-will-transform-things-former-infosys-ceo-kris-gopalakrishnan-1340381-2018-09-15

News info update on #cybersecurity and #blockchain

Six hack attacks that shook the world
https://www.dw.com/en/six-hack-attacks-that-shook-the-world/a-46963742

Apple trolls CES with a giant dig at Android and Alexa privacy
https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/5/18169781/apple-google-privacy-troll-billboard

Apple support phishing scams are getting really good
https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-support-phishing-scams-are-getting-really-good/

Major Consulting Firm McKinsey Finds Little Evidence of Practical Blockchain Use Cases
https://cointelegraph.com/news/major-consulting-firm-mckinsey-finds-little-evidence-of-practical-blockchain-use-cases

Most home routers don’t take advantage of Linux’s improved security features
https://www.zdnet.com/article/most-home-routers-dont-take-advantage-of-linuxs-improved-security-features/

Security researchers find over a dozen iPhone apps linked to Golduck malware

Security researchers find over a dozen iPhone apps linked to Golduck malware

Weather apps are secretly selling your location data to the highest bidder
https://thenextweb.com/apps/2019/01/05/weather-apps-are-secretly-selling-your-location-data-to-the-highest-bidder/

Marriott Concedes 5 Million Passport Numbers Lost to Hackers Were Not Encrypted

The False Promise Blockchains Will Revolutionize Real-World Assets – CoinDesk

The False Promise Blockchains Will Revolutionize Real-World Assets

Blockchain vs dns

The DNS is like the Blockchain a distributed database. DNS stores meta data about domain names (IP addresses and other meta data, for example Sender Policy Framework to make e-mail spoofing difficult).

The Blockchain is a trustless ledger. Trustless means that nobody needs to trust some authority about the trueness of data. Blockchain can store any data the people want. In Bitcoin’s case it’s money (but also arbitrary data is allowed).

DNS started without security. Later came DNSSEC, the security extensions, to ensure integrity and authentication but not availability. DNSSEC is still not implemented everywhere today. DNS is an old protocol from the eighties, however the core invention is still unique and important today: a simple and efficient distributed and also hierarchical system of providing information.

Blockchain has a distributed system of providing information, too, a peer-to-peer network. This system guarantees availability (something which DNS lacks). The US could censor DNS but not a Blockchain. Theoretically.

There are many peer-to-peer network implementations, like Kademlia, the distributed hashtable implementation of Bittorrent. Everybody can connect to such a network and manage data. Central servers aren’t required, so they can’t be shut down by the government or catastrophes. Bitcoin uses its own different implementation.

DNS doesn’t peer-to-peer.

First DNS uses many servers. If a server doesn’t know about a domain, the server asks a different server for information.

Second the data is structured hierarchically. Not only there are so called roots, but the responsibilities of the data is also structured hierarchically. If you own example.com, you can manage subdomains of example.com yourself, but not the top level domain .com.

There’s NameCoin which provides an alternative DNS based on Blockchain. This proves that it is possible to manage domains with a Blockchain. However the responsibilities must be also hierarchical. This is an inherent requirement of a recursive name system.

So it’s a bit arguable whether NameCoin is Blockchain or DNS or both. It’s an ontological question. In other words: if you have something can you call it such or such?

But practically the answer is yes, a Blockchain could replace DNS!

But don’t open the engine hood or you will be surprised what is there.

DNS could be replaced by Blockchain as NameCoin proved it. However as everybody talks about DNS implemented by a Blockchain, we see we are comparing apples with oranges. Somewhat.

At least the damned thing drives whether it’s on electricity or gas.