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12/14/2018

FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia said that the rules of engagement in cyberspace are broken, raising questions about what is "fair game" for espionage. Meanwhile, companies will struggle to stay ahead of cybercriminals, considering that companies are "up against some of the best hackers in the world," Mandia said in an interview with CNBC.

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12/14/2018

Apple will release a software update in China within the next week in an effort to resolve any potential patent infringement on older iPhone models as it faces multiple court cases brought by Qualcomm. Qualcomm previously claimed a court ruling meant a sales ban on old iPhone models, but Apple disagrees and is exploring other options to resolve the issue.

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Apple, Qualcomm
12/14/2018

The App Store ban Apple slapped on Tumblr over a child pornography issue has been lifted. Tumblr acted quickly to address the problem by prohibiting all adult material.

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Apple, Tumblr
12/14/2018

Shipping industry organizations have joined forces on a report exploring ways to prevent cyberattacks that in some cases have left vessels stranded at sea. The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships documents incidents, using the mistakes to inspire protocols to prevent future incidents.

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Boing Boing
12/14/2018

Aerospace Industries Association CEO Eric Fanning notes that satellites are an appealing target for cybercriminals because the world depends on them. They are also vulnerable, since there are entry points both in space and on the ground, and once those entry points are infiltrated, "you've got your foot in the door to be able to do something," Fanning says.

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Space
12/14/2018

With many K-12 school budgets pinched, cybersecurity is rarely made a priority, despite the upsweep in school cyberattacks. Unfortunately, schools without strong cybersecurity can be held liable for breaches, may lose valuable educational materials, may fail to uphold privacy for students or protect their records and may find their reputations at risk, according to Ann McMullan, project director for the CoSN Empowered Superintendents Program.

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Ann McMullan
12/14/2018

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday voted to allow elected officials to use leftover campaign funds for personal cybersecurity, a proposal that was unanimously approved. Lawmakers face cyberthreats from particularly determined criminals, as has been seen since the manipulation from foreign actors during the 2016 elections.

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The Hill
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Federal Election Commission
12/14/2018

A presidential advisory council has warned in a report that the US should be prepared to be hit by a cyberattack during a natural disaster, a move that could down power grids for months. The report, from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, states that such a move is a "profound threat" and argues that added security measures are vital in order to protect infrastructure during the nation's most vulnerable moments.

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CyberScoop
12/14/2018

Office Depot is moving into the smart home installation market after gaining certification to install Google and Nest devices. The program will be delivered under the company's "Workonomy" service, and package prices start at $99.

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Retail Dive
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Office Depot, Google
12/14/2018

Alexa has received a new Security Panel Controller API; it enables users to control smart home connected security devices such as alarms and cameras via voice commands. The API rolled out in the US on Thursday and works with devices from Abode, ADT, Honeywell, Ring and Scout Alarm.

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Alexa, ADT, Honeywell