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Japan's New Head of Cybersecurity Has Never Used a Computer Japan's New Head of Cybersecurity Has Never Used a Computer

Yoshitaka Sakurada, Japan’s new cybersecurity minister, has never used a computer. Not even once. But he insists that his lack of real-world experience doesn’t have a negative impact on his job. Seriously.

Mysterious Re-Routing of Google Traffic Could Have Been an Attack, or Just a Glitch [Updated] Mysterious Re-Routing of Google Traffic Could Have Been an Attack, or Just a Glitch [Updated]

Updated: 11/13/2018, 9:50 p.m. ET: Looks like it was a glitch. In a statement to Gizmodo, a Google spokesperson wrote:

Dutch Police Bust Encrypted Chat Service, Gain Access to Over 258,000 Messages Dutch Police Bust Encrypted Chat Service, Gain Access to Over 258,000 Messages

Dutch police say they have “decrypted more than 258,000 messages” sent using an expensive chat service, Ars Technica reported on Wednesday, citing a National Police Corps statement that claimed authorities in the Netherlands have achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication…

Report: Georgia Officials Are Patching Election Security Holes After Insisting Everything Was Just Fine Report: Georgia Officials Are Patching Election Security Holes After Insisting Everything Was Just Fine

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has refused to recuse his position as the state’s top election monitor as he runs for governor on the Republican ticket, is running a desperate race against his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams. Georgia is a Republican stronghold and hasn’t had a Democratic governor since…

Brian Kemp's 'Cyber Crimes' Investigation Against Democrats Sure Looks Shady Brian Kemp's 'Cyber Crimes' Investigation Against Democrats Sure Looks Shady

Georgia Secretary of State and increasingly desperate Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, who is tied in the polls with Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, has shamelessly used his position as the state’s top election monitor to purge hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls and close hundreds of…

The Winklevoss Twins Want $32 Million in Allegedly Stolen Bitcoins Back The Winklevoss Twins Want $32 Million in Allegedly Stolen Bitcoins Back

A former Bitcoin tycoon who served a year in prison for his role facilitating transactions on the Silk Road digital drug bazaar is being sued by none other than the Winklevoss twins, the HarvardConnection creators famous for suing Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing the idea for Facebook from them.

The FDA Needs to Better Prepare for Cyberattacks on Medical Devices: Report The FDA Needs to Better Prepare for Cyberattacks on Medical Devices: Report

The Food and Drug Administration does not have strong enough procedures in place to respond to cybersecurity problems with medical devices that are already in use, according to a report released this week by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the agency’s watchdog.

Firm Says Bluetooth Chip Security Flaws Could Expose Enterprise Wifi APs to Attack Firm Says Bluetooth Chip Security Flaws Could Expose Enterprise Wifi APs to Attack

Researchers at the security firm Armis announced this week that they discovered two serious chip-level vulnerabilities that could potentially put “millions” of enterprise access points at risk. Namely, the security flaw could allow hackers to gain access to networks completely undetected.

Twitter Rolls Out Feature to Report Bots, Also Anyone You Think Is a Bot Twitter Rolls Out Feature to Report Bots, Also Anyone You Think Is a Bot

Twitter has rolled out another feature intended to cut down on spam and misinformation efforts—adding suspected bots, malicious links, and spammy hashtags to the “suspicious or spam” category users can choose when reporting violations of its terms of service.

Report: Trump Still Blabbing Away on His Smartphones After Being Warned Spies Are Listening Report: Trump Still Blabbing Away on His Smartphones After Being Warned Spies Are Listening

Donald Trump has never been a person who comes to mind when one thinks “cybersecurity”—he may not even know how to use a computer—but even by that low bar, the president and his administration have barely been able to keep it together when it comes to the security risk posed by cell phones. A report in the New York…

Amazon, Super Micro Join Apple in Demanding Retraction of Bloomberg Story on Hacked Server Boards Amazon, Super Micro Join Apple in Demanding Retraction of Bloomberg Story on Hacked Server Boards

A report earlier this month from Bloomberg Businessweek alleging 17 unnamed sources had confirmed Chinese spies infiltrated the supply chain of microchip manufacturer Super Micro, installing tiny espionage chips that allowed them to wiretap systems belonging to almost 30 U.S. companies, has earned denials from …

China's Former Internet Chief, a Censorship Hardliner, Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges China's Former Internet Chief, a Censorship Hardliner, Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges

Lu Wei, the former chief of the imposing Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and one of the primary architects of the mass censorship foisted on China’s estimated 700 million internet users, pleaded guilty this week in Chinese court to taking some 32 million yuan (about $4.6 million) in bribes, the Associated…

WhatsApp Bans 100,000 Accounts Before Brazilian Election, Which Is Still a Real Mess WhatsApp Bans 100,000 Accounts Before Brazilian Election, Which Is Still a Real Mess

Facebook subsidiary and encrypted chat service WhatsApp has banned more than 100,000 accounts ahead of the upcoming federal elections in Brazil, where leftist Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad will face down far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Pentagon Cyber Breach May Have Affected 30,000 Defense Workers Pentagon Cyber Breach May Have Affected 30,000 Defense Workers

It’s been a hell of a week for the Pentagon, which can’t seem to keep itself out of headlines recently. Now, it says it’s been hit by a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that may have compromised the credit card data and other personal information of its workers.

Facebook Says Hackers Accessed Sensitive Personal Information on 29 Million Users Facebook Says Hackers Accessed Sensitive Personal Information on 29 Million Users

Late last month, Facebook disclosed a massive security vulnerability that it claimed affected some 50 million login tokens, but details were somewhat thin on its impact pending further investigation. In a blog post today, the results are in some ways better and worse.

Homeland Security Denies Report Chinese Spies Put Tiny Microchips on Apple, Amazon Servers Homeland Security Denies Report Chinese Spies Put Tiny Microchips on Apple, Amazon Servers

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement this weekend supporting Apple and Amazon’s denial of an explosive Bloomberg Businessweek report claiming that a Chinese military unit inserted microchips into Super Micro Computer Inc (Supermicro) server motherboards in widespread use at U.S. companies, saying…

Microsoft Delays Latest Version of Windows 10 After Reports of Mass File Deletion Microsoft Delays Latest Version of Windows 10 After Reports of Mass File Deletion

Microsoft has temporarily halted the rollout of its October 2018 update for Windows 10 (version 1809), writing in a page dedicated to the update that it would “investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.”

Are You Kidding Me, Facebook Are You Kidding Me, Facebook

Facebook is currently dealing with the fallout of a massive attack that compromised site security and allowed hackers to seize the access tokens of roughly 50 million accounts, potentially giving them full control of both the accounts and linked apps. It is still sorting out what user data might have been stolen. Amid…

Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s September 30th, 2018, and the theme of the last week was memory. Not just at Gizmodo, where we wrapped up Memory Week, our series on nostalgia, neuroscience, and all that data tightly locked up in our brains. No, you should additionally be trying to remember everything you’ve put into the sprawling Facebook…

Facebook Could Face Up to $1.63 Billion Fine for Latest Hack Under the GDPR Facebook Could Face Up to $1.63 Billion Fine for Latest Hack Under the GDPR

Facebook’s stunning disclosure of a massive hack on Friday in which attackers gained access tokens to at least 50 million accounts—bypassing security measures and potentially giving them full control of both profiles and linked apps—has already stirred the threat of a $1.63 billion dollar fine in the European Union, …

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