DATA COLLECTION: Security Concerns, Data Reliability Questions Surround Apple’s ResearchKit. According to Stanford University, 11,000 iPhone owners signed up for its heart health study using the new Apple ResearchKit, changing the way medical research is achieved. A feat that used to take at least a year and 50 medical research facilities has now been accomplished in just 24 hours. Read more
INSURANCE: The High Cost of Hacks. The latest information from the Target data breach suggests that it suffered losses of $248 million. Thank goodness they had insurance. Well, sort of. They were covered for up to $100 million, which means it will only cost them $148 million. Yikes.
FEDERAL & STATE GOVERNMENT
OHIO: Sheriff’s Office Coaxes Suspect to Surrender Using Facebook. ABC News reported. The 21-year-old suspect commented on a Facebook alert the sheriff’s office posted about him. The sheriff’s office response: “If you could stop by the Sheriff’s Office, that’d be great.” Read more
GAO: Census Bureau Faces Challenges In Designing, Implementing Internet Response Option. The Census Bureau faces several cost, design and technological challenges in providing households the option of responding through the Internet for the upcoming decennial census, congressional investigators said in a recent report. Read more
MICROSOFT: Gets Its FREAK On Fast, Patches Encryption Bug In Windows. Even though Microsoft acknowledged that Windows was susceptible to FREAK attacks — adding millions more potential victims — the company reminded everyone today that the flaw wasn’t exclusive to Windows, using boilerplate that it typically trots out in such instances. Read more
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS: The CIA Has Been Hacking iOS for Years. The allegations are based on documents provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Researchers working with the CIA have presented their tactics and achievements at Trusted Computing Base Jamborees, secret annual gatherings that have been going on for nearly a decade. Read more
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