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October 16, 2017, 1:55 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
KRACK, a flaw in Wi-Fi security protocol WPA2, leaves traffic open to eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and malicious injection; US CERT advisory issued  —  Researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows attackers within range of vulnerable device or access point …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft issued patch for WPA2 flaw; Android fix expected in “coming weeks”, first to Pixels; researchers: 41% of Android devices are vulnerable  —  Technology companies are starting to respond to a new Wi-Fi exploit affecting all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Flaw in widely used RSA code library undermines security of millions of high-security RSA crypto keys  —  Factorization weakness lets attackers impersonate key holders and decrypt their data.  —  A crippling flaw in a widely used code library has fatally undermined the security of millions …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court to decide if law enforcement officials can obtain emails and data stored overseas by tech firms in Microsoft vs US government email privacy case  —  Law enforcement seeks data held overseas by tech companies  —  U.S. says Google, Yahoo not complying with search warrants
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Huawei debuts 5.9" Mate 10: 16:9 1440p screen, 20/12MP rear cams, 4000mAh battery; Mate 10 Pro: 6" 18:9 1080p screen, no 3.5mm jack, 6GB RAM; US debut date TBD  —  Huawei has announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, two new phones that occupy the highest end of its lineup.
Bloomberg:
Source: Facebook is looking to hire people with national security clearances, to help spot and prevent future election meddling  —  Social media giant wants help to spot future election meddling  —  Russian group bought ads to sow discord during 2016 campaign
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spanish bank BBVA launches money transfer app Tuyyo, initially focused on US-Mexico remittances  —  BBVA, Spain's second-largest bank that snatched up mobile banking startup Simple for $117 million back in 2014, is now entering the mobile money transfer business with today's launch of a new app called Tuyyo.
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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
IBM rolls out blockchain network for cross-border payments, currently supporting 12 “currency corridors” including Australia, New Zealand, UK, Pacific islands  —  The promise of digital currency is finally coming to maturity, IBM says, with its unique international payments network.
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:
A look at Honor, the budget smartphone brand that helped propel Huawei to the #2 spot among world's smartphone vendors  —  Honor is projecting that its international sales will account for about half of total sales in 4 to 5 years.  It is targeting 20 overseas markets including the US, India and Russia
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The difficulty of the three steps required to hack power grids explains why actual disruptions are so rare  —  IN 2017, IT can sometimes seem like power grids are practically crawling with digital intruders.  Over just the last four months, news has emerged that Russian hackers penetrated …

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