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October 16, 2017, 8:35 AM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
US CERT advisory: severe flaw in popular WiFi security protocol WPA2 leaves WiFi traffic open to eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and malicious injection  —  An air of unease set into the security circles on Sunday as they prepared for the disclosure of high-severe vulnerabilities …
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.
New York Times:
How North Korea's cyber warfare unit grew from a joke in 2009 into a major and active threat today, backed by 6,000+ hackers  —  When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them.
Matt Rosoff / CNBC:
Despite the backlash from politicians and the press, most Americans view big tech favorably  —  - Despite a growing chorus of anti-tech sentiment from the press and Washington, people still view tech companies favorably.  — That's because most people are choosing to use these products because they make their lives better.
More: New York TimesTweets: @cnbc
Regina R. Clewlow / Planetizen:
Survey: ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have most likely reduced mass transit use and added to traffic in major US cities  —  Useable data of the effects of ride-hailing service on travel behavior is sorely lacking, but a new study sheds light on critical questions about what companies …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Surreptitious cryptocurrency miners hide on PolitiFact and hundreds of other sites  —  Politifact is the latest and perhaps most high-profile website to have hosted code that secretly hijacks visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency.  Driven by a boom in cryptocoin value and a lack of protections …
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 …
Tweets: @robertmlee
Ewen MacAskill / The Guardian:
Sources: British intelligence has concluded that Iran was likely responsible for June attack on parliament e-mail systems  —  Evidence points to Iran, says unpublished report, after initial suspicion of Russia and North Korea dismissed  —  Iran is being blamed for a cyber-attack in June …

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