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How to Hack a Presidential Election
Standards Blog - October 22, 2016:
...According to Donald Trump, "the US Presidential Election is rigged!" That's a bit disingenuous coming from The Donald, given that if it's being hacked by anyone, the evidence is that it's being hacked by the Russians. And not for the benefit of Clinton, either. But just how realistic could such a claim be?
Experts agree that trying to pull off such a feat by traditional means (i.e., getting people to vote more than once) is not only not happening, but not even feasible to pull off in sufficient numbers to influence anything but the very closest of…
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The Democratization of Censorship
Krebs on Security – October 26, 2015: ...There is every indication that this attack was launched with the help of a botnet that has enslaved a large number of hacked so-called "Internet of Things," (IoT) devices — mainly routers, IP cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs) that are exposed to the Internet and protected with weak or hard-coded passwords. Most of these devices are available for sale on retail store shelves for less than $100, or — in the case of routers — are shipped by ISPs to their customers....To address the threat from the mass-proliferation of hardware devices such as Internet routers, DVRs and IP cameras that ship with default-insecure settings, we probably need an industry security association, with published standards that all members adhere to and are audited against periodically.
The wholesalers and retailers of these devices might then be encouraged to shift their focus toward buying and promoting connected devices which have this industry security association seal of approval. Consumers also would need to be educated to look for that seal of approval. Something like Underwriters Laboratories (UL), but for the Internet, perhaps.... ...Full Story
IAB Tech Lab Releases Dynamic Content Ad Standard to Deliver More Relevant Ads to Consumers & Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness to Marketers
IAT Tech Lab – October 26, 2016: The IAB Technology Laboratory today released for public comment the "IAB Dynamic Content Ad Standard," a schema that will increase the relevancy of ads delivered to consumers across desktop and mobile screens, ultimately providing marketers with greater digital advertising efficiency and effectiveness. The new standard will enable digital ads—whether display, video, audio, native, or social—to render differently depending on the viewer, allowing a varied set of assets to be deployed on the fly in response to predetermined data triggers and business rules.... ...Full Story
New RFID Standard for Healthcare Industry Introduced
AIM.org – October 26, 2016: AIM [has]...announced the release of Medical Electrical Equipment & System Electromagnetic Immunity Test for Exposure to RFID Readers, a new standard that provides specialized guidance on the testing of non-implantable medical devices to determine if they are immune to emissions from radio frequency identification (RFID) systems.
The standard provides medical device manufactures and end-users with guidance on how to evaluate their devices for immunity to emissions from radio frequency identification (RFID) systems...Test protocols are included for the major commercial implementations of RFID as standardized by ISO, including LF, HF, and UHF RFID. Both active and passive ISO RFID standards are covered in this document... ...Full Story
Tech Giants Create New OpenCAPI Standard For The Hottest Server-Accelerated Workloads
Forbes.com – October 25, 2016: ...Today, a bevvy of tech industry giants announced a new server standard, called OpenCAPI, and includes support from Advanced Micro Devices, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron Technology, NVIDIA and Xilinx. This is big, really big.
This announcement comes on the heels of the recently announced datacenter open standards CCIX and Gen-Z, just showing how much is at stake and in motion in the datacenter...OpenCAPI is a new standard to enable very high performance accelerators like FPGAs, graphics, network and storage accelerators that perform functions the datacenter server's general purpose CPU isn't optimized for. Acceleration is what all the cool kids are doing... ...Full Story
Major new British Standard for Cyber Risk and Resilience
Continuity Forum – October 25, 2016: BSI Cyber Risk and Resilience Standards BS 31111A major new British Standard [BS 31111] is in development to help senior executives and risk managers improve their cyber risk management and build the cyber resilience of their organizations.
Over the past year, the BSI Risk Management Committee has been working on developing new guidance that aims to help top executives better understand and manage the technology risks to their organizations...The new standard is at the public draft stage and comments are being sought...The standard takes a different approach to others covering the technology sector by focusing and supporting good decision making by top management rather than concentrating on technical details... ...Full Story
Business Green – October 24, 2016: Global corporate reporting body GRI yesterday launched a new global standard for sustainability reporting, hailing it as the first standard to provide companies with a "common language" for disclosing non-financial information.
The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards will help companies better disclose information about their impacts on the economy, the environment and society, the organisation said, while also supporting corporate efforts to contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The launch came in the same week as new data from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) revealed adoption of the popular ISO 14001 environmental management standard rose eight per cent last year to nearly 320,000 accredited organisations....
The group said the new standards feature an improved format and new modular structure and will replace the G4 Guidelines, which will be phased out by 1 July 2018.... ...Full Story
How to Hack a Presidential Election
ITWire – October 24, 2016: A recently published novel lays out a very clear path showing how someone might steal the upcoming US election....The novel, The Lafayette Campaign, a Tale of Deception and Elections, is based on domestic protagonists but could easily be about foreign players....[the author] delves into some very cunningly designed hacks (as a security writer, the NFC one is especially troubling)...
As an aside, one has to wonder if this explains how we ended up with the two candidates that we have. Who knows? It certainly offers some food for thought... ...Full Story
Dutch govt ordered to use open standards for comms from 2017
The Register – October 20, 2016: Government bodies in the Netherlands will have to use open technology standards for communications after next year, following a vote by the nation's parliament.
The requirement for open document standards has already been adopted by the Netherlands Senate, but a motion by Member of Parliament Astrid Oosenbrug has now unified the policy. She said the lower house would be the first government body to standardize around the use of Open Document Format (ODF)...As part of the new legislation, the government will also promote the use of open source code across government and the private sector.... ...Full Story
Study: 'Open source coders more aware of security'
EU Joinup – October 19, 2016: Developers of open source software are generally more aware of code security issues than developers working for the European institutions, according to a study conducted on behalf of the European Commission and European Parliament. Developers working for the European institutions have more tools available for management and testing of code security, but using them is not yet standard practice.
Open source developers should have more testing environments, and should perform more security testing, the study recommends....To compare code security methods used by open source communities and software development projects in the European institutions, the study looks at ten segments commonly found in software development, such as project management, release management, software testing, and incident management. For each segment, the report lists conclusions and recommendations. For example: project management is more efficient at the European institutions, and the study recommends that, if possible, free software groups improve in this area.
To shore up software security, the authors suggest that the European institutions and free software groups standardise their security definitions and that both use standard authentication mechanisms.... ...Full Story
ETSI releases first SDN software stack as open source
EU Joinup – October 18, 2016: [Last] week, standardisation organisation ETSI published OSM Release ONE, an open-source software stack to implement Software-Defined Networking (SDN). SDN, or network virtualisation, brings the management of computer networks to a higher level by abstracting the physical infrastructure. This allows network administrators to manage their networks in a more flexible, or even a fully automated, dynamic way.
The OSM software was developed by ETSI's Management and Orchestration (MANO) group in close alignment with the Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) Industry Specification Group, in which industry and ETSI collaborate on standards for SDN.
The OSM community aims to deliver a production-quality open-source MANO stack that meets the requirements of commercial NFV networks. According to ETSI, the platform has been tested and documented to allow rapid installation in operator labs. The OSM group is currently building a network of remote labs connected over a virtual network to test the compatibility and interoperability of multiple types of infrastructures. ...Full Story
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