The terrorist database used by global banks and intelligence agencies World-Check has reportedly leaked online.
The World-Check database was created to help banks avoid helping terrorists and contains details about people and organizations suspected of being involved in terrorism, organized crime and money laundering, among other offences. Access is supposed to be restricted under European privacy laws. The database’s creator, Thomson Reuters, has confirmed an unnamed third-party exposed an “out of date” version online. But it says the material has since been removed. Security researcher Chris Vickery said he discovered the leak. He notified the Register, which reported that it contained more than two million records and was two years old. Vickery says”As far as he know, the original location of the leak is still exposed to the public internet.Thomson Reuters is working feverishly to get it secured. The Thomson Reuters database is accused of falsely designating citizens and organisations as terrorists. Banks have used this data in whole or in part to shutter accounts, effectively locking people out of vast swathes of the global banking system.
A new hacking event called DEF CON aims to drive improvement in so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices, generally defined as traditionally analog devices that are now connected to the internet, by hacking them to discover security vulnerabilities. One of their goals is to solve the massive privacy and security issues that are introduced by connected devices. IoT Village runs August 6-9, 2015 at DEF CON 23, co-located between Paris and Bally’s casinos in Las Vegas. The village will be comprised of hacking contests, including capture the flag, zero-day discovery and sudden death. Organizers will also host multiple talk tracks, as well as workshops and other tutorials.The village organizers are a group of security researchers and consultants who also ran the first-ever router hacking contest at DEF CON, which delivered 15 new, previously unknown, critical vulnerabilities to the research community. The researchers plan to expand the scope to include not just routers, but all connected devices, ranging from thermostats to TVs, printers to video surveillance equipment, implanted medical devices to drug refrigeration equipment, and everything in between.
ISE was founded in 2005 out of the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins’ Information Security Institute, is a security consulting firm comprised of hackers, computer scientists, reverse engineers, and cryptographers who help companies defend against sophisticated adversaries by utilizing a perspective typically perpetrated by the adversary. ISE is widely recognized for being the first company to hack the iPhone, and more recently for the discovery of the vulnerability epidemic in wireless routers.
DEF CON started in 1993 and is one of the largest and oldest annual hacker conferences. The conference has a wide range of activities, including speeches, capture the flag, contests, lock picking, and official music events. Unique to DEF CON, are their research topics ranging from cryptography to lockpicking. There are currently only seven Villages, including the newest venue, IoT Village.
The 2015 International CES, one of the world’s biggest electronics fairs will be held in Las Vegas January 6-9. The ‘Internet of Things’ is the hottest topic in tech right now. On view will be the newest and biggest television displays featuring “ultra high definition” that is catching on with consumers.So-called 4K television sets are coming down in price and becoming mainstream, and some reports suggest the show may feature newer, even more realistic “8K” displays.
Singapore is the country most prepared for the digital age because it has the necessary infrastructure and supporting conditions in place, a new global study has revealed. According to the Digital Evolution Index, a joint study by MasterCard Global Insights and the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Singapore has the highest Index score out 50 countries on supply, demand, institutions and innovation. Hong Kong ranks third on the Index, but Malaysia (#23), China (#29) and Thailand (#35) are named as the top three fastest moving digital economies. Joining Singapore and Hong Kong, Sweden is (#2), the UK (#4), Switzerland (#5), the US (#6), Finland (#7), Canada (#8), South Korea (#9) and the Netherlands (#10).