China and U.S. talk Cybersecurity
As part of the fifth annual session on political and economic issues, China and the United States have turned the discussion towards matters of cyber espionage. According to Vice President Joe Biden, the two nations are working on developing "trust."Both countries have been running long campaigns against each other in the digital realm, and it might be a lot to ask them both to lay down their arms, but talks are certainly a positive first step.
Pirate Bay co-founder developing spy-proof messaging app
In light of a global freak out in response to government surveillance, Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has teamed up with a couple developers to create a messaging app that is completely snoop-proof.
According to Sunde, the app will be called Hemlis (Swedish for ‘secret’) and will feature end-to-end encryption.
"All communication on today's networks is being monitored by government agencies and private companies. The politicians are not going to stop it, they're actually asking for more," Sunde said in a video. "That's why we decided to build a messaging platform where no one can spy on you, not even us."
U.S. Emergency Alert System is Hackable
If you’ve ever lived in the States, you’re probably familiar with the phrase, “We interrupt this broadcast for a special announcement.” The system is designed to interrupt live TV and Radio with information about local and national emergencies. But after the most recent firmware update, it looks like the system is hackable.
Cue the zombie apocalypse pranks.
According to security firm IOActive, “An attacker who gains control of one or more DASDEC systems can disrupt these stations’ ability to transmit and could disseminate false emergency information over a large geographic area. In addition, depending on the configuration of this and other devices, these messages could be forwarded to and mirrored by other DASDEC systems.”