February 13, 2018

  • 13 Feb 2018 18:06

Protesters Come Out Against Olympics (North Korea and South Korea); New Border Security App That Could Go Global (Canada); SSL-Based Cyber Attacks Surged 30% Over the Past Six Months (Worldwide)

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Protesters Come Out Against Olympics

Protesters Come Out Against Olympics – North Korea and South Korea

Hundreds of South Korean activists gathered in protest of their northern counterparts Sunday, burning the North’s flag and ripping up posters of dictator Kim Jong Un’s face. Some 800 protesters marched to the National Theater of Korea in Seoul where South Korean president Moon Jae-in and the despot’s sister were scheduled to enjoy a concert in the culmination of their Olympic reconciliation, AFP reported. “We are against the ugly political Olympics,” read one banner held up by a protester. The furious activists accused Moon of undermining South Korea’s alliance with the US and allowing North Korea to stage its “propaganda” during the Pyeongchang Winter Games by sending their athletes and red-clad cheerleaders to compete.

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New Border Security App That Could Go Global

New Border Security App That Could Go Global – Canada

The federal government is embarking on a new pilot program that will allow people to cross borders faster if they create a digital profile filled with their personal information on their mobile devices. The Known Traveler Digital Identity is a joint venture between the governments of Canada and the Netherlands and will be tested first on travelers going between those countries. The plan is to have it ready for a wider global rollout by 2020. Accenture said keeping users in control of their data will be critical. "No personal information is stored on the ledger itself, ensuring that personal information is not consolidated in one system, which would make it a high value target for subversion," the company said in a statement to CBC News.

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SSL-Based Cyber Attacks Surged 30% Over the Past Six Months

SSL-Based Cyber Attacks Surged 30% Over the Past Six Months – Worldwide

Cyber criminals are increasingly using encryption technologies such as SSL to launch and hide attacks from malware detection tools, with threats rising by 30% compared to the first half of 2017, according to a new report. Zscaler ThreatLabZ's bi-annual Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) trends report found that each day the company blocks up to 800,000 data transfers exploiting SSL encryption to transport cyber threats. By comparison, in the first six months of 2017, the company blocked 600,000 transactions on average. The company said one of the most popular ways criminals launched attacks was using newly registered domains that were like well-known brand names such as DocuSign, Microsoft, Apple and Dropbox.

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