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|Coming up on DTNS Google catches out another exploit, this time in Android, oops, Disney fighting with Netflix and Amazon and why this time when the government asks for weakening encryption.... it's still a bad idea.||Twitch Chat|
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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday Oct 4th, 2019 In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|sl||Apple told the Financial Times it's acquired UK motion capture company IKinema. The company makes animation technology for games, VR and more. IKinema specializes in real-time procedural animation from real-life people and animals.||https://www.macrumors.com/2019/10/03/apple-acquisition-ikinema/|
|sm||Microsoft issued an out of band update for all supported versions of Windows through Windows Update to fix an IE scripting engine flaw, as well as a zero-day Chrome exploit. The flaws were originally discovered and disclosed by Google's Threat Analysis Group, and Microsoft released a patch on September 23rd to address it. This required a manual install, but the fix is now being pushed out automatically. This out of band update won't replace the scheduled October Patch Tuesday on October 8.||https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-out-of-band-patch-microsofts-mandatory-security-update-is-for-all-versions/|
|tm||Nikkei reports that its sources say Apple told suppliers to increase production on the iPhone 11 range by 10% about 8 million more units. Suppliers speaking to Nikkei said Apple's original supply orders were fairly conservative this year, initially placing orders lower than last year's iPhone launch. The increased production is reportedly mainly for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro units, with revised orders slightly down for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.||https://9to5mac.com/2019/10/04/iphone-11-production/|
|sl||Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman will deliver a keynote presentation at CES Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. in Park Theater at the Park MGM Hotel. we at DTNS are somewhat disappointed that it will not be several 10-minute keynotes strung out over the week.||https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/ces-quibi-jeffrey-katzenberg-meg-whitman-1203357736/|
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|:33||sm||Google’s Project Zero research group published details about an Android zero-day exploit being actively exploited in the wild. The exploit gives attackers full control of a device on at least 18 different Android handsets, including several Pixel 1 and 2 models and Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, and S9 models. The local privilege escalation can defeat local sandboxing and be delivered through the Web if chained to a renderer exploit. It can be delivered on its own through a sideloaded app. The Android team says a fix is coming in the October Android security update, due out in a few days, with patches already delivered to partners. Google's Project Zero team said it appeared the exploit was being actively used by exploit developer NSO Group or one of its clients. NSO Group denied its involvement in a statement to Ars Technica. It appears the vulnerability was patched in Linux kennel 4.14 in 2018 and made its way into Android after that but was never issued a CVE number so was not retroactively applied to older versions of Android.||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/10/attackers-exploit-0day-vulnerability-that-gives-full-control-of-android-phones/|
|:37||tm||The Wall Street Journal's sources say Disney will not accept advertisement from Netflix on its entertainment TV networks. Non-entertainment networks like ESPN will still accept Netflix ads. Disney told the Verge it reevaluated its strategy "to reflect the comprehensive business relationships we have with many of these companies. It apparently found a mutually beneficial relationship between companies with competing platforms, like Comcast, Amazon and Apple. In Netflix's case it did not. The Wall Street Journal also reports sources tell it Disney may not launch a Disney+ app on the Fire TV because of conflicts over how advertising is handled on the Fire TV platform.||https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-bans-netflix-ads-as-streamings-marketing-wars-intensify-11570199291|
|:40||sl||But the disputes don't end there. The Prime Video app is no longer available in Apple's app store and neither Amazon nor Apple have commented. The app was removed from iOS and tvOS app stores in all regions except Australia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, India, Kenya, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar and Saudi Arabia. So….. what do all those countries have in common?||https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/04/amazons-prime-video-app-disappears-from-the-app-store/|
|:43||sm||The first all-electric NASA test plane, the X-57 Mod II arrived at the Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. NASA will test the plane's electric propulsion system with ground tests. The next phases include taxi and eventually flight, likely with the Mod III and Mod IV configurations which will, unlike Mod II, come with wings. NASA will share its findings with companies in the aerospace industry and government regulators. The eventual aim is to develop certification standards for electric aircraft, including urban air mobility vehicles which you might call flying cars.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/04/nasa-first-all-electric-x-plane/|
|:45||tm||Palmer Luckey's Anduril company showed off footage of its Anvil battering-ram drone taking down both fixed wing drones and quadcopters. Anvil is designed for short fast flights to take out drones from below. flight-critical components are positioned low to help Anvil land in one piece. Rogue drones and quadcopter are becoming a more common threat. Anvil is being designed for military uses in battle situations, not for domestic law enforcement.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/4/20898931/anduril-anvil-drone-footage-palmer-luckey-quadcopter|
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|:48||Buzzfeed News obtained a copy of an open letter signed by US attorney general William Barr, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, requesting Facebook delay building end-to-end encryption across all its messaging apps. The letter asks that Facebook prioritize public saftey in designing encryption, calling for the ability for law enforcement to access illegal content, and consulting with governments on any changes to ensure access. The letter does acknowledge that Facebook already captures 99% of child exploitation and terrorism-related content through its own systems.||https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/bill-barr-facebook-letter-halt-encryption|
|US attorney general William Barr, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton and acting US Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed an open letter to Facebook asking the company to to delay plans for encrypting Messenger. |
For more than a decade under two presidents, the US Department of Justice has warned about "going dark" if end-to-end encryption is allowed to continue.
|In March Mark Zuckerberg said "In a few years, I expect future versions of Messenger and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Facebook network. We're focused on making both of these apps faster, simpler, more private and more secure, including with end-to-end encryption."|
Zuckerberg added "When billions of people use a service to connect, some of them are going to misuse it for truly terrible things like child exploitation, terrorism, and extortion. We have a responsibility to work with law enforcement and to help prevent these wherever we can. We are working to improve our ability to identify and stop bad actors across our apps by detecting patterns of activity or through other means, even when we can't see the content of the messages, and we will continue to invest in this work."
This is also when Zuckerberg announced the plan to integrate Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp into a unified messaging platform for interoperation.
|Now the letter asks "We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety and without including a means for lawful access to the content of communications to protect our citizens."|
It comes along with a new agreement for data access between the US and the UK designed to remove the barriers to cross-border surveillance.
"Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content, even for preventing or investigating the most serious crimes."
As well as
"Risks to public safety from Facebook's proposals are exacerbated in the context of a single platform that would combine inaccessible messaging services with open profiles, providing unique routes for prospective offenders to identify and groom our children."
The bullet points - It is not asking for a back door by name
Embed the safety of the public in system designs, thereby enabling you to continue to act against illegal content effectively with no reduction to safety, and facilitating the prosecution of offenders and safeguarding of victims;
· Enable law enforcement to obtain lawful access to content in a readable and usable format;
|In a response statement Facebook said "We believe people have the right to have a private conversation online, wherever they are in the world. As the US and UK governments acknowledge, the CLOUD Act allows for companies to provide available information when they receive valid legal requests and does not require companies to build back doors."|
Ryan Singel—a fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society— tweeted that 1,457 federal criminal wiretaps in 2018, only 74 federal were reported as being encrypted, and only 58 of those couldn't be decrypted.
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