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Positive Security News - Edition 1

As promised, here is your first weekly edition of Positive Cyber Security News.

Each week we'll cover a handful of areas where the cyber and tech industry are getting it right.


  1. Criminal networks smashed after using “secure” chat app secretly run by cops I'll start with a favourite. After a recent takedown of an underground marketplace for cybercriminals, the FBI really stepped it up a notch. Not only did they predict the cybercriminals would go elsewhere to do their dirty work, they created (and snooped on) the perfect solution. 224 people arrested. 3.7 tonnes of drugs, 104 weapons, $34.75 million in cash, as well as millions of dollars of other assets such as luxury cars seized. Hats off to them. Source: Hotforsecurity.Bitdefender.com

  2. PrivacyMic looks to keep your home smart without Google, Alexa, Siri and pals listening in For those interested in privacy and more specifically, smart speakers and the like, here's one for you. There's a new kid on the block. What if we could have our smart speaker be just as useful, but without recording and storing our discussions and other home-life sounds? Source: Article: The Register | Detailed report

  3. The relatives frozen in time on Google Street View Over the years there have been stories of burglaries and other unintended consequences of Google driving around the world and capturing data for their Street View service. This time around, an unintended consequence of Google's service has made many people nostalgically happy. Source: BBC Technology

  4. Google open-source encryption algorithm Google have developed and publicised a way in which personal and confidential information can be shared and manipulated, but without revealing the confidential contents themselves. In their own words: "we are excited to announce that we’re open-sourcing a first-of-its-kind, general-purpose transpiler for Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE), which will enable developers to compute on encrypted data without being able to access any personally identifiable information." Source: Developers.Googleblog.com

  5. Tech firms use remote monitoring to help honey bees With honeybees playing a critical part in the way the world goes around, what better use of technology to understand and ultimately, help them do their honey things. Source: BBC Technology


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