October 13, 2021
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Disrupted
How technology is changing business and lives
Tech could transform light into room-sized holograms
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Light Field Lab, a startup, has developed technology that could transform light waves into room-sized holograms that would be viewable from any angle. The tech does not require AR glasses or VR headsets for the holograms to be viewed.
Full Story: CNET (10/7) 
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Hacked
Current and future cybersecurity issues
Cybercrime group FIN12 can fully deploy a ransomware payload in just a few days by eschewing data exfiltration, Mandiant reports. The report shows that almost 20% of attacks attributed to FIN12 focus on health care entities, noting that the group has been expanding its reach beyond North America.
Full Story: BleepingComputer (10/7) 
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Google protects 14K Gmail accounts from phishing scam
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Around 14,000 Gmail accounts were the focus of a phishing campaign orchestrated by Russia-backed hacking group APT28, aka Fancy Bear, Google's Threat Analysis Group reports. The company says all of the malicious emails were tagged as spam, and Google has also alerted targeted users to potential government-backed activity, urging them to secure their accounts.
Full Story: CyberScoop (10/7),  Motherboard (10/7) 
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Litigation Trends
Intellectual property, lawsuit, privacy and security news
Robinhood Markets has sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission saying that any new oversight of how online brokerages engage with their customers through trading apps "will undoubtedly raise significant legal issues" under the First Amendment. "Just as a painting or a symphony is entitled to no less First Amendment protection than a novel or a newspaper article, digital platforms do not lose First Amendment protection when they express ideas through 'animation and graphics' or 'visual cues,'" the letter said.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (10/5) 
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Governance and Regulation
Policy developments, legislation and regulatory news
A bipartisan bill in the House would direct the government to form a process for labeling select groups as "systemically important critical infrastructure." The bill from Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to provide these groups with access to important security programs.
Full Story: The Hill (10/5),  CyberScoop (10/5) 
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Members of the European Parliament have voted to support a ban on surveillance using remote biometric technology, saying citizens should only be monitored if suspected of committing a crime. The resolution, which passed 377 to 248, calls on lawmakers in the European Union to prohibit the use of artificial intelligence for automatic recognition in public areas.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (10/6) 
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Pay it Forward
How technology companies are improving the lives of others
Netflix is giving $5.4 million to Howard University to establish a scholarship in memory of actor Chadwick Boseman, an alumnus. The scholarship will cover full tuition for four years for students at the College of Fine Arts, also named for Boseman.
Full Story: Collider (10/4) 
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