Hillicon Valley — US official warns of potential Russian cyberattacks

A prime cyber official warned the U.S. towards doable Russian cyber threats because the conflict in Ukraine drags on. 

In the meantime, Twitter reportedly suffered a breach this week when greater than 200 million consumer accounts, together with electronic mail addresses, had been leaked and posted on a well-liked on-line hacking discussion board. 

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Official: Be ‘vigilant’ over Russian cyber threats

The U.S. wants to stay vigilant in efforts to guard towards potential Russian cyberattacks because the conflict with Ukraine presses on, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company (CISA) Director Jen Easterly stated Thursday.  

Though Russia has not made a major cyber strike towards the U.S. thus far since invading Ukraine final yr, Easterly stated “we cannot assume that received’t occur going ahead.” 

“It seems prefer it’s not going to finish anytime quickly. We have to proceed to be vigilant, maintain our shields up, and be certain that we’re placing all these controls in place,” she stated on a panel on the Shopper Electronics Present in Las Vegas.  

Easterly stated Russia miscalculated the conflict effort, underestimating each the resilience, functionality and braveness of the Ukrainian military it will face and the united entrance the U.S. and different allies would put up towards Russia. 

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Twitter accounts leaked in newest hack

Greater than 200 million Twitter accounts, together with electronic mail addresses, had been leaked this week, elevating privateness and safety considerations. 

Alan Gal, the co-founder of Israeli safety agency Hudson Rock, reportedly first uncovered the leak and took to social media to alert the general public. 

“The database comprises 235,000,000 distinctive information of Twitter customers and their electronic mail addresses and can sadly result in loads of hacking, focused phishing, and doxxing,” Gal stated on LinkedIn.  

“This is among the most vital leaks I’ve seen,” he added.  

Based on The Washington Put up, Gal found the leak on a well-liked on-line hacking discussion board however didn’t present a reputation. 

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROTOTYPE UNVEILED 

Sony and Honda unveiled their new electrical car prototype referred to as Afeela on Wednesday on the Shopper Electronics Present.  

Sony Honda Mobility CEO Yasuhide Mizuno revealed few particulars concerning the prototype, however showcased its greater than 40 sensors inside and out of doors of the automotive that can assist the car detect different objects on the highway.  

“Afeela represents our idea of an interplay relationship the place folks really feel the feeling of interactive mobility,” he stated.  

Epic Video games, the developer behind the favored recreation Fortnite, and semiconductor firm Qualcomm will work with Sony Honda mobility on the challenge.  

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BITS & PIECES

An op-ed to chew on: We don’t do that’: Even Twitter’s censors rejected Adam Schiff’s censorship request 

Notable hyperlinks from across the internet:  

What’s generative AI, and why is it all of the sudden all over the place? (Vox / Rebecca Heilweil) 

French-speaking cybercriminals proceed assaults on African banks (CyberScoop / AJ Vicens) 

Tech jobs had been hit the toughest by layoffs final yr (CNBC / Lauren Feiner) 

Yet one more factor: Peloton reaches $19M deal 

Peloton reached a settlement with the U.S. Shopper Product Security Fee Thursday over its faulty treadmills that triggered accidents and the corporate’s failure to report the considerations to the fee. 

Peloton recalled all of its treadmills in 2021 after the dying of a kid and dozens of different accidents occurred whereas utilizing the product. Within the fee’s press launch printed Thursday, it introduced that Peloton agreed to pay a $19 million civil penalty as a result of the corporate “knowingly failed” to report that its Tread+ treadmill had a “substantial” hazard that might critical harm to the buyer. 

Peloton obtained reviews of accidents reference to its Tread+ treadmill starting in December 2018, however didn’t instantly report the incidents to the fee, in line with the discharge.

By the point the corporate reported the faulty treadmill, there have been greater than
150 reviews of individuals, pets or objects being pulled beneath the treadmill, together with one youngster dying and 13 accidents, the discharge states. 

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