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Articles of interest from the week of December 17, 2018


PewDiePie printer hackers strike again
The stunt was first carried out last month, when one member claimed to have forced about 50,000 printers to create posters supporting his favourite vlogger PewDiePie. (By: Joe Tidy, BBC News)

Vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips could lead to failures in modern electronics
A Washington State University research team has uncovered significant and previously unknown vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips that could lead to failures in modern electronics. (Help Net Security)

US ballistic missile defense systems (BMDS) open to cyber attacks
The U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General published a report this week that revealed that lack of adequate cybersecurity for the protection of the United States' ballistic missile defense systems (BMDS). (By: Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

GDPR's Ugly Side: WHOIS Blocking the White Hats?
Last month signified the six-month anniversary of GDPR which promised to increase transparency and culpability for all international organisations that handle any EU citizens' data, writes Bharat Mistry, Principle Security Architect at Trend Micro. (By: Ed Targett, CBR Online)

Facebook API Bug Exposes 6.8M Users' Photos to Developer
News is breaking that Facebook has exposed the private photos of an estimated 6.8 million users, due to an API bug. The bug allowed access to photos beyond the third-party app request, pulling their timeline photos, Facebook Stories, Marketplace photos, in addition to photos they'd uploaded to Facebook but never shared.

Facebook says the bug impacted users between Sept. 13 to Sept. 25, 2018. The company has said users impacted by this Facebook API bug have been notified with an alert (notification) in Facebook. IT security experts commented below. (By: Mark Weiner, Information Security Buzz)



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