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Sources: UK-based digital bank Monzo is raising $150M in its latest funding round, which is expected to value the bank as high as $1.5B (Martin…

Martin Arnold / Financial Times : Sources: UK-based digital bank Monzo is raising $150M in its latest funding round, which is expected to value the bank as high as $1.5B   —  Monzo, the British digital bank popular with millennials, is set to become the latest European fintech “unicorn” with a fresh round of fundraising expected …

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Vietnamese online marketplace Sendo raises $51M Series B led by SBI Group, with participation from SoftBank and others, and says it has 300K sellers…

Jack Ellis / Tech in Asia : Vietnamese online marketplace Sendo raises $51M Series B led by SBI Group, with participation from SoftBank and others, and says it has 300K sellers   —  Major investment players like SoftBank and SBI Group are betting big on Vietnam's burgeoning ecommerce market with their latest investment.

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Netflix says its CFO David Wells, who led the service’s international expansion to 190 countries, is leaving the company after 14 years (Steve…

Steve Kovach / CNBC : Netflix says its CFO David Wells, who led the service's international expansion to 190 countries, is leaving the company after 14 years   —  Netflix chief financial officer David Wells will step down, the company announced Monday.  —  The company said Wells will stay on the job until he can help choose a successor.

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Snapchat’s loosened standards for video and changes to advertising, like its use of consumer data and computerized auctions, make it less of an…

Shira Ovide / Bloomberg : Snapchat's loosened standards for video and changes to advertising, like its use of consumer data and computerized auctions, make it less of an internet rebel   —  It loses luster, though, as it discards the elements that set it apart.  —  Snapchat has defined itself in opposition to the internet establishment.

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Rigetti Computing, one of the companies trying to build a practical quantum computer, discloses that it has raised a $50M round in late 2017 (Eric…

Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg : Rigetti Computing, one of the companies trying to build a practical quantum computer, discloses that it has raised a $50M round in late 2017   —  Few corners of the tech industry are as tantalizing or complex as quantum computing.  For years evangelists have promised machines capable of breaking …

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Social media pressure is here to stay as a tactic against advertisers and platforms that support shows like Infowars, because it works, as Sleeping…

Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post : Social media pressure is here to stay as a tactic against advertisers and platforms that support shows like Infowars, because it works, as Sleeping Giants shows   —  Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Matt Rivitz stumbled upon the Breitbart News website, which once called itself the “home of the alt-right.”

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Hacking the websites responsible for election information is so easy an 11 year-old did it

It’s time to talk about election security. Over the weekend at Def Con , the annual hacker convention in Las Vegas to discuss some of the latest and greatest (or scariest) trends in the wild world of hacking, a pair of election security hacking demonstrations set up for adults and kids alike offered up some frightening revelations about America’s voting infrastructure. (I’m not even going to begin to touch Voatz .) Voatz: a tale of a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea For 11 year-old Emmett from Austin, hacking the website for the Florida Secretary of State was as easy as a simple SQL injection. While it took Emmett only 10 minutes to break into the election reporting section of the Florida Secretary of State web page, it’s important to note that these pages were set up as replicas. The idea, according to event organizers from Wickr (a secure communications platform), “was mainly focused on breaking into the portions of the websites that are critical to the election process, so the kids worked against the replicas of the webpages where election results are reported by secretaries of state.” The replicas were built by the team at Wall of Sheep Village and they issued the following statement: “The main issues with the live sites we are creating the replicas of are related to poor coding practices. They have popped up across the industry and are not vendor specific.” And while the National Association for the Secretaries of State had some choice words for the Voting Machine Hacking Village, they didn’t address the hacks the kids made on their actual web sites . Well this is interesting. National Association of Secretaries of State issues statement against the Def Con Voting Village. Says its attempt to recreate (and likely hack the shit out of) a connected mockup of the election process isn't realistic. pic.twitter.com/c1uy694UPA — Kevin Collier (@kevincollier) August 9, 2018 In all, some 47 kids participated in the election hacking contest and 89% of them managed to get in to the virtual web sites set up by Wickr and Wall of Sheep Village. Emmett, whose dad works in cybersecurity and who has been attending Def Con now for four years, has some thoughts on how easy it was for him to get into the system and change the vote tallies for election results. “It’s actually kind of scary,” the 11 year-old said. “People can easily hack in to websites like these and they can probably do way more harmful things to these types of websites.” The point, according to Wickr’s (badass) founder Nico Sell, is to bring attention to just how flawed security operations remain at the state level in areas that are vital to the nation’s democracy. “The really important reason why we’re doing this is because we’re not taking the problem serious enough how significantly someone can mess with our elections,” said Sell. “And by showing this with eight year old kids we can call attention to the problem in such a way that we can fix the system so our democracy isn’t ruined.” Some executives at big corporations share the same concerns

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Researchers demo machine learning techniques that de-anonymize the authors of code samples, often with more than 90% accuracy, even from binary code…

Louise Matsakis / Wired : Researchers demo machine learning techniques that de-anonymize the authors of code samples, often with more than 90% accuracy, even from binary code   —  RESEARCHERS WHO STUDY stylometry—the statistical analysis of linguistic style—have long known that writing is a unique, individualistic process.

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A look at the loose alliance between Russia’s criminal hackers and intelligence services that has been attacking Russia’s perceived enemies since…

Daniil Turovsky / Meduza.io : A look at the loose alliance between Russia's criminal hackers and intelligence services that has been attacking Russia's perceived enemies since around 2005   —  On the night of August 8, 2008, Georgian troops started shelling Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, and then began their assault on the city.

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