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Science Policy Around the Web – December 21, 2014

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By: Courtney Pinard, Ph.D

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Full extent of cyberattacks are revealed

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) has decided to partner with the private sector this month after the full extent of last years cyberattacks was revealed. A series of high-profile cyberattacks hit U.S. businesses, including one targeting JPMorgan Chase earlier this year that affected 76 million individuals and 7 million small-business accounts. Hackers accessed the names and contact information of customers, but not account or Social Security numbers.

This analysis comes after North Korea hacked Sony Pictures, accessing thousands of private documents. “Cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication, and it is critical that the industry and government collaborate to mitigate these threats,” SIFMA’s president and chief executive, Kenneth Bentsen, said in a statement. A possible consumer and corporate response to these cyberattacks was discussed in a recent New York Times article. Aside from assuming that all information is public, we may have another option to increase cybersecurity. The apps Snapchat and Confide provide enhanced security because messages are deleted as soon as they are read through a user-interfaced trick, according to Howard Lerman, the co-creator of Confide. The development of this new technology may prevent future high-profile cyberattacks, which could threaten national or global security. (Mario Trujillo, The Hill; Farhad Manjoo, New York Times)


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December 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

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