Tanium CEO’s Refreshingly Honest Take on the State of Internet Security

This is your Cyber Saturday edition of Fortune’s tech newsletter for October 7, 2017. On Tuesday, the wood-smoke air of California’s wildfires descended on the Bay Area as cybersecurity professionals gathered at the Palace Hotel for an industry event. I spent the morning interviewing Orion Hindawi, CEO of Tanium, the world’s highest privately valued cyber […] Read more »

Russian Spies Rush to Exploit the Latest Flash Zero Day and More Security News This Week

There’s nothing like a hefty security freakout to start the week, and the Key Reinstallation AttackWi-Fi vulnerability—you know it as Krack—announced on Monday fit the bill. The bug is in the ubiquitous WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol, so while it fortunately doesn’t impact every single device that exists, it does affect a significant portion of them. And […] Read more »

Fed to step-up focus on payment security with study, working groups: Fed's Powell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve is stepping-up its focus on payment security as the industry reaches a “critical juncture” driven by new technologies, Federal Reserve board governor Jerome Powell said on Wednesday. Speaking at a conference in New York, Powell said the U.S. central bank would early next year launch a study analyzing […] Read more »

Security firm finds some Macs vulnerable to 'firmware' attacks

(Reuters) – Since 2015, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has tried to protect its Mac line of computers from a form of hacking that is extremely hard to detect, but it has not been entirely successful in getting the fixes to its customers, according to research released on Friday by Duo Security. Duo examined what is known […] Read more »

Apple sees sharp increase in U.S. national security requests

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has received more than three times as many national-security related requests from the U.S. government in the first half of this year versus a year ago, according to a company report on Thursday. Apple said it had received between 13,250 and 13,499 national security requests affecting between 9,000 and 9,249 users. […] Read more »

N.C. Wind Farm Goes Live Despite Legislators’ Claims It’s a National Security Threat

The first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina is now fully operational even though the state’s top politicians wanted President Donald Trump to nix the $ 400 million project because they said it’s a national security threat. Avangrid Renewables today announced the wind farm, sporting 104 turbines that are 50-stories tall, is now generating 670 megawatt […] Read more »

Uber’s new plan for rider security involves selfies… lots of selfies

Announced today, a new feature for Uber drivers will require a selfie photo before each shift to verify their identities. Real-Time ID Check aims to prevent fraudulent use of a driver’s account and provide customers with a greater sense of confidence in the ride-sharing company. “Driver account sharing or theft is a low-frequency problem right […] Read more »