Our picksGrim news about fake news; ransomware a growing threat; dumber tech for grid cybersecurity, and more

Published 12 March 2018

· The grim conclusions of the largest-ever study of fake news

· U.K. government lays out new guidelines for IoT device security

· Ransomware is a growing threat, but there are things you can do to protect your firm

· China’s national vulnerability database is merely a tool for its intelligence agencies

· The 911 error that led to an officer’s death: Here’s why call locations can be wrong

· Senators want dumber tech for energy grid cybersecurity

· The EPA is openly promoting a climate denial think tank.

· New attacks spark concerns about Iranian cyber threat

The grim conclusions of the largest-ever study of fake news (Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic)
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.

U.K. government lays out new guidelines for IoT device security (Conner Forrest, TechRepublic)
In its Secure by Design report, the UK government aims to address the risk of consumer privacy being undermined by the Internet of Things.

Ransomware is a growing threat, but there are things you can do to protect your firm (Jason Tashea, ABA Journal)
Ransomware is a growing, $1 billion-a-year industry—and one that has already proven to be devastating to other multibillion-dollar industries around the world.

China’s national vulnerability database is merely a tool for its intelligence agencies (Patrick Howell O’Neill, Cyberscoop)

The 911 error that led to an officer’s death: Here’s why call locations can be wrong (Steve Vockrodt And Rick Montgomery, The Kansas City Star)
It’s still not clear what accounted for the fatal error that led to police being sent to the wrong house in the next town over.

Senators want dumber tech for energy grid cybersecurity (Aaron Boyd, Nextgov)
A bill to study retro approaches to preventing and mitigating the effects of cyberattacks is advancing in the Senate.

The EPA is openly promoting a climate denial think tank. (Emily Atkin, New Republic)
On Friday afternoon, the Environmental Protection Agency sent out a press release to tout an op-ed praising Administrator Scott Pruitt. Written Heartland Institute President Tim Huelskamp and H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow there, the article argues that “Pruitt is leading the EPA toward greatness” by rejecting climate science. “Trump and Pruitt share an understanding that climate change is not a significant threat to the prosperity and health of Americans,” they wrote.

New attacks spark concerns about Iranian cyber threat (Morgan Chalfant, The Hill)
Experts are sounding the alarm about new cyber activity from Iran, as hackers become more emboldened and skilled at carrying out surveillance operations and other attacks outside the country’s borders.