Cybersecurity’s next action and mass protests in China

In the world of cybersecurity, one thing is always certain: more hacks. That’s an unavoidable constant in an industry that will spend around $150 billion worldwide this year that can’t really stop hackers.

The past year has seen Russian government attacks on Ukraine; more ransomware targeting hospitals and schools—and governments too; a seemingly endless series of costly cryptocurrency hacks; and the famous hacks by companies like Microsoft, Nvidia and the maker of Grand Theft Auto Rockstar Games, the last of which is believed to have been carried out by teenagers.

However, while all these types of attacks will continue to happen next year and for the foreseeable future, cybersecurity experts do not believe that next year will only bring doom and gloom to security. network. Read full story to find out why.

—Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Take a look back at some of this year’s only thought-provoking cybersecurity stories:

+ Erik Prince wants to sell you a ‘safe’ smartphone that’s too good to be true. MIT Technology Review obtained Prince’s investment presentation of the “RedPill Phone” in August, which promised more than it could deliver. Read full story.

+ China-linked hackers have been targeting human rights groups for years. A group of hackers linked to China has spent the past three years targeting human rights organizations, think tanks, media and agencies of various foreign governments. Read full story.+ The US military wants to learn the most important software on Earth. Open source code runs on every computer on the planet—and keeps America’s critical infrastructure running. DARPA worries about whether it is reliable. Read full story.

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1 Chinese protester is denying covid to zero
This is the largest demonstration of dissent that President Xi Jinping has ever faced. (economist $)
+ News of the protests on Twitter was deliberately obscured by pornography. (WP $)
+ Why are protesters holding up blank sheets of paper?. (BBC)
+ The protests are nationwide and multifaceted. (FT $)
+ The protests have dealt a blow to Xi’s reputation. (Nikkei Asia)

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