Sunday, July 29, 2012

Think of the network as a conveyor belt for messages. If you are sending postcards (unencrypted mail) your messages can be read by anyone who happens to look.
Laws on Wi-Fi sniffing still up in the air, say specialists
Got a Wi-Fi network? If someone, say Google or the government, sniffs your open network, you may think you're legally protected. Don't be so sure.
It remains unclear whether the law protects your unencrypted Wi-Fi from interception, because there are differing interpretations and lack of court precedent, Kevin Bankston, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said in a session at Defcon yesterday.
The federal wiretap statute prohibits sniffing of contents of communications by a device unless the contents are readily accessible to the general public. If the network is password-protected you're fine. But under the definition of "readily accessible to the general public," unencrypted radio communications may not be covered, Bankston said.

(Related) Do tools like this make data “accessible to the general public?” (You may want to forward this article to your security manager)
Tools boast easy cracking of Microsoft crypto for businesses
Cryptography specialist Moxie Marlinspike released tools at Defcon today for easily cracking passwords in wireless and virtual private networks that use a popular encryption protocol based on an algorithm from Microsoft called MS-CHAPv2, news that will no doubt worry many a network administrator.
The tools crack WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and VPN passwords used by corporations and organizations running networks that are protected by the PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), which uses MS-CHAPv2 for authentication.

Yeah, it's called reality. Deal with it.
Surprisingly Good Evidence That Real Name Policies Fail To Improve Comments
YouTube has joined a growing list of social media companies who think that forcing users to use their real names will make comment sections less of a trolling wasteland, but there’s surprisingly good evidence from South Korea that real name policies fail at cleaning up comments. In 2007, South Korea temporarily mandated that all websites with over 100,000 viewers require real names, but scraped it after it was found to be ineffective at cleaning up abusive and malicious comments (the policy reduced unwanted comments by an estimated .09%). [So for every 10,000 “bad” comments, a real name policy eliminates nine? Bob]

A technology whose time has come?
July 28, 2012
The social economy: Unlocking value and productivity through social technologies
"While 72 percent of companies use social technologies in some way, very few are anywhere near to achieving the full potential benefit. In fact, the most powerful applications of social technologies in the global economy are largely untapped. Companies will go on developing ways to reach consumers through social technologies and gathering insights for product development, marketing, and customer service. Yet the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) finds that twice as much potential value lies in using social tools to enhance communications, knowledge sharing, and collaboration within and across enterprises. MGI’s estimates suggest that by fully implementing social technologies, companies have an opportunity to raise the productivity of interaction workers—high-skill knowledge workers, including managers and professionals—by 20 to 25 percent."

Think of this as a way to use Behavioral Advertising techniques on local politicians. Also, how to write a scraper...
July 28, 2012
Sunlight Foundation - Beta of Open States Legislator Tracking
"Discover politics in your state. Find your legislators, see how they've voted and browse upcoming legislation and events. While Open States is in beta this site is only available for Alaska, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin."
[From the website:
Just want data?
We gather legislative data from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and then make it available in a common format via our API and bulk downloads. You can also check out our contributor's guide and join our Google Group to get involved.

Tool for building textbooks?
Hexonic ScanToPDF is a free to use desktop application for Windows computers. The app converts image files into PDF documents. Supported image file formats include JPEG, TIFF, Multipage-TIFF, BMP, PNG, and GIF. You can install the app, import the images, and choose whether to create individual PDF files for each image or simply merge them all together.
Similar site: AlbumsToPDF.

For my Ethical Hackers. You heard them, go earn some bucks...
"Nearly a year ago, Facebook introduced its bug bounty program, inviting security researchers to poke around the site, discover vulnerabilities that could compromise the integrity or privacy of Facebook user data, and then responsibly disclose them to the company. Still, when the social network's security team received a tip from a researcher about a vulnerability in the company's own network which would allow attackers to eavesdrop on internal communications, they made an unprecedented choice by broadened the scope of the bug bounty program and inviting researchers to search for other holes in the corporate network. Nobody expects malicious attackers to have a change of heart and hand over information about a vulnerability for a few thousand dollars when they could sell the stole information for much more. [My hackers would never go over to the dark side... Bob] It should, therefore, come as no surprise that Ryan McGeehan, the manager of Facebook's security-incident response unit, stated that if there's a million-dollar bug, they will pay it out."

For my Math students. As the Quarter nears an end, those who are behind try 16 hours Math days, causing their brains to implode.
Using a computer for too long can be hazardous to your health. You never think about it because you are just sitting in a chair, but there is actually some serious risks that can come from sitting in front of a computer for too long. You may suffer from headaches, eye problems and even back issues. With this in mind, you might want to consider a light, Windows-based program called BreakTaker.

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