Friday, August 15, 2014

Still feeling lucky, Vladimer? Take my “aide” or take my tanks?
Russian aid convoy checked; military vehicles mass near Ukraine
Dozens of heavy Russian military vehicles massed on Friday near the border with Ukraine, while Ukrainian border guards crossed the frontier to inspect a huge Russian aid convoy.
Kiev has said the humanitarian aid might be used as cover for a Russian military intervention, and has insisted that its forces check the convoy before it moves across the border.
Moscow has denied any ulterior motives, but has allowed Ukrainian border guards to enter Russia and look at the caravan of trucks in an area opposite the frontier town of Izvaryne.
… The Guardian reported on Friday that its reporter had seen several APCs crossing the border with Ukraine. (
Asked about the report, a Ukrainian military spokesman, Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky, said: "These movements into Ukrainian territory take place practically every day with the aim of provoking (the Ukrainian side). Last night was no exception. Some armoured vehicles came across. We are checking on the quantity and the number of people who came over."
Kiev and NATO have said they fear Russia, which they say has massed more than 40,000 troops near the border, will invade east Ukraine. Russia says it is conducting military exercises and has no plans to invade. It also denies supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine with arms and funds.

Even the government isn't that dumb, are they?
Law360 reports:
LabMD Inc. asked an administrative law judge on Thursday to sanction the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly having a “secretive relationship” with the source of a key piece of evidence in its ongoing data breach case against the company.
LabMD claims the FTC failed to authenticate a key piece of evidence received from a data security company called Tiversa Inc. and its affiliate the Privacy Institute.
Read more on Law360 (subscription required). Cause of Action has uploaded the motion for sanctions here (pdf).
Although most of my FTC v. LabMD coverage can be found on, I’m posting this update here because it raises the issue of how the FTC goes about verifying claims of breaches. Can they or should they rely on the findings of third parties who claim to have found evidence of breaches, and if so, under what circumstances might such reliance be questionable?

I find this very hard to believe. The process to remove ex-employees should be very simple to implement. Are they actually saying they have access to corporate information or just the Google Cloud?
Bulk of Ex-Employees Retain Access to Corporate Apps: Survey
The assets of numerous organizations are at risk because their former employees continue to have access to sensitive corporate applications even after they leave the company, according to a report published Wednesday by cloud business applications provider Intermedia.
Rogue access is an issue that affects not only large enterprises, but also small and medium businesses, the 2014 SMB Rogue Access Study from Intermedia shows.
The study shows that 45% of ex-employees continued having access to confidential or highly confidential data and, worryingly, close to half of the respondents admitted logging in to accounts after leaving the company.
Nine of ten people retain access to the file sharing services they used at their old jobs, and 68% of users are in the habit of storing work files in personal cloud storage.

Reads more like a list of reasons you should put everything in the Cloud. (Like all the terrorists do)
Smartphone & Laptop Searches: Know Your Rights

For a few of my students...
How To Choose The Right Crowdfunding Site
… If you think you have the next great thing in your head, and you’re dying to make it a reality, check out this flowchart and get the funds you need!

For all of my students.
Great Google Search Strategies Every Student Can Use - Infographic
A couple of years ago I published 10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use. In that post I included a small PDF to distribute to students. The folks at took a look at the post and turned it into a slick infographic for me. You can view the infographic below. Click here to download it from where I have it hosted.
Canva is a nice tool for creating infographics, slides, and posters. I featured it in a workshop in June. In this post teachers in that workshop shared their ideas about it using Canva and similar tools in school.

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