Tuesday, November 04, 2014

For my Ethical Hackers and my Computer Security students.
Map of Industrial Control Systems on the Internet
  • “What is an Industrial Control System? In a nutshell, Industrial control systems (ICS) are computers that control the world around you. They’re responsible for managing the air conditioning in your office, the turbines at a power plant, the lighting at the theatre or the robots at a factory.
  • Power Plants on the Internet? Really? You’d be surprised! A lot of big industrial stuff that you wouldn’t expect to find on the Internet is being put online. And the problem is only getting worse as more people expect to be able to manage their business from their iPad. A few examples
  • See the Presentation – The latest research that generated the above map is being presented at the 4SICS conference in Stockholm. Visit the website to see the video once it becomes available. 4SICS Conference
  • Why are they on the Internet? The main reason these devices get put on the Internet is to save time and money so you can have a single technician maintain your infrastructure from anywhere in the world! [and you can have a single hacker disrupt your infrastructure from anywhere in the world. Bob] It saves a lot of money and is the way of the future, you just need to pay attention to how you do it.”

I'll discuss this with my Computer Security students.
Cybersecurity Requires Proactive Approach: Ernst & Young
That the cyber threat landscape is growing increasingly rocky for many businesses is difficult to dispute.
According to a new report from consulting firm Ernst & Young, addressing that reality requires businesses take a proactive approach to security. That begins with laying a foundation for security, starting with conducting a security assessment, creating a roadmap and getting board-level support. Unfortunately however, more than half those surveyed by Ernst & Young said their organizations are challenged by a lack of skilled resources, and 43 percent said their total information security budget will stay roughly the same in the coming 12 months despite increasing threats.

Not doubt the FBI will start quoting this, if they didn't write the script in the first place. “You don't want the US to fall behind, do you Congressman?”
British spy chief: Tech firms aiding terrorism
American tech giants are making it easier for terrorists to go undetected, the leader of a top British intelligence agency said on Monday.
The head of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) — the British equivalent of the National Security Agency (NSA) — called for a new partnership between intelligence agencies and top tech companies, which have grown increasingly distrustful of government spying.
“[I]ncreasingly [tech companies’] services not only host the material of violent extremism or child exploitation, but are the routes for the facilitation of crime and terrorism,” GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan wrote in a Financial Times op-ed.

Tech industry demands more money for evidence swaps
Eight major tech industry groups are demanding that congressional leaders allocate more money to deal with legal treaties that allow the U.S. to share evidence with other countries.
The Justice Department is under “a severe strain” to process requests from foreign countries, the groups wrote to Capitol Hill leaders on Monday, while the demand from abroad has grown.
As a result, many foreign governments have tried to get digital evidence directly from American companies’ servers and computers, putting the tech companies in a legally tricky place where they could risk violating the law.

What have we been telling you?
Michael Price writes:
I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too.
The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.
The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.
It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition.
Read more on Salon.
[From the article:
More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.
… The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself.
Of course, there is always the “dumb” option. Users may have the ability to disable data collection, but it comes at a cost. The device will not function properly or allow the use of its high-tech features. This leaves consumers with an unacceptable choice between keeping up with technology and retaining their personal privacy.

(Related) The default is always “full surveillance.”
Yael Grauer reports:
Opening TextEdit in your MacBook to jot down some notes may feel like the digital equivalent of scrawling on the back of an envelope. Unfortunately, those unsaved notes may not be as private as you think they are—and likely haven’t been for a while.
If you’re like the majority of Mac users, you may think your in-progress files—the ones you haven’t explicitly saved—are being stored directly on your hard drive. And with FileVault 2, a full-disk encryption feature included with your OS, Apple has made it easy to encrypt the contents of your entire drive, offering an additional layer of security if your laptop is stolen—especially if you store your own recovery key.
But security researcher Jeffrey Paul recently noticed that Apple’s default autosave is storing in-progress files—the ones you haven’t explicitly saved yet—in the cloud, not on your hard drive. (Surprise!) Unless you decided to hit save before you start typing, or manually changed the default settings, those meeting notes, passwords, and credit card numbers you jotted down in “Untitled 17” are living in iCloud.
Read more on Slate.

How objective is this type of review. Does it take ethnic (or teenage) slang into consideration?
Joanna Rothkopf reports:
Last year, in an effort to improve security, the Huntsville City School district paid an ex-FBI agent Chris McRae $157,000 to monitor the social media activity of its 24,000 students. The effort was part of a program called SAFe, Students Against Fear, where students and faculty could file anonymous tips to McRae who would look through their social media accounts for any questionable material, including drugs, weapons, gangs or sex.
Yes, the security program seems like an overreaction and a violation of students’ rights. More alarmingly, however, is that of the 14 students who were ultimately expelled, 12 were black even though only 40 percent of the district’s students are black.
Read more on Salon.

This should be interesting.
Chad Hatmaker writes:
The Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, and it will apply to any person or entity that employs one or more employees. This includes state and local governments, as well as private businesses, and any agent, representative or designee of employers.
The act prohibits employers from:
  • Requesting or requiring employees or applicants to disclose a password to a personal Internet account;
  • Compelling employees or a pplicant to add the employer or an employment agency to their contacts associated with a personal Internet account;
  • Compelling employees or applicants to access a personal Internet account in the presence of the employer to enable the employer to observe its contents;
  • Discharging, failing to hire, or penalizing employees or applicants for refusing to comply with any of the above prohibited actions.
Read more on Knoxville News Sentinel.

Something for us non-lawyers?
Bork’s “Legislative Intent” and the Courts
Ginsburg, Douglas H., Bork’s “Legislative Intent” and the Courts (November 3, 2014). Antitrust Law Journal, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp. 941-951, 2014; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-59. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2518600
“Robert H. Bork’s influence upon modern antitrust law is difficult to overstate. One of his lasting legacies is his analysis of the legislative history, text, and structure of the Sherman Act, which led him to conclude the intent of the Congress passing it was to maximize consumer welfare and economic efficiency. That conclusion was adopted by the Supreme Court in 1979 and has formed the foundation for antitrust policy and enforcement ever since. This article explains the rationale for Bork’s “consumer welfare” thesis, recounts the history of its rise and the objections it engendered from other academics, and summarizes its salutary effect upon antitrust law and business practices.”

We've been saying this for years. Still no serious attempt at a solution. Perhaps Ms. Swift can make one work?
Taylor Swift Reminds Everyone How Broken Online Music Is Right Now
On Monday, Taylor Swift removed her entire back catalog from the streaming service. The change was announced in a Spotify corporate blog post that even the Gray Lady called passive-aggressive, entitled “On Taylor Swift’s Decision To Remove Her Music from Spotify.”
“We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more,” says Spotify’s announcement. “We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone.”
Swift’s old albums—though not her newest, 1989—are still available on smaller streaming services, like Rdio and Beats Music.
… a Buzzfeed reporter couldn’t figure out the per-stream price of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” One source told her it made 19 cents per 60 streams; another said it made .91 of a cent.
… By limiting fans’s effortless access to her entire discography, they might be able to incentivize them to buy its newest member.
In other words, writes Kastrenakes, “Swift and her label are in the extremely uncommon position of having the power to pull this off and likely benefit from it.”

Strange that we don't have majors in these technologies, yet.
Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014
“Cell phones and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are playing an increasingly prominent role in how voters get political information and follow election news, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. The proportion of Americans who use their cell phones to track political news or campaign coverage has doubled compared with the most recent midterm election: 28% of registered voters have used their cell phone in this way during the 2014 campaign, up from 13% in 2010.

Might be useful for my “Intro to” classes.
Free Webinar - Storyboards In the Classroom
Next Tuesday at 7pm EST I will be hosting another webinar on using storyboards in the classroom. In this free webinar sponsored by StoryboardThat.com Aaron Sherman and I will share strategies and resources for using storyboards in your classroom. Click here to register.
Webinar highlights:
  • The benefits of using storyboards and comics to illustrate ideas.
  • How to use StoryboardThat.com to create storyboards.
Everyone who attends the live webinar will be entered into a drawing for door prizes from StoryboardThat.com and FreeTech4Teachers.com
Registration is limited to the first 200 people. Complete the following form if you know that you cannot attend the live webinar, but you would like to watch the recording.

More hope for my education.
Learn Almost Anything Online; Find Out Where With SlideRule
… Which brings me to SlideRule. This site acts as a search engine for online classes, with over 18,000 courses indexed. Some happen in real time, others are on-demand; some are from universities, others from nonprofit organizations. You can search classes, or browse them by category, until you find something worth spending your time learning.
For years we’ve been showing you how to take free college courses online. If you want to take an online course, but aren’t sure where to start looking, check Slide Rule first.

For my Marketing students. Harvard says so!
7 Marketing Technologies Every Company Must Use

For my geeks.
Mozilla Teases Browser For Developers
Mozilla is releasing a new Web browser designed specifically for developers. The mysterious browser, currently known only as the Firefox Developer Browser (#Fx10), will launch on November 10. In the teaser trailer embedded above, Mozilla promises the new browser will “debug the whole Web” and be “unique but familiar.
Mozilla’s blog post goes some way to explaining the thinking behind the new browser for developers: “When building for the Web, developers tend to use a myriad of different tools which often don’t work well together. This means you end up switching between different tools, platforms and browsers which can slow you down and make you less productive.” The new developer browser is designed to “make your lives easier.
Interested parties are invited to sign up to the Mozilla Hacks newsletter to be notified as soon as the Firefox browser for developers is released.

There are lots of tools like this online.
Block Posters - Use Standard Printers to Print Posters
If you have ever come across an infographic that you thought would make a good classroom poster, you should take a look at Block Posters. Block Posters is a web-based tool to which you can upload a high quality graphic then divide it into letter-sized chunks for printing. Print out each section and put them together on a poster board to make your own poster.
Applications for Education
Most teachers and students don't have ready access to printers that can handle poster-sized paper, but they do have access to standard letter-size printers. When you find a great infographic that you want to display in your classroom, Block Posters is a good tool to use to print it out. Want to create a giant jigsaw puzzle? Block Posters could be useful for that too.

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