Friday, January 16, 2015

It's the ability to generate headlines that determines how journalists treat a breach.
Kyle McCarthy points out that there were at least five colleges that had breaches larger than Sony’s breach in 2014.
So he made a list? Why is there absolutely NO mention of the fact that no federal agency enforces data security in the education sector? Isn’t THAT the bigger story?

For my Ethical Hackers: The perfect smoke screen? Let's take advantage of Nigel's British accent for a little social engineering...
The UK And US Will Launch Staged Cyber Attacks On Major Banks
The UK and US are about to launch cyber attacks on each other. But don't worry: there'll actually be staged exercises to test out defences against hackers as online global threats rise, the BBC says. The move has been hailed an "unprecedented" arrangement between the allies.
Cyber attacks will be carried out by the countries' intelligence services, the MI5 and the FBI.
First up is the financial sector: The Bank of England and commercial banks in the City and Wall Street are going to be targeted to see how well businesses can cope with hacking dangers. Transport services will also be hit in the digital battles.

They conclude there is no good substitute for gathering everything. Strategically, I have to agree – unless you can tell me in advance how to identify bad actors? This is exactly the document I need for my Business Intelligence class.
National Academy of Sciences Releases Report – Bulk Collection of Signals Intelligence
James R. Clapper – Director of National Intelligence” “On January 17, 2014, the President, through Presidential Policy Directive 28, directed my office to assess “the feasibility of creating software that would allow the Intelligence Community more easily to conduct targeted information acquisition rather than bulk collection.” In order to fulfill this direction, I asked the National Academy of Sciences to study this critical issue, leveraging their reach across both the public and private sectors. NAS is a non-partisan, peer-reviewed body established specifically to perform such tasks for the U.S. Government. NAS brought together a committee of experts from top technology firms and academia to consider whether technological alternatives to bulk collection exist while retaining critical intelligence capabilities. The independent, peer-reviewed report, Bulk Collection of Signals Intelligence: Technical Options, is publicly available at NAS’s website. The IC is always looking for ways to fulfill our national security mandate while protecting civil liberties and privacy. I want to thank NAS for their expertise and providing an impartial look at feasible alternatives to bulk collection.”

For the Ethical Hacker's Toolkit. (Article 3)
KeySweeper Spies On Wireless Keyboards
A security researcher by the name of Samy Kamkar has created a fake phone charger capable of sniffing out and storing any and all keystrokes made on Microsoft-branded wireless keyboards. The device, which Kamkar has dubbed KeySweeper, would be cheap to make and virtually impossible to detect.
KeySweeper looks exactly like a phone charger plugged into the wall. However, it’s actually sniffing out keystrokes, which it can then send via SMS to whoever planted the device. Luckily, this only works on Microsoft keyboards originally manufactured before 2011. Unfortunately, Kamkar maintains these are still being manufactured and sold today. Oops.

Bad news for Colorado. (and proof that Google doesn't know everything?)
The Enemy Of The Google Car Is — Snow!
… The Google Car has a critical foe however — and it isn't the traditional auto industry.
It's snow.
Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show, the guy in charge of Google bold experiment in self-driving said that alpine conditions are not something the Google Car will be tackling, at least not right away.
It turns out in Mountain View, it doesn’t snow,” Chris Urmson told Bloomberg.

Most of my students are too young to have had a shot at a cool domain name and all the three letter domains (IBM, CIA, etc.) have been taken so this is pretty cool!
Google Domains Now Available for Businesses
Google Domains is now available to all Web users in the United States. The service lets users purchase domains, create email addresses and build a website using the Google platform.
… Google Domains supports more than 50 domain endings. You can purchase popular top-level domain names (TLDs) like .com, .net, .org, .biz, .cc, .co, as well as specialized ones that represent your brand, such as .company, .consulting, .coffee, .florist, .guru, .management, .partners, .productions, .rentals, .supplies, .solutions, .technology and many more. Google says it will also be adding hundreds of new TLDs in the next few years.
… Original TLDs like .com, .net, .biz, .info and .us start at $12 for the first year. Country code and general TLDs like .co, .company, .consulting, .coffee, .florist, .guru, .management, .solutions and .technology start at $20.
Google Domains also offers free private registration, which hides your name, address and other contact information from public view — for instance, during a WHOIS domain database search.

No good idea goes unlitigated. And I doubt this one will survive. The movie studios don't want to change, no matter how profitable it might be. (Article 2)
Wavelength Makes Movie Sharing Legal
Wavelength is a new service promising a way of sharing movies online, legally, and for free. Which means it’s unlikely to last very long. Wavelength is powered by Ultraviolet, a cloud locker service the movie studios created to allow people to share movies with friends. But “friends” is such a tricky term when applied online.
Ultraviolet enables the buyer of a movie to stream it to multiple devices and share it with up to six other people. Wavelength utilizes this system, with random strangers sharing their legally-bought collections with other random strangers. Which essentially means it uses Hollywood’s own technology against itself.
Spencer Wang, the brainchild of Wavelength, knows the studios will move against him and his service with extreme expediency. However, he’s hoping that enough people will sign up in the meantime to persuade the studios and their retail partners that Wavelength offers a legitimate alternative to piracy. We wish him luck… and he’ll need it.

For all my students.
Elon Musk Donates $10 Million To AI Research, Hopes To Prevent Skynet
… With a generous $10 million donation to the Future of Life Institute, funds will be handed out in the form of grants to those researching AI as well as those dealing with AI in different fields, such as ethics, law, and economics.
FLI makes it clear that anyone is eligible to receive a grant, stating, "The best ideas will win regardless of whether they come from academia, industry or elsewhere."
… Those interested in applying for a grant will want to head on over to the Future of Life website on the 22nd, which is when applications will be accepted.

(Related) A computing benchmark? As Lara Croft becomes more lifelike, the AI becomes more dangerous? Check this infographic.
How Has Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft Changed Over The Years?
Lara Croft is easily one of the most iconic characters in gaming. When it comes to being a badass, few characters do it like Lara.
Over the years, the character has gone through some serious evolution, with the most recent reboot seeing some particularly huge changes. The image below takes a fascinating look at how the character has morphed, and how the promotional material differs from the final release.

The things every student should know... Do you know the keystrokes to do these actions?
The 15 function-key strokes everyone should know to zip around Microsoft Office

Something for my students to ponder. Assuming they have the time.
Netflix Binges and the New Tech Utopia
For over 150 years, many of history's great economists, from Karl Marx to John Maynard Keynes, predicted that machines would usher mankind into a scholarly fantasy of enlightened leisure. Robots would, they argued, serve all of our needs while we spent the days reading classics, debating philosophy, and indulging in fine art.
Well, it turns out that the prophecy was half right. Many prime age workers enjoy unprecedented levels of leisure, but—and here’s the other half—they would apparently rather doze off into a midday nap watching the Desperate Housewives of New Jersey than debate the merits of Plato's Republic.
The most likely people to engage in free online college lectures are those who already have a graduate degree or are high-income earners. The same is true for volunteering and political involvement.

I can't help myself, I like lists.
The Best Websites On The Internet
The websites on this list are those that we consider to be the best: genuinely useful, top-of-the-line sites that will get you what you need.

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