Sunday, January 11, 2015

Recognizing that there are a lot of Sonys out there?
David Cameron to discuss growing threat of cyber attacks with President Obama
David Cameron will discuss the growing threat of cyber attacks with President Barack Obama in the White House this week, as details emerged of a major espionage campaign against the British energy sector.
… A report from GCHQ, the Government's listening post, reveals that every day a UK firm or organisation's website is being compromised by hackers or another form of cyber attack.
The first GCHQ report on the issue, "Common Cyber Attacks: Reducing the Impact", to be published later this week, reveals that UK energy firms faced an unprecedented malware attack on their websites which could have had catastrophic implications for the sector.

(Related) Perhaps we finally have their attention? Nah...
The hack attack on Sony, prompts assessment from U.S. officials
The National Security Officials are now in a fix to reassess the standards which should be used by the government in case of a digital attack on any private company. The hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has completely astonished [Interesting choice of words Bob] the various United States Government officials leading to the sudden reassessment of the situation. The attacks have increased greatly in the recent times and the experts believe that the levels of security needs to be improved greatly. According to the National Security Agency Director, Michael Rogers, the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment was a complete ‘Game Changer’ for the security agency.
According to Mr. Rogers, the section of entertainment was never considered to be an area which could be exposed as a critical section of National Security. [But the entertainment industry is a major source of campaign contributions... Bob]

Interesting resource.
POGO – Foreign Influence Database
POGO’s Foreign Influence Database is based on informational materials filed by lobbying and public relations firms working on behalf of foreign entities in the U.S. The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) requires advocates representing foreign interests to register with the Department of Justice and to file within 48 hours any informational materials disseminated to two or more individuals. This database is comprised of informational materials filed between 2009 and 2012. Click here to read POGO’s report on how the Foreign Agents Registration Act falls short.”

A list of lists in word cloud format. Clever way to summerize.
Infographic – Novels Everyone Should Read
A consensus cloud from the top book lists and prizes. You can borrow them all free from your public library.
“Most people have their own favourite, but which fiction books do the experts recommend? We compiled this interactive consensus crowd from sources including Time, the National Review & the Pulitzer Prize. Filter by author nationality or gender and click to explore. This interactive Word Cloud is powered by our forthcoming VizSweet software – a set of high-end dataviz tools for generating interactive visualizations.”
» See the data:

English for techies? My students don't even read my emails until class starts!
17 Tips For Writing An Excellent Email Subject Line
Out of the billions of emails that are sent every day, how can you make sure that yours stands out?

For my student researchers.
Find In-Depth Articles on Google
Via Google Operating System Blog (not affiliated with Google) – “Sometimes you want to find more about a topic and you find a lot of superficial news articles and blog posts that keep rehashing the same information. Google shows a list of in-depth articles for some queries, but this feature seems to be restricted to the US and it’s only displayed for some queries. How to manually trigger Google’s in-depth section? Just add &tbs=ida:1&gl=us to a Google search URL and you’ll see a list of 10 in-depth articles from sites like Wall Street Journal, New York Times‎, Wired, New Yorker, Slate and more. Some examples: [Google], [Daft Punk], [robots], [Russia], [happy].”

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