Sunday, October 04, 2015

For my Ethical Hacking students and my lawyer friends: Should the US have a Department of White Hat Hacking?
Fear of lawsuits chills car hack research
Regulatory agencies [Don't own the copyrights Bob] are trying to use copyright law to crack down on dangerous tampering with automobile computers, sparking fears that they will stymie needed cybersecurity research.
… Concerns about who should and shouldn’t have access to vehicle software came to a head this summer when “white hat hackers” exploited a vulnerability and took control of a Jeep's steering, brakes and transmission.
… “The enemy of security is not a security researcher who wants to report a bug,” said Katie Moussouris, Chief Policy Officer at vulnerability management firm Hacker One.
“The enemy of security is nondisclosure of the vulnerabilities, because then there’s nothing you can do about them.”
In the case of the Jeep hack, the researchers worked with parent company Chrysler for nine months leading up to their stunt on the highway. The manufacturer quietly released a patch during that time, but criticized the hackers for publicizing their work.

Victims of Identity Theft, 2014
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Oct 3, 2015
Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 – Erika Harrell, Ph.D., – BJS Statistician
“An estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.
… In 2014, the most common type of identity theft was the unauthorized misuse or attempted misuse of an existing account—experienced by 16.4 million persons.
… Most identity theft victims discovered the incident when a financial institution contacted them about suspicious activity (45 percent) or when they noticed fraudulent charges on an account (18 percent). The majority of identity theft victims did not know how the offender obtained their information, and 9 in 10 identity theft victims did not know anything about the offender. Two-thirds of identity theft victims reported a direct financial loss.
… About 14 percent of identity theft victims experienced an out-of-pocket loss of $1 or more. Of those, about half suffered losses of $99 or less and 14 percent lost $1,000 or more.
… In 2014, fewer than one in 10 identity theft victims reported the incident to police. The majority (87 percent) of identity theft victims contacted a credit card company or bank to report misuse or attempted misuse of an account or personal information, while 8 percent contacted a credit bureau.”

Probably should be in any settlement involving privacy. I can see insurance companies asking for Security Officers too. (Although, privacy or security consultants and audits might work just as well.)
Well, this is different. Dave Paresh reports:
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is requiring Silicon Valley start-up Houzz Inc. to hire a “chief privacy officer” as part of a settlement resolving breach-of-privacy allegations, the first time the office has imposed such a provision.
Over six months in 2013, Irvine-based employees of the popular home design and decor shopping app failed to notify people on sales calls that the conversations they were engaging in were being recorded for “training and quality-assurance purposes,” the attorney general’s office said Friday. The state’s wiretapping and eavesdropping laws require that everyone in a chat consent to it being recorded.
Read more on L.A. Times.

Advice for all the candidates.
Tech-savvy Sen. Maria Cantwell says Hillary Clinton needs to respond faster in the digital age
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell dug into her tech background during the GeekWire Summit on Friday to offer presidential candidate Hilary Clinton some free campaign advice: “I think you have to respond more rapidly.”
Cantwell, who is a former RealNetworks executive and has since been a champion of tech issues in Washington, D.C. representing Washington state, said we’ve entered a new age where we’re not just always connected, but we’re always communicating.

Spotify expects to have close to 100 million users by year’s end
You might think Spotify would be feeling the heat from Apple’s entry into the crowded music-streaming market, but recent comments from a high-ranking Spotify executive suggest the Swedish company remains largely unaffected.
In the early part of June, weeks ahead of Apple Music’s launch, Spotify announced that its subscriber base had soared to more than 20 million (twice as many as a year ago), while the overall number of users stood at a record 75 million (versus 35 million a year ago).
… Spotify Chief Revenue Officer Jeff Levick told an advertising conference in New York earlier this week that the company is on course to reach the 100-million-user mark by Christmas, according to the International Business Times. He didn’t say how many of these new users are expected to pay for the service, but if historical usage claims are anything to go by we’re probably looking at an additional 6 to 7 million subscribers.

For those of us with no artistic talent... I could draw Mickey Mouse, color him, turn him into a 3D image, print him on a 3D printer, install a few gears and wires and have him dance on my table!
Disney Research app turns colored drawings into 3D characters

For all my students.
Future Learn – Free Courses
For excellent and free professional development sign up to FutureLearn.
… This particular course is one of the FutureLearn Choices series which offer a chance for students to see what studying a subject at university will be like. It strikes me that these could also provide professional development for teachers too and offer ideas for teaching in the Sixth Form (and lower down the school).
… There are many courses to choose from, take a look at all the course categories here.

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