Sunday, December 13, 2015

Curious. Looking for information on TOR or potential security backdoors? Checking to see if they have been noticed hacking into something else?
Twitter Told a Bunch of Users They May Be Targets of a 'State Sponsored Attack'
Twitter is letting some users know that their accounts may have been the targets of a state-sponsored attack.
… While Google and Facebook have standing policies (with Google’s starting in 2012, and Facebook’s in October 2015) of sending out notices for suspected state-sponsored attacks, Twitter has never made a formal announcement for a similar policy. This is the first time the company has sent out notices to users thought to have been the target of state-sponsored hacking.
… Sandvik also criticized Twitter for recommending in its notice that she use Tor to protect herself, because the company doesn't always allow users to access the site through Tor. “In the past, users who use Tor to access their Twitter account, and who choose not to give Twitter their phone numbers, would sometimes find their accounts have been blocked,” she said.
Twitter has denied blocking Tor.

You will know they are serious when people start losing their jobs. Sounds like another “Clinton private server” would be possible.
IG Semiannual Report to Congress on State Department
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 12, 2015
“Although the Department has taken steps to improve security since the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, OIG continues to find security deficiencies at U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad. Of the 11 U.S. diplomatic posts that OIG inspected during this reporting period, all were found to have physical security deficiencies. While some of these deficiencies were due to mission growth or the lack of sufficient protected workspace, many resulted from longstanding vulnerabilities the Department had not addressed.
… OIG also identified concerns with the Department’s efforts to protect its computer networks and, in turn, its information. Inspectors found information-technology and cybersecurity deficiencies at every overseas mission and domestic bureau inspected during this reporting period.

Ready or not, the world is about to change again.
Facebook At Work All Set To Take On LinkedIn With 2016 Launch
… "Facebook at Work lets you create a work account that is separate from your personal Facebook account," explains Facebook. "With a Facebook at Work account, you can use Facebook tools to interact with coworkers. Things you share using your work account will only be visible to other people at your company."
A few extra features will be added too, such as security tools that are still in the works. It'll also offer analytics and customer support while other premium services will cost a few dollars per employee each month.
When Facebook at Work launches in full, it won't be a direct competitor to LinkedIn. Still, its essentially Facebook moving into LinkedIn's neighborhood.
… Companies are required to register first before their employees are allowed to sign up with them. More information is available to those who will send an inquiry via this form.

Dilbert explains why we love the university's new Portal.

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