Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New technology breeds new hacks. 
Music Industry’s Latest Piracy Threat: Stream Ripping
Earlier this year, a federal judge shut down the free music-download site Mp3skull.com and awarded $22 million to the record companies that had sued it for copyright infringement.  But Mp3skull.onl, which has surfaced in its place, is touting a service even more worrisome to the music industry: stream ripping.
That practice, which involves turning a song or music video played on a streaming service into a permanent download, is growing fast among young music fans, even as other forms of music piracy wane.

Stop thinking of it as a cheap laptop, think of it as 20,000 clients!  
Matthew Kish reports:
One of Oregon’s largest financial firms has warned clients of a possible data breach.
Portland-based M Holdings Securities Inc., a subsidiary of M Financial Holdings Inc., has informed California’s attorney general of a stolen laptop with client information, including social security numbers.
The theft occurred July 29 in Salem.
O’Connor said the laptop held social security numbers for roughly 2,000 clients.  Another 18,000 clients had account information on the computer, but no social security information.

We’ve been telling lawyers this for years!
Randy Evans and Shari Klevens write:
This year has shown that law firms are not immune from infiltration by international hackers.  This spring, a Russian hacker targeted 48 top law firms, seeking to obtain confidential insider information regarding mergers and acquisitions that would be very valuable and could impact global markets.
These are not isolated incidents.  The American Bar Association confirmed that, in 2015, approximately one quarter of all U.S. law firms with 100 or more lawyers had experienced a data breach through hacker or website attacks, break-ins, or lost or stolen computers or phones.  In that same year, 15 percent of all law firms overall, regardless of size, had reported an unauthorized intrusion into the firm’s computer files, up from 10 percent in 2012.
Read more on The Recorder.

For my Ethical Hacking students?  Denial of Service by Screaming? 
A Loud Sound Just Shut Down a Bank's Data Center for 10 Hours
ING Bank’s main data center in Bucharest, Romania, was severely damaged over the weekend during a fire extinguishing test.  In what is a very rare but known phenomenon, it was the loud sound of inert gas being released that destroyed dozens of hard drives.

New surveillance tools need user’s manuals.
   The Intercept has obtained several Harris instruction manuals spanning roughly 200 pages and meticulously detailing how to create a cellular surveillance dragnet.
Harris has fought to keep its surveillance equipment, which carries price tags in the low six figures, hidden from both privacy activists and the general public, arguing that information about the gear could help criminals.

For my IT Architecture and IT Governance classes. 
Why Apple Needed 10 Days to Fix a Scary iPhone Hack
Apple has a terrific reputation when it comes to security.  That’s why it was such a shock to learn last month that hackers found a way to break in to the company’s famous iPhones, and even take over the camera and microphone features without a user even knowing it.
Apple released a software patch on Aug. 25 that users could download to protect their iPhones from the sinister spyware known as “Pegasus.”  The patch process, however, took the company a full 10 days to finish after security researchers tipped off the company about the problem.  Given the gravity of the situation, did Apple drag its feet?
Based on conversations with those familiar with the events, Apple did exactly what it should have done.  But the Pegasus scare shows how hard it is for companies to respond when their software is compromised, and why Apple and mobile computing may never be safe again.

How do you re-Architect a company? 
Ford CEO: Ride-hailing apps forced us to rethink business model
   Ford CEO Mark Fields said Monday that the automaker is no longer solely focused on how many vehicles it can sell.  Instead, Ford is increasingly focused on what other mobility services it can provide, such as ride-hailing, bike-sharing and shuttle services.

Probably worth discussing in my next Statistics class.  Sounds a lot like the company Paul Samuelson built years ago to trade commodities.  
Wall Street’s Insatiable Lust: Data, Data, Data
A new species is prowling America’s most obscure industry conferences: the data hunter.
Erik Haines, head of data and analytics at New York-based Guidepoint Global LLC, trawls the globe for meaningful data to sell to hedge-fund clients.  One of his best strategies is to attend the most seemingly mundane gatherings, such as the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management conference in San Diego last year, and the National Industrial Transportation League event in New Orleans.
“I walk the floor, try to talk to companies and get a sense within an industry of who collects data that could provide a unique insight into that industry,” he said.

“Everything you ever wanted to know about _______.”
Google teams with dozens of natural history museums to bring long-gone worlds online
Google is boosting its cultural credentials today with the news that it has partnered with around 60 natural history institutions to bring long-extinct worlds to life online through interactive exhibitions.
For the uninitiated, the Google Cultural Institute is the Google arm responsible for working with cultural bodies to help bring offline exhibits to the internet — in the past, this has included documenting the history of cinema, Nelson Mandela’s time in prison, the fall of the Iron Curtain, and more.  Now the company has teamed up with the Natural History Museum (London), the American Museum of Natural History (New York), the Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin), and dozens more to showcase interactive stories, hundreds of thousands of photos and videos, and more than 30 virtual tours.

(Related) About time they figured this out!
Please Turn On Your Phone in the Museum
   Museum directors are grappling with how technology has changed the ways people engage with exhibits.  But instead of fighting it, some institutions are using technology to convince the public that, far from becoming obsolete, museums are more vital than ever before.  Here’s what those efforts look like.

How do I design games for my students? 
Yale News – Video games can have lasting impact on learning
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Sep 12, 2016
YaleNews: “A computer-based brain training program developed at Yale University helps improve student performance in reading and math — in some cases even more than individualized tutoring, according to a new study published Sept. 12 in Scientific Reports.  In a study of more than 500 second graders, math and reading scores on school- administered tests increased significantly more in children who used the brain training program Activate during the school year than in control classes.  The effect on math achievement scores was greater than what has been reported for one-on-one tutoring and the effect on reading scores was greater than what has been reported for summer reading programs.  The findings illustrate that the benefits of the training, conducted three times a week for a four-month period, extend beyond getting better on the training games themselves and lead to improved learning of material that is very different from that in the games…”

Interesting articles.
MIT Sloan Management Review
This article is one of a special series of 14 commissioned essays MIT Sloan Management Review is publishing to celebrate the launch of our new Frontiers initiative.  Each essay gives the author’s response to this question: “Within the next five years, how will technology change the practice of management in a way we have not yet witnessed?”

The majority of my international students are from India and they probably already know about this.
LinkedIn courts users in India with LinkedIn Lite, online job placement tests, business tools

For my Math students.
Symbolab - An Online Graphing Calculator and More

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