Saturday, October 01, 2016

It seems like Yahoo is generating as many articles as there are hacked accounts.  Perhaps this is why?
A Yahoo insider believes the hackers could really have stolen over 1 billion accounts
   To be sure, Yahoo has said that the breach affected at least 500 million users.  But the former Yahoo exec estimated the number of accounts that could have potentially been stolen could be anywhere between 1 billion and 3 billion.

I’m not sure Fortune got this right!  Perhaps I will have my Governance students research it and write a more accurate article. 
10 Things You Need to Do If Your Business Gets Hacked
   Forty-three percent of hack attacks in 2015 were against small businesses, according to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report.  This is a 9% increase compared to 2014.
Here’s what small-business owners are required to do in the event of a data breach:

Yet another heads-up!
The New IRS Email Scam Coming to Your Inbox
   Just recently, a new scam has started involving fake tax bills tied to the Affordable Care Act.  In one sure sign the notices are fake, many are arriving by email—and the IRS doesn’t initiate taxpayer contact by email.
Even so, some of the fakes are paper notices sent by regular mail and taxpayers should watch out.

(Related) For my Architecture students.
How to fight phishing: security for designers

Interesting.  Think it will work?  Me neither.
Europe Cracks Down on Export of Surveillance Technologies
The European Union has published its proposal (PDF) for a revised Regulation on the export of dual use goods.  The primary purpose is to overhaul and simplify the existing controls that were designed to limit the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs); but it also introduces new controls over the export of cyber surveillance and computer intrusion tools.
More explicitly, it aims at preventing "the misuse of digital surveillance and intrusion systems that results in human rights violations" in line with the 2015 Human Rights Action Plan and the EU Guidelines for Freedom of Expression.  New laws are necessary because existing legislation does not provide sufficient control over cyber-surveillance technologies.

Useful resource?  $10 for your Kindle. 
From EPIC:
EPIC proudly announces the 2016 edition of the Privacy Law Sourcebook, the definitive reference guide to US and international privacy law.  The Privacy Law Sourcebook is an edited collection of the primary legal instruments for privacy protection in the modern age, including United States law, International law, and recent developments.  The Sourcebook includes recent US law, such as the FREEDOM Act, and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the UN Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Modern Age, and regional privacy agreements.  The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2016 is available for purchase from the EPIC Bookstore.  EPIC will make the Privacy Law Sourcebook freely available to NGOs and human rights organizations.

I wonder if my students know the difference?
Why simplicity ensures that bots will kill 99% of apps
The average person uses 3-5 apps per day.
In a really big way, apps have failed us, and the reasons are quite obvious.
First, apps require learning.
Second, app discovery sucks.
Lastly, apps have too many friction points. You have to sign up, sign in, and remember the app for future use.

For my Architecture students.  How much of this is to fight back against Amazon?
FedEx, UPS Gear Up for Holiday Season With More Sorting Hubs, Technology
Holiday hiring is expected to be flat at package-delivery giants FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc., but that masks efforts behind the scenes to prepare for the coming wave of e-commerce orders.
FedEx is opening four new hubs and “dozens” of small, satellite facilities to receive, sort and ship an expected surge in packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas, executives said this week.  UPS is expanding a network of temporary sorting hubs and is increasing its use of software to help sort packages faster, a spokeswoman said.

An article for my next Spreadsheet class.

Looks interesting.
How to Use the New Explore Function in Google Slides
Earlier this week Google introduced a new feature to Google Slides, Docs, and Sheets that they are calling "Explore."  The Explore function in Google Slides can help you find a better layout for each slide in your presentation, help you find previous work that you've done about the topic of your presentation, and help you find information from the web about your topic.  In the video embedded below I provide a short overview of the new Explore function in Google Slides.

Another Saturday?  Already?
Hack Education Weekly News
   Via the Data Quality Campaign: “Student Data Privacy Legislation: A Summary of 2016 State Legislation.”
   Amazon announced the Alexa Prize, a university competition dedicated to accelerating the field of conversational AI.  From the press release: “The goal of the inaugural competition is to build a ‘socialbot’ on Alexa that will converse with people about popular topics and news events.  The team with the highest-performing socialbot will win a $500,000 prize.  Additionally, a prize of $1 million will be awarded to the winning team’s university if their socialbot achieves the grand challenge of conversing coherently and engagingly with humans for 20 minutes.”  [Attention Architecture students!  Bob]

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