Monday, November 14, 2016

Not a friendly way to store passwords.  And they kept the deleted accounts online? 
400 Million Accounts Allegedly Stolen From FriendFinder Networks
According to LeakedSource, 412,214,295 accounts have been compromised, including usernames, email addresses and passwords.  The data appears to originate from six websites operated by FriendFinder Networks and its subsidiaries.
   Unfortunately, many of the passwords were stored in clear text, while the rest were converted to lowercase and stored as SHA1 hashes, which are easy to crack.  LeakedSource says it has managed to crack 99 percent of the hashes.
The leaked data can be highly useful to malicious actors, especially the 5,650 .gov accounts and the 78,301 .mil accounts.  The compromised information also includes data associated with more than 15 million accounts that had been deleted by users.

Something for all my students to consider. 
Cell phone numbers are new avenue to disrupt privacy and access personal data
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Nov 13, 2016
New York Times – A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number – Steve Lohr – “A mobile number can be even more valuable than a Social Security number, since it’s tied to so many databases and connected to a device you carry with you.”
[From the article:
Nearly half of all American households have given up their landlines and have only wireless phone service — a figure that has risen more than 10 percentage points in just three years.  Among people ages 25 to 29, the share of homes that have only wireless phone service stands at 73 percent, according to government statistics.

It’s pretty clear I’m not keeping up with the times.
Pew – Social Media Update 2016
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Nov 13, 2016
“Over the past decade, Pew Research Center has documented the wide variety of ways in which Americans use social media to seek out information and interact with others.  A majority of Americans now say they get news via social media, and half of the public has turned to these sites to learn about the 2016 presidential election.  Americans are using social media in the context of work (whether to take a mental break on the job or to seek out employment), while also engaging in an ongoing effort to navigate the complex privacy issues that these sites bring to the forefront.”
  • Report – Facebook usage and engagement is on the rise, while adoption of other platforms holds steady
79% of internet users (68% of all U.S. adults) use Facebook
32% of internet users (28% of all U.S. adults) use Instagram
24% of internet users (21% of all U.S. adults) use Twitter
29% of internet users (25% of all U.S. adults) use LinkedIn
31% of internet users (26% of all U.S. adults) use Pinterest

For my Computer Security students.
New Pluralsight course: Exploring the Internet of Vulnerabilities
   It's a 58 minute course that's very easy to watch because ultimately, it's just 2 guys talking.  There's screens as well, mind you, so you don't just spend the whole timing looking at us, we do dive in and demonstrate things as well.

For my Software Architecture students.  Software in support of the business strategy.
How U.S. Manufacturing Is About to Get Smarter
   This transformation in the way we make things has many names—the fourth industrial revolution, the industrial Internet of Things, smart factories—but at base it is about harvesting as much data as possible from all the machines in factories, shipping it to the cloud, parsing it with artificial intelligence, and using the results to make those factories more productive, less costly to operate, and more reliable.
   Here are examples of what this “revolution” can accomplish: deciphering how ambient air temperature affects productivity of an entire factory.  Or ramping up and down production in a way that is more responsive to sales.  Or preventing unplanned downtime, as when a single critical machine breaks unexpectedly, which can be incredibly costly because it can hold up an enormous production line stretching from raw materials to finished goods.  

Because they’ve had such success with their (exploding) smartphones and their (exploding) washers? 
Samsung is buying Harman for $8B to further its connected car push
Samsung is increasing its focus on the connected car after the Korean firm announced plans to buy auto and audio product maker Harman in an all cash deal worth $8 billion.
   With Google rapidly advancing its automotive technology and Apple reportedly developing an electric vehicle (or not), it is perhaps not surprising that Samsung has made ground on automotive itself in 2016.
This summer, it invested $450 million into China-based electric car maker BYD, which includes Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. among its investor base.  Other reports suggested that the Korean giant was also eyeing up a bid for Magneti Marelli, a manufacturing subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler.

Could Donald Trump win at this game? 
Civics Game Advanced by Former Justice Is Classroom Hit
Amid a contentious presidential campaign, a civics videogame from a group founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor got a lot of play in New York and New Jersey classrooms.
iCivics, a nonprofit, has released 19 free games aimed at helping students in grades 4 to 12 improve civil discourse, use evidence in arguments and understand others’ views.
   Justice O’Connor founded iCivics in 2009 in hopes of restoring civics education in American schools and combating disillusionment with the political process. [Too late for some?  Bob]

Interesting overview.  What works and what problems remain.
From drones to body cams, tech is changing the fight against crime

Another research tool.
Microsoft Academic Scholar Search Adds Neuroscience
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Nov 13, 2016
Engadget – “Semantic Scholar went live in November 2015 with a focus on computer science papers.  Today, the service expanded to include neuroscience, bringing the search engine’s database to more than 10 million papers.  Semantic Scholar is pitched as a sophisticated alternative to Google Scholar, and it uses AI systems and natural language processing algorithms to help parse each paper.”

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