Thursday, December 08, 2016

Another example of: “This technology is so new we don’t even need to secure it!”  (Goes back at least to the walls of Troy.)
Thieves using a $17 power amplifier to break into cars with remote keyless systems
Cars with keyless entry systems are capable of searching for a wireless key fob that is within a couple feet of the vehicle, but car thieves can use a $17 "power amplifier" to boost the key searching capabilities, sometimes up to around 100 meters, and pull off a high-tech car break-in.
   Mr. Danev said that when the teenage girl turned on her device, it amplified the distance that the car can search, which then allowed my car to talk to my key, which happened to be sitting about 50 feet away, on the kitchen counter.  And just like that, open sesame.
"It's a bit like a loudspeaker, so when you say hello over it, people who are 100 meters away can hear the word, ‘hello,' " Mr. Danev said.  "You can buy these devices anywhere for under $100."  He said some of the lower-range devices cost as little as $17 and can be bought online on sites like eBay, Amazon and Craigslist.

For my students.  Sounds like dossier building to me.
How LinkedIn acquisition will change the way organizations work
   those who closely follow their efforts say the combined entity will focus on three areas: increasing knowledge worker productivity, improving human resource and people management, and boosting marketing and sales performance.
   Microsoft’s Office Graph is a backend, machine-learning system that runs as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 suite of productivity tools, including Word, Outlook and Excel.  The Office Graph provides data about who a user is and what he or she is doing with Office and various other Microsoft applications, such as Yammer, its enterprise collaboration program.
Unlike LinkedIn’s social graph, the 1 billion users of Office don’t access Office Graph directly and may not even be aware that it’s there; its function is to operate behind the scenes to connect people, content and events
   But as Microsoft looks to make these connections more ubiquitous and more central to how professionals work, it requires more data than its own customer base can provide, and gathering external data—from sources such as LinkedIn—becomes increasingly important.

Trump the inscrutable?
Can algos trade Trump’s tweets? Absolutely. Maybe.
Donald Trump sent the tweet heard 'round the defense industry Tuesday morning at exactly 35 seconds after 8:52 a.m. ET, blasting Boeing and suggesting he wanted to cancel the company's contract for the new Air Force One aircraft.
One second went by.  Then two.  No reaction on Wall Street.
It wasn't until a full 10 seconds later that Boeing stock began trading down on the news in the premarket hours, a dive that would shortly send Boeing's stock price down by as much as 1 percent in early trading, before rallying back later in the day.
The 10-second delay, which was calculated by the analysis firm Nanex, indicates that something rare was likely happening in global markets Tuesday morning: Human beings were seeing — and reacting to — news before computer trading programs could move on it.
In an era of super-fast algorithmic trading in which delays are measured in milliseconds and less, the 10-second gap indicates that possibly no one in global markets has yet figured out a way to incorporate Trump's tweets into their trading algorithms.  If they had, the market response would likely have come much, much faster.  

Everything changes everything?
How Blockchain Will Change Organizations
   we believe that the technology underlying digital currencies such as bitcoin — technology commonly known as blockchain — will have profound effects on the nature of companies: how they are funded and managed, how they create value, and how they perform basic functions such as marketing, accounting, and incentivizing people.  In some cases, software will eliminate the need for many management functions.

A programming challenge?  Other than a few questions, this should be simple.
The Cynical Gambit to Make ‘Fake News’ Meaningless
Is “fake news” a reference to government propaganda designed to look like independent journalism?  Or is it any old made-up bullshit that people share as real on the internet?  Is “fake news” the appropriate label for a hoax meant to make a larger point?  Does a falsehood only become “fake news” when it shows up on a platform like Facebook as legitimate news?  What about conspiracy theorists who genuinely believe the outrageous lies they’re sharing?  Or satire intended to entertain?  And is it still “fake news” if we’re talking about a real news organization that unintentionally gets it wrong?  (Also, what constitutes a real news organization anymore?)

I expect enrollment in our Ethical Hacking class to explode!
Hackers wanted
As its ‘bad guy’ stereotype wanes, hacker job postings in the enterprise jump 700% in three years.
   Some 59 percent of executives surveyed by Radware and Merrill Research have either hired or would hire an ex-hacker as a way to inject cybersecurity talent into their workforce.  More than a quarter of organizations have been using ex-hackers for more than two years, according to the survey, including so-called white hats or ethical hackers, gray hats – those who skirt the law or ethical standards but not for malicious purposes -- and black hats who operate with malicious intent.
   “Hackers are exceptionally skilled in finding the little tiny things that other people forget – those vulnerabilities you don’t know yet, things you thought you fixed but not entirely properly,” says Alex Rice, CTO and co-founder of HackerOne, a bug bounty platform with 70,000 hackers in its community.  “Every organization out there has something they’ve missed.”  Organizations are willing to assume the risks in exchange for access to the unique mindset and skillset of a hacker.

I find the list of legacy technologies interesting…
Mingis on Tech: Hot tech skills for 2017
A PDF with complete survey results is available as a free download.

Dilbert continues to suggest uses for Samsung’s phones.

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