Saturday, February 11, 2017

Is everyone blaming Russia because that’s the fad or is Russia really so bad at hacking that they are easily identified?  (If so, even my Ethical Hacking students could disguise themselves to look Russian.) 
Hackers Targeted Italy Foreign Ministry, Russia Accused
Italy's foreign ministry was attacked by hackers last year, a diplomatic source told AFP on Friday, amid reports that Russia could be to blame.
"After the first attack the system was immediately strengthened," said the source, who asked not to be named, after Britain's Guardian newspaper said the ministry had come under a sustained cyber offensive -- and officials suspected Russia.
   The malware attack lasted over four months but did not affect then foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni -- Italy's current prime minister -- because he avoided using email during his mandate, the Guardian said. [Someone learned from Hillary?  Bob] 
   There have been concerns in recent weeks that Moscow has stepped up a cyber campaign against several European countries including Germany, France, Norway and the Netherlands.

This raises interesting questions.  Would Congress care at all about smaller breaches? 
GOP senators demand more answers on Yahoo hacks
In a letter sent Friday, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the panel's consumer protection and data security subcommittee, hammered Yahoo for not providing enough information to lawmakers on the matter.
   “Moreover, Yahoo!’s recent, last-minute cancellation of a planned congressional staff briefing, originally scheduled for January 31, 2017, has prompted concerns about the company’s willingness to deal with Congress with complete candor about these recent events,” the senators wrote.

For my Data Management students.  Connect to your devices or the sensors in your customer’s devices, or anything anywhere. 
On land and in space, IoT networks can now cover the planet
At Mobile World Congress later this month, Nokia will show off what it calls WING (worldwide IoT network grid), a virtual global infrastructure that may include multiple private and carrier networks and satellite systems, depending on what an enterprise needs to connect and how it intends to use the data that’s collected.
   Nokia announced WING on Friday, just days after Inmarsat started talking about its own foray into global IoT.  The venerable satellite operator is linking low-power, unlicensed LoRaWAN networks with its worldwide fleet of spacecraft.  Real-world use cases for that setup, including cattle-tracking in Australia and water monitoring on a remote plantation in Malaysia, hint at what’s possible with that combination.  

How IoT hackers turned a university's network against itself
   cybersecurity researchers have now detailed how a network of hacked IoT devices were turned around to attack the very network they were hosted on.
The case in question, as reported in Verizon's Data Breach Digest 2017, occurred within the last year and involved the computer network at an unspecified university.
Analysis of the university firewall identified over 5,000 devices making hundreds of Domain Name Service (DNS) look-ups every 15 minutes, slowing the institution's entire network and restricting access to the majority of internet services.  
In this instance, all of the DNS requests were attempting to look up seafood restaurants -- and it wasn't because thousands of students all had an overwhelming urge to eat fish -- but because devices on the network had been instructed to repeatedly carry out this request.
"We identified that this was coming from their IoT network, their vending machines and their light sensors were actually looking for seafood domains; 5,000 discreet systems and they were nearly all in the IoT infrastructure," says Laurance Dine, managing principal of investigative response at Verizon.

For all my students.  Become an entrepreneur, get rich quick and remember to tip your professor.
Ford Invests $1 Billion In Artificial Intelligence Startup Argo AI And Here’s Why
Ford has announced it's investing $1 billion over the next five years in Pittsburgh-based artificial intelligence startup Argo AI.
   "The next decade will be defined by the automation of the automobile, and autonomous vehicles will have as significant an impact on society as Ford's moving assembly line did 100 years ago," said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields in a statement.  "As Ford expands to be an auto and a mobility company, we believe that investing in Argo AI will create significant value for our shareholders by strengthening Ford's leadership in bringing self-driving vehicles to market in the near term and by creating technology that could be licensed to others in the future."
   Spending $1 billion is as good as acquiring another big company but the big money bag is just making Ford a majority stakeholder in Argo AI.  The remaining portion of Argo AI will still be owned by its founders Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander.  Other team members of Argo AI, including some engineers that will jump from Ford will also be part owners.
   Argo is a relatively very young company.  Consider it a baby as it was just founded last year.

A legal argument for my students to chew on.
Privacy groups say FBI hacking operation went too far
Privacy advocates are claiming in court that an FBI hacking operation to take down a child pornography site was unconstitutional and violated international law.
That’s because the operation involved the FBI hacking 8,700 computers in 120 countries, based on a single warrant, they said.
   According to Privacy International, the case also raises important questions:  What if a foreign country had carried out a similar hacking operation that affected U.S. citizens?  Would the U.S. welcome this?
   “Here, on the basis of a single warrant, the FBI searched 8,000 computers located all over the world,” EFF attorney Mark Rumold wrote in a blog post.  “If the FBI tried to get a single warrant to search 8,000 houses, such a request would unquestionably be denied.”

My first thought: Cook agrees with Trump?  That’s got to be fake.  Especially since he didn’t have a solution in mind. 
Apple CEO: Fake news ‘one of today’s chief problems’
Apple CEO Tim Cook called out fake news as a top concern in a Friday interview in the United Kingdom.
   Cook didn’t elaborate on what action Apple might take to combat fake news. 

Global Warming!  Global Warming!  (I have been remiss in my Gore bashing.)
NY Metro Weather‏
With today's snowfall, the 15-season average snowfall at New York City rose over 35.00" for the first time since observations began.
This is the fifth straight and 17th of 25 winter seasons with an 8"+ snowfall in NYC.  The previous 25 year period had 9 such storms - total.

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