Thursday, March 09, 2017

Another “proof of concept” test?  Which would cause the most trouble, “can’t call” or the earlier “can’t stop calling and hanging up?” 
AT&T Cellphone Users Unable to Call 911 in at Least 14 States
Some AT&T cellphone users in at least 14 states and Washington, D.C., were unable to call 911 for a few hours on Wednesday night, officials said.
City, county, law enforcement and emergency response officials took to social media over the course of almost five hours to warn people across the country of the disruption.
   The telecommunications giant did not say when and how the problem began, or how many customers were affected.

For my Computer Security students.
Why the Ukraine power grid attacks should raise alarm
Since December of 2015, electric utilities in the United States and Canada have been wrestling with the postmortem reports and data findings from two significant grid hacking events in Ukraine.  The subject of these attacks have been addressed by those on Capitol Hill, trade associations, regulators, and the E-ISAC.
The hackers who struck utilities in Ukraine, which is the first confirmed hack to degrade a power grid, weren’t opportunists who just stumbled across the networks and launched an attack to test their abilities.  The attackers were highly skilled and planned their assault over many months, first doing reconnaissance to study the networks and steal operator credentials, then launching a synchronized attack against operating systems.
The perpetrators of a cyberattack on Ukraine's electric grid gained access to energy distribution company systems more than six months before [and no one noticed.  Bob] causing the Dec. 23, 2015 outage that temporarily left about 225,000 customers without power.

Perspective.  And a big question for my students from India: “Are you investing in this market?”
As the skies above India rain money, Qatar Airways lines up a domestic airline
Just three months after Qatari prime minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani held talks in New Delhi, the state-owned carrier of the oil-rich middle eastern nation has announced plans to enter India’s aviation market.
“Yes, we will have a 100% owned domestic carrier in India that will belong to both the QR (Qatar Airways) and our state investment arm, as India has now allowed foreign direct investment in domestic carriers within India,”
   India is poised to become the world’s third largest aviation market by 2020.  Domestic air travel is expected to grow by 9.5% annually between 2011 and 2031, according to aircraft-maker Airbus.  Currently, only about 2% of India’s population uses airlines, providing a massive opportunity to expand the market.
India is also expected to order more than 1,600 aircraft over the next 20 years, according to Boeing and Airbus, the world’s two largest aircraft makers.  In January, SpiceJet, India’s fourth largest airline by market share, ordered as many as 205 new aircrafts from Boeing for $22 billion.  Meanwhile, India’s largest airline, IndiGo, too, has finalised orders for 250 carriers with Airbus.

Perspective.  It must mean something else in Chinese…  Or do pimps hold a lot of trademarks? 
Trump Organization granted trademark for ‘Trump Escorts’ in China
The Trump Organization was granted trademarks for 38 businesses in China on Wednesday, including “spas, massage parlors, golf clubs, hotels, insurance, finance and real estate companies, retail shops, restaurants, bars, and private bodyguard and escort services,” according to the Telegraph.  Yes, the president’s family business applied for, and received, a trademark for branded escort services in China.  Happy International Women’s Day.

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