Thursday, April 27, 2017

Phishing for political influence?
Trend Micro breaks down Pawn Storm tactics, methods and goals
An in depth look at the cyberespionage gang Pawn Storm by Trend Micro reveals an incredibly complicated and capable group that has penetrated several important political and government organization and for the most part has done so on the back of one of the most well-worn attack methodologies available. Phishing.
Trend Micro made its case in a 41-page report entitled Two Years of Pawn Storm.

How does one stop security faux pas?
Robert Radick writes:
Just over a year ago, this blog took note of a governmental letter that powerfully underscored the dangers of cyberattacks in the healthcare industry.  The letter, which then-Senator Barbara Boxer had sent to FBI Director James Comey, discussed the serious risks that hospitals and other institutional health care providers face from cyberattacks, ransomware, and a range of other malicious efforts to infiltrate their networks.
How is it that, according to the FDA, Abbott’s cardiac devices are alleged to be in violation of the FDCA?  Although the FDA’s warning letter is a complex document that makes for anything but easy reading, the letter boils down to two primary assertions – first, that Abbott allegedly underestimated the risk and potential consequences of the premature failure of batteries that a third-party manufacturer had supplied for the implantable cardiac devices; and second, that based on allegedly erroneous “cybersecurity risk assessments” for cardiac devices, Abbott had found that the device’s risk estimations were acceptable, when, according to the FDA, an outside report had concluded that “several risks” – including, apparently, the risk of hacking and cyberattacks on the devices themselves – “were not adequately controlled.”
Read more on Forbes.

“Give us everything, we’ll sort it out.” 
UK Government Complains After Twitter Cuts Data Access
The British government has complained to Twitter over a block on access to data from the social network, which it was reportedly using to track potential terror attacks, officials said Wednesday.
"The government has protested against this decision and is in ongoing discussions with Twitter to attempt to get access to this data," a Home Office spokesman said.
Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman declined to specify exactly what the data was and why it was important, saying only that "we wish to have access to this information".
But he told reporters: "The fight against terrorism is not just one for the police and the security services. Social media and tech companies have a role to play."

Sale of Donald Trump masks to soar!  Why reference law enforcement databases?  Will they ignore some illegals crossing the border to pursue other illegals with prior convictions?  Shouldn’t they just arrest them all and sort them out later? 
In what could prove to be a Frankenstein combination of invasive technologies, the Department of Homeland Security is considering a project to arm Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) with drones using facial recognition scanning at the border.  Specifically, the proposal states that “DHS is interested in sUAS [small drone] sensor technology with the following attributes …. Identification of humans via facial recognition or other biometric at range” and describes the potential for “A USBP agent [t] deploy[] a sUAS to make observations …. [T]he sensor technology would have facial recognition capabilities that allow it cross-reference any persons identified with relevant law enforcement databases.”

Last year was officially the much-awaited “year of mobile” in the advertising industry.
For the first time, mobile advertising represented more than half of the spending that marketers funneled into digital advertising overall in the U.S. in 2016.  According to a new report conducted by PwC US for the Interactive Advertising Bureau, mobile ad spending accounted for 51% of the record $72.5 billion in total U.S. digital ad spending last year.

Something for those of us who have reached geezer-hood?  Probably not.  Note that multiple accounts allows you to give up the password to one account at the border and keep your terrorist connections private. 
How to Instagram like a teen
   In a previous life of working in digital strategy and academia, I spent a lot of time trying to understand what young people were doing with social media, and Instagram was (and continues to be) one of the top apps for them.  I loved seeing the secret visual language they used — the inside jokes, the fun selfies, the clothes, the emojis — and I guess you could say that I not only picked up a few tips and tricks, but I also went native.  Believe it or not, teens can teach us a lot about how to use Instagram.
   For adolescents, Instagram is a way to articulate identity, and at that age, you might want to shift from identity to identity.  For this reason, lots of teens have “fake Instagrams” or “Finstas.”  Maybe one account only features (and is shared by) you and fellow members of your basketball team.  Maybe another is the one you use as your public-facing, family-friendly account.  Although keeping multiple Instagram accounts sounds unnecessarily exhausting to most of us, you might consider opening both a personal Instagram account and another purely for professional purposes and personal branding.  Use that one to send people to your blog or business, for example.

(Related).  Probably all terrorists…
Instagram is growing faster than ever and now has 700 million users
It took the company just four months to add 100 million new accounts.

For my Spreadsheet students.

Plenty geeky, but are they useful?
3D and VR plugin developer Tim Dashwood is joining Apple and has since made all of his 3D and 360 VR plugins completely free.  Compatible with Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Motion — the available plugins, once worth over $1,000, can be downloaded for free from FxFactory.
   To use Dashwood’s plugins, you’re going to have to install FxFactory — an app store of visual and audio plugins for video software — on your Mac.  Unfortunately, it will only work if you’re running Sierra or El Capitan. Once FxFactory is installed, use the app’s search function to look for “Dashwood”.

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