Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Something for my Ethical Hacking students. “Let’s put on a show!” Mickey Rooney
How Tech Companies Stake Out Hackathons for Future Stars
Tech companies face a harsh reality: You're only as good as your latest product. The scramble to identify and lure the best talent has taken recruiters to unusual places. This week, Bloomberg Technology's Lizette Chapman visits a recent hackathon, where high school and college students code through the night. All the while, corporate representatives and investors are watching, eying the kids who will become future stars.
(Related). Perhaps my Computer Forensics students would rather build a lab?
A highly secured digital-forensics laboratory sits tucked inside an enormous complex of low, boxy buildings in Bentonville, Arkansas. To get in, analysts have to scan their hands and enter a unique password. Inside, they comb through video-surveillance records and spirit data out of devices that have seen better days, like a hard drive that had been crushed with a hammer and dropped from a third-story window.
Despite the sensitive nature of their jobs, these investigators aren’t high-level FBI agents or foreign spies. They’re Walmart employees.
Walmart is one of six companies in the United States that run digital-forensics laboratories accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. American Express has an accredited lab; Target has two of them.
… In-house forensics allows companies to work faster, cheaper, and potentially better than law enforcement. Labs at large companies are more likely than police labs to have high-tech tools and the latest forensics software, said Seigfried-Spellar. Forensics equipment is expensive, and is quickly and constantly surpassed by new technology. Methods for extracting data from mobile devices, for example, have to be rethought every time a new smartphone with improved security protocols is released.
This will have to change.
The customer is always wrong: Tesla lets out self-driving car data – when it suits
Luxury car maker Tesla is throwing some drivers’ privacy under the wheels following accidents in order to defend its hi-tech self-driving car technology.
And while the company has handed data to media following crashes, it won’t provide its customers’ data logs to the drivers themselves, according to interviews conducted by the Guardian.
… The Guardian could not find a single case in which Tesla had sought the permission of a customer who had been involved in an accident before sharing detailed information from the customer’s car with the press when its self-driving software was called into question.
The value of intelligence.
The rise of reading analytics and emerging calculus of reader privacy in digital world
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Apr 3, 2017First Monday – The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world
“This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various interested parties. The paper includes two case studies — mass-market e-books and scholarly journals — and illustrates a shift from government to commercial surveillance.”
It’s the hypodemic nerdle that keeps me from getting chipped.
Swedish employees agree to free microchip implants designed for office work
A Swedish firm in Stockholm — Epicenter — has offered to inject its staff with microchips for free, and around 150 of the company's young workforce have so far taken up the offer.
The RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips are roughly the size of a grain of rice, and are implanted using a syringe into the fleshy part of the recipient's hand.
At the moment the chip gives Epicenter's workers access to doors and photocopiers, but with the promise that further down the track it will include the ability to pay in the cafe.
Perspective. Phones vs. Computers. Follow-up to Android being the most installed Operating System.
Report: Android overtakes Windows as the internet’s most used operating system
Mobile is today as important, if not more important, than desktops when it comes to the internet and apps. A clear reminder of that comes with news of a report claiming that Google’s Android has overtaken Windows as the internet’s most used operating system.
Research from web analytics company StatCounter found Android now accounts for a larger share of internet usage than Windows for the first time. During March 2017, Android users represented 37.93 percent of activity on StatCounter’s network versus 37.91 percent for the Microsoft operating system. It’s a small gap for sure — and it refers to usage not necessary users — but it marks a notable tipping point that has been inevitable for the past couple of years.
Perspective. This may explain why the ‘traditional’ car companies are scrambling to adopt new technologies.
Tesla zooms past Ford's market value
Shares of Tesla stock surged to about $292 on Monday — a roughly 5 percent increase — bringing the electric car company’s market capitalization to $47.08 billion. Ford’s current market cap is $44.91 billion.
… Tesla’s “book value,” or value after its total liabilities are subtracted from its assets, is $5 billion. Ford’s is almost $30 billion. And while Tesla generated $7 billion in revenue in 2016, Ford generated $15 billion.
The electric carmaker also has yet to turn a profit in its 14-year history.
PicoBrew meets Kickstarter goal for smaller brewing device in just 7 hours
Seattle company PicoBrew launched its fourth Kickstarter campaign Monday, this time to make a smaller, less expensive home brewing machine called the Pico C. In just seven hours, the campaign had topped its $350,000 goal with more than 1,100 backers.