Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I can see more students taking our Ethical Hacking class.
Security Researcher Predicts Creepy Scenario for Hacked Sex Robots
If people weren’t worrying about killer sex robots before, last year’s Westworld firmly put the idea in viewers’ heads. But the actual danger of real-life sex robots isn’t that they might suddenly gain sentience and look to exact vengeance against their human owners.
According to Deakin University cybersecurity researcher Nick Patterson, the true murderous peril is that companies will start making their robots wifi-enabled. While robots, sexual or otherwise, blur the line between machine and person, the danger here is a relatively conventional extension of the danger a spyware-addled computer might pose.
As Patterson explains in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Daily Star, the sentient beings to worry about aren’t the robots but rather hackers, who could gain control of a future, internet-enabled sex robot and use it to attack people.

Automated law. What could possibly go wrong?
DoNotPay bot wants to help you sue Equifax
DoNotPay bot is now able to help people file lawsuits against Equifax. The bot can file suits in all 50 U.S. states, creator Joshua Browder told VentureBeat. DoNotPay is suing Equifax at the state small claims court level for the maximum amount allowed. In some states this can mean being awarded up to $25,000.
The bot asks a series of simple questions about your address, phone number, and zip code, and DoNotPay helps you fill in a PDF. In California, it’s an SC-100 form to file a suit in small claim’s court.
Last Friday, Equifax acknowledged that it had been hacked and the personal information of 143 million people exposed. Since then, at least 23 class action lawsuits have been filed, according to USA Today.
It is particularly exciting that a lawyer is never needed in the process. The class action lawsuit against the company will only give successful consumers around $500 (with the rest going to greedy lawyers in commissions),” Browder said in an email to VentureBeat. “I hope that my product will replace those lawyers, and, with enough success, bankrupt Equifax.”
… DoNotPay is best known for disputing parking tickets, a service that has successfully saved residents of London and New York hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This summer, DoNotPay expanded to provide more than 1,000 legal services for U.S. and U.K. residents who typically can’t afford to hire a lawyer for things like getting a deposit back from a landlord, applying for maternity leave at work, or drawing up paperwork in the event of the loss of a loved one.

Advice for the recently hacked: Don’t Panic! Take a minute and think before you act. Your security has just been PROVEN to be inadequate. Perhaps you should consider getting a second opinion before you start changing (or creating new) things.
Equifax Fixes Woefully Insecure PINs Issued To Hack Victims Attempting To Freeze Credit Reports
… Equifax used a PIN that "protected" each user's credit report to prevent the information from being used, but the PINs were reportedly generated in such a way that they were left vulnerable to brute force hacking. Customers have found that these PINs aren't randomly generated and were nothing more than a timestamp of the time the user enrolled.
Tony Webster tweeted, "OMG, Equifax security freeze PINs are worse than I thought. If you froze your credit today 2:15pm ET for example, you'd get PIN 0908171415."

Equifax's credit report monitoring site is also vulnerable to hacking

Allow me to repeat. Each new technology must relearn everything older technologies have learned about Security and Privacy, even though nothing is different.
New on LLRX – The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Sep 11, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) has permeated all facets of our lives – professional, family, social – more quickly and expansively than many are willing to acknowledge. The repercussions of IoT are multifaceted – and directly impact issues that span privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property rights, civil liberties and the law. Law and technology scholar Joshua A.T. Fairfield discusses the ramifications of allowing our environment to be seeded with sensors that gather our personal data using a plethora of devices we now consider to be essential conveniences.

(Related). Another technology we must learn to control.
Understanding Crypto Regulations
In light of the recent actions by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and People’s Bank of China, we’re receiving a lot of questions about regulation. In this post, we’ll provide some frameworks to understand how governments can enforce regulations on public blockchains.
First we’ll discuss how regulators can (or cannot) regulate the blockchain networks directly by examining historical network regulation. Then we’ll dive into fiat-crypto on ramps and decentralized exchanges, and lastly touch on the SEC’s recent guidance regarding crypto ICOs.

Because if you contribute to ___A___ we love you and want to ask you for more.
Because if you contribute to ___B___ we hate you and want to add you to the suspected terrorist list.
Bradley Smith and Paul Gessing write about legislation in New Mexico that regardless of where you reside, should make you sit up and take notice. Do we really want the states requiring residents to disclose every donation we make to every cause and then compiling that information into a publicly searchable database? If you live in an area where a donation to Planned Parenthood, for example, could create backlash against you, your family, or your business, would you rather keep your donation private?
Read this commentary and then think about your state and whether campaign finance reform proposals or laws may go too far:
Doug Nickle’s recent column (“Campaign reporting proposal creates necessary, nation-leading disclosure in NM) is an example of Orwellian doublespeak at its best.
Nickle’s purpose is to drum up support for “Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s proposed rules and regulations addressing campaign finance reporting,” which, Nickle notes, is based on legislation that was vetoed by Governor Martinez earlier this year due to her concerns about the invasion of privacy triggered by the legislation. So, Nickle now wants Oliver to impose the failed legislation through bureaucratic fiat.
(Editor’s note: Oliver did just that last week, after this column was submitted for publication.)
Read more on NMPolitics.net.

There’s no business like
monkey business…
Who Owns a Monkey Selfie? Settlement Should Leave Him Smiling
In 2011, Naruto, a curious 6-year-old monkey in Indonesia, peered into a camera lens, grinned and pressed the shutter button on the unattended camera. Little did the endangered crested macaque know that he may have been providing for his future.
The selfie of his bucktooth smile and wide amber eyes made Naruto an internet celebrity. But the widely shared image became embroiled in a novel and lengthy lawsuit over whether the monkey owned the rights to it. Naruto lost the first round in federal court in California in 2016, but won a victory of sorts in a settlement on Monday for himself and his friends.
The camera’s owner, David J. Slater, agreed to donate 25 percent of future revenue of the images taken by the monkey to charitable organizations that protect Naruto, who lives in the Tangkoko Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and other crested macaques. Lawyers for Mr. Slater, a British photographer, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which sued Mr. Slater on Naruto’s behalf, also asked the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which was hearing an appeal in the case, to drop the lawsuit and vacate a lower decision that found the monkey could not own the image’s copyright.

Perspective. Not the breakdown I would have guessed.
Pew – How People Approach Facts and Information
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Sep 11, 2017
“When people consider engaging with facts and information any number of factors come into play. How interested are they in the subject? How much do they trust the sources of information that relate to the subject? How eager are they to learn something more? What other aspects of their lives might be competing for their attention and their ability to pursue information? How much access do they have to the information in the first place? A new Pew Research Center survey [PDF Bob] explores these five broad dimensions of people’s engagement with information and finds that a couple of elements particularly stand out when it comes to their enthusiasm: their level of trust in information sources and their interest in learning, particularly about digital skills. It turns out there are times when these factors align – that is, when people trust information sources and they are eager to learn, or when they distrust sources and have less interest in learning. There are other times when these factors push in opposite directions: people are leery of information sources but enthusiastic about learning. Combining people’s views toward new information – and their appetites for it – allows us to create an “information-engagement typology” that highlights the differing ways that Americans deal with these cross pressures. The typology has five groups that fall along a spectrum ranging from fairly high engagement with information to wariness of it. Roughly four-in-ten adults (38%) are in groups that have relatively strong interest and trust in information sources and learning. About half (49%) fall into groups that are relatively disengaged and not very enthusiastic about information or about gaining more training, especially when it comes to navigating digital information. Another 13% occupy a middle space: They are not particularly trusting of information sources, but they show higher interest in learning than those in the more information-wary groups…”

Good news for my Data Management class? Looks like there should be a huge market for them. Can data really be this bad?
Most managers know, anecdotally at least, that poor quality data is troublesome. Bad data wastes time, increases costs, weakens decision making, angers customers, and makes it more difficult to execute any sort of data strategy. Indeed, data has a credibility problem.
Still, few managers have hard evidence or any real appreciation for the impact of bad data on their teams and departments. They are thus unable to give data quality its due. To address this issue, in our teaching in executive programs in Ireland, we ask participants — executives that come from a wide range of companies and government agencies, and departments such as customer service, product development, and human resources — to develop such evidence using the Friday Afternoon Measurement (FAM) method.
The method is widely applicable and relatively simple: We instruct managers to assemble 10-15 critical data attributes for the last 100 units of work completed by their departments — essentially 100 data records. Managers and their teams work through each record, marking obvious errors. They then count up the total of error-free records. This number, which can range from 0 to 100, represents the percent of data created correctly — their Data Quality (DQ) Score. It can also be interpreted as the fraction of time the work is done properly, the first time.
… Our analyses confirm that data is in far worse shape than most managers realize — and than we feared — and carry enormous implications for managers everywhere:
  • On average, 47% of newly-created data records have at least one critical (e.g., work-impacting) error.
  • Only 3% of the DQ scores in our study can be rated “acceptable” using the loosest-possible standard.
  • The variation in DQ scores is enormous. Individual tallies range from 0% to 99%

An interesting Marketing (anti-marketing?) question.
What to Do When Nazis Are Obsessed With Your Field
Nazis love Taylor Swift. She is thin, blonde, pale, and rich. She doesn't talk politics much, which might be just a savvy marketing decision, but it also enables wild speculation about her views on Donald Trump, feminism, and whether black lives matter. Nazi devotion to Swift was first reported by Broadly over a year ago, but recent right-wing public celebration of her new album has sparked coverage in the Daily Beast, Dazed, and Elle UK. The latter two articles have mysteriously gone offline. At the pop-culture site Kobini, writer Ella Page called Swift the "blank space the alt-right has been craving." If she's not going to fill the space with explicitly articulated anti-racist views, the argument goes, Nazis can project anything they want onto her white visage.
I'm telling you about Taylor Swift because slightly more people care about her than the current controversies embroiling Medieval Studies. Both the mega pop star and the esoteric field face the same problem: Nazis love us and we're not used to overtly signaling our disdain. I can't speak for Taylor, but Medieval Studies must do better.

Interesting and potentially useful.
Try This: The most useful apps, tools and sites we used during Hurricane Irma
… Watching Irma take aim at Florida, evacuating and worrying about friends who decided to stay was a harrowing experience. But a few tools apps and websites helped. I hope you never have to use them, but bookmark them in case you do.

Some interesting tools for my students.
5. BriefTube (Chrome): Auto-Generate a Table of Contents for Videos
Many of the online lectures are hosted on YouTube. BriefTube smartly creates a Table of Contents for the video you are watching, so you can skip to the relevant section instantly.
The extension also includes a simple search function for the transcript. Search for any word in the video and you can instantly move to that time stamp. The professor might be mid-sentence though, so remember, you can use the Ctrl + Left arrow YouTube keyboard shortcut to rewind 10 seconds.

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