Monday, October 02, 2017

So? If HP’s software is designed correctly, Russia will not be able to modify it or bypass it. If it is faulty, Cyber Command is likely monitoring the faults.
Special Report: HP Enterprise let Russia scrutinize cyberdefense system used by Pentagon
Hewlett Packard Enterprise allowed a Russian defense agency to review the inner workings of cyber defense software used by the Pentagon to guard its computer networks, according to Russian regulatory records and interviews with people with direct knowledge of the issue.
The HPE system, called ArcSight, serves as a cybersecurity nerve center for much of the U.S. military, alerting analysts when it detects that computer systems may have come under attack. ArcSight is also widely used in the private sector.
The Russian review of ArcSight’s source code, the closely guarded internal instructions of the software, was part of HPE’s effort to win the certification required to sell the product to Russia’s public sector, according to the regulatory records seen by Reuters and confirmed by a company spokeswoman.

I wonder how he protected himself?
At the Center of the Equifax Mess: Its Top Lawyer
The board of Equifax Inc. is reviewing the actions of the credit-reporting company’s top lawyer in connection with share sales by executives there in the aftermath of a massive data breach, according to a person familiar with the matter, as it tries to size up who knew what, and when, about the hack and how it was handled.
John J. Kelley, Equifax’s chief legal officer, had the ultimate responsibility for approving share sales by top executives days after the company discovered in late July that it had been hacked, according to people familiar with the matter. He also is central to broader questions facing the board because he is responsible for security at the company.

Oh gosh, now we’ll have to hack into their files never, ever know.
Federal Judge Rules FBI Not Required To Disclose Details On Hacked iPhone In San Bernadino Case
In December 2015, a man in San Bernadino, California and his wife participated in a terrorist attack that left 14 people dead. In the wake of that attack, the FBI opened an investigation into the couple and ties to other potential terrorists living within the US. An iPhone 5C was discovered that belonged to one of the terrorists, and the FBI wanted Apple to create a tool that would bypass the security on the iPhone in question and allow law enforcement into the device to look for leads and other evidence.
Apple refused to help the FBI develop a backdoor into the device leading the Justice Department to file a suit against Apple to force the company to participate in the investigation. However, the FBI eventually backed off that request after an unnamed third-party company came to the FBI with a tool that could bypass the security on the iPhone. Since that company came forward, a Freedom of Information Act suit was filed by three news organizations seeking to force the FBI to detail the company and hacking method used to access the iPhone in the case.
… . A Federal Judge has now ruled that the FBI doesn't have to release any details on the company or the hack that gave it access to the terrorists smartphone. The reasoning for the ruling was that revealing the company name could pose risk to the vendor who unlocked the smartphone.
The ruling stated, "It is logical and plausible that the vendor may be less capable than the FBI of protecting its proprietary information in the face of a cyberattack. The FBI's conclusion that releasing the name of the vendor to the general public could put the vendor's systems, and thereby crucial information about the technology, at risk of incursion is a reasonable one."
The ruling also protects the FBI from releasing the exact price that it paid to have the device unlocked, despite the public disclosures that claim the cost to unlock the device was around a million dollars.
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Once upon a time, this guy would have been gently placed in a padded cell. Now we consider suicide bombers (no matter the religious background) and act accordingly. Although in New York, they might have simply tossed him off the train.
Doomsday preacher’ on Wimbledon train causes passengers to flee
… Passengers said a man wearing a rucksack was reciting verses from the Bible and talking about homosexuality and sex outside of marriage being sins. He was also said to have referred to “doomsday”. A passenger pulled the emergency alarm and some people prised open the doors and went on to the tracks.

I have to ask: Smart Marketing or proof that the national IQ is quickly heading south?
Selfie Factories: The Rise of the Made-for-Instagram Museum
When the Museum of Ice Cream opened in New York in 2016, it was more a temporary curiosity than a rival to, say, the Whitney Museum of American Art, which stood just across the street.
… One year and three cities later, the Museum of Ice Cream has graduated to cult status on Instagram. More than 241,000 people follow its page, and countless more have posted their own photos from within the space. (Instagram doesn’t show how many photos have been posted at a particular geotag, but there are over 66,000 images with the #museumoficecream hashtag.) All those grams have made the Museum of Ice Cream a coveted place to be: In New York, the $18 tickets to visit—300,000 in total—sold within five days of opening. At its San Francisco location, which opened this month, single tickets went up to $38. The entire six-month run sold out in less than 90 minutes.

Might be useful for my website students.
X-Ray Goggles Help Students See How Webpages Are Made
Mozilla's X-ray Goggles is a neat tool that helps students learn the code that powers much of what they see on the Web. X-ray Goggles is a free tool that lets you remix any page that you find on the Internet. You can install X-ray Goggles in your Chrome or Firefox bookmarks bar. Then you can launch it on any webpage. When you launch X-ray Goggles you will be able to select images and text on a page and then shown the code behind your selection. X-ray Goggles will let you then alter the code to display new things on that page. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of using X-ray Goggles.

I like lists like this because I sometimes find things I didn’t know about. I found two such things on this list! (Unfortunately, in slide show format.)
The best free software for your PC

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