Sunday, January 21, 2018
An example of poor “design for security?”
Here’s how Hawaii’s emergency alert design led to a false alarm
… AlertSense CTO Randy Grohs explained that there are essentially two paths to send an alert using the system. In one, an alert is created from scratch. The user of the software fills in information for the alert, like where it’s being sent, what the message says, and crucially, whether it’s a test or live alert.
But the company also lets software users create “templates” — options that fill in all of the information with one click. Templates can be created for both test and live alerts. (Hawaii has publicly said that the person who sent the false alarm chose an incorrect template option.)
Regardless of what’s selected, the user then has the opportunity to review the information before submitting the alert.
A pop-up box is the final step in sending the alert. The box has the same message, whether a live or test alert is sent: “Are you sure you want to send this Alert?”
… “If you don’t follow best practices, the difference between sending live and a demo can be configured to be a small difference,” Grohs says.
Federal appeals court orders DOJ to disclose surveillance documents
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ordered [opinion, PDF] the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to disclose two documents within an internal DOJ resource manual for federal prosecutors related to electronic surveillance and tracking devices in criminal investigations.
… The court ruled that the general methods for using technology to obtain information from suspects is publicly known investigative techniques, and thus are not covered under Exemption 7(E). The court found that the release of the information would also not allow wrongdoers to circumvent legitimate surveillance and the law. The court also found that only the portions of the documents that "present original legal analyses, not purely descriptive and not already incorporated in public documents, to guide federal prosecutors in litigation" can be withheld under Exemption 5. The court remanded to the district court to determine which portions of the documents meet the requirements for Exemption 5 and ordered the remainder of the documents be released.
Perspective. Facebook guides/leads/influences/rules the world?
The New York Times’ stock jumped following Facebook’s “trustworthy” news announcement
Shortly before markets closed yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted that the social media company’s News Feed would prioritize news from sources that are “trustworthy, informative, and local.” Facebook users themselves will be responsible for determining what those are.
Immediately afterward, The New York Times’ stock shot up, ending the day up nearly 9 percent, according to data from FactSet. At $21.90, the paper’s stock price is the highest it’s been since before the recession. The New York Times has been riding high following the election of Donald Trump, hitting record growth in digital news subscriptions last year.
News Corp, which owns The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, also saw its stock rise yesterday, as did FOX News owner 21st Century Fox. Those gains, however, were small in comparison to The New York Times.
Some ideas for my programming students?
Data mining is known as an interdisciplinary subfield of computer science and basically is a computing process of discovering patterns in large data sets. It is considered as an essential process where intelligent methods are applied in order to extract data patterns.
The archive of 3D sites is what interests me.
Geometry at Mount Rushmore - A Math Lesson
CyArk is an organization building an online library of 3D models of the world's cultural heritage sites. Mount Rushmore is one of the places that CyArk features in their galleries of 3D models. You can find the entire collection of places here.
Why GPS could reduce the murder rate…