Saturday, March 31, 2018

Interesting hack.
Millions of Indian students face resits after exams leak
India has vowed to strengthen online security measures after high school exam papers were leaked in advance, forcing millions of students to resit their finals.
The education minister, Prakash Javadekar, said an investigation was under way into how the mathematics and economics papers were accessed and spread via WhatsApp before the exam.
… “For now, we are trying to establish the trail of this leak. Most people we have spoken with only received it on WhatsApp,” said the special commissioner of police, RP Upadhyay.
Cheating in exams is common in India, including paying large bribes to buy test papers, as well as more elaborate ruses. In 2015, hundreds of people were arrested in eastern Bihar state for scaling the walls of schools and providing crib sheets and study materials to their relatives during exams.

Here are the “fixes” Russia must counter. Of course, these fixes haven’t actually been fixed yet.
Facebook Details Election Security Improvements
While under heavy fire for the user privacy blunder involving U.K. firm Cambridge Analytica, Facebook took its time this week to present some of the steps it is taking to protect elections from abuse and exploitation on its platform.
There are four main election security areas Facebook plans to improve: combating foreign interference, removing fake accounts, increasing ads transparency, and reducing the spread of false news.
According to Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, the social platform will focus on tackling four major issues related to fake news, namely the use of false identities, fake audiences, false facts, and false narratives.
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(Related) Perhaps this is what frightened Russia?
Facebook's Ideological Imperialism
It’s mostly forgotten now, but for a time, expanding the reach of social networks—making Facebook, Twitter, and others like it as large as possible—was an avowed foreign-policy goal of the United States. That is, at least, what the secretary of state said in the early days of this decade, in a speech at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
“New technologies do not take sides in the struggle for freedom and progress, but the United States does,” Hillary Clinton said. “We stand for a single internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas. And we recognize that the world’s information infrastructure will become what we and others make of it.”
It was a declaration of purpose for the young Obama administration, and Clinton backed it up with money. The State Department would fund social networks around the world, she said, and it would help develop software that dissidents could use to get around online censorship.

Government at work? “Hey! Look! We’re doing something!” Why not just point them to available Apps (some FREE) rather than buy Apps they may not use?
New York offers free cyber security tools to public to deter hackers
… The program, dubbed NYC Secure, will launch a free smartphone protection app to warn users when suspicious activity is detected [Then what should they do? Bob] on their devices, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a news conference.
“New Yorkers aren’t safe online. We can’t wait around for other levels of government to do something about it or the private sector,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The program will cost the city about $5 million per year, he said.
… City agencies will also beef up security protection on public Wi-Fi networks by the end of the year to protect residents, workers and visitors.
Those networks will be secured with a tool, dubbed Quad9, that is available to anybody in New York City and beyond at Quad9 routes a user's web traffic through servers that identify and block malicious sites and email.

A picture is worth a thousand words.
No One Is Safe From the Data Breach Epidemic (Infographic)

Everyone should be interested in this.
How to download a copy of everything Google knows about you

Perspective. Not (yet) large enough to carry illegal aliens over President Trump’s wall, but easily able to carry drugs.
Chinese authorities catch suspects who used drones to smuggle $80M worth of iPhones from Hong Kong
iPhones are significantly cheaper in Hong Kong than mainland China, and it’s not unusual to find people smuggling them across the border. But while the record for smuggling them under clothing is around $150k, that’s nothing compared to the $79.8M worth transported with the help of drones …
Reuters reports the find. Rather than fly the actual iPhones by drone, the smugglers used them to carry cables which were then used to pull the iPhones across in bags.
… The gang reportedly operated after midnight, and were able to smuggle as many as 15,000 iPhones in a single night.

Forget ‘The Art of War’: Everything You Need To Know About Military Leadership Is In ‘Star Trek’

A hobby for my students?
How to Build a Cheap Android PC With Inexpensive Parts

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