Friday, March 02, 2018

That which does not kill us, makes us stronger?Impressive defense. I wonder who is ready for this and who will be scrambling in the dark?
GitHub Survived the Biggest DDoS Attack Ever Recorded
On Wednesday, at about 12:15 pm ET, 1.35 terabits per second of traffic hit the developer platform GitHub all at once. It was the most powerful distributed denial of service attack recorded to date—and it used an increasingly popular DDoS method, no botnet required.
GitHub briefly struggled with intermittent outages as a digital system assessed the situation. Within 10 minutes it had automatically called for help from its DDoS mitigation service, Akamai Prolexic. Prolexic took over as an intermediary, routing all the traffic coming into and out of GitHub, and sent the data through its scrubbing centers to weed out and block malicious packets. After eight minutes, attackers relented and the assault dropped off.

A mere 294 breaches, with 16,060 records compromised per breach. Probably not time to start bragging.
Rajiv Leventhal reports:
In 2017, the number of individuals affected by breaches within the healthcare sector reached a four-year low, according to a new report from Campbell, Calif.-based security company Bitglass.
The report revealed that the majority of breaches were due to hacking and IT incidents (71 percent), and that percentage has continued to grow since 2014. The fourth annual Healthcare Breach Report aggregates data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Wall of Shame—a database of breach disclosures that is required as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)—to identify the most common causes of data leakage.
Read more on Healthcare Informatics.

Perhaps they should try to hire someone who knows how to run a bank? “Harm the victims” is definitely a “customer last” strategy!
Wells Fargo is accused of harming fraud victims by closing accounts
When signs of fraud appear on a customer’s account, such as a counterfeit check or an unauthorized withdrawal, a bank is required by law to investigate whether criminal activity has occurred.
Wells Fargo had a simpler solution, according to a former employee: Close the account and drop the customer.

For my Data Management students.
How to Turn ‘Data Exhaust’ into a Competitive Edge
A vast amount of data that is discarded — the so-called ‘data exhaust’ — actually hold a lot of value and could be tapped to create new competitive advantages, according to this opinion piece by Scott Snyder, a Wharton senior Fellow, and Alex Castrounis, vice president of product and advanced analytics for Rocket Wagon, an Internet of Things, digital and AI company.
Instead of the Internet of Things (IoT), perhaps we should call it the data of things or the internet of data?
IoT will generate a staggering 400 zettabytes (or 400 trillion gigabytes) of data a year by 2018, according to the 2016 Cisco Visual Networking Index. This is being driven by everything from wearables and smart home devices to high-end connected platforms like the Boeing 787, which generates 40 terabytes per hour of flight, or a Rio Tinto mining operation that can generate up to 2.4 terabytes of data a minute (more than 20 times what Twitter generates in a day).
Despite this huge growth in data from IoT devices, only a small amount (8.6 Zettabytes) will actually be sent to data centers for storage and subsequent analysis — the ‘data exhaust’ is much bigger than what’s actually being analyzed for insights.
… On the B2B side, companies like John Deere have used IoT data to shift their business model. The average farm went from generating 190,000 data points per day in 2014 to a projected 4.1 million data points in 2020 fueled by the significant growth in sensorization of fields and equipment. By turning these data streams into insights and prescriptive analytics, or automated decisions based on data, Deere moved from selling farm equipment to delivering ‘Precision Farming’ services, guided by their data advantage.

Pew – Social Media Use in 2018
A majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram: “A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and newly emerging narratives. Facebook and YouTube dominate this landscape, as notable majorities of U.S. adults use each of these sites. At the same time, younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out for embracing a variety of platforms and using them frequently. Some 78% of 18- to 24-year-olds use Snapchat, and a sizeable majority of these users (71%) visit the platform multiple times per day. Similarly, 71% of Americans in this age group now use Instagram and close to half (45%) are Twitter users. As has been the case since the Center began surveying about the use of different social media in 2012, Facebook remains the primary platform for most Americans. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) now report that they are Facebook users, and roughly three-quarters of those users access Facebook on a daily basis. With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook. But the social media story extends well beyond Facebook. The video-sharing site YouTube – which contains many social elements, even if it is not a traditional social media platform – is now used by nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults and 94% of 18- to 24-year-olds. And the typical (median) American reports that they use three of the eight major platforms that the Center measured in this survey…”

Which auto makers will survive a rides-on-demand future where individuals will not buy cars?
Toyota venture to spend $2.8 billion to develop self-driving technology
Toyota Motor Corp said a new venture would be investing more than $2.8 billion to develop automated-driving software - the latest salvo in an increasingly frenetic battle to be ahead in a sector hit by a slew of disruptive technologies.

Uber is driving patients to their doctors in a big grab for medical transit market
Uber announced the launch of a new digital tool meant to book rides for patients who need assistance getting to and from their appointments. A health care provider can book a ride for patients and caregivers immediately, within a few hours, or with 30 days’ notice. The company is positioning itself as a cheaper and more reliable option than most non-emergency medical transportation.
… The non-medical-emergency medical transportation market is worth more than $3 billion, according to the Transit Cooperative Research Program, a federally funded independent research entity. A lot of that money is for people who can’t drive — either because of age or poverty — and so Medicare and Medicaid providers foot the bill. Uber has clearly become interested in the industry.

For my geeks.
Microsoft Gives Devs More Open Source Quantum Computing Goodies
Microsoft this week announced the first major upgrade to its Quantum Development Kit since its introduction last year. It has added several new features designed to open the platform to a wider array of developers, including support for Linux and macOS, as well as additional open source libraries.
Further, the kit will be interoperable with the Python computing language.

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