Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cyber Crime Privacy

Life is so unlike theory ...

An Israeli startup armed with $45 million is taking on Google and Apple in the race to sell your personal data Business Insider

Russian hacker arrested in Spain for bot-herding not election-fiddling 

Peter Levashov indicted over Kelihos as Russian carder Roman Seleznev cops 27 year

3225 smart meters in Canberra vulnerable to hacking



From left, Lisa-Kainde Diaz, Chloe Bailey, Naomi Diaz, Beyoncé, Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya (foreground) and Halle Bailey (Chloe’s sister, behind Ms. Zendaya) in a scene from “Lemonade.”CreditParkwood Entertainment

Global fugitive to be extradited over people smuggling tragedy after serving NSW jail term

An international fugitive who stole almost half a million dollars during an ATM cracking spree in NSW will face extradition to Europe over his role in a deadly people smuggling operation.

More than 1,200 hotels in the InterContinental Hotels Group fell victim to a 3-month-long malware attack that targeted customer payment card data, the global hotel chain said Wednesday. InterContinental, which includes the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands, said in February only 12 hotels were affected by the cyberattack. The malware attack lasted from September 29 to December 29, searching for data stored on cards' magnetic stripes, such as the cardholder's name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code, the company said. The company said Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, Hotel indigo, Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites were affected by the breach.

Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case

Apple Caught Uber Tracking IPhone Users Even After They Deleted The App

And the #deleteUber movement gets more fuel for its fire: “The practice, called fingerprinting, is prohibited by Apple. To prevent the company from discovering the practice, Uber geofenced Apple headquarters in Cupertino, changing its code so that it would be hidden from Apple Employees.”

Some Canadian bank record information being sent directly to IRS

Thousands of reports containing confidential Canadian banking information records have been sent directly to the U.S Internal Revenue Service, without the ...

How they squeal: 'Gold plated' money laundering plans threaten new burden on firms  

Hoaxer kept thumb drive of swatting calls

IT’S PROBABLY NOTHING: “Total Chaos” – Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures. Sure hasn’t gotten a lot of news coverage, though.
If you’re worried, you’ll want a generator, an inverter, a solar battery charger — and plenty of storable food, water, and water filtration.

Russ Kick via MemoryHole2 – The Government Accountability Office recently deleted its operations manual. Here it is: 

“Majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well and library users often outpace others in learning activities. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide. Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities and their own families. A new survey by Pew Research Centershows that 76% of adults say libraries serve the learning and educational needs of their communities either “very well” (37%) or “pretty well” (39%). Further, 71% say libraries serve their own personal needs and the needs of their families “very well” or “pretty well.” As a rule, libraries’ performance in learning arenas gets better marks from women, blacks, Hispanics, those in lower-income households, and those ages 30 and older. Majorities of adults say their local libraries are serving the educational needs of their communities and their own families at least ‘pretty well’ At the same time, many do not know that libraries offer learning-related programs and materials such as e-books, career and job resources, and high school certification courses…A recent Pew Research reportfound that 73% of adults say the label “lifelong learner” applies “very well” to them. Additionally, 74% of adults have participated in personal learning experiences of various kinds in the previous 12 months – we call them personal learners. And 63% of full- and part-time workers have taken courses or done training on the job to improve their skills in the past year – we called them professional learners

Bring back the stocks and the firing squad.
The tendency in modern criminal justice has been to remove two specific elements from the state’s justice: spectacle and pain. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, pillories and stocks and whipping posts became museum pieces, the hangman and the firing squad were supplanted by more technical methods, and punishment became something that happened elsewhere — in distant prisons and execution chambers, under professional supervision, far from the baying crowd.
All of this made a certain moral sense. But the civilizing process did not do away with cruelty and in some ways it could exacerbate it. With executions, the science was often inexact and the application difficult, and when it went wrong the electric chair or the gas chamber could easily become a distinctive kind of torture. During the last century lethal injection, now the execution method of choice, had a higher “botch rate” by far than every other means of killing the condemned. Meanwhile, the lowest rate of failure (albeit out of a small sample size) belonged to that old standby: the firing squad. . . .
It is not clear that this method of dealing with crime succeeds at avoiding cruel and unusual punishment so much as it avoids making anyone outside the prison system see it. Nor is it clear that a different system, with a sometimes more old-fashioned set of penalties, would necessarily be more inhumane.

Read the whole thing. Or read this article by Peter Salib, which argues for punishments other than imprisonment

Nearly half (46%) of British businesses discovered at least one cybersecurity breach or attack in the past year, a government survey has indicated. That proportion rose to two-thirds among medium and large companies. Most often, these breaches involved fraudulent emails being sent to staff or security issues relating to viruses, spyware or malware. The survey was completed by 1,500 UK businesses and included 30 in-depth interviews.

The government said a "sizeable proportion" of the businesses still did not have "basic protections" in place. While many had enacted rudimentary technical controls, only one-third had a formal policy covering cybersecurity risks. Less than a third (29%) had assigned a specific board member to be responsible for cybersecurity.

New NSW police specialist unit hopes to intervene before lone-wolf-style attacks


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Importance of Truth Workers in an Era of Factual Recession

Ted Hunt – Googling gives us answers—but deprives us of intelligence – “…Here are the problems that we must surmount if we are to continue creating and sharing tools to help amplify and advance knowledge, reasoning, critical thought, and creative...
“A joke is basically syllogistic” — comedians Kenny and Keith Lucas, aka the Lucas Brothers, read a lot of philosophy

As America’s elite has gotten richer and richer, they can afford to do anything they want. The polarization of American society—and American political institutions—is another phenomenon affecting the marketplace of ideas. The creation of parallel, segmented audiences that will support ideologically pure intellectuals has led to the emergence of new kinds of thought leaders. They can thrive in an information ecosystem devoid of contrary points of view Anti authority public distrust

Rupert Murdoch’s biggest worry? Money, not politics

Alison Head and John Wihbey: Truth to Consequences “…Librarians are the facilitators and guides to the world of knowledge. Yet, many librarians lack the institutional power or budgets for truly scaling their training of information literacy skills — the fundamental competencies for finding, evaluating, and using information in the digital age. This skill set needs to become a cause not only on the margins — in the context of occasional high school civics and English classes — but as an issue front-and-center across civic life, from town halls and state legislatures to voting booths. 

As Lee Rainie, the Founding Director of Pew’s Internet and American Life has said, librarians are the epitome of nodes — trusted conduits to high quality information, active champions of an accessible government online, and an informed citizenry among all ages and classes…

Joe Kennedy, Harvard Business Review, April 17, 2017: “Innovation has always required a constant iteration of trial and error as companies use data about current performance to improve future performance. So it should come as no surprise that companies in the information age want to use ever more data to hone their products. But there is an emerging debate over the competitive implications of big data. Some observers argue that companies amassing too much data might inhibit competition, so antitrust regulators should preemptively take action to cut “big data” down to “medium data.” Others say there is nothing new here, and existing competition law is more than capable of dealing with any problems. Among those advocating for an expansion of antitrust reviews around data are law professor Maurice Stucke and antitrust attorney Allen Grunes, who voice three interrelated concerns in Big Data and Competition Policy. First, they argue that allowing companies to control large amounts of data raises barriers to entry for potential rivals that lack enough data to develop competitive products. By this logic, deals like Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp should be fought, because allowing a dominant company to acquire even more data will increase its market power. Second, proponents of this view assert that existing antitrust law is inadequate for the competitive threats stemming from large collections of data. One reason why is that much of traditional antitrust analysis focuses on the prices of goods and services, because companies with market power face incentives to limit supplies and charge more. With the profusion of “free” services, authorities may have a much tougher time adequately evaluating the implications of competition other than price, such as degradations in product quality or privacy protection. Finally, some who worry about big data from an antitrust perspective claim that consumer protection laws are inadequate, because privacy protections are themselves a function of how much competition companies face, so antitrust regulators must step in to protect privacy

If you’re fan of Les Mis, you already know that red symbolizes “the blood of angry men” and “a world about to dawn.” It’s the color of the revolution, and that’s not just true if you’re a quasi-fictional French student back in 1832 -- it became the color du jour for Socialist and Communist revolutionaries as well. And It’s not a coincidence that the current Chinese flag and the flag of the former Soviet Union are against a field of red. Red, to them, is the color of change...As Mental Floss explains, "during the Cultural Revolution, members of the Red Guard began publicly voicing their displeasure with red stoplights. Because red was the color of the revolution, they felt it should mean 'go,' symbolically encouraging the spread of Communism."

And so the campaign began. It began with an advertising campaign; in 1966, the Guardian reported that "the Guards plastered posters on the city’s walls today which said that red [ . . . ] should be used as a signal for traffic to go forward" -- literally the opposite of what it meant to drivers both then and now. But that wasn't enough; would you run a red light because a poster, even one purporting to be official, told you to? Hardly. So in some areas, members of the Red Guard became ad hoc traffic cops, telling drivers to go on red and stop on green.

If that sounds like a terrible idea, you're right -- it was. As Jalopnik notes, "obviously they could not man every intersection, and some drivers ended up going on red and others going on green, and there were a lot of accidents." Ultimately, the regime thought better of the idea and red, for traffic purposes at least, remained "stop."

Mao: The Unknown Story" by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday; as the synopsis notes, it's "the most authoritative life of the Chinese leader every written." Four stars on nearly 500 reviews.

They Blue It: Where stop signs are blue, and why. 

New Zealand’s head of policy profession shared his perspective on balancing the preservation of institutions of state with the needs of ministers, staying on the cutting-edge of policy, and managing risk when so much can go wrong. Don’t do it alone, he advises. 
Kibblewhite: stewardship challenges for today’s public service leaders 

False corruption accusations can ruin reputations. But maybe the answer is not restricting political speech, but investigating complaints quickly Free speech curb not needed for council elections