Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ethical Hacking: Black Blind

He Solved The DNC Hack. Now He’s Telling His Story For The First Time. Buzzfeed. CrowdStrike

Hackers could take control of cars and kill millions, ministers warned The Times. “A spokeswoman for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said: ‘Billions are invested to stay ahead of criminals and new cars have never been more secure. They are already being equipped with the means to prevent remote hacking through regular software upgrades as well as encryption, layering, and alarms and immobilisers.'” So that’s alright, then. Especially the “regular software upgrades” part.

Fake news? Google has a problem with evil unicorns

"Evil unicorns" - a term some Google engineers once coined, according to a former executive - are unverified posts on obscure topics, full of lies

Facebook is a bigger threat to privacy than is Aadhaar, says tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa The Economic Times. Includes this splendid — but double-edged — rant from Wadhwa:
Forget about disclosures, there are no rules or regulations in the tech industry. They want to get away with whatever they can get away with. This is the group think in Silicon Valley: they think they are gods over there, and everything they do is perfect. They don’t even understand the damage they are causing. Zuckerberg is genuinely deluded about what he is doing: he did not believe that he is impacting the elections. These are a bunch of kids who don’t have the experience and are building these nuclear weapons-like technologies without understanding their implications. This is why India needs to do it on its own and not depend on Silicon Valley.
Or just maybe Zuckerberg knows what the valuation of his company should really be?

‘Robots are not taking over,’ says head of UN body on autonomous weapons Guardian

Bitcoin Plunges 29% From Record High Bloomberg. Yves: “Anything that falls 29% in a day isn’t ‘money, at least in anything other than an economy that is in some sort of collapse.”
Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. WSJ. Worse, surveillance cameras made by the U.S. are hanging all over the U.S. Alexa, stop listening!

Some Media dragon resisters fought the Nazis in the streets while others fought them from within by hacking some of the world’s first information technology systems. Ava Ex Machina has a fascinating post discussing some of these unheralded hackers. Here is one:
René Carmille — was a punch card computer expert and comptroller general of the French Army, who later would head up the Demographics Department of the French National Statistics Service. As quickly as IBM worked with the Nazis to enable them to use their punch card computer systems to update census data to find and round up Jewish citizens, Rene and his team of double-agents worked just as fast to manipulate their data to undermine their efforts.

The IEEE newspaper, The Institute, describes Carmille as being an early ethical hacker: “Over the course of two years, Carmille and his group purposely delayed the process by mishandling the punch cards. He also hacked his own machines, reprogramming them so that they’d never punch information from Column 11 [which indicated religion] onto any census card.” His work to identify and build in this exploit saved thousands of Jews from being rounded up and deported to death camps.
Rene was arrested in Lyon in 1944. He was interrogated for two days by Klaus Barbie, a cruel and brutal SS and Gestapo officer called “the Butcher of Lyon,” but he still did not break under torture. Rene was caught by the Nazis and sent to the Dachau concentration camp, where he died in 1945.

 NSW govt agencies could be forced to report data breaches

Monday, November 20, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull dangles middle-income tax tax

Malcolm Turnbull dangles middle-income tax cut during Business Council of Australia speech

Crisis? I'm calm, Malcolm Turnbull insists

The Australian Border Force Is Taking Legal Action To Keep The Names Of Every Staff Member Secret

Civilisation and its price: Why aren’t the streets full of protest about the Parasite Papers?

God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul. 
—Cousin  Jean Paul of Reim fame at Gerald's funeral 2015

Four MPs might cross to floor to back bank commission of inquiry

Why have we built a paradise for offshore billionaires? Thomas Frank, Guardian Because we haven’t finished their colony on Mars?

Data Driven Journalism: “Revealing 13.4 million documents and implicating more than 120 politicians and world leaders, the Paradise Papers have exposed the hidden happenings of the offshore industry, its users and operators. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) began releasing reports on 6 November 2017, drawing on nearly 7 million loan agreements, financial statements, emails, trust deeds and other paperwork from nearly 50 years at Appleby, a leading offshore law firm. So far, ICIJ has raised questions about the British Royal FamilyTrump associatesApple,Nike, with more to come. And, with over 1.4 terabytes of data to trawl through, there have been no shortages of data to visualise. We put together a roundup of four of the week’s best…”

 Why aren’t the streets full of protest about the Paradise Papers? Guardian

Paradise Papers: Westpac's 'gobsmackingly' slack Cook ...Westpac opened an $850,00 account for a secret company linked to a Kazakh ... Krugman says it’s been forgotten since the days of the dinosaurs:

Back in the old days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and students still learned Keynesian economics, we used to hear a lot about the monetary “transmission mechanism” — how the Fed actually got traction on the real economy. Both the phrase and the subject have gone out of fashion — but it’s still an important issue, and arguably now more than ever.
Now, what you learned back then was that the transmission mechanism worked largely through housing.

Hiding in Plain Sight: How UK companies are used to launder corrupt wealth Transparency International UK (Richard Smith). Richard: “First time in years that anyone’s had a single panoptic long form look at the abuses. Ugly.”

Will Backlash Against Prince Purge Begin Within Military? American Conservative: “I would bet.”
U.S. Corporate Tax Reform Council on Foreign Relations

Tesla factory workers have filed a lawsuit claiming widespread racism, unsafe conditions CNBC. Makes you wonder if 260 cars a month is a ceiling, not a floor.

What Red States Are Passing Up as Blue States Get Billions NYT. “… taxpayers in Texas are helping to fund treatment for patients with opioid addiction in Vermont….” No, they’re not. Federal taxes do not fund Federal spending.

Deutsche Bank CEO suggests robots could replace half the company’s 97,000 employees CNBC: “So then they’d be an automated laundromat?”

Fighting demons: 'As an exorcist I'm going into battle'

AN AUSTRALIAN exorcist invited news.com.au to observe a live exorcism on a woman who believed she was possessed by demons. Here's what happened

Media Dragon: Innovation: Change that adds Value

We all know the feeling. The work has to happen, and it's piling up fast. But instead of your boss being a lifeline, they are a hindrance. Perhaps they slow decisions down with endless questions, or maybe, they simply aren't available. Either way, most of us have probably wished our managers would disappear. At one Melbourne-based innovation consultancy, they actually did, at least on paper
The decision to get rid of the bosses at Inventium was made by the company's founder, Dr Amantha Imber. Imber had been researching the idea of a "holacracy", a decentralised workplace where line staff members are empowered to speak and act, and roles are not defined by a job description.
3. High-tech mirror for cancer patients only works if you smile (a cruel tease or oppression of sorts?).
Australian diplomat Julan Simpson dies after fall