Saturday, May 20, 2017

Notion of Data and Cyber

“You must admit we are different from other creatures. Can you name another that would stand as we do, one before the other, willing to kill – or be killed – for something that is not food or property or even temporary dominance? For ideas as inconstant as principle or justice or love? Is this what makes us so wretchedly human? Dare we call it a soul? 
~  Mikhail Bulgakov

INK BOTTLE“Artificial Intelligence is going nowhere until we have mastered Artificial Emotion. AI will continue to solve particular, set problems brilliantly, as it has been doing with slowly-increasing prowess since the 1950s, but AI software won’t show a glimmer of originality or creativity, which are essential to the very idea of thought, until it can simulate emotion as accurately as it does other mental phenomena.”
David Gelernter, interviewed by Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, Feb. 23, 2017)

Robert D. Flach has a fresh Buzz roundup!

Former ALP heavyweight guilty of unlawfully using electoral data

Julian Assange: Sweden drops investigation against Wikileaks founder based in Ecuador’s London embassy Independent. Deck: “Scotland Yard says it will still arrest Mr Assange over skipping bail if he leaves embassy.” So…

Russ Fox, Do You Need a License to Sell Bitcoins?. “Do I need a license to sell Bitcoins to a friend? The answer is likely no. But if I go into the business of selling Bitcoins the answer appears to be yes.”

TaxGrrrl, Anonymous Coinbase Users Seek To Intervene In IRS Efforts To Access Bitcoin Info

This report is compiled data from tens of millions of simulated phishing attacks sent through Wombat’s Security Education platform over a 12 month period, as well as an extensive survey of our database of infosec professionals. The report also includes survey data from thousands of end users in the UK and US that measured their knowledge and behavior around phishing and ransomware

A bill has been presented to US Congress that would, if passed, force the NSA to alert other US government agencies of security flaws it finds in software. (US hacking bill could force the NSA to cough on WannaCry-style zero-day flaws TheInquirer)

The New York Times: “The ransomware tactic behind a global cyberattack on Friday was nothing new. But new digital tools mean that hackers “don’t even need to have any skills to do this anymore.”
Attack May Worsen Monday, It Is Feared – “The effects of Friday’s attack could be magnified as workers return to their offices in the new workweek.”

AP – Why Cybersecurity Experts Fear More ‘Ransomeware’ Attacks – “Cyberattacks like the one “WannaCry” malware that hit 150 countries starting last Friday could continue to spread through operating systems that have not been updated with security patches.”
FedEx Confirms It Has Also Been Hit With RansomWare Attack: “Implementing Remediation Steps As Quickly As Possible”

The Hill – “WanaDecrypt0r, alternately known by names like Wanna Cry, struck hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 100 nations since the attack began Friday morning, with victims ranging from hospitals in the U.K. to a telecom in Spain, U.S.-based FedEx to the Russian Ministry of the Interior.  WanaDecrypt0r was so virulent in part because it used a Windows hacking tool that appears to have been stolen and leaked from the NSA. Though Microsoft had patched the security hole in Windows that tool used in March before it was leaked in April, businesses often lag in installing updates for reasons including industry-specific software being incompatible with the most current version of operating systems.”
WSJ – Microsoft claims stolen U.S. government code fuels cyberattack 
   The Global Open Data Index 2016/2017 – Advancing the State of Open Data Through Dialogue – “The Global Open Data Index (GODI) is the annual global benchmark for publication of open government data, run by the Open Knowledge Network. Our crowdsourced survey measures the openness of government data according to the Open Definition
Satan's emissary, cunning fox, cold-blooded destroyer: That's the conventional view ofMachiavelli. But was his advice in The Princereally meant to be followed?... How Machiavelli Trolled Europe’s Princes Machiavelli’s advice for rulers was ruthless and pragmatic—and he may have intended for it to secretly destroy them.

REVEALED: The secret deal the Associated Press made with the Nazis during WWII

"As a writer, my principal observation about why other writers fail is that they are in too much of a hurry," says Malcolm Gladwell. "I don’t think you can write a good 
book in two years."... Gladwell