Apple is challenging a federal court order to help access an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, claiming that doing so would create a “dangerous precedent.”Now, other tech companies and politicians are publicly debating whether Apple’s dead-set protection of user privacy is justified and whether the FBI has a right to enter people’s iPhones via a “backdoor” to ensure national security. Shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook posted an open letter detailing Cupertino’s refusal, tech leaders, presidential candidates, and other public figures began taking sides.Here are some of the key (if not kooky) testimonies in the court of public opinion.On Thursday, the social media giant issued a statement acknowledging the “essential work” authorities do to keep us safe, but Facebook also pledged to “fight aggressively” against government efforts to curtail the security of tech products.“We … [Read more...] about Facebook, Google, Twitter, Woz, Trump, McAfee, Snowden, and more take sides on Apple vs. the FBI
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Did you hear? Britney Spears had a fatal run-in with a pretzel, a guy named Homosexual ran in the Olympic 100-meter dash, and President Obama attended a Muslim academy.What--You missed that news? Well, that might be because all those stories are untrue. But that didn't stop them from appearing on the Web, and in some cases, on reputable and popular sites.Nobody's perfect, of course. But on the Web, imperfection can come at a high price: false news reports can torpedo a stock, harm someone's reputation, or reduce fans of a supposedly dead celebrity to tears. As news publishing systems become more automated, they're easy prey for hackers, hoaxers, and half-assed algorithms. Or they can be done in by human error, magnified a million times by the viral nature of the Net."Once something is online and people start finding it, it's just a matter of time before it starts spreading through links, blogs, Twitter, e-mail, or IM," says Craig Silverman, editor of Regret The Error, which tracks … [Read more...] about Britney Spears Killed By Pretzel? What Happens When the Web Gets it Wrong?
Last week Gen. David Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, resigned in response to what has turned out to be a much bigger scandal than it first appeared.We've gone from a complaint to the FBI by one woman, Jill Kelley, over harassing anonymous email messages that were sent, it turned out, by another woman, Paula Broadwell (who was, of all things, Petraeus' biographer) that exposed the affair Petraeus had had with the latter and which has now embroiled another senior military man, Gen. John Allen, because of email sent to the first woman.I was tempted to provide a some kind of business intelligence style interactive taxonomic diagram to explain all of this mess, but I simply haven't quite got my head around who's who yet.BLOG POST: Petraeus used clever Gmail trick during affairThe only plausible explanation for the behavior of these people is that they must have all recently escaped from an asylum (see CNN's article "Timeline of the Petraeus affair" along with a … [Read more...] about The Petraeus Scandal and Computer Ethics
After the collision of the USS John S McCain and a Liberian-flagged tanker near Singapore on Monday, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson ordered an operation pause while the U.S. Navy investigates the cause, including any possible cyber attack angle.Richardson announced “an operation pause” to “be taken in all of our fleets around the world.” He tweeted that the investigation would include considering the “possibility of cyber intrusion or sabotage” even though there were no indications of that being true right now.However, an unnamed U.S. Navy official told CNN that the warship experienced “a steering failure” as it approached the Strait of Malacca and that caused it to collide with the commercial oil tanker. “The official said it was unclear why the crew couldn’t use the ship’s backup steering system to maintain control.”CNN added that another unnamed Navy official said “there were indications … [Read more...] about U.S. Navy considers possibility of cyber attack after another ship collision
For two decades, Black Hat has gained a reputation for demonstrations of some of the most cutting-edge research in information security as well as development and industry trends. The event has also had its share of controversy – sometimes enough to cause last-minute cancelations.Launched in 1997 as a single conference in Las Vegas, Black Hat has gone international with annual events in the U.S., Europe and Asia. This year’s U.S. event – the 20th – at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, begins July 22 with four days of technical training, followed by the two-day main conference.CSO looks at some of the past Black Hat highlights – and a few that didn’t happen.The late white-hat hacker superstar took Black Hat by storm with his demonstration that he could make an ATM spew bills the way Vegas slot machines used to spew quarters, all with a few keystrokes from his laptop. Those in the audience described it as something out of the 1995 cyberpunk movie … [Read more...] about The best of Black Hat: The consequential, the controversial, the canceled
Nine years ago, I created what I believe was the world’s first USB worm. By playing around with a USB thumb drive and placing a hidden file on it, I was able to make any computer in which the “infected” USB drive was plugged into automatically spread the file to the host computer, then back again when a new USB device was plugged in.It worked in digital cameras and mobile phones. I was able to get any USB device -- in fact, any removable media device -- to run my worm file. I had a bunch of fun playing with it.I reported the finding to my employer and the involved vendors; they in turn asked for my silence for a significant amount of time, so they could close the hole. I had planned on presenting my finding at a big national security conference and had to choose between earned hacker cred and public safety. I went with the latter.Truth be told, I didn’t want to piss off this vendor because it was a possible future customer or employer. The hole was patched, and … [Read more...] about The BadUSB exploit is deadly, but few may be hit
The Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus was hit with a ransomware attack, locking 16 Democratic senators and their staff out of their computer network.The attack was discovered on Friday morning; at the time of publishing, the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus website was still down and displayed an “error establishing a database connection” message. The same error displays when trying to view each Democratic senator’s website.“Officials from the caucus have been in contact with law enforcement to investigate the incident and are working with Microsoft to restore the IT system,” according to a written statement text-messaged to reporters and obtained by The Hill. It was sent via text, since the caucus could not use its email. “There is currently no indication that the caucus system was targeted or that any data has been compromised.”The Senate Democratic offices were open on Friday, but no one could access data or use the network. It was … [Read more...] about Ransomware attack hit Pennsylvania Democratic senators
Winter's approaching in the European Union and that means a look at the refugee crisis from a new, more dire humanitarian angle for the Balkan Summit. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock Leaders from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia met on Sunday, October 25, 2015 to discuss the refugee crisis rocking the EU.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attended, along with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres. Guterres was a former prime minister of Portugal and now focuses on the human rights of the refugees landing daily on European soil.At a press conference after the meeting, German Chancellor Merkel and Juncker continuously noted the crisis was not a single nation’s problem, but the entire union’s problem to solve. Fair-burden weighed heavily on the politician when speaking to the press. Given the estimated number of over … [Read more...] about EU Leader Summit About Refugee Crisis And The Balkan Route
On Friday afternoon, students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School fled as a lone student opened fire in the crowded school. According to Marysville police, the gunman injured several people, then killed himself. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Marysville, Wash., is located north of Seattle, approximately an hour away.Cox Media Group's local CBS affiliate, KIRO 7, was at the scene, reporting in livestream coverage across the internet as events unfolded. Police indicated the shooting happened around 10:39 a.m., Pacific Time, and requested parents not attempt to pick up their students at the school. And in fact, the station's chopper showed students evacuating from buildings, hands up, as they met with police, fire, and medic units before being bussed away, or moved to an area away from the school.As the shooting began, some students close to shooting ran to homes in the area.Tom Hopper emailed KIRO 7, stating, "Our son just called to let us know that … [Read more...] about What Happened In The Marysville-Pilchuck High School Shooting?
Japanese scientists have announced their intent to drill through the Earth’s crust and reach the mantle, a feat never before accomplished. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Nobody has ever taken the journey to the Earth’s mantle because of the very extreme conditions beneath the Earth's crust. It has been thought that the Earth's mantle is far too deep to dig a hole and send a probe down. Temperature increases the deeper we go and could reach as high as 1,050 degrees Fahrenheit. Another problem is atmospheric pressure that becomes very intense farther down the mantle. Researchers have attempted to drill into the Earth's mantle before but they met with little success. Those efforts failed due to various reasons, ranging from inappropriate selection of drilling sites to lack of technology and expertise. Researchers at Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) suggest they would require drilling down from a … [Read more...] about Japanese Scientists Plan To Drill Into Earth’s Mantle For The First Time