The FBI had information that Russian hackers were trying to break into the email accounts of US officials but failed to notify them of the threat, the Associated Press reported Sunday.The bureau withheld the information despite having evidence for more than a year that showed scores of officials were the target of a Kremlin-linked hacking entity known as Fancy Bear, an investigation by the news agency found. Of the nearly 80 interviews with Americans targeted by the Russian government-aligned group, only two cases were identified as being informed by the FBI, the investigation found.The FBI didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told the AP it "routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information."The revelation comes amid heightened concerns in Washington that hackers working for the Russian government penetrated US computer networks and exploited social media platforms to meddle with the US 2016 election. Government investigators are … [Read more...] about FBI reportedly failed to inform US targets of Russian hackers
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We all have our favorite websites, news topics and eBay items that we like to check out every day. Some of us have 10 to 15 websites bookmarked and others have 50, 100, 200 or more. If it takes an average of 3-4 minutes to check out each page for updated news, scan headlines and then navigate to the next bookmarked website, a lot of time adds up in daily visits to those sites. And if you’re one of those people who craves information and feels compelled to check those same websites over and over again in case something has been updated… well, you could be wasting a lot of time and energy. Take control of your information and entertainment habits by using a very simple, easily understood and effective way of bringing web searches to you – an automated data collection service called RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. Really Simple means just that – really simple, very easy, not complex. Syndication is the act of publishing or broadcasting data or articles … [Read more...] about RSS: Bring the News to You!
Just how big are big data? Not the big data hype bubble, mind you—we know that's enormous. Rather, how large do data sets have to be before we can consider them big data?There is no one answer. Big data is a relative term. It refers to data sets, and the corresponding data challenges, so large that traditional data management and analytics approaches aren't up to the task of squeezing all the value we desire from the information we have. As a result, as our tools and techniques improve, the "bigness" threshold for big data will continue to rise.This threshold also depends upon the context for the data, which generally aligns with the industry responsible for them. Genomics research, weather prediction and other scientific pursuits push the limit of data set size, but any business that collects information about its customers may also have big data challenges.Keep in mind Parkinson's Law of Data: the amount of data available expands to fill the available space for it. As our … [Read more...] about Can the Government Handle Big Data Analytics?
I have to say it's great to live in Cringeville, where everyone has a strong opinion about something and they're not afraid to share. Today I dip into my mailbag and pull out what some readers have to say about Facebook's trademark absurdity, Google's ability to spy on users and other alleged data perversions, and the whole Craigslist Adult Services kerfuffle.In response to my post about Facebook's attempts to intimidate any site that uses either "face" or "book" in its title, frequent correspondent D. S. had this to say:[ Get the spin on key tech news that you'll find nowhere else at InfoWorld's Tech Watch blog. | For a humorous take on the tech industry's shenanigans, subscribe to Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter. ]For obvious and practical reasons, book titles (and I think movie titles) cannot be copyrighted or trademarked. I could write and publish "Gone with the Wind," about a guy who elopes with an oboe player. Nothing Scarlett or Margaret could do about … [Read more...] about Reader feedback on Facebook, Google, Craigslist news
CAIRNS, Australia -- The Internet has once again proved itself a mainstream medium for the instant coverage of major news events, with online newspapers in most Asian countries posting minute-by-minute updates of the Iraq war on their sites.Just minutes after the U.S.'s "decapitation strike" aimed at Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was launched, newspapers in Australia and New Zealand, where it was early afternoon, began their reports. Using news feeds from agencies, the Sydney Morning Herald led with "Missile reported launched against Baghdad", quickly updated to "Attack has begun, says Bush."The Herald of New Zealand, a country which is opposed to the Iraq war, reported: "Explosions rock Baghdad as war begins."The Daily Telegraph in the U.K., where the time was 3 a.m., began reporting "Saddam targeted as war breaks out" and its broadsheet rivals the Guardian and the Independent were also actively following events.Most newspapers were relying on Reuters and Agence France-Presse … [Read more...] about Web news keeps pace with fast-moving Iraq situation
BITS, the U.S. financial industry's IT policy arm, has a new leader: Paul Smocer, an expert in email security and authentication.Smocer is taking the lead of BITS at a time when financial services firms are responding to the emergence of new technologies -- including social networking, mobile computing and cloud computing -- while remaining under attack from ever-savvier cybercriminals. BITS is coordinating efforts by the U.S. banking industry to create new top-level domains -- such as .bank, .insure and .invest -- that would be restricted to financial services firms and could offer consumers extra protection from phishing, malware and other attacks.We interviewed Smocer about the online threats and opportunities that he is most concerned about. Here are excerpts from the conversation: What are the most pressing issues facing BITS over the next year?We're focused on a handful of things. One is the public/private information sharing concept. As we have recognized the sophistication of … [Read more...] about ‘Well organized, sophisticated, fast’ cybercriminals scare US banks
In an effort to better control the perceived risks of small drones, the Trump administration is asking Congress to grant it the ability to track, seize, disrupt, and destroy any drone that it perceives to be a security threat. And it's asking to do these things without prior consent. The news comes by way of a 10-page draft of the proposed rules, originally obtained and reported on by the New York Times. According to a congressional aide cited by the New York Times report, a confidential meeting took place on Wednesday to discuss the issue. The proposed ability to monitor, disrupt, or damage an unmanned aerial system extends to both the drone itself and its payload or cargo. The Trump administration is also asking for permission to research and evaluate equipment for its ability to be used in a harmful way. However, the draft did note that these actions can only be pursued if the drone or its cargo "poses a threat to the safety or security of a covered facility, location, or … [Read more...] about Seek and destroy: Proposed rules allow government to track and take down rogue drones
In breaking news, Germany has summoned the U.S. ambassador on suspicion of spying on Angela Merkel's cellphone according to Reuters. A report that the NSA is tapping the phone of Angela Merkel is big headlines right now in Germany. The German Government already released a statement that there is strong evidence for spying on Merkel's phone. Angela Merkel is often said to run Germany from her cellphone. She is actually not using a smartphone. She is an SMS wizard on a classic cellphone. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More The White House has said already that they are not tapping Merkel's phone, but who is believing them? Apparently also not the German government, else they would not have summoned the U.S. ambassador. … [Read more...] about US Ambassador Summoned On Angela Merkel Phone Spying Suspicion
Here are some of the best photos blogs and websites where you can view pictures related to current events captured by professional photo journalists. Not all news sites in this list provide photo feeds so make sure you bookmark them. The Big Picture – This is a photo blog of Boston Globe that highlights current events and lesser-known news stories through some awesome high-resolution pictures that are sourced from AP, Reuters Pictures, Getty Images, NASA, and others private photographers.Check some breathtaking pictures from Ramadan, India, Soldiers in Afghanistan or the Brazilian tribes that were discovered by the outside world only recently. Time Photo Essays – Each photo essay includes a collection of 10-12 pictures that narrate (in text and sometimes audio) a story related to current news events. The pictures are also published in the TIME magazine.Check these photo essays about floods in India, Olympic Games, Georgia conflict or learn how to make your own photo … [Read more...] about The Best Photo Websites for News in Pictures
Twitter is the best source of news on the Internet but there’s no denying the fact that Twitter is both complex and confusing for most people. Unlike a newspaper website where you just open the homepage and read the news, you need to follow the right set of people before understanding the true potential of Twitter.Twitter realises this problem and they are now trying to capture the audience that stumble upon Twitter just for catching up with news but may not be inclined to traverse the complex universe of Likes and RTs. Now when you open the Twitter homepage, they will show you to the top tweets across various categories without requiring you to sign up. The tweets are grouped in categories like Sports, Music, Food, etc. so it is easier than ever before to follow your interests. The Twitter news feeds surface the top tweets for any category but, for some unknown reason, they have made these available only to users who are not logged into Twitter.Not a problem as here are direct … [Read more...] about The Directory of Twitter News Feeds