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Defence in Depth: A 'layered' strategy can repel cold attackers

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 10:26am
Yes, a vest, cardigan and an overcoat

The principle of Defence in Depth (“DiD”), says OWASP, is that “layered security mechanisms increase security of the system as a whole”. That is, if one layer of protection is breached, there’s still the opportunity for the attack to be fended off by one or more of the other layers. If anyone’s ever drawn something that looks like an onion on the whiteboard – a load of concentric layers with your infrastructure in the middle – that’s the concept we’re looking at. It’s actually a military term that’s been adopted by security types in the IT industry who want to be tank commanders when they grow up.…

Yahoo<i>!</i>'s big, fat clustered Google Machine Learning wedding

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 10:02am
Yahoo! open-source code fling builds a better Google, again

Analysis Yahoo! last month married clustered compute to Google’s machine learning.…

Fossil has a ton of new smartwatches coming out later this year - CNET - News - March 23, 2017 - 10:01am
The company announced new smartwatches and hybrid watches from luxury brands like Michael Kors, Tory Burch, DKNY and Kate Spade New York.

Always wanted to build an imaginary hyperscale network? Now, you can

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 9:34am
MIT's Flexplane: design on the fly without breaking the network

An MIT student has created a scheme to shadow packets as they pass through networks, to help take the risk out of experimenting with changes to network configurations.…

Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 9:04am
Your hefty guide to avoiding the mistakes everyone makes

Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute has followed-up its secure C programming rules from last year with a similar set of standards for C++.…

Man who orchestrated tech-fueled kidnapping scheme given 40 years

Ars Technica - March 23, 2017 - 9:00am

Enlarge / The Vallejo Police Department initially dismissed the kidnapping allegations as a hoax. (credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images News)

A California man who pleaded guilty last year to a strange and elaborate kidnapping operation in 2015 has now been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The defendant, Matthew Muller, was later caught as part of a separate burglary later that month but initially denied the kidnapping.

Local media reported Tuesday that the two victims are now engaged to be married—just days after speaking at Muller's sentencing hearing—and that Muller could face fresh criminal charges brought by local prosecutors in Solano County.

In a statement issued last week, just after his sentencing hearing, federal prosecutors said that Muller, himself a disbarred attorney and former United States Marine, got what he deserved.

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eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 8:33am
Dump dongles and move to SMS, says tat bazaar, oblivious to deprecation advice

Web tat bazaar eBay appears to be suggesting its readers adopt known-to-be-insecure practices when logging on to the service.…

Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 8:02am
Aw, your Office 365 storage is crippled? How convenient

Ever since Satya Nadella took over the reins at Microsoft, the Windows giant has been talking up how much it loves Linux – but it appears this hasn't trickled down to its OneDrive team.…

Singapore may be trying out 'flying taxis' in the near future - CNET - News - March 23, 2017 - 7:56am
Taking to the skies on a drone to head home in the island state could be a thing in 2030, says Singapore's Ministry of Transport.

LinkedIn starts piping sales data to Salesforce and Dynamics

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 7:27am
Remember when Marc Benioff said Microsoft buying LinkedIn was dangerous?

LinkedIn has revealed a new version of its SaaSy Sales Navigator that pipes activities from the network into…

Chinese trojan detected spreading through fake base stations - CNET - News - March 23, 2017 - 7:16am
The interestingly named "Swearing Trojan" appears to be using fake mobile base stations in China to send phishing SMS messages to fool victims.

NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 7:02am
You may be struggling with crappy broadband – but future astronauts will be able to easily Netflix and chill in orbit

NASA hopes to use lasers to shoot data to and from the International Space Station and Earth at gigabit-per-second rates by 2021.…

Fake mobile base stations spreading malware in China

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 6:02am
'Swearing Trojan' pushes phishing texts around carriers' controls

Chinese phishing scum are deploying fake mobile base stations to spread malware in text messages that might otherwise get caught by carriers.…

Huawei picks SUSE for assault on UNIX big iron

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 5:02am
Kit and code for those days when you need to hot-swap CPU or memory

Huawei's tightened its relationship with SUSE for extremely high reliability computing, while also denting Microsoft's and Red Hat's prospects.…

​Airbnb teams up with SF Giants to help homeless families - CNET - News - March 23, 2017 - 3:59am
In a goodwill gesture, the home rental company will donate upward of $250,000 to a local community organization this season.

TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 3:57am
Sorry, ET fans: these aren't the exoplanets you're looking for

Boiled dry or extra-terrestrial snowballs, it turns out that the multi exoplanets orbiting the star dubbed TRAPPIST-1 are almost certainly inhospitable to life.…

Ubuntu splats TITSUP bug spread in update

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 3:02am
Fat-thumbed DNS patch unpatched, time to re-patch

A simple library update turned into a white-knuckle ride for Ubuntu sysadmins, who have lit up Reddit and StackOverflow to complain that their 'net connections went TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance).…

Group that found VW cheating says costs of fuel efficiency have been overstated

Ars Technica - March 23, 2017 - 2:16am

It won’t cost automakers nearly as much as they said it would to fit new cars with carbon-saving technology over the next decade, a nonprofit transportation research group says.

An economic analysis performed by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found that, given recent improvements in auto technology, the EPA’s rigorous study to determine 2025 fuel efficiency standards may have been too conservative, in some cases overstating the per-car cost of implementing carbon-reducing technologies by 40 percent.

The analysis comes at a time when the Trump administration has moved to undo the fuel efficiency standards imposed by the EPA in January under the Obama administration. Trump’s EPA has claimed that asking the auto industry to meet fuel efficiency standards of more than 50 mpg by 2025 would cost American jobs. (The ICCT notes that this mpg number can be reduced by about 23 percent during “real-world” driving "due to factors like greater real-world acceleration and operating in hot and cold temperatures" and accounts for that in its study.)

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Solar-powered 'skin' could make fake limbs more real - CNET - News - March 23, 2017 - 2:00am
In a bid to advance the development of lifelike prosthetics, researchers turn to the sun's rays to power sensors that allow electronic skin to mimic the human kind.

Tomorrow's cities: Are your shoes giving away data?

BBC Technology News - March 23, 2017 - 1:29am
How much data do you give away during your average day in the city?

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