Friday, September 19, 2014

Chinese hack US govt contractors' sites and airlines

A new report shows that Chinese hackers hacked US government contractors' sites and airlines more than 50 times from June 2012 to June 2013. 20 of these were "advanced persistent threats". The attacks were focused on systems dealing with troop movement and equipment. The report also noted that US government agencies did not communicate with each other about the attacks and that "contractors are only required to report network-level cyber-intrusions." You would think significant attacks would have been reported as they must have been at least network-level, wouldn't you? The Chinese government denies it. Read more about it here

Mid-Mi Digital Practitioners meeting at CMU

The Mid-Mi Digital Practitioners meeting at CMU went well. 50 attended and we enjoyed meeting and sharing digital project experiences and information. The next meeting will be in spring in Ann Arbor.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

final analysis of mortal wounds of Richard III

Nine injuries to his skull, three of which were fatal, plus 2 other injuries, these likely sustained after death, are evident on the bones of Richard III, the infamous historical king demonized in Shakespeare. He may also have sustained other tissue damage. A new report based on analysis of the bones of the king, to be reburied in Leicester Cathedral. Bones are so cool. Read more about it here

Monday, September 15, 2014

British explorer ship found in Canadian arctic

The HMS Erebus was one of two ships (the other being the HMS Terror- what a name!) sent to chart the NW Passage of the Canadian arctic in 1845. Both became stuck in the ice off King William Island. While some of the crew made it to land, everyone perished. Some bodies and equipment were found. Those that lasted longest had resorted to cannibalism.  The UK has searched for both vessels. Recent surveys found a ship in the Victoria Strait. Which ship it is remains to be determined. Researchers hope if one ship is there that the other is nearby. Read more about it here

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

more icloud fallout

Not content with stealing nude images, a criminal gang is now in a phishing campaign to iCloud users asking them to click to verify their ID, which links to a fake Apple site,  which puts personal personal data of the users at risk. This follows  Apple increasing security and notifying users of the same. So now there are false Apple messages. Isn't this fun? Honestly, the criminals just use every angel don't they? They are tenacious buggers. Read more about it here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Google holding sessions on "right to be forgotten"

The controversial concept of the "right to be forgotten" which would eliminate some people's online information (various kinds for various reasons if your application is approved) remains controversial. Google does not want to do it. Many people, over 90,000 since July, have petitioned to have some bit of information about them removed from online search indexes. Perhaps they were accused of a crime they were innocent of committing. Perhaps it is something embarrassing but not criminal. Google is going to hold a series of meeting throughout Europe with a panel of experts espousing pro- and anti- sentiments about the concept. It remains unclear whether these sessions are to convince the public or Google as to which direction to go with the concept.  Read more about it here

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tricorder in process

Who doesn't remember the tricorder Dr. McCoy used on Star Trek to diagnose his patients? It was small, portable, and full of info to diagnose everything. Doctors are now working on developing a tricorder, particularly for people who haven't got insurance and wait until their health issues are advanced or fatal before seeking medical care. Developers are working on ways to get info into a system that would be usable. The doctor leading the charge experienced patient frustration when his son was hurt. He is approaching the challenge with medical skill and for patient advocacy.  Read more about it here