Wednesday, February 22, 2017

cyber criminals punished

I read often about cyber crime and more rarely about the cyber criminals getting punished. I like to feature both topics in my blog.

Two cyber criminals were recently punished. One, S. Vovnenko, got 41 months for hijacking computers and selling personal data he obtained in the process, a fine of over $83,000, and three years supervision  after he finishes serving his sentence in prison. The other, E. Taylor, got three years' probation for publishing private information about celebrities. The punishment seems insufficient to me.

Both men had attacked Brian Krebs, who has a popular blog which exposes cyber crime. Krebs had exposed the criminal activities of Vovnenko and Taylor.  To get back at Krebs for exposing Vovnenko's forum that traded stolen payment cards and personal data, Vovnenko planned to ship heroin to Krebs' address and call the police anonymously to raid the house and arrest Krebs. Krebs was alerted to what was planned and called the cops in time, preventing his false arrest. Vovnenko  was later arrested in Italy and sent to the U.S. to be prosecuted for running a card fraud forum, compromising computers and stealing data from them. Taylor was arrested in a large, coordinated global arrest of hackers in 2012. He also attacked Krebs via computers, leading to Krebs being handcuffed and his house being searched before the police figured out what was going on. I hope Krebs has a really good security system. Sounds like he needs it. Read more about it here

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners at Wayne State University

Upcoming Events

Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners at Wayne State University

March 23-24, 2017

The Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP) will convene for its next workshop and meeting on March 23-24, 2017.
Registration is currently open.
We will offer 3 workshops on the 23rd. In the morning will be a “Best Practices Exchange” hackathon; in the afternoon will be “Less Typing, More Fixing: An Introduction to Regular Expression,” and “APIs”. See the detailed descriptions for more.
The workshops and the meeting will be in the Community Room of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library (3rd floor).
Parking in the Wayne State University campus structures and lots is $7.50 a day. [Note: if you leave and come back, you have to pay again.] Luckily there are places to eat within walking distance. People will be best served parking in lots 6 and 1 (details here,
Our agenda for the workshop and meeting are now available.
For further information, please email us at midmichdp-at-gmail-dot-com.

UK moves to make pirated sites harder to find, less likely to be used

Law enforcement and the entertainment industry in the UK hope that it is soon going to become harder to find and watch pirated films, music and sports there. Google, Bing and the UK entertainment industry agreed to a new voluntary code to strengthen anti-piracy laws. The plan is for the  tech and social media companies to redirect users to legitimate sites rather than pirated sites with security risks by changing how searches find sites. This will move the pirate sites farther down in the search results, making them more difficult to find and less likely to be used than legitimate sites. Time will tell how well this strategy will work.  Read more about it here

Monday, February 20, 2017

Avoid a future nightmare- identify and date your family photos now before it is too late!

This weekend I was working with my mom's family photos. After the first child (my Aunty Frances) was born, none of the following siblings were identified in photos nor were the photos dated. We know when everyone was born so that gives us a few years in which to estimate that the photo was taken, if we can figure out who it is in the photograph. My mom is easily recognized, so if she is in the photo I can tell who she is with. I am lucky that most of the photos for my Aunty Frances (1st child) were identified and dated. My mom knew who was in the photos with her, so she was able to identify some of the photos and date them before she passed. Now all of her siblings are dead so there is no way to identify them. I am posting some of these unidentified baby photographs online to see if some of my cousins recognize their parents in them.  Perhaps their parents, my aunts and uncles, had copies of the same photos and talked about them. Lesson to learn here- please date and identify your photographs, particularly baby photos, which are so precious, before it is too late! If all your images are digital, add sufficient metadata. You will not always remember and at some point, nobody will be alive who remembers.

Two unidentified babies on a blanket, undated

Two children on a sled. The one in the front is likely my Aunty Frances, but she was the eldest of her siblings, so who is the older kid behind her? a cousin? a neighbor? Undated photo probably about 1916-1917.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Korean Orphanage film

During our film preservation project, among numerous other topics documented in the film, we found two unusual films shot out of the United States in fall of 2012. They were two user copies of a film featuring the Korean Orphanage, Mun San, that CMU students helped to support.

Some of the Korean orphans, led by a woman named Joy, a Korean orphan who was later adopted by an American family, have reconnected through social media. Joy contacted the Clarke via John Fierst. John contacted Professor Hope May who, through her work with the Center for International Ethics, contacted  the National Archives of Korea (NAK in South Korea). NAK does not have a copy of the film. Jen Bentley and I physically located and played the film. Professor May requested that the Clarke get the film digitized for the KNA, which we are doing, and we will retain a user copy. 
A future special event will be organized by the Center for International Ethics and the Clarke Historical Library to bring interested parties together at CMU.  

An American, Harry Holt, began, implemented, and coordinated the adoption of more than 5,000 Korean War orphans into the U.S. He and his wife began a company called Holt International to facilitate international adoptions.

Still of children playing outside

The film, which is part of the CMU Film Collection, 1940, 1970, 2.5 cubic ft. (in 3 boxes), includes scenes of: a building, a sign/arch [Mun San] over a road, Korean children playing, wood frame of a building being built, a pig eating, two children feeding a rabbit, children writing at a table, woman making food, children at tables eating, children walking in lines outside, children singing while a woman is at a piano, and buildings. Older boys helped feed the pigs and older girls helped prepare food for everyone.

Singing class

Significantly, CMU was the first U.S. college to support a Korean orphanage. Students and staff voluntarily supported the Young Sen orphanage with approximately 70 children in Mun San, Korea, beginning in 1962. The idea was introduced in 1959 by Neil Kirwan. The orphanage was begun by Mrs. Kang Sa-Hyo in July 1951, when she supported 20 children at her own expense. CMU also supported the Blessed Andrew Kim Orphanage on Penayong Island, operated by Fr. Edward Moffett of the Maryknoll Missionaries beginning in 1969. The orphans and fundraising efforts are documented in CMU yearbooks, 1962-1974. The orphans also received support from CARE, the American-Korean Foundation, and the U.S. Armed Forces' Assistance to Korea. 

Girls coloring and doing homework. Note Lucy Ball-style American doll in upper left corner