Showing posts from July, 2014

Dark net Tor is not completely dark anymore

Two Carnegie Melon U. (CMU) men described as university researchers and security specialists state they attacked Tor, the dark net site which allows anonymous communication to protect users' identities and locations. The men, Alexander Volynkin and Michael McCord were supposed to give a talk next week  about how they exploited flaws in the system in July 2014 to identify the dark net's users. They call their work the Tor Project. Doesn't sound like a new Marvel movie?  One of Tor's creators has  asked how and what they did it and got minimal responses. The presentation has now been cancelled by CMU's lawyers. Exactly who was unmasked or to what extent, or what info the researchers got is unclear. Maybe this is a NSA setup to go after certain people on Tor. Who really knows? Several countries are very interested in finding someone to unmask the users of Tor. Russia is offering a reward of $110,000.  Germany, the US and the UK are also interested. Tor can be used by …

China hacks Canada's National Research Council

Chinese-government sponsored hacker hacked Canada's prestigious National Research Council. China denies it. Canada has isolated the NRC's website from government sites which it doesn't believe  have been hacked. Why would it be hacked? Because it works on emerging technology which China would prefer to steal rather than develop on its own. Too bad someone doesn't send some malware China's way to stop it from stealing. I guess it is just too tempting and easy. Read more about it here.

Kodak film stock to continue for Hollywood?

Hollywood directors Tarantino and J.J. Abrams are attempting to save the last Kodak film company by standing orders for quantities of film into the future. They love film and fear its demise. Something not said in the article is that film can be repaired (at great cost and effort) but if everything is digital and copies lose some of the original content over time with various types of copying, then the original info isn't all there in the last format in the future to save. This is very exciting news for AMIA and all film fans. To read more about it click here

ex-hacker now a search expert

An ex-hacker who hacked for fun into the Pentagon has become a search expert. This is interesting. You can hire him. Maybe the Clarke should hire him in an effort to boost our online statistics!  He doesn't have an MLS, though so his resume would probably not make in through personnel. He gets your business found first with online searches, guaranteeing you more business. I wonder if this is the route all the ex-hackers, saved from prison, will take? Hopefully some will go to work for the NSA.  Read more about it here

plagiarism and proper footnotes

Here's a topic sure to set the History Department on fire. Another US senator is accused of plagiarism. Will the public overlook his plagiarism in light of the fact he served in the army. Will they "give little credence to a matter of appropriate footnotes."What about the fact that he's a liar for using someone else's research, writing, and knowledge as his own and got a degree from the US Army War College by doing so? He's blaming PTSD. How inconvenient that it is found out now, while he's running for election. I hope the real author sues him and the War College takes his degree away and this causes him to realize he has made a mistake not worth repeating in the future, but his ego will probably prevent this from occurring. Read more about it here

Not everything needs to be retained forever! : an appraisal lesson

This is a deed between Orrin Harmon and his wife, Camilla, to Adam Yarck for 25 acres of land in Ravenna Township, Portage County, Ohio, 1835. The  property sold for $81.25.  It is signed by Orrin, Camilla, and two witnesses. On the back is a note that Camilla agreed to the sale of the property, separately from her husband, before Judge Elias Harmon, a process required to protect her rights. Another note states that the deed was recorded July 25, 1835 in Portage County, Book V, on pages 324-325, by the Recorder, a Mr. Skinner. The deed is now in six pieces, broken along the fold lines, with a few acid stains.

This manuscript is outside of our collecting scope. This deed is from 1835, after Ohio gained statehood, so it should go to Ohio. However, none of the Ohio archives want it, because it is a personal deed and they already have the information recorded in official volumes. 

I will probably add this to my Archives Administration class examples to discuss deeds, early p…

Wikipedia blocks edits from Congress

Apparently some people in Washington have so much time on their hands that they can inappropriately and repeatedly edit Wikipedia. After warning Congress back in 2012 to stop it, Wikipedia has now banned changes by anyone from Congress for 10 days. Most changes aren't a problem, but some are definitely false, propaganda, or crazy. The changes are noted on "a Twitter feed, @congressedits, which posts every change made from the government-owned address.". I'm glad someone can at least partially control Congress. Too bad Wikipedia can't make them work together more effectively as well. Read about it here
Two grad student history conferences/calls for papers:

Irish personal data on living removed from gen. site

Too much personal data of living people was on an Irish government genealogical website,,  and has now been removed. I love how the problem was described as a "cock up", a phrase we just don't use in the US. The site was created in 2013 to help the Irish trace their families.  Info is supposed to be more than 100 years old. Part of this is no doubt to protect people who gave children up for adoption, among other difficult, emotionally challenging situations.  In reality, information was used from "contemporary civil records about living individuals." Among this information was marital status, birth dates, and maiden names. The information for those under 100 years old in age was removed. Read more about it here

Digital Archivist job posting

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division job posting

Posted on behalf of NYU Library
The New York Public Library has an exciting employment opportunity at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture  - Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division.  If interested, please read the job description below and apply or forward to other individuals who may be interested.
Title:    Specialist II/Librarian II
Compensation Package:  Up to $51,073 per year, 3 weeks vacation, 10 sick days, 12 paid holidays, membership in the NYS Pension Plan and a comprehensive benefits/wellness package.
The Moving Image and Recorded Sound (MIRS) Division located in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture collects and preserves audio and moving image (AMI) material related to the experiences of people of African descent. The Division is central to the Schomburg Center’s mission, which is to advance knowledge and inspire lifelong learning, by the streng…

Wall Street hacked?

Russian hackers snuck a digital "bomb" or cyber grenade with the capacity of spying, stealing, and destroying info, which never actually "detonated," into Nasdaq in 2010.  Wall Street insists its system is safe because there is no evidence that info was stolen or destroyed. I think the fact that hackers got into the system undetected with "custom-made malware" means Wall Street has a security problem. The plan was apparently to "sabotage the stock market's computers and wreak havoc on the U.S. economy." How many people or organizations have the capacity to create such malware and pull off such an attack? It doesn't sound like they bought it on the internet or were doing it for fun. So this is sophisticated criminal computer fraud, which is very difficult for the authorities to track. Apparently it is harder to track that drug transactions. The FBI is investigating. Read more about it here…

new conference idea for change-oriented archivists and librarians

I'm excited about this concept, although I'm going to wait and see what the agenda turns out to be.