Showing posts from February, 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 hi…

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 inform…

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

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 y…

Korean Orphanage film