IN 2010, THOMAS DRAKE, a former senior employee at the National Security Agency, was charged with espionage for speaking to a reporter from the Baltimore Sun about a bloated, dysfunctional intelligence program he believed would violate Americans privacy. The case against him eventually fell apart, and he pled guilty to a single misdemeanor, but his career in the NSA was over.
Though Drake was largely vindicated, the central question he raised about technology and privacy has never been resolved. Almost seven years have passed now, but Pat Eddington, a former CIA analyst, is still trying to prove that Drake was right.
A second example of malware targeting macOS users has surfaced this week, with the discovery of a Word document that attempts to use an automatically-running macro, one that tries to download a hazardous payload to infect the target Mac. The Word file, titled “U.S. Allies and Rivals Digest Trump’s Victory – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace” is noted in research compiled by Objective-See to show a usual Word macro warning when it is attempted to be opened by potential victims. The notice warns that macros could contain viruses, and gives the option to continue opening the file with and without macros enabled, as well as to back out from opening it at all.
As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s filing for “Gesture-based information exchange between devices in proximity” is a comprehensive application describing a method of facilitating the secure transfer of data between two nearby portable devices, including wearables like Apple Watch, over an ad hoc wireless connection.
According to the document, Apple is proposing a simple, yet intuitive, interface for triggering said transfers. Similar to old-school iOS app Bump, the system works by detecting user gestures, in this case a “greeting event,” which then activates a customizable data sharing process.
The backend procedure is expectedly much more sophisticated than “bump-to-send” incarnations, with device context, security and user privacy all taken into consideration.
In some embodiments, two users with wearables smartphones are also mentioned as potential candidate devices initiate the process with a greeting event. These gestures include any motion that brings one user device in close proximity to another device and incorporates a distinctive movement or acceleration.
Danish director Mike Nybroe captures Michelangelo Pistolettos retrospective show at the UKs Blenheim Palace. Pistoletto is a leading figure in the Italian contemporary art movement Arte Povera – taking a radical stance in the 1960s and early 1970s, artists in the movement believed that art should not be, and could not be, disconnected from daily life. Read more on NOWNESS – http://bit.ly/2jTFlvx
Painter and object artist Michelangelo Pistoletto is a leading figure in the Italian contemporary art movement, Arte Povera. Taking a radical stance against the art institution in the 1960s and early 1970s, Arte Povera artists believed that art was should not be, and could not be, disconnected from daily life. A new film by Danish director Mike Nybroe captures the artists retrospective show at the UKs Blenheim Palace, where Pistoletto’s varied pieces sit amongst the ornate interiors of the spectacular space. Here, Blenheim Art Foundation director Michael Frahm talks about the collaboration:
A data breach at retailer Sports Direct last year was reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office but not to staff whose data may have been compromised, according to reports.The ICO confirmed to the BBC that it was “aware of an incident” and was making enquiries.According to technology website The Register, the breach in September saw employees’ unencrypted data stolen.A spokesman for Sports Direct would not be drawn on the details of the breach.”We cannot comment on operational matters in relation to cybersecurity for obvious reasons,” he told the BBC.”It is our policy to continually upgrade and improve our systems, and where appropriate we keep the relevant authorities informed,” he added.The Register was told by “an inside source” that a hacker had attacked a system that Sports Direct used to run a staff portal.New regulations coming from the EU will require companies to declare a data breach within 72 hours.