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How Being Honest Works for You in The Online Dating Game

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How Being Honest Works for You in The Online Dating Game

Needless to say, being honest is the time-proven value people are taught growing up. It is what they seek in their business or life partners and the lack of it causes broken hearts or forever loss of one’s credibility. As …

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Next-gen virus found and This is how it works

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An unusual strain of virus-like hacker software that exploits computer server vulnerabilities without requiring human interaction is a leading example of a new generation of “ransomware,” according to a new report by Cisco Systems Inc.
Hackers use such software to target large-scale networks and hold data hostage in exchange for bigger payments. Such a strain, known as Samas or samsam, hit the MedStar Health Inc. hospital chain in the US last month.
In such attacks, hackers target backup files and records, encrypting them to make them unreadable. To regain access, users without additional safe backups who don’t want to lose critical files often pay the ransom, typically $10,000 to $15,000 for an entire network or hundreds of dollars for a single computer.
The ability to demand payment in bitcoin, a difficult-to-trace virtual currency not controlled by any country, was “basically the birth of ransomware” and has helped drive its success since the currency’s introduction in 2009, said Craig Williams, a senior technical leader at Cisco’s Talos security research group.
Samas exploits vulnerabilities giving hackers a way into JBoss application servers that are frequently used by some of the largest corporations. Once inside, the hackers sometimes implant a tool that steals credentials, allowing it to spread through the system, and encrypt scores of digital files along the way.
Ransomware has become a new targeted attack, with thousands of variants emerging over the last six months, said Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of Crowdstrike Inc.
Most ransomware still requires a human to click a link or open an infected email attachment, but Cisco’s report warned that “the age of self-propagating ransomware, or cryptoworms, is right around the corner.” Worms are generally virus-like infections that are programmed to spread automatically, without human interaction.
Ransomware has become an increasing threat over the last six months. Last year’s 2,453 reports of ransomware hackings to the FBI totaled a reported loss of $24.1 million, making up nearly one-third of the complaints over the past decade. They also represented 41% of the $57.6 million in reported losses since 2005.
Such losses are significantly higher than any paid ransoms because companies routinely include remediation costs, lost productivity, legal fees and sometimes even the price of lost data in their estimates.
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Boca Raton-Based Child Rescue Coalition Works “To Find Those That Victimize Kids”

It is some of the most sophisticated and fascinating technology that you will ever see and it’s being used right here in South Florida – and across the country – to catch people sharing, viewing and even creating child pornography.

The tech is responsible for the headline-grabbing arrest over the summer of Carl Lechner, a longtime, trusted gymnastics coach in South Florida, who was involved in the lives of countless children.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives, Lechner had a strong interest in watching and viewing child pornography and he faces dozens of criminal charges.

CBS4 News is pulling back the curtain on what led to Lechner’s arrest – technology from the Child Rescue Coalition (CRC).

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The NSA and EFF Agree on One Thing: How the NSA’s Internet Spying Works

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Much has changed in the nearly ten years since we launched our first lawsuit challenging the NSA’s illegal surveillance of millions of Americans’ Internet communications. Over time, the defendants in the cases have changed; the legal “authority” the government has invoked to justify the program has changed; and the public’s knowledge and understanding of the programs has increased remarkably. But, nearly a decade in, one thing has stayed remarkably constant: the relevant facts. The NSA, with the help of the nation’s largest telecommunications firms, like AT&T, has tapped the nation’s Internet backbone, searching and sifting through vast amounts of innocent Americans’ Internet communications. This was true when we filed our first lawsuit challenging the NSA’s programs in 2006, and it’s still true today. And, as new NSA slides published in August by Pro Publica and the New York Times confirm, even in 2006, we were remarkably accurate in our description of how the NSA’s program operates. In fact, we even got the diagrams right. Below is an image of a diagram we filed in 2006 in our case, Hepting v. AT&T—our first case challenging NSA surveillance. The diagram, created by our expert J. Scott Marcus, charts the operation of the […]

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Spotsylvania tech firm works on Memex project featured on ’60 Minutes’

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IST Research’s 24 employees have fairly typical backgrounds for the Fredericksburg region. They’re government contractors, retired military personnel and recent college graduates. But their work creating technology for the developing world and mining the Internet for data connections touches a wider swath of the globe. IST tackles problems such as human trafficking, Ebola and ISIS. Ryan Paterson, who founded the Spotsylvania County company in 2008, said its social mission drives his staff to keep innovating. Memex, a project on which IST is the prime subcontractor with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was recently profiled on an episode of “60 Minutes” that aired Feb. 8. The program, which IST has worked on since last September as a program developer and analyst of data, is an innovative approach to finding human traffickers and prosecuting those organizations. Memex is a search tool that goes beyond the capabilities of Google, which searches only about 5 percent of the content on the Web, according to the episode. It searches the deep Web and shows a visual representation of where advertisements for sex traffickers are being posted. By following these people, it creates a visual representation of where human trafficking networks are and connects […]

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