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Hackers have made just 3.7 bitcoin – or less than $10,000 – with the latest cyberattack

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Those behind the recent cyberattack affecting businesses around Europe have successful received a total of nearly 4 bitcoins, worth around $9621 at today’s price. On Tuesday, reports emerged of a ransomware virus affecting businesses and governments throughout Eastern Europe. Ukraine and Russia have been particularly affected. The malware, which has…

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Less than 44% of shipping companies have cyber security plans

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Cyber Security is one of the hottest topics in shipping at present yet just 43.75% of maritime businesses have a plan in place to tackle the issue. A survey by Sea Asia of ceo’s, chairman and directors of maritime and …

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A plus-size dating coach says attraction is less about weight than we think

In a tech-dependent dating culture, where it takes but a swipe to reject someone, single fat women can see the venture of finding love online as incredibly difficult. When couples therapist and fellow plus-size woman Krista Niles discovered a key piece of research on male online daters, she spent a year gaming the algorithm of a popular dating app to ensure fat babes were only matched with fat-preferring or indifferent partners. This is the cornerstone of The Curvy Cupid Course, Niles’ online group course that takes plus-size women step by step through dating via OKCupid. Read More….

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Russia May Be Hacking Us More, But China Is Hacking Us Much Less

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Russia May Be Hacking Us More, But China Is Hacking Us Much Less

In a rare bit of good cyber security news, Chinese hacking thefts of American corporate secrets have plummeted in the 13 months since China signed an agreement with the Obama administration to curb economic espionage, U.S. officials and outside experts

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Schools With Wider Grade Spans Have Less Bullying, N.Y.C. Study Finds – Inside School Research – Education Week

“What’s the only thing worse than being the new kid in 8th grade? Being the new kid in 6th grade.” It’s not a joke; it’s the latest research on how school grade structure affects students.

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Schools See Less Crime, Fewer Students Feel Unsafe, Federal Data Show – Rules for Engagement – Education Week

Continuing long trend lines, fewer students report fearing harm at school, and rates of school-based victimization have also declined, the most recent federal data show.

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Cornell Researchers Find, Shortened URLs Make File Sharing Less Secure

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Attackers can search easily through shortened URL services that use only 5 to 7 characters, producing a small search space, making them vulnerable to brute-force hacking, Cornell researchers discovered.

Shortened URLs are convenient for sharing long Web addresses in email messages and through social media, but at the same time, pose a privacy hazard as the URLs produced by popular services are so short they are vulnerable to brute-force searching, a Cornell Tech research effort found.
In a paper published in April, two researchers revealed that the 5- and 6-character URLs produced by popular shortening services could be easily searched to discover sensitive documents inadvisedly shared by their owners. Attackers could scan shortened URLs at a sustained rate of 2.6 lookups every second, and would only have to pay $36,700 to rent the cloud computing time necessary to do so, co-authors Martin Georgiev and Vitaly Shmatikov stated in the report.
The lesson for users is that the obfuscation of a shortened link does not add security, Shmatikov, a professor of computer science at Cornell Tech, told eWEEK via email.
“When you share a short link, you should assume that you are sharing with everybody … whether it’s [a] OneDrive document or driving directions from your home address,” he said. “When cloud services offer users to generate a short link—like OneDrive did until recently—they should warn the users that by generating the link they are making the content public.”
The researchers found more than 70 million URL mappings on Bit.ly and almost 24 million URL mappings on Google Maps through their technique. To study the privacy implications, the researchers focused on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage offering. They found that nearly 20,000 URLs linked to a file or folder on Microsoft’s OneDrive or SkyDrive service. The accounts could be traversed by anyone with the shortened URL who uses a brute-force search, to discover other files on the sharer’s cloud space.
Many of the accounts allowed anyone with the shortened URL to write to the folder, change a file and save it, raising concerns that attackers could embed malware into the files.
The shortening services need to make the URLs at least eight characters to make the space of all possible URLs computationally difficult to search, Shmatikov said.
“Given computing and scanning capabilities available today, eight characters or longer should be reasonably safe for now,” he said.
After Georgiev and Shmatikov notified Google of the security risk, the company increased the number of characters used by the shortened URLs produced by Google Maps to at least 11. eWEEK confirmed that Google Maps currently assigns shortened URLs of 12 characters.
Microsoft, on the other hand, did not acknowledge the weaknesses, but made two changes: It removed the “shorten link” option from OneDrive and blocked the systematic enumeration of files and folders by users with a shortened link, the researchers said.
“The only change in this respect is that having discovered one shared document; it is no longer trivial to discover all other shared documents in the same account since the account traversal methodology described in the paper no longer seems to work,” Shmatikov said.
Cornell Tech is a New York City-based graduate and research institution founded by Cornell University.
Source:http://www.eweek.com/security/shortened-urls-make-file-sharing-less-secure-cornell-researchers-find.html

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TalkTalk’s longer-term prospects look less certain after cyber hack

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TalkTalk’s longer-term prospects look less certain after cyber hack

TalkTalk was a company born out of the need for diversification in a market operated largely by a monopoly. In late 2002, Sir Charles Dunstone’s Carphone Warehouse bought a small telecoms business to give it access to BT’s switching network. That access meant that Carphone, through a new brand, could offer a landline service to customers. A trial in Manchester in early 2003 was a success, and the company was soon promising it could deliver the service nationally, offering cheaper calls than BT. Within a year, broadband was on offer, and by April 2006, it was offering a combined high-speed broadband and landline package to cut bills by 60pc. As a challenger brand in a market that had been dominated by an incumbent, TalkTalk rapidly grew its customer base. And, despite early problems with service levels and questions over customer service, by the time Carphone demerged the business in March 2010, it had more than 4m broadband customers. Since then, the company has grown, under the leadership of Dido Harding, becoming more grown-up and a distinct entity in its own right. Despite Sir Charles remaining non-executive chairman and being the largest single shareholder – with a stake of just under […]

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Less Than Half Of Elite Russell Group Universities Don’t Record Rape Allegations Properly

Less than half of Britain’s elite universities do not properly record allegations of rape, sexual assaults or sexual harassment, an investigation has revealed. Seven of the 24 Russell Group universities record only “some”, while the same number admitted they do not “systematically” record the incidents. A further one in five universities – Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester and King’s College – do not even have specific guidelines for students on how to report such allegations,

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