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  • Former NSA software developer sentenced for keeping classified materials

    09/26/2018 5:59:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/25/18 | Andrew Blake
    Nghia Hoang Pho, a former software developer for the U.S. National Security Agency, was sentenced Tuesday in connection with removing classified material from NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Pho was ordered to spend 5.5 years behind bars during a hearing held in Baltimore federal court, capping off a curious case that raised questions about possible ties existing between the former NSA employee and leaks of the agency’s highly capable hacking tools. A naturalized immigrant from Vietnam, Pho was hired by the NSA in 2006 and employed through 2015 as a developer for its Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division, a...
  • We Don’t Need Tyrannical Big Tech…Here Are Some Alternatives

    09/22/2018 5:42:00 AM PDT · by vannrox · 17 replies
    Tsarism ^ | 21SEP18 | editorial staff
    Each day brings new revelations about big-tech and their tyrannical actions and monopolistic practices. It’s time those in the crosshairs of this illegal behavior look for alternatives. At the end of the day, the truth is, you don’t need to send your money, advertising eyeballs, or support to these corrupt, anti-American companies. Here are some alternatives.Google Search – Google tracks everything you do. There is no reason to give this power to someone else. Your privacy matters. Delete Chrome and change your browser to Mozilla Firefox. Change the default search engine on your device to Duck Duck Go. They don’t...
  • Assange, Infowars, & The Constitution

    08/07/2018 4:32:55 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies
    The Automatic Earth ^ | 8-8-18 | Raul Ilargi Meijer
    Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, This morning I woke up, looked around me, and saw a world sinking into a quagmire of voluntary censorship, a world willing to let someone far away choose what it can and cannot see of itself, and about itself. A world that no longer appears to recognize, or care, that this goes directly against its founding principles of liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of the press. I can think of many reasons why someone would want to ban Infowars and Alex Jones, and I don’t even know them other...
  • Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy

    02/10/2018 8:38:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 59 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Feb 2018 | Steve Lohr
    Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender. These disparate results, calculated by Joy Buolamwini, a researcher at the M.I.T. Media Lab, show...
  • How to protect your PC against the major ‘Meltdown’ CPU security flaw

    01/04/2018 6:45:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | Jan 4, 2018, 8:12am EST | By Tom Warren
    Only Intel machines are affected by Meltdown Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw only affects Intel processors, and researchers have already released proof of concept code that could lead to attacks using Meltdown. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. They also allow an attacker to use JavaScript code...
  • China-owned Opera touts big comeback [browser war]

    11/08/2017 9:23:10 AM PST · by snarkpup · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 8 Nov 2017 at 12:02 | Andrew Orlowski
    Opera released an overhaul of its browser today, and claims to have grown its market share substantially in the year since it was acquired by a Chinese private equity company a year ago. ... Golden Brick capital completed the acquisition a year ago. Its website explains: "The Group is focused on investments in China, Russia and other countries and regions of 'One belt, One Road' area to maximize return for investors and meanwhile dedicate to the national strategy and economic development."
  • Software company expands in Guilford County (North Carolina: 80 jobs averaging $57,829 a year)

    10/13/2017 12:14:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The News & Observer ^ | October 12, 2017 | Max Diamond
    Superion, a software company that provides service for non-profits and state governments, is expanding operations and adding jobs at its site in Guilford County. Over the next three years Superion plans to create 80 full-time jobs, at an average annual salary of $57,829, in High Point. The Guilford County average is $45,602. The company will also invest $3.6 million at the site. Currently, Superion has 170 employees in High Point. The new jobs will be in software development and customer support. Among Superion’s customers are law enforcement dispatch operations. The company’s “Freedom” is a phone app that gives police call...
  • Software: New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

    10/10/2017 8:21:27 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 9, 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    FR NOTE: This is a factual but humorous article about a not-terribly-serious GitHub software programming project. If you fancy whipping up a bondage loop under a BSDM licence this is the language you've been gagging for. Developers: bored with bracketing? Got a dose of “escaping ennui”? Why not write bad erotica instead?That's the brilliant/sick objective of a project called "Fetlang" that recently emerged on GitHub thanks to a chap called Dagan, aka “Property404”.As the repo's readme explains:“Fetlang is a statically typed, procedural, esoteric programming language and reference implementation. It is designed such that source code looks like poorly written fetish...
  • CIA Didn’t Trust FBI or NSA – Created Bogus Updates to Steal Data & Spy on Fellow Agencies

    08/25/2017 10:48:09 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | 8/25/17 | Rafia Shaikh
    The Central Intelligence Agency apparently didn’t trust its partners in the American intelligence and created a fake software update to steal their data. Part of an internal project called ExpressLane, the bogus update was installed by the CIA Office of Technical Service (OTS) agents purported to be upgrading the biometric collection system.This biometric system was installed at the “liaison services” that included National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Intelligence. The agency reportedly installed these at partner offices around the world to gain biometric data that was collected by the other agencies. The scathing revelation...
  • Ann Arbor's LLamasoft lands major investment, hiring 100 people in 2017

    06/22/2017 10:37:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Ann Arbor News ^ | June 14, 2017 | Jessica Haynes
    ANN ARBOR, MI - 2017 has already been a big year for LLamasoft. The Ann Arbor-based software company is assisting more customers than ever with supply chain management, developing new applications and hiring more employees to fill its headquarters at the McKinley Towne Center. Toby Brzoznowski is co-founder and executive vice president of LLamasoft, and told The Ann Arbor News Monday, June 12, that so many announcements to share is a "good problem to have." Probably the biggest news is LLamasoft's new partnership with TPG Capital, the investment company behind Uber, McAfee and Airbnb. The deal officially closed June 1...
  • Tempe software services co. hiring up to 300 by next year, opening more offices thanks to investment

    06/20/2017 9:23:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Phoenix Business Journal ^ | May 30, 2017 | Hayley Ringle
    Tempe-based software services company Tiempo Development LLC has received a significant investment to help the company hire up to 300 people by next year, open additional offices and make future acquisitions. Tiempo founder, president and CEO Cliff Schertz said the undisclosed investment helps position the company for its next phase of growth, and allows for an opportunity for additional investment with future acquisitions. “We’ve been experiencing significant growth over the past five years, and we really needed to bring in a financial partner to help us in our next phase of growth,” Schertz said. “This allows us to expand that...
  • This AI Can Create Software Based On Screenshots

    05/29/2017 7:36:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Ubergizmo ^ | May 29, 2017 | Tyler Lee
    It is often said that in the future, jobs that were once done by humans could eventually be taken over by robots who are admittedly more efficient due to their lack of the need to rest, take breaks, and sleep. While there are some jobs that are obvious in terms of robots being better at it, there are some that are less obvious, such as the job of a programmer. However a Danish startup by the name of Ulzard Technologies IVS could change that, thanks to their development of AI dubbed pix2code that can help to program applications based on...
  • A question for our network gurus.

    05/22/2017 9:23:15 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 15 replies
    I recently installed a Netgear Nighthawk X6 router. I've replaced the default passwords with 10 digit, random, unrelated characters. Two of my devices (a desktop and a laptop) are running Avast free virus protection. When I run an Avast scan, it says Service is vulnerable to attacks from within your network. When I click on their recommended solution, they say to update the firmware. I've gone to the Netgear website and it says all is updated. I recently vacationed in Colorado. I stayed at a private condo and used their wifi. I ran the Avast scan on my laptop. At...
  • US Officials Are Warning About A Russian Cybersecurity Company's US Government Ties - KASPERSKY LAB

    05/11/2017 1:30:35 PM PDT · by muleskinner · 24 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 5-08-2017 | Ali Watkins Sheera Frankel
    Kaspersky has denied links to the Russian government, but US officials are raising doubts.
  • 95% engineers in India unfit for software development jobs, claims report

    04/20/2017 6:32:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 89 replies
    PTI ^ | 4/20/17
    Talent shortage is acute in the IT and data science ecosystem in India with a survey claiming that 95% of engineers in the country are not fit to take up software development jobs. According to a study by employability assessment company Aspiring Minds, only 4.77% candidates can write the correct logic for a programme -- a minimum requirement for any programming job. Over 36,000 engineering students form IT related branches of over 500 colleges took Automata -- a Machine Learning based assessment of software development skills - and over 2/3 could not even write code that compiles. The study further...
  • SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

    04/20/2017 4:41:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | 4/20/17 | Iain Thomson
    A chap in Chicago is suing headphone maker Bose after discovering how much personal information its app was phoning home to base – this slurped data includes songs listened to, for how long, and when.The class-action lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the US district court of Illinois by a one Kyle Zak, claims the Bose Connect application, available for iOS and Android, breaks federal wiretap laws, local wiretapping statute and fraud laws, and carries out "intrusion on seclusion," which is also a crime in the state.Court documents [PDF] state Zak bought himself a pair of $350 (£275) Bose QuietComfort 15 wireless...
  • NAVEX Global expanding to add 80 more jobs (Idaho)

    04/14/2017 1:04:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Standard Journal ^ | April 12, 2017
    REXBURG — Ethics and compliance software and services company NAVEX Global@ today announced that it will expand its operations in Rexburg, Idaho, and will add at least 80 more jobs to meet the demands of the company's rapidly growing business and expanding global customer base. The company made the announcement during a press conference held on Wednesday at Hemming Village. NAVEX Global is the world's largest provider of whistleblower hotlines and operates contact centers in Charlotte, North Carolina; Norcross, Georgia; and Lisbon, Portugal. The company expects to add between 80 and 100 new employees to staff a new contact center...
  • Windows 10 - Quietly Logging EVERY KEYSTROKE You Type And Sending It To Microsoft(How To Stop It)

    03/25/2017 11:04:05 AM PDT · by blam · 85 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3-25-2017 | Mac Slavo
    Yesterday we reported that an international group of hackers claim they have breached Apple’s iCloud user database and stolen 300 million usernames and passwords. The group has threatened to initiate a widespread factory reset on April 7th, 2017, potentially wiping out data on tens of millions of iPhones and iCloud accounts should Apple fail to pay a ransom. But that breach by nefarious hackers, while serious, is nothing compared to what your trusted operating system provider may be doing on your personal computer. According to a recent report, if you are a Windows 10 user then every single keystroke you...
  • Wikileaks #Vault7 Drop Reveals U.S. Government Secretly Paying to Keep Software Vulnerable

    03/07/2017 11:24:43 AM PST · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 3-7-2017 | Cristina Laila
    Wikileaks unveiled their largest vault of confidential CIA documents which they dubbed 'Vault 7'. One of the documents revealed a bombshell - the U.S. government is secretly paying to keep U.S. software such as iOS and Android unsafe. The U.S. government is paying to keep U.S. software unsafe. They are intentionally developing vulnerabilities instead of securing systems. This is criminal and reckless. This means iOS and Android can be hacked, spied on and/or infected with malware. Because of the software vulnerabilities, various messaging apps with encryption can also be accessed. #Vault 7 shows that Apple has been proven right. Governments...
  • Looking inward on H1-B

    02/02/2017 1:45:39 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Thursday, February 2, 2017 | Editorial
    LOOKING INWARD ON H1-B Indian IT firms must ramp up salary structures The odd thing about the H1-B reform Bill introduced in the US House of Representatives is the person who introduced it. Zoe Lofgren is the Democratic Party Congresswoman representing California's 19th Congressional District, an area that covers most of the city of San Jose. As any visitor to the city can testify, it is not a white-majority constituency. Indeed, a majority of the population in the area is of Hispanic origin, but almost a quarter of the population is Asian. For the most part, those are Indians particularly...