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Technology
Websites crash, on-line help not available, phones go unanswered, and Obamacare gathers velocity as it hurtles toward what is most likely a twenty car wreck during ruch hour. Meanwhile, hackers lick their lips and probe the ragged, limping system for exploitable weakness. It has taken three years of "intensive development effort" to get to this sorry juncture, but we have not heard many questions about how actually designed the system. At least one major industry…
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An accident of a new species of murder? Your automobile functions are largely controlled by computer. From fuel mixture to throttle setting, to which gear is engaged at what speed, your car is under the control of a chip. As one of the most rapidly changing components of the IoT (Internet of Things), your can is also one of the most vulnerable to security breaches. Sometimes the truth can be stranger than any fiction. We…
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 Now that the web knows where everyone is, it should be relatively simple to either avoid those who are "undesirable" and/or seek those who are on the "A" list. Which brings us back to 1998 when the "Lovegety" burst upon Japan's social scene. Although this proximity device was rather primitive in functionality, it demonstrated one of the more profound possibilities of device to device interaction. Perhaps it was truly one of the first to enter…
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Just how much could “they” know, and what could “they” do in YOUR name? We suppose that the whole world now knows that surveillance and copying techniques have been elevated to the level of fine arts by U.S. intelligence operations. But as we think more deeply about this problem we must inevitably come to the following conclusions. If (since) any given individual’s computer activity can be monitored in toto, then absolutely nothing is secure online.…
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Nothing seems to be out of bounds as we learn the the US tested an electronic vacuum cleaner on  of New Zealand. That island nation was apparently used as a testing ground for massive and comprehensive collection of digital and analog data. New Zealand would be a great test environment because of its small size, but also because it is thoroughly wired into the rest of the world via radio and Internet. The Thin Thread…
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Whistleblowers, formerly protected by federal statute, now appear to be in greater danger as the instruments of US security turn ever more inward. Electronic scrutiny appears to have escalated geometrically to the point where federal agencies apparently now record and scan all types of communications. Subjects of surveillance would include fax, land line telephonics, cell phone, satellite phone, and text/electronic mail. We would also remind the reader that most sophisticated televisions are now fitted with…
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The case of the nefarious cable guy should remind the reader that there are many ways to steal, and that our technology is vulnerable in many dimensions. During the era of the PC (tower, desktop – you remember, right?) no matter the password protection, direct physical access to the hard drive also allowed access to files. Data is still stored in files on hard drives, but firewalls and more complex password algorithms make break ins…
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What are they stealing? Soetimgs nothing, but other times....information, money, identities, intellectual property, plans, drawings, personal email – the list goes on. And all your anti-virus software may not be enough to stop them. Remember that there are literally millions of virus or malicious code sets rattling around the ether. Don't be deceived. Once upon a time we watched the WWW, but now we know it's watching us. These thefts are individual trouble and sometimes…
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Technology's march has advanced into a headlong rush, as more and more formerly dissimilar capabilities are integrated. We have surveyed artificial organs and related functions, and are quite amazed at the breadth of progress. Multidisciplinary scientific teams can now collaborate much more rapidly and effectively than ever before. The results of this increasing collaboration is a rate of advance that truly outstrips the ability of any one person to keep the complete picture in view.…
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