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The FBI has reportedly been unsuccessful this week in trying to crack the PIN on a phone belonging to the suspect in Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said if the suspect used a six- or eight-digit passcode, it could take months or years to break, The Hill reported Thursday.The shooting left nine people dead and 27 injured.The suspected shooter was killed by police at the scene.The FBI has been able to unlock one of the alleged shooter's phones, a Samsung device, a Senate Democratic source told CBS News Thursday.However, the suspect, Connor Betts, of Bellbrook, Ohio, had multiple phones.
We expect rockets and other space technology to remain on the cutting edge of what’s possible, so why should spacesuits be any different?The short answer: they shouldn’t, which is why the company responsible for designing the classic spacesuits for NASA’s Apollo program has just unveiled its next-gen prototype astronaut suit for future space missions.Called Astro, the suit was developed by ILC Dover in collaboration with Collins Aerospace.Among its innovations are new motors and electronics which reduce the suit’s size and weight while also allowing it to be fitted with additional avionics and data capabilities.This includes a digital display system that lets astronauts use voice controls, access real-time data and communicate using HD video.As a result, only two sizes of suit will need to be produced to fit every astronaut body type.
They spread misinformation across social media platforms and attempted to infiltrate voting machines.Earlier this year, the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, gave a similar warning: “Despite growing awareness of cyber threats and improving cyber defenses, nearly all information, communication networks, and systems will be at risk for years to come.”But despite the string of warnings, Congress has yet to take any meaningful action to address the threat.A number of lawmakers have sponsored legislation to help secure the 2020 elections, including measures focusing on online political ads, paper ballots, and voting machine security.One would have authorized $775 million to go to states in preparation of 2020 and require them to create paper trails of votes.“Mueller’s testimony should be a wake-up call to every American, Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, that the integrity of our elections is at stake.”
Give it a Wray, give it a Wray, give it a Wray now: Big Chris steps in to defend blowing a hole in personal encryptionFBI head honcho Christopher Wray is rather peeved all y'all think the US government is trying to weaken cryptography, privacy, and online security, by demanding backdoors in encryption software.During a session at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University, New York, Wray backed a proposal mooted earlier this week by US Attorney General William Barr, the proposal to have cops-and-Feds-only access added to end-to-end encrypted chat applications and the like.Barr basically wants software used by people to hold private conversations and protect their files and information to be backdoored so police and g-men, armed with warrants, can gain access, on demand, to decrypted data.Wray reiterated the same tired talking points about criminals going dark, though he then came up with a rather odd declaration.“I’m well aware that these are provocative subjects in some quarters,” the FBI Director opined.
The viral FaceApp is facing further scrutiny from US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.The senator asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Trade Commission to open a national security and privacy investigation into the Russian-developed AI photo-editing app.In a public letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joe Simons, Schumer said he has "serious concerns regarding both the protection of the data that is being aggregated as well as whether users are aware of who may have access to it."Schumer asked the FBI to assess whether any data uploaded to FaceApp could find its way into the hands of the Russian government.He also asked the FTC to examine whether there are "adequate safeguards" in place to protect the privacy of the users.The Democratic National Committee sent a security alert to 2020 presidential campaigns on Wednesday urging them not to use the app, according to CNN.
The political establishment in the United States has reacted with alarm to the growing popularity of a photo manipulation app called FaceApp.US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called for a national security and privacy investigation into FaceApp, in a letter sent on Wednesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joe Simons.His concern centres around the fact that the face-editing photo app was developed in Russia, and that it requires “full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data.”This has caused concern with US officials, and Senator Schumer has according to Reuters said that this could pose “national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.”And it is not just the Senator who is concerned.The Democratic National Committee (DNC) was famously hacked during the Presidential elections in 2016.
(Reuters) — U.S. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer called on the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a national security and privacy investigation into FaceApp, a face-editing photo app developed in Russia, in a letter sent on Wednesday.The viral smartphone application, which has seen a new surge of popularity due to a filter that ages photos of users’ faces, requires “full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data,” which could pose “national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens,” Schumer said in his letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joe Simons.The Democratic National Committee also sent out an alert to the party’s 2020 presidential candidates on Wednesday warning them against using the app, pointing to its Russian provenance.In the email, seen by Reuters and first reported by CNN, DNC security chief Bob Lord also urged Democratic presidential campaigns to delete the app immediately if they or their staff had already used it.There is no evidence that FaceApp provides user data to the Russian government.Democrats have invested heavily in bolstering party cyber defenses after U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia used hacking as part of an effort to boost support for President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
It’s been hard to get away from FaceApp over the last few days, whether it’s your friends posting weird selfies using the app’s aging and other filters, or the brief furore over its apparent (but not actual) circumvention of permissions on iPhones.Now even the Senate is getting in on the fun: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asked the FBI and the FTC to look into the app’s data handling practices.“I write today to express my concerns regarding FaceApp,” he writes in a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FTC Chairman Joseph Simons.I’ve excerpted his main concerns below:In order to operate the application, users must provide the company full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data.According to its privacy policy, users grant FaceApp license to use or publish content shared with the application, including their username or even their real name, without notifying them or providing compensation.
If you’ve been holding out for a powerful new MacBook, you may want to wait just a bit longer.According to IHS Markit’s Emerging PC Market Tracker report published in Forbes, Apple will introduce a brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year.“We foresee that Apple will release a new product [at the] Sep’19 Apple event if there’s no unexpected development issue,” Jeff Lin, Associate Director, Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit, told Forbes in an email.He added that the new model will have an LCD display of 3,072 x 1,920 resolution supplied by LG, the new MacOS Catalina, and an updated processor.The report also suggests the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro (non-touch bar) and the last year’s MacBook Air will receive CPU upgrades.In May, Apple updated the 13-inch and the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with touch bar with new processor options.
Microsoft is reportedly planning to roll out a small, foldable Surface with a pair of 9-inch screens in the first half of next year, possibly as early as the first quarter.IHS Markit’s Associate Director of Consumer Electronics Jeff Lin told Forbes about the upcoming device, citing “supply chain info.” Code-named Centaurus, the device was reputedly shown to some Microsoft employees earlier this month as a continuation of the shelved dual-screen Surface Phone concept that was known as Andromeda.The foldable Surface, according to IHS Markit, will be powered by the long-rumored new version of Windows 10 named Windows Core OS, or WCOS, also known as Windows Lite, geared for a dual-display user interface.The device is also said to be launching with a 10nm Intel Lakefield processor, with an always-on connectivity function for LTE or 5G.It is also rumored to be capable of running Android apps and Apple’s iCloud service.Windows Central’s Zac Bowden confirmed that Centaurus will feature two separate displays and an Intel processor, while highlighting the device’s capability for running Android apps.
Back in February, we first reported that Apple is considering a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a totally new design, and while a more recent rumor suggested that it might not arrive until 2020 (or 2021), yet another piece of speculation has cropped up which believes it actually will ship this year, as reported by Forbes.According to the London-based market analysts at IHS Markit, Apple is readying its 16-inch MacBook Pro for reveal at an event in September, which is traditionally the time of year when the Cupertino company unveils its latest iPhone range."We foresee that Apple will release a new product [at the] Sep’19 Apple event if there’s no unexpected development issue," said Jeff Lin, Associate Director of Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit.While we reported a couple of days ago that Apple could be plotting to switch to OLED for its tablet and laptop displays, the specifications detailed by IHS Markit suggest otherwise, citing a 16-inch TFT-LCD oxide display from LG with a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920.Of course, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as there's no telling how accurate IHS Markit's information is.This isn't the only prognostication that the British analytics outfit has made today – the company also believes a foldable Microsoft Surface with Android app compatibility will arrive in 2020.
Are you still waiting in line at the supermarket?French retailer Monoprix goes back in time—way, way back—to show us the inherent misery in queuing up and the way one opportunistic Early Man tries to game the system.(It involves a number of underhanded tactics including a poisonous snake, fake pregnancy, Pterodactyl attack and strategic pantsing, the loincloth version).To promote the app called “Monoprix et Moi,” agency Rosapark created a cinematic two-minute video filled with sight gags and guttural chatter that follows one determined Neanderthal as he methodically (and hilariously) picks off the Cro-Magnons ahead of him in the chow line.“Really, who hasn’t tried to get out of standing in line?” the brand asks, noting that Sapiens of yore had to be cunning and clever (and ruthless) to get ahead.Or at least, we know how to download a fast-pass app by which we can pay directly from our smartphones and skip the whole checkout process.
The results of the special counsel investigation, otherwise known as the Mueller report, was released to the public on Thursday shortly after 8:00 a.m. PT.Barnes & Nobles said it would distribute free copies of the redacted report to anyone who preordered it.The Mueller report is publicly available now on the Department of Justice's website.Those who pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble can read the report on a Nook tablet or via the free Nook Reading app for iOS and Android devices.Tap Submit Order and you should get an email confirming the order.Barnes & Noble said it will sell a printed copy of the report, special editions and related materials the week of April 29.
Eighteen new public datasets are now available on a growing AWS registry, ranging from an encyclopedia of DNA elements to African soil chemistry data, via meteorological conditions and turbine power for more than 126,000 wind power sites.The data was added to the public cloud giant’s Public Datasets programme, which provides free cloud storage for public datasets.Amazon says it hopes that it that programme will help developers create “new cloud-native techniques, formats, and tools that lower the cost of working with data”.Among the newly added datasets: nine year’s worth of georeferenced soil sample data that was collected through the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) project from 2009 to 2018.(Researchers have already used this data to train machine learning algorithms that predict to predict crop yield.)One of the other newly added datasets was submitted by the University of Washington and contains 2PB of observations from the Murchison Widefield radio telescope array in Western Australia.
Reading platform Scribd is launching a new original content program called Scribd Originals today, a long-form content experiment featuring notable authors such as Roxane Gay and Garrett Graff.Stories will be exclusively available to Scribd subscribers as ebooks and as audiobooks.The company’s first offering will launch today: Mueller’s War by Graff.He’s known for books such as The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War, which looked at then-FBI director Robert Mueller’s tenure at the agency, and Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die, which is about the US government’s plans to protect high-level government officials in the event of a catastrophic attack.This first work will follow Mueller’s time as a US Marine during the Vietnam War, and it builds on his May 2018 piece for Wired, “The Untold Story of Robert Mueller’s Time in Combat.” In addition to Gay and Graff, Scribd announced that it has also signed authors such as Hilton Als, Paul Theroux, Peter Heller, and Mark Seal.Scribd Originals appears to mirror what platforms like Audible have been doing in recent years: create long-form, original works that are only available to subscribers.
“Um… come again?”“Showtimes Captain Marvel 55441.”“Movie showtimes cheapest theater arcade games.“Sir, this is a Wendy’s.”It’s only fitting I suppose that our adherence to Google’s robotic algorithms has, in turn, made us more robotic.It’s not incidental that we activate this feature on our smartphones or voice assistants by addressing “Alexa” or “Siri” — this dynamic is very much intended to humanize the devices, which is a little creepy and dystopian if you think about it, but it’s best not to think about it.In any event, this movement toward more conversational search aligns with a general focus on humanizing B2B brands.
The nearly two-year investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 US presidential election, including whether anyone tied to President Donald Trump's campaign cooperated with Russia to get him elected, came to an end March 22, when former FBI director Robert Mueller delivered his report to US Attorney General William Barr.On Sunday, Barr sent his summary to Congress, concluding that Mueller's findings did not show the Trump campaign conspired with Russia.While Mueller's investigation has already led to the indictments of six of Trump's advisers, along with 26 Russian nationals, no new indictments are expected, according to CBS News (both CBS News and CNET are owned by CBS).US law makes it unlikely that a sitting president can be indicted, which is why Mueller pursued Trump's top collaborators from the 2016 campaign.But the president indicated March 20 that he wants the report released, saying "Let people see it."In the meantime, what Mueller found during his 675-day investigation could lead to a widening of the partisan divide in the US, with Trump supporters likely to view the final results of the Mueller probe as exonerating the president, while his detractors see the report's contents and existing indictments as ample proof of wrongdoing.
FBI Director Robert Mueller once said, “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be.” Every business, no matter its industry or scale, is a potential target and unless there is a strong security culture in place, odds are that a breach will occur, causing a loss of information, leakage of critical data or direct financial fraud.A 2018 study by Ponemon and IBM estimated the global average cost of a data breach at over $3.86 million, a stunning 6.4 per cent increase since the last year.HBO recently lost 1.5 terabytes of data, including TV show episodes, scripts, manager emails and some actors’ personal information.Economic Impact: A recent Frost & Sullivan report estimated that a large enterprise in the APAC region, can potentially incur over 30 Million USD in cybersecurity breaches every year.This not only affects their operational productivity but also hampers their innovation and research capabilities, setting back their growth by months.This forced Sony Entertainment to shut down operations for an entire month before the situation could be managed.
It’s a common refrain for government officials over the last half-decade, but it’s been a matter of sharp debate especially since the FBI overstated encryption device numbers last year.The FBI director referenced ongoing discussions between the federal government and American tech companies on the issue of encrypted communications.“I’m hearing increasingly that there are solutions” for strong encryption that opens the targeted data to law enforcement, Wray said.What exactly does “solutions” to end-to-end encrypted communications mean?Wray gave no specifics, and the conversation immediately moved on at the direction of interviewer Susan Hennesey, the executive editor of Lawfare and former attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the US National Security Agency.The FBI did not respond to questions on the subject.