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Mar 5, 2016

It’s official: Native Americans and Siberians are cousins

Posted by in category: genetics

After more than a century of speculation, an international group of geneticists has conclusively proven that the Aztecs, Incas, and Iroquois are closely related to the peoples of Altai, the Siberian region that borders China and Mongolia.

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Mar 5, 2016

Should We Worry That We’re Headed for Cyber World War I?

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, military

Reserve you calendars for March 9th because New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative is hosting its annual Cybersecurity for a New America Conference in Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, March 9, New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative will host its annual Cybersecurity for a New America Conference in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference will focus on securing the future cyberspace. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website.

So, what does cyberwar mean anyway?

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Mar 5, 2016

This Ransomware encrypts your files and then reads you the ransom note

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Adding insult to injury.

From Russia with Love : Cerber Ransomware first encrypts your files and then reads out the ransom note.

Malware authors are know to be a ingenious lot and trust them to come with a Ransomware that actually reads out the ransom note to the victim.

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Mar 5, 2016

Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates Was Caught Hacking 45 Years Ago

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode

World’s most famous hackers: Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.

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Mar 5, 2016

IRS Hack Getting Worse as the Agency Discovers That More Accounts Has Been Compromised

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, finance

There finally comes a point that you have to question why even have unique identity cards or numbers anymore.

The United States Internal Revenue Services have been battling a huge hacking scandal for nearly a year now. In the month of May last year, the Internal Revenue Services discovered that their security system shad been compromised along with the account details and personal information of over 100,000 people.

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Mar 5, 2016

ESA Planning To Build An International Village… On The Moon!

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

With all the talk about manned missions to Mars by the 2030s, its easy to overlook another major proposal for the next great leap. In recent years, the European Space Agency has been quite vocal about its plan to go back to the Moon by the 2020s. More importantly, they have spoken often about their plans to construct a moon base, one which would serve as a staging platform for future missions to Mars and beyond.

These plans were detailed at a recent international symposium that took place on Dec. 15th at the European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk, Netherlands. During the symposium, which was titled “Moon 2020–2030 – A New Era of Coordinated Human and Robotic Exploration”, the new Director General of the ESA – Jan Woerner – articulated his agency’s vision.

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Mar 5, 2016

As Technology Barrels Ahead—Will Ethics Get Left in the Dust?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, drones, encryption, ethics, finance, robotics/AI, security

Interesting Question to ask.

The battle between the FBI and Apple over the unlocking of a terrorist’s iPhone will likely require Congress to create new legislation. That’s because there really aren’t any existing laws which encompass technologies such as these. The battle is between security and privacy, with Silicon Valley fighting for privacy. The debates in Congress will be ugly, uninformed, and emotional. Lawmakers won’t know which side to pick and will flip flop between what lobbyists ask and the public’s fear du jour. And because there is no consensus on what is right or wrong, any decision they make today will likely be changed tomorrow.

This is a prelude of things to come, not only with encryption technologies, but everything from artificial intelligence to drones, robotics, and synthetic biology. Technology is moving faster than our ability to understand it, and there is no consensus on what is ethical. It isn’t just the lawmakers who are not well-informed, the originators of the technologies themselves don’t understand the full ramifications of what they are creating. They may take strong positions today based on their emotions and financial interests, but as they learn more, they too will change their views.

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Mar 5, 2016

Rise in cyber risk leads to jobs boost

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, employment, internet, law

Big money in hacking law firms. Hackers being hired and paid by parties in suits, companies in acquisition, etc.

The growing influence of the internet in law has opened up a wealth of opportunities for cyber law specialists, according to cyber law expert Bradley Deacon.

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Mar 5, 2016

The darkest material on Earth has become even darker

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials, transportation

New material improving stealth mode vehicles and planes.

When Surrey NanoSystems introduced the original Vantablack, the company said the carbon nanotube material is capable of absorbing 99.96 percent of light that touches it. It’s so dark, it can fool your eyes into seeing a smooth surface even when the nanotubes were actually grown on crumpled foil (seriously — watch the video below the fold). Well, the new version of Vantablack is darker than that. In fact, Surrey can’t even give us the percentage of light that gets absorbed, because its spectrometers can’t measure it.

In this video below (and the GIF above), you can see the material engulf the laser pointer in darkness when it moves across:

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Mar 5, 2016

China looks to ramp up Internet growth, and its controls

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, government, internet, quantum physics

Something for everyone to keep a closer eye on in the coming year/s — And, they are indeed well on their way with Quantum and their partnership with Australia. Australia (as we recall) has been the one country outside the US and Canada that has made incredible progress in Quantum Computing especially introducing in Nov 2015 their discovery in developing a machine language for the Quantum platform.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government has highlighted big data, encryption technology and “core technologies” such as semiconductors as the key elements of its push to grow into a tech powerhouse, according to a new five-year plan released Saturday that envisages the Internet as a major source of growth as well as a potential risk.

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