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Feb 19, 2016

Could hacking your pacemaker and holding it ransom be a 2016 cyber trend?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, security

So, we’re now adding possible murder to the charges of hackers?.

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid a ransom of 17,000 U.S. dollars to hackers after two weeks of being shut out of their computer network. We talk to cyber security expert Jay Radcliffe about medical cyber vulnerabilities.

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Feb 19, 2016

Northrop Grumman Corporation to Unveil Naval Capabilities at WEST 2016

Posted by in categories: privacy, security, transportation

Northrup Grumman’s new Cyber Situational Awareness (CSA), which is a set of web-based tools designed to visualize, understand, and share cyber databases being showcase at the WEST 2016 navel conference on February 17.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced that it will be showcasing key naval capabilities at the WEST 2016 navel conference on February 17, 2016. The corporation will unveil its full-spectrum cyber solutions, biometric defense solutions, unmanned aircraft and much more at the event. WEST 2016 is co-sponsored by AFCEA and the US Naval institute in San Diego. Northrop Grumman is a platinum sponsor of the conference, which is themed “how we make the strategy work.”

The defense contractor will be showcasing its sea serving operations and capabilities that will help the US armed forces combat challenges and difficulties more efficiently. It is also expected to display how it integrates cyber-technology into all of its defense segments. The key highlight of its cyber-suite is its Cyber Situational Awareness (CSA), which is a set of web-based tools designed to visualize, understand, and share cyber databases.

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Feb 19, 2016

Don’t Miss Out on This Cyber Security Stock

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, security

Unless you haven’t been in touch with the real world lately; it truly would be hard not to recognize that real investment opportunities exist in cyber security technology space.

Don’t Miss Out on This Cyber Security Stock, Stocks: CYBR, FEYE, PANW, CSCO, release date: Feb 19, 2016.

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Feb 19, 2016

Russia steps up Syria cyber assault

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, military

Russia’s cyber war in Syria.

Russia is mounting a far-reaching cyber espionage campaign against Syrian opposition groups and NGOs, as Moscow seeks to influence the flow of information on the country’s humanitarian crisis and obscure the full extent of its military operations.

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Feb 19, 2016

Navy Wants to Unplug From Some Networks to Stay Ahead of Cyberattacks

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

US Navy fighting the real war that is ramping up by unpluging from certain networks. Well, that is an option; but also very limiting to “sneaker net” information file transfers. Definitely not uncommon across other areas of government.

SAN DIEGO — For the Navy, the best defense against a high-tech enemy may be a low-tech strategy.

After decades of building equipment, aircraft and ships designed to communicate with each other and back to shore, the Navy is now looking to “selectively disconnect” its systems to minimize vulnerability to cyberattacks, said Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

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Feb 19, 2016

Silly Putty-like substance is helping researchers make shape-shifting robots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

One of the largest drawbacks in robotics is the rigid parts and movements of the robots. Well, soon that maybe changing due to non-Newtonian fluids.

(Inside Science) — By using fluids similar to Silly Putty that can behave as both liquids and solids, researchers say they have created fluid robots that might one day perform tasks that conventional machines cannot.

Conventional robots are made of rigid parts that are vulnerable to bumps, scrapes, twists and falls. In contrast, researchers worldwide are increasingly developing robots made from soft, elastic plastic and rubber that are inspired by worms, starfish and octopuses. These soft robots can resist many of the kinds of damage, and can squirm past many of the obstacles, that can impede hard robots.

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Feb 19, 2016

This Robot Lawyer Can Get You Out of a Parking Ticket for Free

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This maybe true in the UK. However, I am in the US. In the US, if I have a robot representing me and I lose my case; can I claim improper representation? I believe that I can. Also, which states and counties/ cities recognize a robot as an attorney? What federal/ state/ county/ and city ordinances and laws will need to be changed for robots to be recognized as attorney in the US? Just having a robot that interprets laws is not enough in the US.…t-for-free

It has already saved people millions of dollars.

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Feb 19, 2016

Three-Armed Cyborg Drummer Is the Killer Beat Machine of the Future

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, media & arts, robotics/AI, wearables

Seeking to “push the limits of what humans can do,” researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a wearable robotic limb that transforms drummers into three-armed cyborgs.

The remarkable thing about this wearable arm, developed at GT’s Center for Music Technology, is that it’s doing a lot more than just mirroring the movements of the drummer. It’s a “smart arm” that’s actually responding to the music, and performing in a way that compliments what the human player is doing.

The two-foot long arm monitors the music in the room, so it can improvise based on the beat and rhythm. If the drummer is playing slowly, for example, the arm will mirror the tempo.

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Feb 19, 2016

Researchers demonstrate ‘quantum surrealism’

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Proving Quantum

New research demonstrates that particles at the quantum level can in fact be seen as behaving something like billiard balls rolling along a table, and not merely as the probabilistic smears that the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics suggests. But there’s a catch — the tracks the particles follow do not always behave as one would expect from “realistic” trajectories, but often in a fashion that has been termed “surrealistic.”

In a new version of an old experiment, CIFAR Senior Fellow Aephraim Steinberg (University of Toronto) and colleagues tracked the of photons as the particles traced a path through one of two slits and onto a screen. But the researchers went further, and observed the “nonlocal” influence of another photon that the first photon had been entangled with.

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Feb 19, 2016

Moving electrons around loops with light: A quantum device based on geometry

Posted by in categories: electronics, engineering, quantum physics

More news on Qubits that are surprisingly intrinsically resilient to noise.

While a classical bit found in conventional electronics exists only in binary 1 or 0 states, the more resourceful quantum bit, or ‘qubit’ is represented by a vector, pointing to a simultaneous combination of the 1 and 0 states. To fully implement a qubit, it is necessary to control the direction of this qubit’s vector, which is generally done using fine-tuned and noise-isolated procedures.

Researchers at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering and the University of Konstanz have demonstrated the ability to generate a quantum logic operation, or rotation of the qubit, that — surprisingly — is intrinsically resilient to noise as well as to variations in the strength or duration of the control. Their achievement is based on a geometric concept known as the Berry phase and is implemented through entirely optical means within a single electronic spin in diamond.

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