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+ - Illinois hacking competition draws cybersecurity sleuths of tomorrow->

Submitted by BigVig209
BigVig209 (959850) writes "Computer programming has long been a hobby of Iraq War veteran Eric Kelly, but it wasn’t until this past weekend at a hacking competition that he realized how good he was.

“It was more of a confirmation: ‘You can do this, buddy,’” said Kelly, who wants to pursue a career in cybersecurity after placing 11th at the Cyber Aces [Illinois] State Championship (held) at Moraine Valley Community College (this past) Saturday.

Saturday’s program was one of seven state championships organized by Cyber Aces, a nonprofit dedicated to discovering and developing talent for the Internet security industry."

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+ - Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois employs white hats so bottom line won't be red->

Submitted by BigVig209
BigVig209 (959850) writes "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois employs white hats so the bottom line won't turn red (from embarrassment). From the article, "The Chicago-based parent of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois has its own small team of hackers who spend their time poking, probing and trying to break into the company's systems, looking for problems before someone else does.""
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+ - Healthcare organizations under siege from cyberattacks, study says->

Submitted by BigVig209
BigVig209 (959850) writes "A new study set to be officially released Wednesday found that networks and Internet-connected devices in places such as hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are under siege and in many cases have been infiltrated without their knowledge.

The study was conducted by Norse, a Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm, and SANS, a security research institute. In the report, the groups found from September 2012 to October 2013 that 375 healthcare organizations in the U.S. had been compromised, and in many cases are still compromised because they have not yet detected the attacks."

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+ - Datawind not blowing smoke - $38 tablet coming to the U.S.

Submitted by BigVig209
BigVig209 (959850) writes "In a follow-up to story submitted by symbolset back on May 4, 2013, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that London-based Datawind it will begin selling its $38 UbiSlate tablet computer in the United States early next year.

"The $38 7-inch touchscreen UbiSlate 7Ci tablet runs on Google's Android 4.0 and features a 1-gigahertz, single-core processor. It has 4 gigabytes of storage with microSD card slots for additional storage. The 7-inch display offers a resolution of 800x480 pixels."

The specs are not the greatest, the fastest, the most powerful, but, for under $50, they're still pretty good, no?"

+ - Intel buys into e-text books buys Kno

Submitted by BigVig209
BigVig209 (959850) writes ""Intel Has Acquired Kno, Will Push Further Into The Education Content Market With Interactive Textbooks"
TechCrunch is reporting that Intel has purchased e-textbook publisher Kno for an undisclosed sum. (http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/08/intel-has-acquired-kno-to-push-further-into-the-education-market/)

According to a blog post by John Galvin, GM of Intel Education, "The acquisition of Kno boosts Intel’s global digital content library to more than 225,000 higher education and K-12 titles through existing partnerships with 75 educational publishers. Even more, the Kno platform provides administrators and teachers with the tools they need to easily assign, manage and monitor their digital learning content and assessments.

We’re looking forward to combining our expertise with Kno’s rich content so that together, we can help teachers create classroom environments and personalized learning experiences that lead to student success. Check out the Intel Education newsroom for ongoing updates from Intel." (http://blogs.intel.com/csr/2013/11/intel-education-welcomes-kno-to-the-family/)"

+ - Mauritanian Cracker scoops up 15,000 Twitter logins->

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BigVig209 (959850) writes "Spanish newspaper, El Pais, http://tecnologia.elpais.com/tecnologia/2013/08/20/actualidad/1377011520_379395.html (original in Spanish), is reporting that someone hacked into Twitter and stole the user credentials for over 15,000 users. Quoting a story on GigaOm, http://gigaom.com/2013/08/20/islamist-hacker-publishes-access-details-for-thousands-of-twitter-accounts/, the attack may have been made through a third-party application. According to the story in El Pais, the majority of exposed accounts are from users in Turkey."
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+ - Video game creator Eugene Jarvis is Player One->

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BigVig209 writes "The Chicago Tribune has done a really nice profile on Eugene Jarvis, President of Raw Thrills, a.k.a. the man who invented Defender.

"Jarvis was born and raised in Silicon Valley.... Jarvis, who is responsible for a remarkable number of gaming innovations and an absurdly long list of successful titles stretching four decades...[has] witnessed (or had a hand in) a number of pivotal moments in the history of the medium.

Scrolling games, for instance. Jarvis pioneered scrolling. (Which is like being the first guy to say, "Hey, what would happen if we added pages to this stone tablet?") Also, dual joysticks — he created dual joysticks.""

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Education

+ - Broun: Evolution, big bang are "lies straight from the pit of hell"->

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BigVig209 writes "Evolution and the big bang theory are “lies to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior,” U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee), said in a recently released video.

In the video, taken from the 2012 Sportsman's Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Broun also repeated fundamentalist Christian tenets that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and the Holy Bible is a guidebook to every aspect of life."

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Education

+ - Broun: Evolution, big bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell"->

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BigVig209
BigVig209 writes ""Evolution and the big bang theory are “lies to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior,” U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee), said in a recently released video..

In the video, taken from the 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Broun also repeated fundamentalist Christian tenets that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and the Holy Bible is a guidebook to every aspect of life."

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+ - Broun: Evolution, big bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell"-> 1

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BigVig209
BigVig209 writes "Evolution and the big bang theory are “lies to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior,” U.S. Rep. Paul Broun said in a recently released video.

In the video, taken from the 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Broun also repeated fundamentalist Christian tenets that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and the Holy Bible is a guidebook to every aspect of life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rikEWuBrkHc"

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Education

+ - Hacker Group Breaches Thousands of University Records to Protest Higher Educ->

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BigVig209
BigVig209 writes ""A team of hackers claims to have broken into more than 120,000 computer accounts at dozens of universities to protest what it sees as the high cost and low quality of higher education.

The group, called “Team GhostShell,” claimed responsibility on Monday for the computer attacks with a post on pastebin (http://pastebin.com/AQWhu8Ek). The post listed the universities that were the group’s targets, including Harvard University and the Universities of Cambridge and Tokyo.

Leaders of Team GhostShell called its latest attack “Project WestWind,” and they said the goal was to protest higher-education systems around the world. ""

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Education

+ - Univ. of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-access textbooks->

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BigVig209
BigVig209 writes "Univ. of MN is creating an online catalog of peer-reviewed, open-access textbooks and enticing Univ. of MN faculty to review the texts by offering $500 per review. Outside faculty may also submit reviews, but they will not be able to collect $500 for doing so.

This may be the first time a land-grant, public university makes this kind of resource available to faculty and students."

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+ - Univ. of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-acces textbooks-> 1

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BigVig209
BigVig209 writes "Univ. of MN is cataloging open-access textbooks and enticing faculty to review the texts by offering $500 per review. Despite the author calling the open-source rather than open-access, this may be the first time a land-grant, public university makes this kind of resource available to faculty and students."
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