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+ - Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

Submitted by blackbeak
blackbeak (1227080) writes "The Washington Post reports that the Journal of Vibration and Control's review system was hijacked by a ring of reviewers. 60 articles have been retracted as a result. If a relatively nonpolitical field like JVC covers is subject to this kind of nonsense, what might be lurking behind peer reviews in the pharmaceutical or petroleum fields? Maybe non peers should be partnered with peers to do the reviewing."

+ - DARPA social media research stirs a murky, controversial pot->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "DARPA’s two-year old program to better understand and perhaps ultimately influence social media has begun to bear fruit but some of that harvest is raising a stink. DARPA said when rolling out its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program was to develop a social networks science that will develop automated and semiautomated operator support tools and techniques for the systematic and methodical use of social media at data scale and in a timely fashion. But in building that science the agency says it has funded myriad social media/Twitter research (including a study that looked at Lady Gaga’s Twitter following—a model of social media popularity, DARPA stated) as well as a look into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit and Kickstarter."
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+ - Why it is so hard to stop cyber crime 1

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "In a world where everyone with a billion dollars acts as if the laws do not apply to them, there is very little possibility of cyber security. We live in a world where corporations have set up their own private spying operations, and the police regard spying as a second career. We live in a world where nations protest America's surveillance operation, even as they run their own. We live in a world where Bloomberg feels free to run an intelligence operation on Goldman Sachs. We live in a world where News Corps feels free to run saboteur operations against it competitors."

+ - FTP, SFTP, FTPS? What's the difference, and how the !@#$ do I secure them?->

Submitted by MichaelBall
MichaelBall (41354) writes "File Transfer (FTP) may be the single most insecure piece of infrastructure that any corporation has. It's roots date back to the early 70's before encryption and transport security were of great concern.

Many common malware attacks rely on unsecured FTP services within a company to stage and exfiltrate sensitive corporate data to unknown third parties.

        There is little excuse for a company to be running vanilla FTP either inside their data center or especially over the Internet. Secure file transfer protocols and standards have been around and fully supported SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY!!!"

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+ - Coddled, surveilled, and monetized

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Time Magazine shows just how creepy smart homes really are

a modern surveillance state isn’t so much being forced on us, as it is sold to us device by device, with the idea that it is for our benefit. ... ... Nest sucks up data on how warm your home is. As Mocana CEO James Isaacs explained to me in early May, a detailed footprint of your comings and goings can be inferred from this information. Nest just bought Dropcam, a company that markets itself as a security tool allowing you to put cameras in your home and view them remotely, but brings with it a raft of disquieting implications about surveillance. Automatic wants you to monitor how far you drive and do things for you like talk to your your house when you’re on your way home from work and turn on lights when you pull into your garage. Tied into the new SmartThings platform, a Jawbone UP band becomes a tool for remotely monitoring someone else’s activity. The SmartThings hubs and sensors themselves put any switch or door in play. Companies like AT&T want to build a digital home that monitors your security and energy use. ... ... Withings Smart Body Analyzer monitors your weight and pulse. Teddy the Guardian is a soft toy for children that spies on their vital signs. Parrot Flower Power looks at the moisture in your home under the guise of helping you grow plants. The Beam Brush checks up on your teeth-brushing technique. The ToTo Washlet is a smart toilet. The Droplet Sprinkler helps you save water. The Ravenwindow looks at how much light is coming into your home. The Water Pebble goes in the shower and glows red if you’re taking longer than usual.

Enough to make the Stasi blush. What I cannot understand is how politicians fail to understand what a future Kenneth Starr is going to do with data like this."

+ - OpenStack Was Denied Non-Profit Status->

Submitted by WebMink
WebMink (258041) writes "Seems no-one noticed back in May, but it's not just Yorba that has fallen foul of the changing outlook of the IRS concerning open source foundations. The huge OpenStack Foundation has also been denied non-profit status by the IRS. They had applied for 501(c)(6) (trade association) status like Eclipse and Linux Foundation before them, so this is all the more surprising. Has the IRS decided the expected philanthropy of open source is being gamed by corporate abusers?"
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+ - IEEE launches anti-malware services to improve security

Submitted by Aryeh Goretsky
Aryeh Goretsky (129230) writes "The IEEE Standards Assocation has launched an Anti-Malware Support Service (AMSS) to help the computer security industry respond more quickly to malware.

The first two services available are a Clean file Metadata Exchange [PDF], to help prevent false positives in anti-malware software, and a Taggant System [PDF] to help prevent software packers from being abused.

Official announcement is here."

+ - Korean government switches to open source by 2020->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As the support for the Microsoft (MS) Windows XP service is terminated this year, the government will try and invigorate open source software in order to solve the problem of dependency on certain software. By 2020 when the support of the Windows 7 service is terminated, it is planning to switch to open OS and minimize damages. Industry insiders pointed out that the standard e-document format must be established and shared as an open source before open source software is invigorated."
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+ - Fall out from the News Corp phone hacking trial->

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Where does Brooks’ exoneration leave News’ top management Relieved, that is where it leaves them. A convinction would have implicated top management as well as complicating the current Justice Department investigation of News Corp on possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. So senior management and the Murdoch family (there would be such a difference) must be very relieved. It has been very expensive, but due to the generousity of Australian taxpayers, manageable. But they are not out of the woods yet, there are 11 more criminal trials for other News Corp UK journalists pending. And then of course, there is the other hacking scandal."
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+ - Age discrimination in the tech industry

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes " Tech industry job ads: Older workers need not apply

It’s a widely accepted reality within the technology industry that youth rules. But at least part of the extreme age imbalance can be traced back to advertisements for open positions that government regulators say may illegally discriminate against older applicants. Many tech companies post openings exclusively for new or recent college graduates, a pool of candidates that is overwhelmingly in its early twenties. ...

“In our view, it’s illegal,” Raymond Peeler, senior attorney advisor at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces workplace discrimination laws said about the use of “new grad” and “recent grad” in job notices. “We think it deters older applicants from applying.”

Am I the only one who thinks that much of the quality control and failed projects in the tech industry can be attributed to age discrimination?"

+ - Cisco opposes net neutrality->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "All bits running over the Internet are not equal and should not be treated that way by broadband providers, despite net neutrality advocates' calls for traffic neutral regulations, Cisco Systems has said. Some Web-based applications, including rapidly growing video services, home health monitoring and public safety apps, will demand priority access to the network, while others, like most Web browsing and email, may live with slight delays, said Jeff Campbell, Cisco's vice president for government and community relations. "Different bits do matter differently. We need to ensure that we have a system that allows this to occur.""
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