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+ - Future hack: New cybersecurity tool predicts breaches before they happen->

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An anonymous reader writes "A new research paper outlines new software that scans and scrapes web sites from today and the past, learns patters about what happens prior to a security breach, and then accurately predicts what websites will be hacked in the future. The new tool is up to 66% accuracy.

The classifier is focused on Web server malware or, put more simply, the hacking and hijacking of a website that is then used to attack all its visitors.

If it is possible to accurately predict which sites and servers are most at-risk, it becomes easier to keep an eye on and warn against dangerous websites, the researchers say. Website operators can be alerted ahead of an attack, and search engines can easily know which websites to keep an eye on for potential exclusion from search results.

The algorithm is designed to automatically detect whether a Web server is likely to become malicious in the future by analyzing a wide array of the site’s characteristics: For example, what software does the server run? What keywords are present? How are the Web pages structured? If your website has a whole lot in common with another website that ended up hacked, the classifier will predict a gloomy future.

The classifier itself always updates and evolves, the researchers wrote. It can “quickly adapt to emerging threats.”


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+ - The murky truth about Bitcoin addiction

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blottsie (3618811) writes "Sparked by a debate on Reddit, this article dives into the murky waters of potential Bitcoin addiction.

"You could replace the words ‘digital currency’ with ‘crack cocaine,’ ‘methamphetamine,’ ‘marijuana,’ [or] ‘gambling’ and you’ll see some of those same kind of ways people talk about it,” says Dr. Timothy Fong, an associate professor of psychiatry at UCLA."

+ - The Department of Homeland Security needs its own Edward Snowden

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blottsie (3618811) writes "Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so sever that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS."

+ - PayPal freezes account of email encryption startup ProtonMail 1

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blottsie (3618811) writes "PayPal has frozen more than $275,000 in donations to ProtonMail, claiming the email encryption startup may be illegal. A PayPal alert told ProtonMail that was unsure if ProtonMail has the necessary U.S. government approval to encrypt emails, as though anyone who encrypts needs a license to do so. Of course, it is absolutely legal to encrypt email. The freeze remains in place."

+ - What to do if police try to search your phone without a warrant

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blottsie (3618811) writes "The Supreme Court may have ruled this week that it is illegal for police to search your phone without a warrant. But just because that's the new rule doesn't mean all 7.5 million law enforcement officers in the U.S. will abide by it. This guide, put together with the help of the EFF and ACLU, explains what to do if a police officer tries to search your phone without a warrant. Of course, that doesn't mean they don't have other ways of getting your data."

+ - Is CrossFit using copyright to censor critics?->

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blottsie (3618811) writes "A Maryland-based attorney by day and satirical fitness video blogger by night, Elgin Mones falls squarely into category of people who dislike CrossFit.

In recent months, he has uploaded a series of videos slamming CrossFit to his YouTube channel, which is called Exercises in Futility. CrossFit complained, claiming the videos were in violation of the company’s copyright, and got YouTube to remove them—an act that Mones insists was motivated by a desire to silence his criticisms of the company."

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+ - 404-No-More project seeks to rid the Web of '404 not found' pages->

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blottsie (3618811) writes "A new project proposes an do away with dead 404 errors by implementing new HTML code that will help access prior versions of hyperlinked content. With any luck, that means that you’ll never have to run into a dead link again. ...

The new feature would come in the form of introducing the mset attribute to the element in HTML, which would allow users of the code to specify multiple dates and copies of content as an external resource."

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+ - Meet the Krav Maga-fighting law professor behind U.S. 'revenge porn' laws->

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blottsie (3618811) writes "Mary Anne Franks didn't set out to write “revenge porn” laws. She isn’t a victim, one of the countless women who has stomached the terrifying, jaw-dropping tip that her once-intimate photos are now online for anybody to see. She certainly never intended to split people into those who stand up for exploited women and those who stand absolutely for free speech on the Internet."
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