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Submission + - FTC warns on "Can you hear me now" robocall: Just hang up! (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The Federal Trade Commission this week issued a warning about the irritating and illegal “Can you hear me now?” robocall scam making the rounds on phones across the country. The FTC says it has received hundreds of complaints on the calls which could end up being part of a scam to get your money.

Submission + - Can you imagine Mars with Saturn-like rings? (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: It’s hard to fathom and may be even harder for it to happen but a couple NASA-funded scientists say Mars might have had Saturn-like rings around it in the past and may have them again sometime in the distant future.

Submission + - DARPA plan would reinvent not-so-clever machine learning systems (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: Innovative researchers with DARPA hope to achieve superior machine learning systems with a new program called Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) which has as its primary goal to develop next-generation machine learning technologies that can learn from new situations and apply that learning to become better and more reliable than current constrained systems.

Submission + - DARPA fortifies early warning system for power-grid cyber assault (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) continues to hone the system it hopes would quickly restore power to the U.S. electric grid in the event of a massive cyberattack. The research agency this week said it awarded defense system stalwart BAE Systems an $8.6 million contract to develop a system under its Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization (RADICS) program that has as its central goal to develop technology that will detect and automatically respond to cyber-attacks on US critical infrastructure.

Submission + - Don't look now but spam is back in a big way (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: Spam is once again raising its ugly head as a chief way for attackers to grab protected data. IBM’s X-Force Threat Intelligence group said today that one of the key findings from its forthcoming Threat Intelligence Index for 2017 is that spam volume grew dramatically throughout 2016, bringing with its host of new malicious attachments harboring banking Trojans and ransomware.

Submission + - NASA has a shadow IT problem (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: It’s not often enterprises get direct evidence of a shadow IT operation but a recent audit of NASA’s IT realm came up with 28 unsanctioned cloud services operating in its environment.

Submission + - How to catch a 400lb drone traveling at full speed (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: DARPA said that SideArm developer Aurora Flight Sciences has successfully tested a full-scale system that repeatedly captured a 400-pound Lockheed Martin Fury unmanned aircraft accelerated to flight speed via an external catapult. A Fury can hit over 130MPH.

Submission + - IRS warns on"dangerous" W-2 phishing scam (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: “This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time. It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns. We need everyone’s help to turn the tide against this scheme,’’

Submission + - Intelligence agency opens $325k automated fingerprint gathering competition (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The idea behind the competition, called the “Nail to Nail (N2N) Fingerprint Challenge” – which offers $325,000 worth of prizes – is to develop a system that allows for more distinguishing data to be collected from fingerprint biometrics but also eliminates the time and cost associated with using human operators, IARPA said. N2N fingerprints capture the entire fingerprint from the edge of one finger nail bed to the other.

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