June 7, 2018 - Written By Mark Real Researchers from technology security firm Talos Intelligence discovered that the VPNFilter malware affects more models of network devices than what was initially reported and is capable of performing man-in-the-middle attacks. It was initially thought that the malware was developed to control routers and other networking devices as part of a botnet that attacks specific targets and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has already alerted users two weeks ago to reboot their routers, switches, and network-attached storage devices to remove the malware. However, recent discoveries show that VPNFilter actually contains a module that is capable of downgrading HTTPS content to non-secure plaintext HTTP traffic and incorporate malicious code into network traffic. Furthermore, the malware inspects Web URLs to identify which links transmit sensitive personal data and it then proceeds to retrieve data like passwords and login credentials. The existence … [Read more...] about VPNFilter Malware Can Steal Passwords, Data: Experts
Tech & Science Facebook Cambridge Analytica Aleksandr Kogan—the Cambridge Analytica-linked data expert at the center of the recent Facebook scandal—told the U.K. government on Tuesday that, despite his links to a St. Petersburg university, his samples were not abused by Russia. His work there—allegedly a study on cyberbullying—was funded by a block grant provided by the Russian government. Kogan told British politicians that he believes all modern superpowers, including the U.K., the U.S. and the Kremlin, have similar interests in election interference and social influencing. “You could make the same argument about the U.K. government and the U.S. government funding anything,” he said. “Both countries are very famous for their spies. There’s a long history of the United States interfering with foreign elections and doing the exact same thing. In general, I would say the governments that are most high profile, I am … [Read more...] about Who Is Aleksandr Kogan? Facebook Data Expert Brushes off Russia Links, Says Cambridge Analytica Lied
April 13, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak The scrutiny Facebook attracted from Washington over user data privacy controversies can hardly end well for the world’s largest social media network as clashing with the United States government “is a battle that you simply can’t win,” according to Jedidiah Yueh, founder and Executive Chairman of data technology company Delphix whose list of clients included Facebook. In an interview with AndroidHeadlines, Mr. Yueh drew parallels with Facebook’s current predicaments that are already resulting in hour-long hearings for CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s legal troubles from the ’90s when Bill Gates was spending the vast majority of his time dealing with regulators instead of actually running the Redmond-based tech giant.“It’s a back-to-the-future scenario,” the industry veteran said, referencing the similarities between Facebook and Microsoft’s situations which were … [Read more...] about Facebook “Simply Can’t Win” Against Washington: Data Expert
0 Have your say As a firm we are now using contextualised academic data to recruit more than 1,500 graduates and school-leavers, which means we have standardised data on candidates. To do this we have entered into a partnership with Rare, a specialist in diversity recruitment and are the biggest British firm to do so. The partnership will give our recruiters a range of standardised data on candidates’ economic background and personal circumstances, allowing them to make more informed choices about candidates by considering the context in which their academic achievements have been gained.This change in our recruitment policy forms part of a comprehensive package of measures which we hope will help us access a more diverse pool of talent, whilst also contributing to the societal challenge of improving social mobility by increasing opportunity for and investing in the development and training of young people.Improving social mobility is one of the UK’s biggest … [Read more...] about How data experts help us ensure a diverse recruitment policy
The world of IoT (internet of things) is growing fast. “Smart” devices are popping up all over the place, from tiny chips to large manufacturing machines; almost every industry is touched by the revolution of IoT. Technology company Ericsson predicts that by 2018, there will be more IoT gadgets than mobile phones. Intel forecasts there will be 200 billion connected devices by 2020. It’s clear that the IoT world is growing at an unprecedented pace, changing the way many industries work.Accenture estimates the IoT industry could add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030. IoT’s reach will spread across various fields: Smart cities will have an annual growth rate of 54 percent over a six-year period. 60 percent of global manufacturers will analyze processes and identify optimization possibilities using analytics produced from connected devices. 75 percent of new cars will come with built-in IoT connectivity by 2020. The connected health market will reach … [Read more...] about Can data scientists tackle the IoT demand?