[ECP] NetHappenings – News Headlines and Education Resources

Educational CyberPlayGround: NetHappenings News Headlines and Education Resources.

Greetings NetHappenings Readers

  1. TELL FTC to Protect Consumers from Online Advertising  – THIS IS SO IMPORTANT PLEASE TELL THEM TO STOP SPYING ON US.

    Greetings NetHappenings Readers

  2. Spear Phishing Uses Friendly Faces to Spread E-Mail Fraud
    “This is hacking the person, not hacking the computer.”
  3. Russellville Middle School in Arkansas Parents, school administrators, and quite a few grown-ups in the community of Russellville, Arkansas are upset.
    There’s a bit of a scandal brewing after it was discovered that this year’s yearbook featured a list of the “Top 5 worst people of all time” that named Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Charles Manson, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney.
  4. How stupid is the Pennsylvania State Education Association who backs use of test scores in evaluating teachers!!
    One of the most frightening examples Johnston has turned up is in one of the nation’s most treasured franchises: the right to vote. He said he’s found that most voting machines have almost no security to reveal tampering. Johnston has a PhD, 10 patents to his name, and what every 10 year old kid would think is a dream job. As chief of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago, he has made it is his mission to crack into every security system labeled as foolproof by their creators. “It’s much easier to steal the election, right at the electronic voting machine,” said Johnston. “In many cases, we see security devices or electronic voting machines where we really have to wonder, ‘Did anybody spend 60 seconds figuring out the security issues?” POLITICIANS ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN STEALING YOUR VOTE.
  6. Legal Outsourcing Firms Creating Jobs for American Lawyers
    Top American firms have cut hiring or moved to a lower-tier pay system for many new associates. Corporations are reducing their legal departments. Legal temp companies now pay as little as $20 a hour to lawyers for document reviews that a decade ago might have been billed at $200 an hour.And as these programs expand to more and more firms, they will eliminate many of the lucrative partner-track positions for which law students suffer so much debt. now firms are copying some manufacturers — which have similarly inflexible pay because of union contracts — by creating a separate class of lower-paid workers. At law firms, these positions are generally called “career associates” or “permanent associates.” They pay about $50,000 to $65,000, according to Michael D. Bell, a managing principal at Fronterion, which advises law firms on outsourcing. Off-shoring is a security, legal and due diligence risk. Loss of intellectual property and private information is simply the most visible part. We can’t even trust our electronics because they come from China with malware pre-embedded. It’s a “feature”. Companies and governments are relearning continually you get what you pay for … pay crap, get crap. Then, when the attorneys sue, we can get expert witness fees, going yes, the defendant was negligent for lack of due diligence for reasons X, Y & Z. They didn’t know their IP was going to be stolen? Please. Why hasn’t the ABA been able to get their buddies on the Hill to stop this off-shoring of legal work? I thought the ABA owned enough Senators to kill this stuff?
  7. Crowdsourced Legal Answers Website Gets $600K from Investors, Including Google VenturesA legal website that offers “crowdsourced” answers to legal questions posed by California companies, especially startups, is getting $600,000 in funding from Google Ventures and individual investors.
  8. The website is called LawPivot, and it could “disrupt some of the [legal] industry’s most basic business practices,” according to a November story by Fast Company. At the time of the article, the 80 lawyers approved to supply confidential answers came from the nation’s top 100 law firms. The companies usually get about three answers for every question asked, CEO Jay Mandal tells the Business Insider. A new feature allows LawPivot to recommend the best lawyers to answer each question by analyzing data on users and trends, the company says in a press release announcing the new algorithm and the new funding. The benefit for lawyers is the possibility of finding new clients. Yusuf Safdari, a corporate and securities attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, told Fast Company that he had found three new clients through his participation. It usually takes him between five minutes and a half-hour to research the answer. Currently, California companies pay nothing to pose a question on LawPivot, and lawyers pay nothing for leads, but that will eventually change, TechCrunch reports. An expansion to other states is planned. The $600,000 in new funding is in addition to $400,000 previously raised from individual investors, TechCrunch says. The company will be moving to Google’s campus where it will have access to Google resources, according to the Business Insider.
    CEO and co-founder Mandal was formerly the lead mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer at Apple, with experience at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Co-founder Nitin Gupta, LawPivot’s vice president of business development, previously worked as an intellectual property litigation lawyer at Townsend & Townsend & Crew.
  9. The government has finally killed the food pyramid
    Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables but rethuglicans want to keep kids fat and make more money.
  10. Criminal Classifieds: Malware Writers Wanted
    The global economy may be struggling to create new jobs, but the employment outlook for criminally-inclined computer programmers has never been brighter. I’ve spent some time lurking on shadowy, online underground forums, and lately I’ve seen a proliferation of banner ads apparently placed by criminal gangs looking for talented programmers to help make existing malware stealthier and more feature-rich.
  11. Fast-food jobs in higher demandIn one of the roughest job markets in memory, fast-food positions are proving attractive for job seekers of all ages. Once a workplace ceded largely to teens and part-time workers, fast food is attracting older people with experience, education and marketable skills.
  12. New Senate Bill on Streaming Video – more felonies for every day actOK, this is seriously stupid. Senators Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos from the not-understanding-the-technology dept Okay, this is just getting ridiculous. A few weeks back, we noted that Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons had proposed a new bill that was designed to make “streaming” infringing material a felony. At the time, the actual text of the bill wasn’t available, but we assumed, naturally, that it would just extend “public performance” rights to section 506a of the Copyright Act.
  13. Criminal Classifieds: Malware Writers Wanted
  14. Cyberspies Target China Experts
  15. Hackers Attack Nintendo
  16. Worm uses built-in DHCP server to spread
    A variant of the Alureon rootkit is hijacking DHCP on local networks to spread itself. The loader for the rootkit, Net-Worm.Win32.Rorpian, uses a fairly standard technique for spreading on removable media: it creates an autorun.inf and .lnk files (setup.lnk, myporno.avi.lnk, pornmovs.lnk) which point to rundll32.exe with parameters which will load and run a DLL belonging to the rootkit.
  17. How a cheap graphics card could crack your password in under a second
  18. Latest Hack Shows Sony Didn’t Plug HolesSony’s PlayStation Store came back online this week, to the general approval of PlayStation fans. The records of about 1 million Sony customers went up, too.The records were posted by the hacking group LulzSec last week as a demonstration that Sony had not fixed the fundamental, enterprisewide security flaw that had allowed hackers to take over a series of its other networks. LulzSec, thanks for revealing Sony hypocrisy; now can you stop punishing its customers?
  19. FBI Partner InfraGard Hacked, Passwords Stolen, LulzSec Claims Credit
  20. Dear Internets: All Your Base Are Belong To Us!Dear Internets, It has come to our unfortunate attention that NATO and our good friend Barrack Osama-Llama 24th-century Obama have recently upped the stakes with regard to hacking. They now treat hacking as an act of war. So, we just hacked an FBI affiliated website (Infragard, specifically the Atlanta chapter) and leaked its user base. We also took complete control over the site and defaced it, check it out if it’s still up: http://infragardatlanta.org/ We accept your threats, NATO. Game on, losers. Now we are all sons of bitches, Lulz Security
  21. E-Mail Fraud Hides Behind Friendly Face
  22. College tuition – The Supreme Court’s actionThe Supreme court refused to entertain a challenge to a California law that grants reduced in-state tuition to illegal immigrants who graduate from California high schools. The Court declined to hear the challenge, leaving in place similar laws in 11 other states. Those challenging the law contended that it violated a little known provision in federal law that bars states from giving “any post-secondary school benefit” to an illegal alien. But the California Supreme Court ruled the California policy on in-state tuition benefits is keyed not to immigration status, but to whether a student attends a California high school for three years and graduates. Overall, only about 1% of the total college student population, benefits from this provision of California law, according to the state. And most of those attend community colleges where tuition is tiny compared to tuition at four-year colleges. The state also says that at the University of California’s ten campuses, only 600 students who are believed to be illegal aliens benefited from the policy last year. That number is less than a third of the 2,019 students who got the reduced tuition benefit. The others were U.S. citizens, some of whom may have graduated from California high schools, then left the state, and returned for college, or citizens of another state who graduated from a high school in California.
  23. Information Flow Can Reveal Dirty Deeds – Good Read
  24. The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download
  25. Sour Cookies in the UK
    Nearly all UK business websites now technically illegal (EU sites to follow) On 26 May 2011, the rules on the use of cookies changed for UK businesses. You now have to explicitly ask every visitor to your website if they want toopt-in to `non-essential’ cookies. This includes tracking and analytics cookies. The penalty for not doing so is a fine of up to 500,000 pounds.
  26. The 18 A-HOLE Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect HollywoodIt seems only fair to once again name the Senators who just voted (with a voice vote) to break the internet. Here’s your list of technologically ignorant lawmakers of the day.
  27. Mind Control & the Internet June 23, 2011 Sue Halpern
  28. World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet by Michael Chorost $26.00The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from Youby Eli Pariser Penguin, 294 pp., $25.95
    You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier Vintage, 240 pp., $15.00 (paper)
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  29. Free Resources, Books from the National Academies PressNAPAs of June 2, 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press(NAP) will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes our current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP.* Free access to our online content supports the mission of NAP–publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council–to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.
  30. WOW Iran Vows to Unplug InternetIran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world.
  31. Is YouTube Killing Music Piracy?For years the top record label executives have been claiming that it’s impossible to compete with free, but YouTube is proving them wrong. With billions of views every month the major record labels are making millions by sharing their music for free. For many people YouTube takes away the incentive to ‘pirate,’ but at the same time it may also cannibalise legal music sales. TorrentFreak asked both the RIAA and BPI to share their thoughts on how YouTube could affect music sales, but both unfortunately withheld their comments. This leaves us with the conclusion that, unlike many record label execs have argued in the past, you can compete with free. You can even compete with piracy. Whether the net result is going to be a positive one has yet to be seen, but YouTube is taking up a larger chunk of the record label revenues each year.
  32. —–>> Bank of America Gets Pad Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It <<—–Seized the bank’s assets. “They’ve ignored our calls, ignored our letters, legally this is the next step to get my clients compensated, ” attorney Todd Allen told CBS. Sheriff’s deputies, movers, and the Nyergers’ attorney went to the bank and foreclosed on it. The attorney gave instructions to to remove desks, computers, copiers, filing cabinets and any cash in the teller’s drawers.
  33. The Roy Rogers Museum Has Closed But You Can Buy Their Stuff.
    The auction took place on Saturday April 16, 2011The Roy Rogers Museum has closed its doors for good. A time in History, never to be seen again, but what a ride it was.HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU! THOSE WERE THE DAYS, MY FRIENDS!
    So it’s good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy, The Lone Ranger and Tonto.
    Farewell to Sky King and Superman and Sgt. Friday. Thanks to Capt.Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers and Capt. Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better.
    Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robinhood, with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland? Well Olivia rode Trigger in that movie. Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby. Roy bought Trigger on a
    time payment plan for $2,500.. Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together. Trigger even out did Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie Son of Paleface in 1953. It was a great ride through childhood.
    RIP James Arness, Marshal on ‘Gunsmoke,’ Dies at 88
    FYI James Arness’ younger brother was actor Peter Graves.

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