Daily Archives: February 5, 2017

Anti-climb paint – Wikipedia

Anti-climb paint (also known as non-drying paint, anti-intruder paint, anti-vandal grease) is a class of paint consisting of a thick oily coating that is applied with a stiff brush, trowel or by hand using a protective glove. In appearance it is similar to smooth gloss paint when applied but it remains slippery indefinitely thereby preventing any intruder from gaining a foothold.

Contents  [hide] 1 Advantage2 Characteristics3 Safety4 See alsoAdvantage[edit]It is used to prevent climbing on objects such as lamp posts, walls and fences. It owes its effectiveness to the fact that it is based on a non-drying oil and keeps the surface greasy and slippery. As an additional advantage, it leaves its mark on the person touching it and hence makes it possible for intruders to be identified.

Source: Anti-climb paint – Wikipedia

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Most Popular Valentine’s Day Gift Searches Per State | Mental Floss

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many couples are putting the finishing touches on their gifts. While some opt for poetry or romantic getaways, others are all about bear skin rugs and JC Penney portraits, according to Estately. The site decided to figure out what presents Americans are considering for their special someone by running hundreds of possible gift-related searches through Google Trends, and recording which items were ranked the highest. The resulting map reflects search terms people in each state Googled more frequently than people in all other states.

While not the most precise way to measure gifting per state, the search did yield some peculiar findings. Most notably, Iowa’s love of tandem bikes and New Mexico’s fascination with hickeys. We are also curious to know how many cassette players are left in Mississippi.

Source: Most Popular Valentine’s Day Gift Searches Per State | Mental Floss

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Dark Web Paying Corporate Workers To Leak Info 

This is not particularly new news, but the Dark Web paying corporate workers to leak info – especially pertaining to stock prices (earnings reports etc) is setting the mainstream news on fire at the moment.It’s also funny because people constantly contact us asking questions about the ‘Dark Web’ aka the ‘Dark Net’ which happens to be the name of this site, a name which existed way before Tor did.Of course the concept of a darknet also way pre-existed Tor as it was a thing way back in the 1970s of designated networks that were isolated from ARPANET.Staff are taking to the dark web to leak corporate secrets for cash, research reveals.Hackers from US-based risk management outfit RedOwl and Israeli threat intelligence firm IntSights worked their way past the interview process to access the private darknet property Kick Ass Marketplace, where they found evidence of staff selling internal corporate secrets to hackers. In some cases, staff even collaborated with blackhats to infect their company networks with malware.

Source: Dark Web Paying Corporate Workers To Leak Info – DigitalMunition

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Priest Arrested on Drug, Child Pornography Charges

(NEWSER) – A New York priest was removed from his parish home Friday evening after police allegedly found meth and child pornography inside, the New York Daily News reports. Acting on a tip, police conducted a search of Father Christopher King’s home at St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church in Long Island. Police say the 51-year-old vicar had multiple files of child pornography on his computer, as well as meth and Xanax. According to News 12 Long Island, King was booked into jail and faces five counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Source: Priest Arrested on Drug, Child Pornography Charges

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Miami-Dade orders jails to comply with ‘sanctuary’ counties crackdown 

Fearing a loss of millions of dollars for defying immigration authorities, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday ordered county jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests — effectively gutting the county’s position as a “sanctuary” for immigrants in the country illegally.Gimenez cited an executive order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump that threatened to cut federal grants for any counties or cities that don’t cooperate fully with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Since 2013, Miami-Dade has refused to indefinitely detain inmates who are in the country illegally and wanted by ICE — not based on principle, but because the federal government doesn’t fully reimburse the county for the expense.

Source: Miami-Dade orders jails to comply with ‘sanctuary’ counties crackdown | Miami Herald

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Out-of-state conservatives are some of Calexit’s biggest fans

California feeds the country more fruits and vegetables than any other state, produces much of its entertainment and is largely responsible for updating the definition of “phone” to mean a pocket-sized supercomputer that happens to have a voice communication feature (but really, text if you can).

And yet, judging by the letters we’ve received from across the country on the burgeoning secessionist movement known as “Calexit,” some readers would be happy see us go — or at least take pleasure in watching our deep-blue state suffer the trauma of severing ties with the union. Some in-state critics of California politics likewise welcome a split, while others scold the secessionists.

Here are some of their letters.

Colorado Springs, Colo., resident Arlene Barron welcomes the misery that a successful CalExit movement would create:

Source: Out-of-state conservatives are some of Calexit’s biggest fans – LA Times

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Ransomware completely shuts down Ohio town government 

In another interesting example of what happens when you don’t manage your backups correctly, the Licking County government offices, including the police force, have been shut down by ransomware. Although details are sparse, it’s clear that someone in the office caught a bug in a phishing scam or by downloading it and now their servers are locked up.Wrote Kent Mallett of the Newark Advocate:The virus, accompanied by a financial demand, is labeled ransomware, which has hit several local governments in Ohio and was the subject of a warning from the state auditor last summer.All county offices remain open, but online access and landline telephones are not available for those on the county system. The shutdown is expected to continue at least the rest of the week.

Source: Ransomware completely shuts down Ohio town government | TechCrunch

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Dems: Trump shouldn’t fight “Islamic extremism” only, that will offend Muslims

“Such a move is wrongheaded insofar as persons who commit acts of violent extremism are inspired by diverse political, religious and philosophical beliefs, and are not limited to any single population or region.”

In reality, there have been over 30,000 murderous jihad terror attacks worldwide since 9/11. What other political, religious and philosophical beliefs have been responsible for any comparable number? A widely publicized study purporting to show that “right-wing extremists” have killed more people in the U.S. than Islamic jihadis, and thus pose a greater threat, has been debunked on many grounds.

“Changing the name to ‘Countering Islamic Extremism’ or ‘Countering Radical Islamic Extremism’ would have damaging effects to our national security by feeding into the propaganda created by terrorist groups and child domestic and international diplomatic relations. Additionally, it could further alienate and create distrust with the Muslim-American communities when the program depends on close cooperation with law enforcement.”

Source: Dems: Trump shouldn’t fight “Islamic extremism” only, that will offend Muslims

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AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines 

AT&T says it is set to begin public trials of a project to backhaul high-speed mobile internet over power lines.These power lines will carry internet traffic to and from cell towers so the masts can beam 4G/LTE and 5G coverage to nearby phones. That’s particularly useful for people out in the countryside, and more convenient than ripping up sidewalks and tunnels to lay fiber to antennas. Network traffic follows the lines of electricity.The US telco behemoth says it will run two trials of test networks (one in the US and one outside) later this year: specifically, they will push data over power lines, then offer last-mile service via wireless broadband. AT&T believes that, if successful, its so-called Project AirGig will allow it to run high-speed internet service – “multi-gigabit” speeds – throughout the US at a much lower cost.This concept isn’t particularly new. AT&T and other telcos have for more than a decade been attempting to run data services over conventional power lines without much success, in part due to speed limitations.With this most recent effort, it is hoped that the addition of the low-cost plastic wireless transmitters will finally allow for a fast and reliable BPL system capable of gigabit speeds.

Source: AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines • The Register

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Vtech Star Wars Watch and Stormtrooper Camera First Impressions | Digital Trends

Another year, another Star Wars movie, which means plenty of new Star Wars merchandise will be released between now and the release of The Last Jedi’. It’s not all collectibles or spurious branding exercises, as these two cool new products from kids-tech company Vtech prove. We tried out the new Star Wars Watch and Star Wars Stormtrooper camera, and conclude they’re just the thing for any young Star Wars fan.The watch comes in either BB8 or First Order trooper color schemes with matching straps, and although isn’t an actual smartwatch — it doesn’t connect to your phone or have GPS tracking for your kids — it does come with some cool features. The most notable is a camera, that not only takes photos, but video, too. No, it’s not going to challenge the one on your phone, but it’s not meant to. This is for fun. The screen is touch operated, and there is a menu button on the side of the device, making switching modes simple.

Source: Vtech Star Wars Watch and Stormtrooper Camera First Impressions | Digital Trends

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40% Say Election Has Hurt a Close Relationship – Rasmussen Reports™

A lot of Americans have hard feelings after last November’s presidential election.A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters think the election has negatively affected their personal relationship with a friend or family member. (To see survey question wording, click here.)That’s a jump from the 26% who said just days before the election that the presidential race itself had already hurt their relationship with a friend or family member. Contrary to the media and most pollsters who felt Democrat Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in for the presidency, Republican Donald Trump was the surprise winner. Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters who Strongly Disapprove of the job President Trump is doing say the election has hurt a personal relationship. Just 35% of those who Strongly Approve of Trump’s job performance agree.

Source: 40% Say Election Has Hurt a Close Relationship – Rasmussen Reports™

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PETA Wants Imaginary Warhammer Characters to Stop Wearing Fur

PETA is continuing its run of headline grabbing absurd stunts, with its latest campaign to get Warhammer characters to stop wearing fur. Warhammer is a tabletop game consisting of plastic figures of mythical creatures.Some of these warriors wear animal pelts which happen to be made out of plastic. PETA believes that even though the fur is not real, the appearance of fur will give impressionable youths the idea that wearing fur is cool.

“The grimdark, battle-hardened warriors are known for their martial prowess—but wearing the skins of dead animals doesn’t take any skill,” reads PETA’s statement. “Indeed, nothing on the bloody battlefields of Warhammer’s conflict-ravaged universe could match the terrible reality that foxes, minks, rabbits, and other living beings experience at the hands of the fur trade.”

Source: PETA Wants Imaginary Warhammer Characters to Stop Wearing Fur | Heat Street

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Doctors told not to call pregnant women “mothers”

British doctors have been told not to call pregnant women ‘mothers’ in a British Medical Association (BMA) document that has been slammed by conservative commentators.

In a booklet entitled A Guide To Effective Communication: Inclusive Language In The Workplace, doctors are instructed to use “inclusive language” that demonstrates “a commitment to equality and inclusion”. This includes revising conventional language used during pregnancy:

“Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men…We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.”

In an introduction to the guide on the BMA’s website, senior executive Dr Anthea Mowat wrote: ‘I would encourage you all to read and share this guide, and think about how you can apply it in your day-to-day work. This is a time where we need to come together to support and protect our colleagues and our patients.’

Source: Doctors told not to call pregnant women “mothers”

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NES Classic hack gets even better, can now install over 700 games

Earlier this month we told you all about the hackers that were working hard to make the already great NES Classic even better. Using mod tools to tweak the files installed on the Classic’s built-in storage, users are able to more than double the number of games installed on the retro system. Now, the modding tools have gotten a big update and it’s now possible to installed a crazy huge number of games — as in, the entire North American retail library of over 700 titles.Don’t Miss: A ‘rogue’ group of staffers is tweeting secrets from the White HouseThe go-to tool for NES Classic hacking is called Hakchi, and while the original release and subsequent 2.0 update helped popularize Classic modding, the newly launched Hakchi 2.11 is so, so much more powerful. Developed by emulation guru Cluster from the GBATemp forums, the new version of the software creates a folder system on the Classic to support a much, much larger number of games than before and turning the system into a true emulation powerhouse.What’s even more impressive, the new mod is capable of running games from within zipped files, which saves a lot of space and allows for even more titles to be packed onto the system’s relatively modest ~300MB storage capacity.

Source: NES Classic hack gets even better, can now install over 700 games

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BioEdge: Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate

A female participant in the locked-in study     A computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people who are unable to communicate could revolutionize the lives of those living with completely locked-in syndrome, according to a paper published this week in PLOS Biology.And contrary to expectations, the participants in the study reported being “happy,” despite their extreme condition. The research was conducted by a multinational team, led by Niels Birbaumer, at the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering in Geneva.Patients suffering from complete paralysis, but with preserved awareness, cognition, and eye movements and blinking are classified as having locked-in syndrome. If eye movements are also lost, the condition is referred to as completely locked-in syndrome.In the trial, patients with completely locked-in syndrome were able to respond “yes” or “no” to spoken questions, by thinking the answers. A non-invasive brain-computer interface detected their responses by measuring changes in blood oxygen levels in the brain.

Source: BioEdge: Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate

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Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Misconduct Can’t Defend Himself—It Would ‘Impose Psychological Trauma’ on Accuser

Remember Amherst College student “John Doe,” who was expelled for sexual misconduct, even though he had good reason to believe that his accuser had actually assaulted him? A judge recently blocked Doe’s attempt to subpoena his female accuser’s text messages on grounds that re-litigating the matter “would impose emotional and psychological trauma” on her.

Consider the implications of this decision. According to Seattle District Judge James Robart, a student who believes Amherst violated his due process rights, wrongfully expelled him, and ignored subsequent evidence that his accuser, “Sandra Jones,” was the actual violator of the college’s sexual misconduct policies, does not deserve the opportunity to make his case because someone else’s feelings are more important.

Source: Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Misconduct Can’t Defend Himself—It Would ‘Impose Psychological Trauma’ on Accuser – Hit & Run : Reason.com

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Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry 

Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies.The condition, misophonia, is far more than simply disliking noises such as nails being scraped down a blackboard.”I feel there’s a threat and get the urge to lash out – it’s the fight or flight response,” says Olana Tansley-Hancock, 29, from Kent.

UK scientists have shown some people’s brains become hardwired to produce an “excessive” emotional response.Olana developed the condition when she was eight years old. Her trigger sounds include breathing, eating and rustling noises.She told BBC News: “Anyone eating crisps is always going to set me off, the rustle of the packet is enough to start a reaction.”It’s not a general annoyance, it’s an immediate ‘Oh my God, what is that sound?’ I need to get away from it or stop it’.

Source: Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry – BBC News

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“Fake News” Is “Old News” for Nation State and Mercenary APTs

By James Scott, Senior Fellow ICIT

Regardless of your partisan persuasion, your opinion of mainstream media or your opinion of the ‘alt-right,’ one thing is for certain, ‘fake news’ is ‘old news’ when it comes to the weaponization of information by nation states and cyber mercenaries. Cyber adversaries tailor spear phishing and malvertising lures to stimulate cyber-hygienically inept users’ insatiable need to ‘click’ on everything and anything that momentarily ensnares their attention. Lures range in complexity from precise, error-free custom tailored spear-phishing emails that leverage the target’s LinkedIn profile, to typo-filled mass-spam; however, the focus of every social engineering campaign is to entice a target demographic of users to share information, to open an email, to download an attachment, to visit a watering-hole site, etc.

For cyber adversaries, social engineering campaigns are low risk, high probability of success, low investment, and high reward. Since the attacker only needs one user, out of hundreds or thousands of potential targets within an organization, to respond to the lure, social engineering remains the dominant attack vector used by sophisticated and unsophisticated cyber adversaries alike. In this manner, a single click can deliver a devastating malicious payload that will haunt an organization for years to come.Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups are sophisticated adversaries with access to significant resources that are capable of launching sustained dedicated attack campaigns. APTs have been a prevalent category of cyber-adversary since at least the early 2000s; however, the widespread analysis of APTs did not become prevalent until around 2014, and mainstream media did not discuss APTs until after the late 2014 hack of Sony Pictures [1].

Social engineering campaigns require interaction with the victim and depend on tempting the target to neglect cyber-hygiene best practices. These attack vectors, which include spear-phishing emails, watering-hole sites, malvertising, etc., aim for the target to either communicate sensitive information via interaction with the adversary or their malware, or via the download and execution of a malicious payload that installs malware on the victim system and establishes a beachhead that the adversary can leverage to laterally move throughout the organizational network and thereby compromise additional systems.

Source: “Fake News” Is “Old News” for Nation State and Mercenary APTs

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Worst U.S. Protests Since 1960s Spur States to Pursue Crackdown

Republicans in statehouses across the U.S. are devising legal tools to regulate public dissent as demonstrators take to the streets to protest President Donald Trump in waves not seen since the Vietnam War.At least 10 bills to limit protests have been introduced in recent months. North Dakota is considering protection for motorists who unintentionally kill protesters blocking roads. Washington state Senator Doug Ericksen would punish those who “disrupt our economy.” Next week, North Carolina Senator Dan Bishop will call for imprisoning people who intimidate ex-officials, after former Governor Pat McCrory was pursued down a Washington, D.C., alley by a group chanting “Shame!”

“That extends over the borderline of decency,” Bishop said in an interview. Though such demonstrators are “constitutionally entitled” to express their views, he said, they aren’t free to threaten violence. Many of the bills, which critics say impinge on constitutional freedoms, were filed before Trump’s election in response to Black Lives Matter and oil-pipeline protests. They’ve gained fresh relevance amid global women’s marches and nationwide airport demonstrations over Trump’s immigration ban. On Wednesday night, black-clad protesters set fires and smashed glass at the University of California at Berkeley, forcing the cancellation of a speech by a conservative writer.

Source: Worst U.S. Protests Since 1960s Spur States to Pursue Crackdown – Bloomberg

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