FBI: Ransomware threat at all-time high; how to protect company jewels

FBI: Ransomware threat at all-time high; how to protect company jewels

Ransomware has many names -- Cryptowall, CryptoLocker, Reveton to name a few – and all are bad news for businesses...“Several years ago, ransomware was normally delivered through spam e-mails, but because e-mail systems got better at...

04/29/16

CIA: Learn how to make invisible ink, photos – from 1918

CIA: Learn how to make invisible ink, photos – from 1918

The mostly cryptic documents, from 1917 and 1918 describe secret writing techniques are believed to be the only remaining classified documents from the World War I era. Any documents describing secret writing fall under the CIA’s...

04/28/16

Headaches likely to grow over auto cybersecurity concerns

Headaches likely to grow over auto cybersecurity concerns

But while some short-term fixes may develop, forthcoming government auto cybersecurity standards won’t happen until at least 2018. Furthermore, technologies, such as message encryption and authentication, which can be used to secure...

04/27/16

More protection needed to guard grid from electromagnetic storm threat

More protection needed to guard grid from electromagnetic storm threat

The United States isn’t as deeply unprepared for electromagnetic threats – either from space or man-made -- as it was a few years ago but a lot of work remains and awareness of the danger needs to be amped-up if the country wants to...

04/26/16

US Marshals set to auction fraudster’s $1.5M high-end auto collection

US Marshals set to auction fraudster’s $1.5M high-end auto collection

The US Marshals this week announced the auction of the Hauk’s spoils -- 25 vehicles, including Ferrari, Mclaren, BMW and Porche cars worth more than $1.5 million. According to the United States Attorney for the Western District of...

04/25/16

From cosmic living-rooms to communications, NASA craving deep space public brainstorms

From cosmic living-rooms to communications, NASA craving deep space public brainstorms

NASA this week said it was calling for public input on living quarters for astronauts to live in deep space as well as systems and technologies for a new Mars Orbiter.

04/22/16

NASA gives solar ionic propulsion a monster boost

NASA gives solar ionic propulsion a monster boost

NASA this week took a giant step toward using solar electric power for future space missions by awarding a $67 million to Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop an advanced electric propulsion system.

04/21/16

‎DARPA: Researchers develop chip part that could double wireless frequency capacity

‎DARPA: Researchers develop chip part that could double wireless frequency capacity

DARPA-funded research team said recently it had developed a tiny component for silicon-based circuitry that could double the radio-frequency (RF) capacity for wireless communications—offering faster web-searching as well as the...

04/19/16

NASA: Top 10 space junk missions

NASA' s Orbital Debris Program Office said that by far the source of the greatest amount of orbital debris remains the Fengyun-1C spacecraft, which was the target of a People’s Republic of China anti-satellite test in...

04/18/16

Energy Dept. serves-up $30M for future connected, automated cars

Energy Dept. serves-up $30M for future connected, automated cars

The program, known as NEXTCAR or NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road vehicles will develop technology that will result in a 20% reduction in the energy consumption of future so-called Connected and...

04/14/16

IRS: Tax deadline looms, scammers get more frantic

IRS: Tax deadline looms, scammers get more frantic

The Internal Revenue Service said today with the approaching tax filing April 18th deadline scammers are becoming even more desperate that ever to steal your money and identity. The IRS said there has been a 400% surge in phishing and...

04/13/16

FBI offers $25k reward for Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup painting heist

FBI offers $25k reward for Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup painting heist

The FBI today said it was offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the recovery of seven Andy Warhol paintings stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri.

04/12/16

DARPA moves toward spacecraft that can fly 10X in 10-days

DARPA moves toward spacecraft that can fly 10X in 10-days

DARPA this month will explain what it wants in the next development phase of its reusable Mach 10 satellite taxi capable of carrying and deploying a 3,000- 5,000 lb. satellite into low earth orbit (LEO) at a target cost of less than...

04/11/16

10 best cloud SLA practices

10 best cloud SLA practices

Getting and enforcing a service level agreement is paramount when employing cloud services – that was the chief conclusion reached in a report out this week by the federal watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office.

04/08/16

Siemens and Airbus to push electric aviation engines

Siemens and Airbus to push electric aviation engines

Siemens and Airbus teamed up today to develop electric and hybrid electric/combustion engines for commercial and private aircraft. The companies said they would amass a joint development team of about 200 employees that would jointly...

04/07/16

The birth of IT: The IBM System/360 turns 52

The birth of IT: The IBM System/360 turns 52

IT can trace its roots back to arguably the most important computer introduction made 52 years ago today. April 7, 1964 was the day IBM introduced its System/360, the first true mainframe for the masses, or at least that’s what it...

04/07/16

Want a meteorite? Christie’s set to auction unique space rocks

Want a meteorite? Christie’s set to auction unique space rocks

It’s not everyday you could have the opportunity to buy a piece of space – but Christie’s London auction house will on April 20 offer about 80 meteorite pieces and a bunch of space rock paraphernalia to go along with them.

04/06/16

Feds lack managed response to large-scale cyber attack

Feds lack managed response to large-scale cyber attack

The Departments of Defense and Homeland security are unclear about who would take charge and work with civilian authorities during a large-scale cyber attack on the US. There are a number of plans and directions for how the...

04/05/16

DARPA takes first step to develop technology that launches volleys of drones

DARPA takes first step to develop technology that launches volleys of drones

DARPA’s Gremlins program has as a goal to launch groups of drones from large aircraft such as bombers or transport planes , as well as from fighters and other small, fixed-wing platforms while those planes are out of range of...

04/01/16

FAA doubles altitude limits for business drones

FAA doubles altitude limits for business drones

Looking to remove a little red tape from businesses and utilities that may want to use unmanned aircraft systems, the FAA today doubled the “blanket” altitude for certain drones to 400ft from 200 ft. Specifically the altitude...

03/29/16

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