LA Hospital Pays Hackers Nearly $17,000 To Restore Computer Network

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A Los Angeles hospital paid a nearly $17,000 ransom to hackers who breached and disabled its computer network, the hospital said in a statement Wednesday.  Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid the ransom of 40 bitcoins, which is currently worth $16,664, in order to restore the computer system that was infiltrated on Feb. 5.  The hackers… Read more »

JOHN MCAFEE: I’ll decrypt the San Bernardino phone free of charge so Apple doesn’t need to place a back door on its product

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Using an obscure law, written in 1789 — the All Writs Act — the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Source: Business Insider Date: February 19th, 2016 Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mcafee-ill-decrypt-san-bernardino-phone-for-free-2016-2 Discussion 1) The article starts… Read more »

IBM’s Watson lives in more areas of our lives than we think

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IBM wants Watson to help solve professional and personal problems big and small. But it can’t do it alone.  To achieve its goal, IBM has been honing Watson’s various abilities and lending them to more than 500 startups and companies in 17 industries. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 29th, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/29/technology/watson-cool-apps/index.html?iid=Lead Discussion 1) The article suggests that… Read more »

An interview with a hacker

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  CNN Tech conducts interviews with hackers to learn more about what motivates them. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 18th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/technology/superhero-hackers/confessions-of-a-hacktivist/index.html?iid=ob_lockedrail_bottomlarge&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) In the video one hacker is asked why he thinks it is ok to break the law to do what he does.  His response: “If we have to break the law… Read more »

Who Controls Your Facebook Feed?

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Every time you open Facebook, one of the world’s most influential, controversial, and misunderstood algorithms springs into action. It scans and collects everything posted in the past week by each of your friends, everyone you follow, each group you belong to, and every Facebook page you’ve liked. For the average Facebook user, that’s more than… Read more »

Apple buys AI company that can read your emotions

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Apple wants to know how you’re feeling. It has acquired an artificial intelligence company that uses facial recognition to read a person’s emotions.  Emotient, Inc.’s technology analyzes facial expressions to measure emotions like joy, surprise, fear, anger, disgust and contempt. Source: CNN Tech Date: 1/11/2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/07/technology/apple-emotient-ai/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) “By scanning videos or a person watching an… Read more »

Facebook quizzes: What happens to your data?

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Recently 17 million users visited an app via Facebook which offered to provide them with a word cloud of their most used words on the social network.  A few days later, freelance journalist Paul Bischoff wrote a piece for Comparitech entitled “That most used words Facebook quiz is a privacy nightmare” which outlined the huge amounts of data… Read more »

How data is shining a light on global property markets

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The chief executive of Dutch software company GeoPhy, believes his company’s data analytics software program could blast open the closed real estate market, starting with commercial property, a global market worth about €22.5tn (£15.7tn), according to the European Public Real Estate Association. Source: BBC News Date: November 11th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34531638 Discussion 1) The article says “the program crunches lots… Read more »

Wikileaks publishes CIA chief’s personal information

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“WikiLeaks on Wednesday published personal information of CIA Director John Brennan after a brazen hack attack of the top spy’s personal email account.” says CNN Source: CNN Date: October 21st, 2015 Link: http://us.cnn.com/2015/10/21/politics/john-brennan-hacked-cia-director/index.html Discussion 1) The CIA is saying that the hacking of the Director of the CIA’s e-mail “is something that could happen to anyone”.  Do you… Read more »

How Facebook knows who you might be dating online

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Users of dating apps have expressed concerns about their privacy after their matches appeared as “suggested friends” on Facebook.   It’s happened on apps like Tinder and Grindr and people have called it “creepy”.   “There are people whose name might just show up as ‘looking’, and then suddenly you see them on Facebook.” Source: BBC News Date: October… Read more »