New rules from the FAA for the commercial & recreational drone industry – You don’t need permission from the FAA to fly your UAS (aka drone) for fun or recreation, but you do need to tell them about it, and label the UAS with registration numbers. We understand they want to have a way to track these things, but really it is a reach to ask people to put registration numbers on the side of these small drones. Anyways how will they enforce this, how would they know a small drone was in the air? What would the punishment be for not registering UAS and just out of the box you go straight to flying? Well the registry web site says this about that very question, “You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register an unmanned aircraft and do not register.” we want a little more information, the website is saying you must register but then in another sentence it states “A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.” WHAT?! So we don’t have to do this lets say if we don’t have internet access? A small bit of confusion there.. After some more investigation we uncovered this, “Federal law requires UAS operators to show the certificate of registration to any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer if asked. You can show it electronically or show the printed certificate.” Well we still don’t know what the penalty would be or how they would enforce this. So to wrap this up you have to register your Drones, if you don’t do it you are breaking the law. What will the penalty be well we are not sure. If you want to look into this further here is the link for all the info we can find. Confused as they are?!
America uses stealthy submarines for cyber attacks on other countries’ systems – The U.S. approach to this digital battleground is pretty advanced. For example: Did you know that the military uses its submarines as underwater hacking platforms? In fact, subs represent an important component of America’s cyber strategy. They act defensively to protect themselves and the country from digital attack, but — more interestingly — they also have a role to play in carrying out cyberattacks, according to two U.S. Navy officials at a recent Washington conference. One of America’s premier hacker subs, the USS Annapolis, is hooked into a much wider U.S. spying net that was disclosed as part of the 2013 Edward Snowden leaks, according to Adam Weinstein and William Arkin, writing last year for Gawker’s intelligence and national security blog, Phase Zero. A leaked slide showed that in a typical week, the Navy performs hundreds of so-called “computer network exploitations,” many of which are likely the result of submarine-based hacking. “Annapolis and its sisters are the infiltrators of the new new of cyber warfare,” wrote Arkin and Weinstein, “getting close to whatever enemy — inside their defensive zones — to jam and emit and spoof and hack. They do this through mast-mounted antennas and collection systems atop the conning tower, some of them one-of-a-kind devices made for hard to reach or specific targets, all of them black boxes of future war.” But even this doesn’t compare to what the Navy wants to be able to do next: turn its submarines into motherships for underwater drones that can maneuver themselves even closer to shore and conduct jamming or hacking operations while allowing the sub to work at a distance. Would be very cool to see the inside of one of these subs, and to see what they are actually capable of in terms of Cyber Attack. Take out a city power grid without a bomb or emp? That would be something…
HP warns us about Botnets – We just checked the mail and noticed HP (Hewlert Packard) has just posted an article about botnets and the dangers and how to avoid them etc, etc. Pretty interesting read … Botnets might sound like a funny term, but there’s nothing funny about the damage they can inflict on your business. These united mobs of computers have the power to hamper your bottom line, prompt customer angst, and deliver an ongoing series of frustrating, performance-altering problems. Most often, you won’t even realize the damage botnets are causing until it’s too late. Click here to read the full Enewsletter. There is some useful info for the black hat in all of us as well as the white hat!
Hackers Steal $65 Million in Bitcoin From Hong Kong Exchange – Hong Kong-based bitcoin and digital currency exchange Bitfinex revealed a massive breach of nearly 120,000 bitconi, approximately $65 million in current exchange rates. Bitfinex is among the largest exchanges in the world with offices in Europe and the United States and offers a platform to trade and exchange digital currencies such as bitcoin and ether. The exchange’s website is also suspended temporarily. “Today we discovered a security breach that requires us to halt all trading on Bitfinex, as well as halt all digital token deposits to and withdrawals from Bitfinex,” a statement read. “We are investigating the breach to determine what happened, but we know that some of our users have had their bitcoins stolen.” Bloomberg quoted Fred Ehrsam, the co-founder of San Francisco-based digital currency exchange Coinbase, who stated that “a large breach”. Representatives from Bitfinex also told the publication that hackers took 119,756 bitcoin, or about $65 million at current prices. The Hong Kong exchange was notable the largest for USD-denominated transactions over the past month. Altogether, over $1.5 billion has been wiped from bitcoin’s market capitalization this week alone. The company has reported the breach and the theft to law enforcement. It plans on going through customers’ losses individually through their accounts, noting that it may need to settle open margin positions, collateral and associated financing affected as a result of the breach. The Bitfinex attack is similar to that of Tokyo-based now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. The Asian exchange filed for bankruptcy in early 2014 after hackers stole a reported $650 million worth of customer bitcoins.
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