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|Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:13:31 -0700 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Hacked French network exposed its own passwords during TV interview Message-ID: <A16D9941-613E-48BC-BAEE-FC6B7C8368AA@roscom.com> Hacked French network exposed its own passwords during TV interview Post-it note on wall revealed network's passwords for YouTube, Instagram. by Sam Machkovech Apr 9, 2015 Ars Technica While French authorities continued investigating how the TV5Monde network had 11 of its stations' signals interrupted the night before, one of its staffers proved just how likely a basic password theft might have led to the incident. In an interview about the satellite hack with French news program 13 Heures, TV5Monde reporter David Delos unwittingly revealed at least one password for the station's social media presence. That's because he was filmed in front of a staffer's desk - which was smothered in sticky notes and taped index cards that were covered in account usernames and passwords. http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/04/hacked-french-network-exposed-its-own-passwords-during-tv-interview/ -or- http://goo.gl/CCLIhI|
|Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:12:32 -0700 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Eighth-grader charged with felony for shoulder-surfing teacher's password Message-ID: <63A830A6-0CEB-4950-8324-8C22FF29C54C@roscom.com> Eighth-grader charged with felony for shoulder-surfing teacher's password: the larger crime may be school administrators' poor op sec. by Dan Goodin Apr 10, 2015 Ars Technica http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/04/eighth-grader-charged-with-felony-for-shoulder-surfing-teachers-password/ -or- http://goo.gl/Zx2xHV|
|Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:23:39 -0400 From: Barry Margolin <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Los Angeles Streetlights to Be Controlled via Cellular Network Message-ID: <barmar-2C48C7.email@example.com> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Neal McLain <email@example.com> wrote: > On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11:41:36 AM UTC-5, danny burstein wrote: > > > I guess the GPS is needed to keep track of all > > those fugitive streetlights as they pull up > > roots and try escaping... > > So how would you identify them? If they're controlling them via the cellular network, they'll each have a unique phone number. That's how you identify them. -- Barry Margolin, firstname.lastname@example.org Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me ***|
|Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:16:13 -0700 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: FrankenNokia Message-ID: <34227877-9A16-4053-B565-CF8F52DBC3A3@roscom.com> FrankenNokia Monday Note by Jean-Louis Gassée Apr 19, 2015 Stitching together the disparate body parts - and cultures - that make up Nokia-Alcatel-Lucent is not a task for the faint of heart. This week we look at what Rajeev Suri, the CEO of the combined companies, is up against. April 15th 2015: Nokia "agrees" to the $16.6B takeover of Alcatel-Lucent. On the surface, the acqui-merger makes sense. Both companies make networking gear and they're of similar size, each with 2014 revenues of about $16B. (Nokia's latest financials; Alcatel-Lucent's 2014 annual report.) It's a financially complex transaction involving two complicated and venerable companies. Debt is assumed, debt is exchanged for shares, new debt is issued - there are a lot of ifs and buts. http://www.mondaynote.com/2015/04/19/frankennokia/|
|Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:11:39 -0500 From: Doug McIntyre <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Los Angeles Streetlights to Be Controlled via Cellular Network Message-ID: <uaCdnbdNZPk2WK7InZ2dnUU7-V2dnZ2d@giganews.com> danny burstein <email@example.com> writes: > In <firstname.lastname@example.org> Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> writes: >> The City of Los Angeles, California recently announced a plan to monitor >> and control all of its streetlights via a cellular network, allowing >> city workers to control the lights remotely from a Web browser, CNNMoney >> reports. >> The system will identify each streetlight's location via GPS, and will >> allow workers to turn lights on or off and to dim them or brighten them >> as needed. > I guess the GPS is needed to keep track of all those fugitive > streetlights as they pull up roots and try escaping... I don't think its all that absurd a thing, I've been in deployments of a few hundred sensors/networkable devices, and keeping track of their locations 100% accurately is quite a chore, with at least half a dozen audits to make sure it is all 100% accurate. Also, if you need to repair/replace said thing, making sure it is all updated in the database correctly can be easily overlooked. Having them self-monitor their location and report back isn't all that bad a thing I think. -- Doug McIntyre email@example.com|
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