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Month: May 2019

Hurricane-Related Scams

Original release date: May 30, 2019 As the 2019 hurricane season approaches, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity targeting disaster victims and potential donors. Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters [ … ]

A Tale of Two Surveillance States

Subscribe to Crazy/Genius: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PlayUpdated at 1:23 p.m. ET on May 30, 2019.The Chinese government is brutalizing its Muslim Uyghur population in the western province of Xinjiang, in what Omer Kanat, the director [ … ]

How a quantum computer could break 2048-bit RSA encryption in 8 hours

A new study shows that quantum technology will catch up with today’s encryption standards much sooner than expected. That should worry anybody who needs to store data securely for 25 years or so. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613596/how-a-quantum-computer-could-break-2048-bit-rsa-encryption-in-8-hours/

Fraudulent Academic Papers

The term “fake news” has lost much of its meaning, but it describes a real and dangerous Internet trend. Because it’s hard for many people to differentiate a real news site from a fraudulent one, they can be hoodwinked by [ … ]

Cyber attack could keep county servers down for days

Luzerne County’s administration has shut down some computer servers and work stations to address a cyber attack discovered last weekend, officials said. On Wednesday morning, county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik said the clean-up process may take several days [ … ]