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Fending off cyber evil in the mobile wallet space

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Fending off cyber evil in the mobile wallet space

Traditional payment systems are witnessing heightened competition from digital and mobile payments because they present a convenient proposition to pay for goods and services. While these mobile payment systems appear promising, unsecure wallets are bridled with potential risks that can

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Israel, Pakistan To Join Nevada War Games As US Prepares For Large-Scale Space & Cyber Wars

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NEV. -- An F-16 Aggressor takes off from the Nellis flight line during a Red Flag Exercise, March 3, 2010. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is conducted on the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range, north of Las Vegas.   (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. William P. Coleman/RELEASED)

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Israel, Pakistan To Join Nevada War Games As US Prepares For Large-Scale Space & Cyber Wars

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — International war games being fought this week in the Nevada desert suggest the U.S. military is preparing for new, large-scale warfare against powerful enemies.
This year marks the 41st year of the Red Flag

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North Korea’s Space Launch: An Initial Assessment

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At first glance, North Korea’s launch of an Unha Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) on February 7, 2016, looks very much like a repeat of its successful launch a little over three years ago. In fact, a close examination reveals that the North appears to have used some stock footage of the 2012 launch in its […] North Korea’s Space Launch: An Initial Assessment is an article from 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea, published by the US-Korea Institute at SAIS. View full post on 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

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Pyongyang’s Space Launch in Pictures

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North Korea conducted the fourth launch of a space launch vehicle (SLV) on February 7, 2016 at 9 AM (PYT), the third from its Sohae Satellite Launching Station. While commercial satellite imagery from the date of the launch was not available in time to make a judgment that it was imminent, ground and satellite pictures […] Pyongyang’s Space Launch in Pictures is an article from 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea, published by the US-Korea Institute at SAIS. View full post on 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

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Satellites, Warheads and Rockets: Is North Korea’s Space Program Really about Missile Development?

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  This article was originally published on September 28, 2015 but reprinted on February 5, 2016. When the Soviet Union shocked the world and opened the Space Age on October 4, 1957, it was not a coincidence that its first satellite was launched into orbit on a modified R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). For many […] Satellites, Warheads and Rockets: Is North Korea’s Space Program Really about Missile Development? is an article from 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea, published by the US-Korea Institute at SAIS. View full post on 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

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He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium – a group of ethical hackers. “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.” The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director ) “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said. As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them. The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones of Indian Army personnel, who had downloaded some mobile application related to news, had been compromised by hackers based in Pakistan. IIC CEO Jiten Jain has said that the findings were handed over to security agencies who promptly acted and sanitised the infected handset early this year.

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He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium -- a group of ethical hackers.   “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.”   The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director )   “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said.   As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them.   The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones of Indian Army personnel, who had downloaded some mobile application related to news, had been compromised by hackers based in Pakistan.  IIC CEO Jiten Jain has said that the findings were handed over to security agencies who promptly acted and sanitised the infected handset early this year.

He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium — a group of ethical hackers. “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.” The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director ) “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said. As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them. The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones […]

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Verizon’s 16GB Apple iPhone 6 in Space Gray was Best Buy’s top selling phone sold with a plan in Q3

According to the data crunching conducted by Kevin and the guys at JeeQ Data, the Verizon branded 16GB Apple iPhone 6 in Space Gray, was the phone most purchased with a plan from Best Buy during the third quarter. The 16GB iPhone 6 in Space Gray from Sprint was second, while number three was the 64GB iPhone 6 in Space Gray from Verizon.

That’s not to say that Samsung wasn’t well represented on the list. The Samsung Galaxy S6 in various colors, and from different carriers, ranked number 4,6,7,9 and 12. The 32GB Samsung Galaxy Note5 was number 10,13,14 and 19, while the 64GB Apple iPhone 6 …

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‘Ion space drive’ designed by Australian student smashes NASA’s fuel efficiency record

Australian student smashes NASA’s fuel efficiency record with ‘Ion Space Drive’

With some improvements the innovative Ion space drive would be able to power a spacecraft so that it can travel till “Mars and return with just one tank of fuel”.

Paddy Neumann, a PhD student from the University of Sydney, has designed a new kind of “Ion space drive” which has smashed the current fuel efficiency record set by NASA.

Ion space drive: 

The new space drive designed by an Australian student works on the principle of Ion propulsion technology.

Under normal conditions, a spacecraft is propelled by using standard chemicals as fuel; however in this technology the gas is ionized or charged electrically to propel the spacecraft.

Currently NASA’s record holder for fuel efficiency is its High Power Electric Propulsion or HiPEP system and it allows 9,600 (+/- 200) seconds of specific impulse.

However, as per the student newspaper Honi Soit, the new Ion space drive developed by Neumann was able to achieve up to  14,690 (+/- 2,000), which is pretty impressive.

Interestingly, the new Ion space drive or the Neumann’s Ion drive uses an entirely new type of fuel. NASA’s HiPEP system runs on Xenon gas, however the Neumann’s Ion drive utilizes a range of metals as fuel and so far the best results have been achieved by using metal magnesium.

Working of the Ion space drive:

In this case electricity is used to ionize the metal. Electric arcs strike magnesium, which is being used as fuel, and it results in the formation of ion spray that is then directed by a magnetic nozzle to produce the required thrust.

The standard chemical propulsion devices that are currently used in the industry works by short, high powered bursts of thrusts followed by coasting.

On the other hand, Neumann’s drive can run on a combination of short and light bursts thus conserving the fuel source.

Neumann’s Ion drive smashes the current fuel efficiency record set by NASA; however it could not beat NASA’s acceleration. In other words the new Ion space drive is not an ideal option to power a spacecraft off a planet. However, Neumann says that with some improvements, such as pairing with other propulsion systems, the Ion space drive would be in a better position to power a spacecraft so that it can travel longer distances without having to stop and refuel.

Neumann says there is also a possibility that in future his Ion space drive might actually power a spacecraft so that it can travel to  “Mars and back on one tank of fuel”.

Neumann believes that his Ion space drive would definitely reduce the cost of space transportation and at the same time help the satellites to remain in orbit for much longer time as well as it might also power the spacecraft to travel much longer distances.

Another plus point of Neumann’s Ion drive is that it runs on those metals which are commonly found in space junk indicating that the exhausted satellites could possibly be utilized as fuel for this new drive thus making provision for recycling of the old satellites. Well, this also means that the new Ion space drive would be much more cheaper and it might probably even help the space companies to save on the exorbitant cost of carting fuel into space.

The results of Neumann’s innovative Ion space drive is currently awaiting a peer review; however Neumann has already lodged a patent for the new device under the purview of a new start up named Neumann Space, because for some unknown reason the University of Sydney decided not to commercialize the invention and just passed back the research completely to Neumann and other two researchers who were part of the project.

He plans to present the details of his innovative device on 30th September at the 15th Australian Space Research Conference, where he might provide some more concrete details of his device.

For now, Neumann and his team are busy securing funds for further research and development of the new propulsion system-Neumann’s Ion drive.

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Thanks to encryption, we may never spot space aliens says Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden says encryption will make Earth and Earthlings invisible to extraterrestrials

The anti-encryption lobby has just got a new fan. After the government agencies, who are against encryption for obvious reasons, Edward Snowden has spoken out against encryption albeit for a different reason altogether.

Edward Snowden, the US government whistleblower, feels that encoding may make it hard or even impossible to recognize signals from alien species from cosmic background radiation.

Snowden on Friday night appeared on the astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk podcast from Moscow, via a robot video link called a “beam remote presence system”.

In 2013, Snowden leaked classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The information revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. The documents were leaked to media outlets including the Guardian.

On June 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property. On June 23, he flew to Moscow, Russia, where he reportedly remained for over a month. Later that summer, Russian authorities granted him a one-year temporary asylum which was later extended to three years. As of 2015, he was still living in an undisclosed location in Russia while seeking asylum elsewhere.

In a frank interview with Tyson, Snowden said that following the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, he signed up for the US army.

“It took a very long time for me to develop any kind of skepticism at all even to the most over-extended claims of the extension of programs or policies [by the US security services],” he said.

During the course of the conversation, it turned to the likelihood that data encoding may be making it difficult to interrupt communications from aliens.

“If you look at encrypted communication, if they are properly encrypted, there is no real way to tell that they are encrypted,” Snowden said. “You can’t distinguish a properly encrypted communication from random behaviour.”

Continuing on this, Snowden said that as human and alien societies get more complex and shift from “open communications” to encoded communication, the signals being broadcast will rapidly stop looking like identifiable signals.

“So if you have an an alien civilization trying to listen for other civilizations,” he said, “or our civilization trying to listen for aliens, there’s only one small period in the development of their society when all their communication will be sent via the most primitive and most unprotected means.”

Snowden later said that alien messages would be so encoded that it would deliver them unidentifiable, “indistinguishable to us from cosmic microwave background radiation”. Human race in that case would not be even aware that it had got such communications.

“Only,” Tyson replied jovially, “if they have the same security problems as us.”

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