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CyberSecurity Digest, October 2016.

​1.  Ransomware: Just Say No to Stronger Scare Tactics.Cyber-extortionists - are creative people. New tricks and methods of intimidation. ​ Cloud Security Alliance recommends not to be afraid and to respond with a resounding "no" to the ordinary methods of intimidation of users. Read more2.   HIPAA Violations Examples and Cases – Eight Cautionary Tales.The medical data of patients are highly valued by attackers, because they can use them in...

1.  Ransomware: Just Say No to Stronger Scare Tactics.
Cyber-extortionists - are creative people. New tricks and methods of intimidation. 
Cloud Security Alliance recommends not to be afraid and to respond with a resounding "no" to the ordinary methods of intimidation of users. 
Read more


2.   HIPAA Violations Examples and Cases – Eight Cautionary Tales.
The medical data of patients are highly valued by attackers, because they can use them in different ways and for a longer period of time as opposed to, for example, credit card numbers. The article gives examples of the biggest breaches in data security that have been reported in health facilities in the framework of HIPAA. 
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3.    Unlock the next level of cloud security.
.A little more action to secure work in the cloud will never hurt. 
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4.    Happy Birthday to… Wait, Who’s This Guy?
How is the "birthday problem" or the "birthday problem paradox" related to security and encryption using 64-bit keys? Do you know? No? Then read on. 
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5.    Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.
In a nutshell, the news of the last major DDoS-attack on US servers. "Debriefing" can be found in other references to the news below. 
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6.   As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential.
Interesting information about some aspects of the modern world of cyber-criminals and potential criminal danger of artificial intelligence. 
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7.  Daily Report: Hackers Have New Tools to Bring Down Websites.
About a hacker attack on the United States October 21, 2016. 
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8.  How Cloudflare's Architecture Allows Us to Scale to Stop the Largest Attacks.
. In the wake of the events on 21 October. How does Cloudflare architecture ensure the safety of customers and their data. CloudFlare CDN (Content Delivery Network) - a next-generation content delivery network that allows you to create your site  quickly due to how the caching is done, and make it more secure by filtering requests similar to attacks. 
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9.    Understanding data access in a complex world. 
What is preventing the implementation of cloud computing? Why must confidentiality of data be one of the main priorities in the common information management strategy? What could be the information management rules to ensure privacy and security? 
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10. Blockchain could help fix IoT security after DDoS attack.
How can the so-called Blockchain, built according to certain rules of the chain formed by the transaction units, help in the fight against cyber crime and solve some problems of IoT security?

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Which of today's news topics did you enjoy the most?

Yours as always,
Natalia Beliaeva
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LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/beliaeva



Cloud Digest, October 2016.

1. GPU-Accelerated Cloud Computing Gets Boost With New Amazon AWS Instances.NVIDIA Corporation on new developments in the field of GPU- acceleration for cloud computing. Calculations are accelerated on the GPU to use the graphics processor (GPU),  together with the CPU to speed up applications in the field of in-depth training, intelligence and design. ​Read more2. How Eliza Corporation Moved Healthcare Data to the Cloud.What are the problems encountered...

1. GPU-Accelerated Cloud Computing Gets Boost With New Amazon AWS Instances.
NVIDIA Corporation on new developments in the field of GPU- acceleration for cloud computing. Calculations are accelerated on the GPU to use the graphics processor (GPU), 
together with the CPU to speed up applications in the field of in-depth training, intelligence and design. 
Read more

2. How Eliza Corporation Moved Healthcare Data to the Cloud.
What are the problems encountered when working with cloud data from the company providing health care services, and how they were solved with the help of Amazon Web Services capabilities - cloud infrastructure web services platform. 
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3. VMware-AWS deal could drive more companies into the cloud.
Amazon Web Services announced a partnership with the largest developer of software for VMware virtualization. What does this partnership give users of the Amazon public cloud now and in the future? And why is this news upsetting IBM? 
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Another interesting comment on this news can be found here: The AWS-VMware deal will bear fruit ... eventually


4. Five new ways to reach your goals faster with G Suite.
Many companies have already come to appreciate how useful Google Docs commands are for work. About new features to significantly save time on routine operations when working with Docs, Sheets and Slides. 
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5. Cloud Security, AI, IoT Make List Of Hot Technologies For 2017.
Nucleus Research analysts have made the top 10 predictions for 2017. These predictions are based on the current reality and trends, they reflect the way technological innovation  destroys  the traditional basis and business models. 
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6. ​The cloud will absorb Windows (and the rest).
Another prediction. The belief that in the coming years, the cloud will be a priority, and the world will changed.​
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7. Jamboard — the whiteboard, reimagined for collaboration in the cloud.
Google Inc. provides a new tool for meetings and brainstorming sessions: touch screen digital board and other opportunities to share ideas in real time, using the Google Drive cloud. 
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8. Fact or Fiction: Google BigQuery Outperforms Amazon Redshift as an Enterprise Data Warehouse? 
Analysis of the test results and the Amazon company, which must answer the question: does Google BigQuery really exceed Amazon Redshift or is someone being disingenuous? 
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9. ‘Firm of the Future': How cloud, mobile and automation are revolutionizing accounting | #QBConnect
What difficulties and changes does modern accounting undergo in the transition to work in the cloud, as well as the vision of the "company of the future" by Jim McGinnis, one of the leaders of the company Intuit (its programs for bookkeeping and reporting delivery uses are used by a third of US companies). 
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10. Defeating Insider Threats in the Cloud.
Cloud Security Alliance presents the results of its research, which shows that indeed, many internal threats arise due to lack of proper procedures for working in the cloud.
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Yours as always,
Natalia Beliaeva
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LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/beliaeva



Big data Digest, October 2016.

1. Open for who?What are the possible criteria for the assessment of the real "openness" of your data? There are interesting reflections on this topic. Read more 2. Mapping Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution.A good example of the use of Big Data in Ecology. An interactive map showing the results of a recently developed method. It shows that 92% of the world's population live in areas with dangerously high levels of air pollution. Read more3. How Big data can...

1. Open for who?
What are the possible criteria for the assessment of the real "openness" of your data? There are interesting reflections on this topic. 
Read more

2. Mapping Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution.
A good example of the use of Big Data in Ecology. An interactive map showing the results of a recently developed method. It shows that 92% of the world's population live in areas with dangerously high levels of air pollution. 
Read more

3. How Big data can improve student performance and learning approaches.
Students who have grown up in the tech era learn differently. What platforms and tools with the use of Big Data successfully work now? It's unbelievable how a lot of data increases the effectiveness of learning and makes today's students more successful.
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4. The plural of anecdote is not ...
"The plural of anecdote is not data" or "The plural of anecdote is data"? There are supporters for both phrases. The author argues that in the modern world the first is true, indicating the incorrectness of studies on the relationship between the main US holidays and weight gain of citizens. 
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5. Debate Night Twitter: Analyzing Twitter’s Reaction to the Presidential Debate. 
How did Twitter react to the second presidential debate, Clinton vs Trump? For the analysis, the author used Python and Sentiment Analysis Vader library. What did he come up with.
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6.  What it really takes to be a data scientist.
IBM offers a new way of working with Big data: Data Science Experience (DSX). You can read about why this is necessary, and take part in the open beta test. 
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7. Running sparklyr – RStudio’s R Interface to Spark on Amazon EMR.
Amazon EMR - is a web service that allows you to quickly and inexpensively process large amounts of data. The recently released sparklyr package (provides an interface between R and Apache Spark) on RStudio made processing large data R much easier. See how it works for Amazon EMR. 
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8. Machine learning tool cleans dirty data.
Cleaning Big data takes up 80 percent of the analysts' time. The data sets are becoming bigger and more difficult. To facilitate the "cleaning", Researchers from Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a software ActiveClean software. 
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9.  The Future of Big Data: Smart Data Innovations and Challenges.
Several forecasts for the development of Smart data (Big data + Advanced Analytics) in different directions, such as services, the legality, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and security. What can we expect in the future? 
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10. Why Big Data Projects Fail and How to Avoid It.
Why do Big data projects fail and how to avoid it. Recommendations from Robin Purohit, Group President of the Enterprise Solutions Organization at BMC Software, Inc. 
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11.  Free e-book: Data Science with SQL Server 2016
Free e-book from Microsoft Academy is designed for data scientists who already have some experience in R, but want to learn how to use R with the SQL Server. 
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12. Learn Data Science: Eight (Easy) Steps.
Harvard Business Review called the "data scientist" job - "sexiest job of the 21st Century" in 2012, and Glassdoor defined it as "the best job of the year" in 2016. Today, it predicted a great need for specialists to work with Big Data in the near future. The article presents infographics on "how to become a data scientist in 8 steps." Easy steps. Seriously? 
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13.  Cartoon: Scary Big Data.
What do Halloween and Big Data have in common?
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Yours as always,
Natalia Beliaeva
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/natalia.beliaeva 
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/beliaeva



Docker quick and easy containers.

​Docker - is an open platform virtualization environment at the operating system level, such as the LXC, for developers and system administrators that allows you to distribute your software. Docker consists of two components: Docker: virtualization platform with open source;Docker Hub: Platform-as-a service for the distribution and management of containers Docker.What can Docker do? Docker packs each application, together with the associated environment and dependencies in a...

​Docker - is an open platform virtualization environment at the operating system level, such as the LXC, for developers and system administrators that allows you to distribute your software. Docker consists of two components:
Docker: virtualization platform with open source;
Docker Hub: Platform-as-a service for the distribution and management of containers Docker.

What can Docker do?
Docker packs each application, together with the associated environment and dependencies in a separate container. This container can be opened and its contents run by the Linux system. It is noteworthy that even if you do not have Linux, you can run it in a "virtual machine," then Docker opportunities become available to you.

The main advantages of this program: lightness and speed.
​The user has an opportunity to work with huge loads without the machine freezing. All containers are very light, you can run multiple containers. Besides, all that previously had to be stored on different servers, using Docker it can all be stored in containers that open in a split second. Meanwhile, scaling can only improve.

Developers can build applications in "Docker" containers quickly and easily.
There is the possibility to do it "from scratch" or use ready-made images, to develop a new application based on them. Later, when the application begins to demand more memory, it is easy to arrange, simply increasing the amount of memory allocated for this container, or, for example, play a similar environment according to the Docker file on another machine and associate containers. Thanks to containers the local machine (office computer) remains secure even under heavy braking. Everything you need to operate the software is in the container, so it doesn't overload the computer. There is an inverse relationship: the limited resources of a particular computer do not affect the launch of a specific program. There is no need to install software required for this program, because it is all in the same containers.

Therefore, using the "Docker", you can create images, which are applications that create images of containers for running applications, to distribute images through Docker Hub or another registry images.

Why Docker?
Of course, there are other programs (OpenVZ, Linux policies, Jail), where you can work with containers. However, "Docker" makes it the easiest. All because it is absolutely independent. It has everything developers need: the base engine for the containers, controls, applications, easy deployment system, cluster support, etc. As with other similar programs you need to use additional third-party resources to piece together and finally assemble the finished product. Obviously, it takes much more time and energy.

Yours as always,
Natalia Beliaeva
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/natalia.beliaeva 
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/beliaeva



Onion "encryption" on Tor.

WHAT IS TOR? Tor (short from the English The Onion Router..) - is a system of proxy servers, which allows you to install an anonymous network connection protected from listening. Tor can be called an anonymous network which provides data in encrypted form. In English the abbreviation «tor» means - Onion Router. If you recall, an onion has many layers, one covering another. Tor also has many "layers", or to be exact  -levels of onion-routers. Thanks to them, the...

WHAT IS TOR? 
Tor (short from the English The Onion Router..) - is a system of proxy servers, which allows you to install an anonymous network connection protected from listening. Tor can be called an anonymous network which provides data in encrypted form.

In English the abbreviation «tor» means - Onion Router. If you recall, an onion has many layers, one covering another. Tor also has many "layers", or to be exact  -levels of onion-routers. Thanks to them, the system provides anonymous outbound connections and hidden service.


WHO USES TOR AND WHAT CAN IT BE USED FOR? 
Users can anonymously visit sites, blog, send messages and use a variety of applications. Tor was created in the Research Laboratory of the Military - US Navy, now the system has powerful financial support from the Ministry of Defense, the US State Department and the National Science Foundation.

This network is used by people around the globe. Each user has their own interests. For example to protect the integrity of their private lives, visit forbidden sites, obtain valuable information from an anonymous source, analyze commercial competitors and many others. Tor is used by security services to conduct covert operations and by social workers to communicate with victims or people with physical or mental disabilities.

THE TOR PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION. 

Tor uses a multi-level encryption. Each data packet once in the system, passes through three different proxy server nodes, which are randomly selected and arranged in different parts of the world. Before sending, the packet is encrypted with three keys in sequence: for the third unit, for the second and the first. When the first node receives the packet, it decrypts only the "upper" layer encryption (similar to how you peel an onion) and finds out where to send the packet to.

We have already mentioned that Tor uses multiple nodes, each of which has a different purpose. The input nodes are used for the adoption of a client-initiated network Tor connections, encrypting them and further forwarding to the next node.

Intermediary nodes transmit encrypted traffic only between other Tor networks. 
Guard units are selected by the Tor client. One of these nodes is used to access the network for all the chains while these units are in work mode. This means that if the sentinel nodes being used are not controlled by the enemy, then all chains generated by them are also protected.

Bridge nodes - retranslators are nodes of the Tor network, their addresses are not published in the directory server and are used as entry points for the download directory, and for the construction of chains. Since there is no open list of bridges, even blocking all public Tor addresses will not affect the availability of these hidden transponders.

Exit enclaves - are Tor relays that allow you to go to a regular service, located on the same IP-address of the "enclave" itself. This feature is useful for resources that are used through the Tor, in order to prevent the interception of traffic between the output node and service.

THE GOAL OF THE TOR NETWORK. 
Runa Sandvik, one of the developers of Tor anonymous network, recently told readers about the purpose of this network: «Tor - this is a safe space for political activists, journalists and other people who potentially may be followed. The Tor is based on the principle - not to hide, but to protect. After all, the user's personal data and what he does online - this is no secret, it's just not for prying eyes. "

Yours as always,
Natalia Beliaeva
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/natalia.beliaeva 
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/beliaeva



CyberSecurity Digest, September 2016.

1.   New cloud attack takes full control of virtual machines with little effortAlmost imperceptible attacks on virtual cloud machines allow to replace the memory and compromise the cryptographic keys available on them.Read more 2.    FairWare ransomware infects servers through exposed Redis instancesHackers replace SSH root key using insecure default configuration Redis data in the database, and then destroy all the data on the server.Read more3.  ...

1.   New cloud attack takes full control of virtual machines with little effort
Almost imperceptible attacks on virtual cloud machines allow to replace the memory and compromise the cryptographic keys available on them.
Read more


2.    FairWare ransomware infects servers through exposed Redis instances
Hackers replace SSH root key using insecure default configuration Redis data in the database, and then destroy all the data on the server.
Read more

3.    Mission Impossible? FBI wants to be cool enough to recruit hackers
There's been a hacking increase in US companies and organizations. To combat this, the FBI is looking for new employees in the hacker environment to counter the growing number of cyber attacks. The FBI will have to change in order to lure people from the private sector.
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4.    Uber to require U.S. drivers to verify themselves by snapping selfies before accepting rides
Uber got too many complaints about the drivers. Now Uber app will periodically request a selfie from the driver to make sure that he uses the account. The data will be processed automatically.
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5.    Researchers manage to hack Tesla brakes remotely
Now you need to update not only your computer, but also your car. Researchers found multiple holes in Tesla security in the CAN tires, which allowed them to remotely manage some components.
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6.    Advantages of Using Encryption Technology for Data Protection
The more data is stored online, the more people want to get the data. The article offers encryption as an important part of protection.
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7.    Cyber Security of the Connected Car in the Age of the Internet of Things
In times of IoT any car available on the network is a potential target for cybercriminals. Everyone, starting with the producer to the consumer is responsible for the safety of the car, but few are prepared for it at this point.
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8.    HSBC will now let customers open new bank accounts using selfies
The new bank application can perform authentication through the Selfie, identify and verify the documents from 150 countries in the world to open new bank accounts remotely. It is also contemplated to use biometric data and fingerprints.
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9.    FBI must get a warrant to hack into someone's computer, US judge rules
A federal judge in the case of child pornography decided that the FBI will need permission to break into someone else's computer. However, the current rules do not allow to obtain permission to hack at an unknown address.
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10.  Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics and PayPal team up to replace passwords on PCs with fingerprint authentication
The technology will allow people to use fingerprints for identification when using online payment services. To do this, a new FIDO alliance has been set up, which includes major banks and technology companies.
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Which of today's news topics did you enjoy the most?

Yours as always,
Natalia Beliaeva
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/natalia.beliaeva 
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/beliaeva



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