AltSciFi’s Dystopian Daily: Traders Hack the Media to Steal Millions, Ada Lovelace Day, and Selfies from Mars

Dystopian Daily

+ What Happens Next Will Amaze You. For people like me, who go around giving talks about the dystopian future, 2015 has been an incredible year. Let me review the highlights so far. […]

+ Traders made millions on stocks after hacking press releases. “Despite extreme vigilance and commitment, recent events illustrate that no one is immune to the highly sophisticated illegal cyber-intrusions that are plaguing every aspect of our society,” said CEO Cathy Baron Tamraz. […]

+ This USB stick will fry your computer within seconds. It doesn’t install malware or exploit a zero-day vulnerability. Instead, the customised USB stick sends 220 Volts (technically minus 220 Volts) through the signal lines of the USB interface, frying the hardware. […]

+ Cyberwar Ignites a New Arms Race. A series of successful computer attacks carried out by the U.S. and others has kicked off a frantic and destabilizing digital arms race, with dozens of countries amassing stockpiles of malicious code. Cyberattacks are hard to stop and sometimes impossible to trace. The West, as a result, has been forced to start reconfiguring its militaries to better meet the threat. […]

Comment: The digital battlefield: denial of service, sleeper malware, phishing, radar tricking, infrastructure sabotage.

(Note: to jump over WSJ’s paywall, search for the title of the article in Google News, then click the link to visit the site from there.)

+ Curiosity Self-Portrait at ‘Big Sky’ Drilling Site. This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the “Big Sky” site, where its drill collected the mission’s fifth taste of Mount Sharp. For scale, the rover’s wheels are 20 inches (50 centimeters) in diameter and about 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. The drilled hole in the rock, appearing grey near the lower left corner of the image, is 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) in diameter. […]

Comment: How was this Mars selfie taken? Imagine the possibilities before reading the article. Then go write a story.

+ It’s Ada Lovelace Day! 6 women who shook up STEM. Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, didn’t even have a computer to work with. Lovelace developed extensive notes on the engine and created the first algorithm that would allow the machine to make calculations.

Although she was the daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron, Lovelace is better known for making a huge scientific breakthrough at a time when women were discouraged from intellectual pursuits. Here are the female rebels, geniuses, and unsung heroines who revolutionized STEM. […]

+ Mapping 100 Years of Earthquakes, in 3-D. Since 1900, there have been more than 10,000 “strong” earthquakes—with magnitudes of 6 or greater—around the world, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. But what exactly does that look like? […]

+ Ukrainian Hacker Who Allegedly Tried to Frame Cyber-Security Expert Extradited to US. Ukrainian Hacker Who Allegedly Tried to Frame Cyber-Security Expert Extradited to US. Vovnenko, known as “Fly,” “Flycracker” or “Flyck,” is also thought to have been behind a 2013 plot to send heroin to cyber-security blogger Brian Krebs, a plot Krebs himself said he foiled because he was monitoring the site where it was hatched.

“As described in the indictment, Vovnenko commandeered thousands of computers to create a virtual army of hacked computers that he and his conspirators used to break into other networks and steal valuable information,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said. […]

+ BackBox Linux 4.4 – Ubuntu-based Linux Distribution Penetration Test and Security Assessment. Designed to be fast, easy to use and provide a minimal yet complete desktop environment, thanks to its own software repositories, always being updated to the latest stable version of the most used and best known ethical hacking tools. […]

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