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Cheat sheet: How to become a cybersecurity pro

If you are interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity and don't know where to start, here's your go-to guide to salaries, job markets, skills, …

Cybersecurity

Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories

Talk of Facebook’s anticonservative stance is in the news, but the issue of what news social networks choose to show us is much broader than that. Just ask the anti-vaxxers.<p>After an anonymous source alleged that Facebook’s Trending News algorithm (and human staff) was intentionally hiding …

Who will be the Sound of 2016?

<i>As the Brits Critics’ choice award and BBC Sound of 2016 list are announced, we look at the new faces vying to make it big next year.</i><p>Jack Garratt<p>Jack Garratt already has a head start in the race to be the sound of 2016. Following in the footsteps of Adele and Sam Smith, the 24-year-old …

Telegraph Publishes The Dumbest Article On Encryption You'll Ever Read... Written By David Cameron's Former Speechwriter

Over the weekend, the Telegraph (which, really, is probably only the second or third worst UK tabloid), published perhaps the dumbest article ever on …

Privacy

50 trips everyone should take in the US in their lifetime

America has been called a lot of things: beautiful, majestic, wild, and great. It's all those and more.<p>Whether you're driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, whale watching in Cape Cod, or embracing your inner child at Orlando's Disney World, the US is full of incredible surprises.<p>From the East …

Why is Silicon Valley helping the tech-savvy jihadists?

Developing apps and emails that are heavily encrypted is playing into the hands of Isil. Whose side are they on?<p>What will it take? 129 dead on American soil? 129 killed in California? What level of atrocity, what location will it take for the Gods of Silicon Valley to wake up to the dangerous game …

McCaul: 'Strong indicators' Paris attackers used encryption

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday there are “strong indicators” the Paris attackers used encryption to orchestrate their plans, and he complained about the lack of visibility into these communications.<p>“That’s going to be the real challenge in the homeland, because we …

Blaming Encryption for the Paris Attacks Looks Dumber Every Day

Law enforcement officials are using the Paris attacks to argue that the government needs special access to crack encryption. It’s a bad argument, and …

Are ISIS Geeks Using Phone Apps, Encryption to Spread Terror?

Senior European intelligence officials tell NBC News that France’s ability to prevent attacks like Friday’s massacre is now challenged by the increasing ability of ISIS to operate under the radar, as a squad of jihadi cybergeeks train would-be terrorists how to keep their electronic communications …

The US government is already lying like crazy about surveillance after the Paris attacks

At a Center for Strategic & International Studies talk today, CIA director John Brennan renewed one of the government's favorite lies about spying: that mass surveillance has been successful in stopping a bunch of mysterious threats <i>while it is simultaneously</i> too ineffective to stop real attacks, …

Surveillance

Did The FBI Transform This Teenager Into A Terrorist After Reading His Emails?

How the case of conflicted teenager Mohamed Mohamud — convinced by the FBI he was bombing a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon — could determine whether the American government is allowed to spy wholesale on its citizens.<p><b>On Nov. 4, 2010,</b> a small cell of al-Qaeda operatives …

Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS

Whistleblowers are <i>always</i> accused of helping America’s enemies (top Nixon aides accused Daniel Ellsberg of being a Soviet spy and causing the deaths …

Troy’s ultimate list of security links

I’ve got a heap of resources I constantly come back to in talks, workshops and just during the course of my everyday work. Frankly, I have trouble …

Information Security

Snifflab: An environment for testing mobile devices

We have developed a technical test environment for capturing and decrypting WiFi data transmissions. The code for it lives on Github.<p>Specifically, we …

Certificate and Public Key Pinning

<b>Certificate and Public Key Pinning</b> is a technical guide to implementing certificate and public key pinning as discussed at the <i>Virginia chapter's</i> …

Google Cloud Dataflow Now Available on Apache Flink

Developers using Google Cloud Dataflow to write pipelines that combine batch and stream processing tasks now have the option of running their …

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, Lyon.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/27/1425055405150/b9048c18-9711-4d60-b857-31d33a772037-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, …

Top 10

UK-US surveillance regime was unlawful ‘for seven years’

Regulations governing access to intercepted information obtained by NSA breached human rights laws, according to Investigatory Powers Tribunal<p>The regime that governs the sharing between Britain and the US of electronic communications intercepted in bulk was unlawful until last year, a secretive UK …

Android Phones Are Leaking Valuable Information, Here's How To Stop Them

In a Reddit post a user called Gooz announces his new Android app. Its goal is simple: to stop Google's Android leaking information to anyone who cares to probe for it. Gooz’s real name is Bram Bonné and he’s given a TEDx talk about the problems with Android giving over data that enables almost …

Wi-Fi

Bad News For IBM (And HP) Is Good News For IT And Your Business

IBM has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. Following another weak quarter that saw the company report the 11th straight decline in revenue, the company had to fend off doomsday rumors of impending employee cuts on a scale rarely seen outside of corporate bankruptcy. Yet the …

The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Hillary Clinton said last week in Boston. “You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people …