Blane Warrene

6,277 Flips | 5 Magazines | 363 Likes | 16 Following | 21,482 Followers | @bwarrene | VP, Mobile at @smarsh. Intersection of compliance and technology. Transplant to the Research Triangle. @blano on Twitter.

Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities

An advanced type of malware can spy on nearly every Android smartphone function and steal passwords, photos, video, screenshots and data from WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps. "ZooPark" targets subjects in the Middle East and was likely developed by a state actor, according to Kaspersky Lab, which …

Apps

Three guitar heroes for a new era

Gibson’s decision to file for bankruptcy has led to talk of the death of the guitar, but no one seems to have told these players<p>Is the guitar dying? Ten years after the recession, the industry has seen its share of struggle: the 2,633,000 units sold in the US in 2017 falls about 5% short of the …

Guitar

People With Depression Use Language Differently -- Here's How to Spot It

Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full …

Mental Health

Hackers exploit casino's smart thermometer to steal database info

Having a whole bunch of smart objects like lights, appliances, and thermometers can make life a little more convenient for businesses, but buying …

Google and Facebook know the private phone numbers on your phone - here's what else they know

When I downloaded the data Facebook has on me, I wasn't expecting to be presented with a list of hundreds of names and numbers from my phone's …

AMD issues chip patches for Spectre flaw

The chipmaker releases microcode updates to contain a variant of Spectre. Also, Microsoft is releasing an update for Windows 10.<p>Chipmaker AMD issued updates Tuesday to combat a variant of the Spectre flaw, which makes computer processors vulnerable to attacks that could reveal sensitive information …

Computer Hardware

Ransomware keeps its hold on your data, Verizon says

The company’s annual data breach report shows hacking attacks that take your files away got worse in the past year. They doubled and got more sophisticated.<p>If it's any consolation to the city of Atlanta, it's not alone.<p>In March, hackers took over the city government's computer systems, scrambled up …

A brief history of Facebook’s privacy hostility ahead of Zuckerberg’s testimony

The Facebook founder will be questioned by the Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce Committees later today — in a session entitled “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data.”<p>Mark Zuckerberg is also due to testify before Congress on Wednesday — to be asked about the company’s …

The Single Best Policy to Keep from Getting Hacked in 2018

The average cost of a breach in 2017 was $3.62 million. The most common vector of attack: Remote workers connecting to networks via public Wi-Fi hotspots.<p>Criminals make a living exploiting common behavior, so it should come as no surprise that smartphones are a new favorite vector for hackers.<p>A …

Microsoft Boosts Office 365 Ransomware Protection

If you happen to lose files in a ransomware attack, or for any other reason, you'll now be able to restore your entire OneDrive to an earlier point …

Katz's Corner Episode 24: Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier

Nelson Pass's Lab has produced an impeccable headphone amplifier with more than enough power, that's quiet, solid, and very clean. Several other …

Audiophile

How to Build a Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan

Being hit by a cyberattack is going to be painful. But it can be less painful if you're prepared, and these best practices can help.<p>When it comes to …

Here's exactly how much paychecks changed after tax reform for people at every income level from $20,000 to $269,000 a year

The new tax law, which changed the 2018 tax brackets, went into effect at the start of this year.<p>By February, many Americans began to notice a bump in their take-home pay because of the law.<p>The IRS released new guidelines in January, known as tax-withholding tables, that help employers calculate …

500 years of Mississippi flood data shows things have gotten worse

Study's authors suggest flood control measures have made things worse.<p>It's hard to get a sense of the Mississippi River's scale without having seen …

Climate Change

Facebook to exclude North American users from some privacy enhancements

There’s no way to sugarcoat this message: Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg believes North America users of his platform deserve a lower data protection standard than people everywhere else in the world.<p>In a phone interview with Reuters yesterday Mark Zuckerberg declined to commit to universally …

Privacy

Facebook changes its privacy setting: What you need to know

Facebook is updating its privacy settings to make it easier for you to control what you share — with the social network and connected apps — and tools to delete the data it has collected on you.<p>The social networking giant takes this action after a consumer and regulatory backlash over the misuse of …

Privacy

The richest American family hired terrorists to shoot machine guns at sleeping women and children

The Rockefellers took on the striking miners of Ludlow, Colorado but didn’t expect them to fight back<p>The bloody history of the American labor …

Turkey’s Churches, Famous for Historic Schism, Finally Agree on Doctrine

Joint book project by Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants follows efforts to present accurate information about Christianity in Muslim-majority …

Hall and Oates: how we made I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)

‘It was a cry of defiance at all the stupid things we had to do – like when MTV made us race each other across America in Learjets full of fans’<p><b>Daryl Hall, singer-songwriter</b><p>We were recording the Private Eyes album in Jimi Hendrix’s old studio, Electric Lady, and had finished for the day. The only …

Michael Jackson

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 privacy DNS is real: here’s how to use it

Privacy has always been an important topic but, of late, it has become an increasingly troubling one. From smartphones to social media to plain …

The F.B.I. and the Mystery of the Mummy’s Head

In 1915, a team of American archaeologists excavating the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Deir el-Bersha blasted into a hidden tomb. Inside the cramped limestone chamber, they were greeted by a gruesome sight: a mummy’s severed head perched on a cedar coffin.<p>The room, which the researchers labeled …

Archaeology

Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service

Cloudflare's mission is to help build a better Internet. We're excited today to take another step toward that mission with the launch of 1.1.1.1 — …

Information Security

‘Highly critical’ CMS bug has left over 1 million sites open to attack

The team behind the popular open-source CMS Drupal is urging admins to update their sites to ward off a nasty bug that could leave their sites “highly compromised” to attackers, according to the organization.<p>The effected versions (Drupal 6, 7 and 8) of the CMS power over one million websites on the …

Army of 01101111: The Making of a Cyber Battalion

Satellite dishes mark the main gate of Fort Gordon, eggshell white and lasering up at the moon. It’s a modest shrine, as these things go. Many …

The Complex Legacy of World War I's Women Scientists

During World War I, far away from the lines of battle, the UK was faced with a different crisis. As thousands of khaki-clad “Tommies” shipped off to …

How Easter became a #MeToo moment

<i>"But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense."</i><br>-- Luke 24:11<p>The men refused to listen to her story. She was publicly smeared as a whore. And when she emerged as a celebrated advocate, powerful men tried to silence her because she threatened their …

Theology

The Americanization of an Ancient Faith

The 2,000-year-old Coptic Church is trying something new: spreading its message across the United States—and the rest of the world.<p>One day in the fall of 2010, Father Anthony Messeh, then a priest at the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Fairfax, Virginia, sat down with a list of names. There were …

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to moot Microsoft email case, citing new law

Now that Congress has made clear that a U.S. search warrant covers emails stored overseas, the Justice Department on Friday asked the Supreme Court to moot a case involving a data demand issued to Microsoft for a drug-trafficking suspect’s emails held in Ireland.<p>The case, argued in February, …

U.S. Department of Justice

The mysterious and tragic story of the Carolina parakeet, America’s only native parrot

It was winter in Upstate New York in 1780 in a rural town called Schoharie, home to the deeply religious Palatine Germans. Suddenly, a flock of gregarious red and green birds flew into town, seemingly upon a whirlwind.<p>The townspeople thought the end of the world was upon them. Though the robin-size …

Birds