Valve/HTC Vive VR headset only doing a “limited” launch in 2015

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

While Valve and HTC are technically keeping their promise to release the extremely compelling Vive headset in 2015, it seems most consumers won't be able to get their hands on a unit until early next year. In a press release, Valve said that "later this year, HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems, with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016."

The specific wording of that statement is a bit confusing. Valve has been taking applications for free developer units since April—the company says it received over 10,000 inquiries for those kits, and knows of over 80 VR games currently being made for the Vive. We've reached out to find out what members of the "community" will be eligible to purchase those limited quantities of 2015 headsets as well, and will let you know if we hear back.

For now, though, it seems that Valve and HTC are simply doing a token launch in 2015 so they can continue to claim the Vive as "the first complete VR system heading to consumers," as they put it (Samsung's Gear VR isn't complete without an integrated handheld motion controller, we suppose). For most intents and purposes, however, those early adopting consumers will mostly be seeing the Vive alongside the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus, both of which are planned for an early 2016 launch.

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100 psychology experiments repeated, less than half successful

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

Since November 2011, the Center for Open Science has been involved in an ambitious project: to repeat 100 psychology experiments and see whether the results are the same the second time round. The first wave of results will be released in tomorrow’s edition of Science, reporting that fewer than half of the original experiments were successfully replicated.

The studies in question were from social and cognitive psychology, meaning that they don’t have immediate significance for therapeutic or medical treatments. However, the project and its results have huge implications in general for science, scientists, and the public. The key takeaway is that a single study on its own is never going to be the last word, said study coordinator and psychology professor Brian Nosek.

“The reality of science is we're going to get lots of different competing pieces of information as we study difficult problems,” he said in a public statement. “We're studying them because we don't understand them, and so we need to put in a lot of energy in order to figure out what's going on. It's murky for a long time before answers emerge.”

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Google to Pause Flash Ads in Chrome Starting Next Week

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder
Google on Tuesday will begin pausing Flash ads by default in Chrome, a move that is designed mainly to help improve browser speed, but that will also be a security upgrade for users. The company announced the plan back in June and said this week that it will make the behavior the default setting for […]

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Op-Ed: US tech policy needs real tech research behind it, FTC chairwoman says

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

As the chief US agency charged with protecting consumer privacy, the Federal Trade Commission strives to help foster a marketplace where technology flourishes, while also ensuring that consumer privacy is safeguarded.

To do this, we need to ensure that we stay on top of the latest research in data security and privacy. We know that innovators need freedom to innovate, and we also know that consumers care deeply about their privacy, whether that involves mobile and online tracking or the collection of other personal data streams such as geolocation.

So how can the FTC better protect consumers and promote innovation as personalization, connected cars, health and fitness devices, and other technologies emerge? By making sure our work is informed by the best minds helping to drive the digital revolution.

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Dark website Agora closes over Tor vulnerability suspicions

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder
Agora, one of the largest online black market sites, halted operations after concerns arose of vulnerabilities in Tor's hidden service.

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CERT warns DSL router users of vulnerability

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder
CERT issued a warning on Tuesday over a vulnerability in DSL routers that all contained the same hard-coded credentials.

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Jury convicts man who tried to buy ricin on Darknet marketplace

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

A jury convicted a 22-year-old New York man named Cheng Le yesterday of attempting to buy the deadly poison ricin on a darknet marketplace called Evolution, according to Reuters. Reaching its verdict yesterday afternoon after a four-day trial, the jury found Le guilty of attempting to possess a biological toxin for use as a weapon, and two other counts. He faces up to life in prison.

Le, operating online under the moniker "WhenInDoubt," allegedly tried to buy the toxin from a vendor who was actually an FBI agent. Asked about his plans, Le said he planned to sell the ricin as "simple and easy death pills," according to prosecutors. The FBI sent him fake ricin, along with castor bean seeds, which are used to make the poison.

Le's lawyer argued there was no proof that he was the one who actually made the ricin purchase, but the jury disagreed.

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Dark Web market Agora suspends operations due to Tor vulnerability

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder
The temporary move is meant to forestall potential attacks that could expose server IP addresses.

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Students – Be the Next Digital Universe Defender

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

It is that wonderful time of the year when our kids go back to school and new university students ponder if they enrolled into the right major.  My nephew has changed his major three times so far – just last year!

OK University students – let me give you a basic economics lesson – supply and demand.

According to Burning Glass cybersecurity job openings have grown three times as fast as other IT jobs. Peninsula Press highlights that more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled – up 74 percent over the past 5 year. Clearly this demand is driven by the unprecedented number of cyber attacks in all industries and the influx of global security regulations forcing board level conversations.

Even within the existing pool of security professionals I often see the same faces at conferences or customer meetings just with different logos on their shirt.  The most coveted seem to be CISOs that once worked at financial services companies now being heavily recruited by other industries like healthcare and retail as they also have become cybercrime targets.

But as a profession are we instilling fear of making it too hard for new grads or people looking for a career shift? For example, most of the high demand jobs require some type of certification like ISC2 CISSP  –  I needed over 5 years of security experience (and lots of studying) prior to getting mine.  Don’t get me wrong as these certifications are important to help determine qualifications. However, we are putting folks in a bit of a catch 22 situation.

Perhaps more security vendors should partner with universities to help people gain that practical security experience like RSA’s partnership with Purdue University and our Anti-Fraud Command Center which has 40 students on our Analyst team working 24x7x365. We need to help train students to think like cybercriminal and understand their TTPs so they can help defend the digital universe and not use these skills to go to the dark side like my peer Peter Tran wrote about in his blog  on universities training future digital hacktivist and cyber criminals.

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Let’s not instill fear of career viability in our future workforce as the great Yoda once said “Fear is the path to the dark side.  Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Rather lets talk about the how “the force is strong with this one.”  So as you think about what you want to major in, think about what will not only land you a high demand job after college, think about how you can become the next defender of the digital universe.  We need you.

Angel Grant, CISSP

@angelsgrant

@rsafraud

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German intelligence agency delivers data to NSA in exchange for software use

August 28th, 2015
by The Feeder
In exchange for the use of the NSA's XKeyscore software, Germany's intelligence agency gives information on its targets to the U.S. agency.

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