Archive for December, 2019

Operational Technology: Why Old Networks Need to Learn New Tricks

December 31st, 2019
Cybercriminals are maximizing their opportunity by targeting older vulnerabilities in OT environments. It's time to fight back.

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Microsoft Shuts Down 50 Domains Used by North Korean Hacking Group

December 31st, 2019
'Thallium' nation-state threat group used the domains to target mostly US victims.

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3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

December 31st, 2019
You don't need special glasses to see what it looks like when smart people run out of ideas.

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The 2010s: Decade of the exoplanet

December 31st, 2019
Artist conception of Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size exoplanet found in a star's "habitable zone."

Enlarge / Artist conception of Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size exoplanet found in a star's "habitable zone." (credit: NASA/Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

The last ten years will arguably be seen as the "decade of the exoplanet." That might seem like an obvious thing to say, given that the discovery of the first exoplanet was honored with a Nobel Prize this year. But that discovery happened back in 1995—so what made the 2010s so pivotal?

One key event: 2009's launch of the Kepler planet-hunting probe. Kepler spawned a completely new scientific discipline, one that has moved from basic discovery—there are exoplanets!—to inferring exoplanetary composition, figuring out exoplanetary atmosphere, and pondering what exoplanets might tell us about prospects for life outside our Solar System.

To get a sense of how this happened, we talked to someone who was in the field when the decade started: Andrew Szentgyorgyi, currently at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he's the principal investigator on the Giant Magellan Telescope's Large Earth Finder instrument. In addition to being famous for having taught your author his "intro to physics" course, Szentgyorgyi was working on a similar instrument when the first exoplanet was discovered.

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The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

December 31st, 2019
Social media platforms toppled the reign of the album. The 2010s were all about singles—rewriting how we metabolize music and the culture that surrounds it.

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2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

December 31st, 2019
The number of satellites in orbit will double. Lots more people will get Crispr'd. Organoids might demand of bill of rights. No big deal\! 

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The Most Dangerous People on the Internet This Decade

December 31st, 2019
In the early aughts the internet was less dangerous than it was disruptive. That's changed. 

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Cybercrime’s Most Lucrative Careers

December 31st, 2019
Crime pays. Really well. Here's a look at just how much a cybercriminal can earn in a month.

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Hurricanes, climate change, and the decline of the Maya

December 31st, 2019
Hurricanes, climate change, and the decline of the Maya

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The year is 150 CE. It’s a humid summer day in Muyil, a coastal Mayan settlement nestled in a lush wetland on the Yucatan Peninsula. A salty breeze blows in from the gulf, rippling the turquoise surface of a nearby lagoon. Soon, the sky darkens. Rain churns the water, turning it dark and murky with stirred-up sediment. When the hurricane hits, it strips leaves off the mangroves lining the lagoon’s sandy banks. Beneath the tumultuous waves, some drift gently downward into the belly of the sinkhole at its center.

Nearly two millennia later, a team of paleoclimatologists have used sediment cores taken from Laguna Muyil’s sinkhole to reconstruct a 2,000-year record of hurricanes that have passed within 30 kilometers of the site. Richard Sullivan of Texas A&M presented the team's preliminary findings this month at AGU’s Fall Meeting. The reconstruction shows a clear link between warmer periods and an increased frequency of intense hurricanes.

This long-term record can help us better understand how hurricanes affected the civilization that occupied the Yucatan Peninsula for thousands of years. It also provides important information to researchers hoping to understand how hurricanes react to long-term climate trends in light of today’s changing climate.

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Lesser-known Tools for Android Application PenTesting

December 31st, 2019
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