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Seagate NAS hack should scare us all
infoworld.com
by Roger A. Grimes
February 15, 2017

No fewer than 70 percent of internet-connected Seagate NAS hard drives have been compromised by a single malware program. That's a pretty startling figure. Security vendor Sophos says the bitcoin-mining malware Miner-C is the culprit.

I'm surprised this story hasn't garnered more attention. Perhaps it's because we're talking only 7,000 hard drives possibly in total, or perhaps it's because the mainstream media doesn't understand what NAS means. Either way, it has colossal implications. Apparently, storage admins:

Japan Sees a Spike in Smart TVs Held Hostage
infosecurity-magazine.com
by Tara Seals
February 15, 2017

Typically, the affected TVs will be locked, and a ransom message pops up asking for 10,000 yen (around $100) to be paid within 72 hours.

Japan alone has reported more than 300 ransomware attacks on smart TVs this year, marking a sharp increase in cyberattacks targeting internet of things (IoT) appliances, according to Trend Micro. Typically, the affected TVs will be locked, and a ransom message pops up asking for 10,000 yen (around $100) to be paid within 72 hours.

Researchers figure out how to silently hack Siri and Google voice search
extremetech.com
by Ryan Whitwam
February 15, 2017

Most smartphones can respond to your voice commands, but they might also respond to someone else's. Researchers from France's ANSSI information security agency has found a way to make Apple's Siri and Google voice search respond to commands.

With the voice commands listening, the radio waves can continue feeding signals into the mic that look to the phone like voice input. The researchers were able to use their system - based on an inexpensive open-source software GNU Radio, a USRP software-defined radio, an amplifier, and an antenna - to issue commands that sent the phone's browser to a specific website or placed a call.

Seaborne Fukushima Radiation Plume Hit West Coast, Corporate Media Reported It Dangerously
truth-out.org
by Shad Engkilterra
January 12, 2017

"It is not a question any more: radiation produces cancer, and the evidence is good all the way down to the lowest doses," says the late Dr. John Gofman, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

"As the element is decaying it is throwing off radiation, and the radiation, if it hits the DNA in the nucleolus and the nucleus of a cell, can alter that DNA in ways that can produce things like cancer," Hartmann said. "Now it can also cause simply the cell to die or it can mutate the cell in all kinds of other weird ways, and so it's kind of a numbers game. If you irradiate a million cells... you might get two or three that become cancerous. That's all it takes, right? You've got cancer," Hartmann continued in his video report. "The cesium could cause no cancer, or it could cause cancer in the first cell it irradiates. To say that there is a safe level of radiation is frankly wrong. It's just wrong."

Weekend storm drops heavy rain, more to come
uniondemocrat.com
by Giuseppe Ricapito
January 10, 2017

The rainy deluge that hit the Mother Lode this weekend dropped 3 to 8 inches of rain over a 72 hour period, and meteorologists at the National Weather Service say another storm is on its way.

The next storm is expected to drop 2.5 to 3 inches of rain on the Sonora area, which will be less because warm air has the capability to hold more moisture than cold air. Snow levels will continue to be high as elevation increases, with Twain Harte expected to get 3 to 4 inches of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will not snow in Sonora, Del Valle said. The strongest winds will be confined to the valley, reaching 40 to 60 miles per hour, with wind speeds around 35 to 40 miles per hour in the Sonora area. Mountain ridge top gusts will reach 50 to 70 mph.

Retired 4-star: U.S. military ill-prepared for Arctic confrontation
usdefensewatch.com
December 28, 2016

The thawing Arctic, and its potentially vast deposits of minerals and natural gas, is opening the global community to intense competition among major geopolitical players.

"There will be strategic competition over resources - hydrocarbons and shipping routes, primarily - and global warming will exacerbate them by exposing those resources," Stavridis said. Stavridis, the current dean of the Fletcher School and a retired four-star admiral whose last command was Supreme Allied Commander Europe, believes the U.S. is far behind other competitors, namely Russia, in pursuing interests in the region.

Fukushima's $70 Billion Cleanup Leaves Foreign Firms in Cold
bloomberg.com
by Stephen Stapczynski
December 24, 2016

Cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear plant -- a task predicted to cost 86 times the amount earmarked for decommissioning Japan's first commercial reactor -- is the mother of all salvage jobs.

Safely dismantling the Japanese power plant, wrecked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will cost about 8 trillion yen ($68 billion), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Dec. 9, quadrupling the previous estimate. While a contract to help clean up the facility would be a windfall for any firm with specialized technology, the lion's share of the work has gone to local companies that designed and built most of Japan's atomic infrastructure.

Arctic ice melt poses a risk of uncontrollable climate change, scientists say
pri.org
December 3, 2016

Melting in the Arctic is an example of climate changes that, if not stopped and reversed, could become drivers of climate change in their own right.

A number of the tipping points relate to shrinking areas of ice, both on sea and on land. As you might expect, sea ice and land ice are both highly reflective, acting like mirrors reflecting much of the sun's energy back into space. When ice cover is reduced, that energy is instead absorbed as heat, leading to a rise in temperatures. This, in turn, triggers further melting and additional temperature rises.

Fukushima: The Extinction-Level Event That No One Is Talking About
countercurrentnews.com
by Stiv
November 30, 2016

A devastating earthquake has hit the coast of Japan, with fears for the safety of nearby nuclear power stations.

The Japan Meteorological Agency have said that this new quake was actually an aftershock from the previous one, and have warned that further aftershocks could follow. The 2011 quake was catastrophic in it's destruction, killing 15,891 people, with a further 2,584 missing. It destroyed countless homes and ruined people's livelihoods. The fear that these quakes will cause a huge problem in the nuclear power sector is very real. About 30% of all Japan's power comes from nuclear power stations, many of which are located on the coast where the earthquakes tend to strike.

ATF: Gun Purchases Barred Even for 'Legalized' Marijuana Use
breitbart.com
November 27, 2016

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is clarifying language on background check form 4473 to let would-be gun buyers know that even "legalized" marijuana use bars them from purchasing a firearm.

The clarification comes in light of "the conflict between Colorado law and federal law," which results from the dichotomy of marijuana being legal at the state level but federally unlawful.

     

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