As the number of Internet connected-devices in any home skyrockets from a few, to a few dozen, to perhaps even a few hundred—including interconnecting thermostats, appliances, health and fitness monitors and personal accessories like smart watches—security concerns for this emerging Internet of Things (IoT) will skyrocket too. Cisco projects that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020; each such node should ideally be protected against malware, spyware, worms, and trojans, as well as overzealous government and commercial interests who themselves might produce their own privacy-compromising intrusions.
It’s a tall order, says Allen Storey, product director at the UK security firm Intercede. But the biggest challenges today are not so much technical problems as they are matters of awareness and education. Consumers need to know, says Storey, that IoT security is a real concern as the first wave of gadgets roll out into the marketplace. And unlike devices with faster processors and bigger memories, security is a product feature that the marketplace may not by itself reward.
The Republicans’ favorite crusade returns, but for the moment it’s focusing on a real policy issue—thanks to a Democrat.
I think the play by Trey Gowdy here is this: start off reasonably and get the media to run with the idea that he’s holding a substantial hearing, unlike all the others. However, I have no doubt that it will soon devolve into a red meat feeding frenzy for the wingnuts. I can just imagine the Morning Joe crew heaping praise on this “serious hearing that’s long overdue” (thankfully I’ve long given up watching that poor excuse for a smart political show).
Well that’s a relief, fracking doesn’t cause flaming water spigot syndrome, leaking gas wells that wouldn’t be there without fracking do….
The drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.
After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they chemically linked the tainted water to the gas wells. They then used chemical analysis to figure out when in the process of gas extraction methane leaked into groundwater. “We found the evidence suggested that fracking was not to blame, that it was actually a well integrity issue,” said Ohio State University geochemist Thomas Darrah, lead author of the study. He said those results are good news because that type of contamination problem is easier to fix and is more preventable. The work was released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Marcus Faella, one of more than a dozen people arrested last year on charges they were conducting paramilitary training with a group called the American Front, was convicted last week.
Faella, 41, was originally charged with conspiring to shoot into a building, two counts of conducting paramilitary training and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the Orlando Sentinel reported. But after two days of testimony, two of the charges against Faella were dismissed. He was convicted of two counts of teaching and conducting paramilitary training and faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.
Throughout the trial, prosecutor Sarah Hatch described the American Front leader as a racist who trained his followers for an impending race war.
“This is not just some carnival game,” Hatch told jurors. “If you’re discussing specifically how to use that weapon in combat with actual people … it’s difficult to make the argument that throwing a knife in the back of someone running away from you is a self-defense tactic.”
Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, resigned from the California Senate on Monday but plans to stay on the payroll for one more week.
Wright sent Senate officials a resignation letter Monday stating that he’s stepping down effective Sept. 22.
“My Senate career is over. My legislative career is over,” Wright said in a phone call with The Sacramento Bee. “I don’t believe now that I did anything wrong. Certainly nothing criminal. But a jury saw differently, and we did not defend ourselves well enough to win that case. So I have to live with that.”
Wright said he plans to return to Sacramento to clean out his office before he begins his 90-day jail sentence on Oct. 31.
Todd Akin gets his way in Missouri because some of the GOP have no spines. They are verified legislative jellyfish by their own admissions.
In the hours before Missouri Republicans overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and passed one of the harshest abortion bills in the country, a handful of Republican women—party activists, a local officeholder, and operatives who support abortion rights—drove to Jefferson City and begged lawmakers to reconsider. When cornered, some GOP lawmakers made a confession. “They said, ‘I don’t actually want to vote for this bill,’” recalls Linda Rallo, an alderwoman who led the team that buttonholed Republicans. “‘But if it comes to the floor, I’m going to vote for it.’”
Republican state Rep. Chris Molendorp, who opposed the bill, heard similar admissions from his GOP colleagues. In a closed-door meeting of the Republican caucus before the vote, Molendorp argued that the bill most of his colleagues were about to vote for was unreasonably cruel. The bill creates a three-day abortion waiting period, the longest in the country, with no exception for rape or incest victims.
“My fear that I expressed is that we have gone beyond concern for the life of the unborn and we’ve become punitive against the expectant mother,” he says. Molendorp, who has an 85 percent approval rating from Missouri Right to Life, says that several women legislators who represent Missouri’s suburbs approached him privately to say they agreed with him—but they felt they had no choice but to vote for the bill.
As recently as two weeks ago, it appeared that a breakout lava flow from the Pu’u O’o crater of Kilauea might, at worst, destroy a few homes in a sparsely settled subdivision on the edge of a forest preserve. But it has changed direction and now could reach the center of Pahoa town, the principal town on this part of Hawaii Island and a major tourist draw, in as little as three weeks. If it does, it will probably continue all the way to the coast, cutting Highway 130, the main road connecting South Puna with the Hilo area in the process.
Highway 130 is jammed morning and evening with commuters. If it’s put out of action the traffic situation will be horrendous. The state is hurriedly building alternate routes by renovating and reconstructing Railroad Ave. and the coast road that roughly parallel the highway - but that means they could also be cut by the lava flow. They’re also rebuilding a portion of the southern coast road that was destroyed by the 1986 lava flow that ate Kalapana town and the Royal Gardens subdivision. That road is not currently threatened by this flow, but it will only connect to Chain-of-Craters road, a narrow switchback that climbs the mountain in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Following it would add over an hour of commute time from Pahoa to the Hilo area - without traffic.
If necessary, U.S. pilots conducting airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria would defend themselves if fired upon by Syrian government forces, senior administration officials suggested Monday.
The officials said the U.S. knows where Bashar Assad’s government has positioned forces and air defense installations, and those could be at risk if they attack U.S. planes.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing military strategy.
The United States will ramp up its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa with plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers, and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials said.
The plan will be unveiled by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, senior administration officials told reporters.
Obama, who has called the epidemic a national security crisis, has faced criticism for not doing more to stem the outbreak, which the World Health Organization (WHO) said last week had killed more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases in West Africa.
Google Inc said it was facing increasing pressure from governments around the world to reveal user information in criminal investigations amid ongoing revelations about national surveillance programs.
The number of requests increased 15 percent sequentially in the first half of this year and 150 percent in the last five years, the company said in its semi-annual transparency report on Monday. (bit.ly)
In the United States, demand for information jumped 19 percent in the first six months of 2014 and more than tripled since 2009, when it started publishing the report.