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Social changes brought about by the Internet & Technology

The New York District Attorney issued a press release about an indictment for “operating storefronts on the dark web that sold and shipped hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax tablets and other controlled substances to buyers in 43 states, and laundering $2.3 million in cryptocurrency by using preloaded debit cards and withdrawing cash at ATMs in Manhattan and New Jersey.”  The April 16, 2019 press release titled “D.A. Vance, Partners Take Down Major Dark
The New York Times reported profiling in China based on “documents and interviews show that the authorities are also using a vast, secret system of advanced facial recognition technology to track and control the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority. It is the first known example of a government intentionally using artificial intelligence for racial profiling, experts said.”  The April 14, 2019 article entitled “One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to
Darkreading.com reported big “cybersecurity challenges aren’t limited to large organizations. Small and medium-sized organizations are subject to the same vulnerabilities, exploits, and attacks that plague multi-national enterprises.”  The April 8, 2019 report entitled “8 Steps to More Effective Small Business Security” included these comments about #6 Don’t Take Backup/Recovery for Granted: Ransomware is a wonderful tool for stress-testing the effectiveness of a small organization’s backup and recovery processes. But it shouldn’t take a…
Darkingreading.com posted a story included a reference to an ISACA survey on the State of Cybersecurity 2019 that “49% of security leaders believe the biggest skills gap they see in today’s cybersecurity professionals is in that very arena — the ability to understand the business.”  The April 3, 2019 story entitled “6 Essential Skills Cybersecurity Pros Need to Develop in 2019” included the comments about the ISACA survey: …the most-prized hire in a…
The WashingtonPost.com reported that “Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun have earned what’s often referred to as the Nobel Prize of the tech world for their pioneering work in artificial intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery [ACM].”  The March 27, 2019 article entitled “Artificial-intelligence pioneers win $1 million Turing Award” and these comments from ACM president Cherri Pancake: Artificial intelligence is now one of the fastest-growing areas in all of science and…
Darkreading.com reported that “Based on responses from more than 1,000 IT professionals, business executives, and backup administrators, Barracuda found that 40% of IT organizations surveyed don’t use third-party backup tools to protect Office 365 data.” The March 28, 2019 article entitled “40% of Organizations Not Doing Enough to Protect Office 365 Data” included these comments according to the Barracuda study: …deleted emails are not backed up on Office 365 in the traditional sense.…
The Department of Justice reported that “a Lithuanian citizen, pled guilty today to wire fraud arising out of his orchestration of a fraudulent business email compromise scheme that induced two U.S.-based Internet companies (the “Victim Companies”) to wire a total of over $100 million to bank accounts he controlled.”  The March 20, 2019 press release entitled “Lithuanian Man Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud For Theft Of Over $100 Million In Fraudulent Business Email Compromise
Darkreading.com reported “For the third time in as many years, lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require Internet of Things (IoT) products sold by federal contractors and vendors to abide by government guidelines to ensure a baseline of cybersecurity.”  The March 18, 2019 article entitled “New IoT Security Bill: Third Time’s the Charm?” included these comments about the proposed law called “Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019” that…
The New York Times reported that a Bitcoin security person “had long been obsessed with the value of privacy, and he set out to learn how thoroughly a person can escape the all-seeing eyes of corporate America and the government. But he wanted to do it without giving up internet access and moving to a shack in the woods.”  The March 12, 2019 article entitled “How a Bitcoin Evangelist Made Himself Vanish, in 15
eMarketer.com reported “that more than 60% of respondents thought the technology was “creepy””…that was used in…”tracking buying habits, and alerting sales people to shoppers’ preferences and previous purchases as soon as they enter stores.” The March 7, 2019 article entitled “Facial Recognition Brings Opportunity … and Privacy Concerns” included these comments: Regulators and advocacy groups have also voiced opposition. Lawmakers haven’t needed encouragement to begin regulating the technology; in February, San Francisco became…