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Experience the Versatility of VBS at ITEC 2017

Orlando, FL — Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global developer of simulation and training software, will demonstrate new capabilities in VBS3 and reveal state-of-the-art VBS technologies for artificial intelligence, terrain editing and whole-earth rendering at ITEC 2017 in Rotterdam, May 16 - 18, at Stand 24. “VBS3 offers users unmatched versatility for training in any domain whether it’s land, air, or sea,” said Oli Arup, BISim’s Vice President of Product Management. “Our stand at ITEC... Source: RealWire

Systems Technology Inc. Showcases New Version of PARASIM Powered by VBS3...

Orlando, FL — Systems Technology Inc., a research, engineering consulting and product development firm, will demonstrate the newest version of its VR-based parachute training simulator PARASIM (www.parasim.com) leveraging high fidelity virtual environments generated by TerraTools from TerraSim rendered by VBS3 from Bohemia Interactive Simulations at SOFIC 2017.

The integration of VBS3 with PARASIM brings together two solutions that have become the standard-bearers for training and simulation in the defense sector.

The addition of TerraTools to... Source: RealWire

Decrypted: American Gods gives us a spider we can’t forget

In the new episode of our TV podcast, we discuss the gods of slaves, television, and DC Comics.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is basically an explosion of...

Also, Luke delivers a major truth bomb.

Disney files patent for “huggable and interactive” humanoid robots

Robots have already been tested, described as "robust to playful, physical interaction."

BISim Announces Release of VBS IG v17.1 with New APIs and...

Orlando, FL - Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global developer of complex military training and simulation software, announced today the release of a new version of VBS IG, which shares a common baseline with Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) and...

Frank Abagnale, world-famous con-man, explains why technology won’t stop breaches

The man who once pretended to be a doctor explains identity theft to the health industry at HIMMS.

Families of ISIS victims sue Twitter for being 'weapon for terrorism'

The families of three Americans killed in ISIS terror attacks are suing Twitter for allegedly knowingly providing support for the terrorist group and acting as a “powerful weapon for terrorism.” The suit was filed over the weekend in a federal court in New York City on behalf of the relatives of three U.S. nationals who were killed by ISIS in the March 22, 2016, terrorist attacks in Brussels and the Nov. 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris.

At least 32 people died in the Brussels attack and about 130 in the attack in Paris. The suit alleges that Twitter has violated, and continues to violate, the U.S.

Anti-Terrorism Act.

The plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial and monetary damages to be determined at trial. Twitter did not reply to a request for comment. “Twitter’s social media platform and services provide tremendous utility and value to ISIS as a tool to connect its members and to facilitate the terrorist group’s ability to communicate, recruit members, plan and carry out attacks, and strike fear in its enemies,” the suit alleges. “ISIS has used Twitter to cultivate and maintain an image of brutality, to instill greater fear and intimidation, and to appear unstoppable ...” The lawsuit also contends that specifically for the Brussels and Paris attacks, ISIS used Twitter to issue threats, as well as to announce and celebrate the attacks. The lawsuit was filed by the family of siblings Alexander Pinczowski and Sascha Pinczowski, who were killed in Brussels, and the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed in Paris. Last year, another lawsuit was filed by Gonzalez’s father against Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for allegedly knowingly allowing ISIS to “use their social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits.” In December, the families of three victims of the June shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, sued Facebook, Twitter and Google, the owner of YouTube, for allegedly ”providing support to the Islamic State.” Forty-nine people were killed in the attack. The question, if either case goes to trial, is whether a social network can be held responsible for the actions of any of its users. “While I certainly can sympathize with the families, it’s hard for me to see how Twitter can be held responsible for the rise of ISIS and their terror activities,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX. “Let’s imagine the world a few decades ago, before the internet. Would someone try to hold AT&T responsible for criminal activities that were planned over the telephone? Or is the printing press manufacturer responsible for magazines that encourage terrorism that were printed using presses they built and sold? “ In response to the attacks, Twitter took steps to prevent terrorists from using its network. In August, the company reported that in the previous six months, it had suspended 235,000 accounts for violating its policies related to the promotion of terrorism. That was in addition to 125,000 accounts that been suspended since mid-2015, bringing the total number of terrorist-related suspended accounts to 360,000. “We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform,” the company said in a blog post at the time. Judith Hurwitz, an analyst with Hurwitz & Associates, said it would be a significant challenge for Twitter to keep terrorists completely off its site. “Perhaps Twitter could do a better job identifying users who are terrorists,” she said, saying the company would likely need advanced machine learning tools to weed out the bad players. “Of course, it would have to be advanced… Remember that terrorists are very good at adapting.
If they are thrown off of the system, they can come back with a different persona and try to game the system.” Brad Shimmin, an analyst with Current Analysis, said social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google can’t be held responsible for their users’ actions. “There is no way of effectively policing those sites based upon affiliation or behavior,” Shimmin said. “Twitter itself has gone to some extreme measures to single out and remove accounts engaged in this sort of thing.

That will help, and I think such efforts are a moral responsibility for Twitter and other social networking vendors, but those actions can’t rule out future misuse.” Olds said it would be impossible for Twitter to keep terrorists from using its site 100% of the time, but the company could do a better job of curtailing it. “Terrorist messages should be able to be rooted out with some solid language processing software,” Olds said. “I’d like to see them do more along these lines.

The technology is there, they just need to adapt it to anti-terrorist tasks.” If Twitter loses the lawsuit and is ordered to pay significant damages, the impact on other social networks would be chilling, he said. “Social networks would be forced to keep a much closer eye on user activities and crack down on anything that could be interpreted as ‘bad,’ “ Olds said. “The end result would be self-imposed censorship on the part of the nets, which would greatly upset many users.

But I just don’t see this happening—at least not with this case.” This story, "Families of ISIS victims sue Twitter for being 'weapon for terrorism' " was originally published by Computerworld.

Microsoft’s Nadella takes on privacy fears about LinkedIn, Cortana

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella faced sharp questions from Gartner analysts Tuesday about the privacy-invading implications of its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, and its all-knowing virtual assistant, Cortana. Helen Huntley, one of the Gartner analysts questioning Nadella at a conference in Orlando, was particularly pointed about the fears. Cortana, said Huntley, "knows everything about me when I'm working.
She knows what files I'm looking at, she knows what I'm downloading, she knows when I'm working, when I'm not working," she said. Cortana is "big brother intersected ... with productivity," said Huntley. Nadella countered this with his own question. "How does one build trust in technology?" He called it one of the "most pressing issues of our time." Cortana will operate on "four pillars," which include keeping data secure, as well transparency, meaning that users will "know exact what Cortana knows," said Nadella.

There is also an ability to turn off data access.

The fourth pillar is to be compliant with regulations, he said. Nadella was appearing via video link from Microsoft's Redmond headquarters at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo before a crowd that includes 8,000 attendees. He was scheduled to appear in person, but a back injury kept him from flying. "When you turn 49 don't act 19 in the gym," said Nadella, to the chuckles of an audience of people mostly in their middle years as well. With LinkedIn, Huntley, who was asking questions in tandem with fellow analyst Chris Howard, was pointed once again: "What are you going to do to our data?" "We are just custodians of that data," said Nadella.

The only data the company has access to is when users allow it for the purpose of adding value to it, he said. For instance, Nadella said, that someone can be much more informed about who they are meeting with if their calendar includes LinkedIn profile links of meeting attendees.

A user's news feed can also be shaped to include information about meeting participants. "Those are natural points of integration," he said. This ability to integrate with LinkedIn, said Nadella, "will not be exclusive of Microsoft but available to everyone." Allowing integration will help make LinkedIn grow, he said. Nadella defended Microsoft as an open company. "Windows is the most open platform there is," he said. But asked how Microsoft will work with competitors on platforms including Azure, Nadella turned philosophical.

That knowledge "comes maybe with middle age" -- a point at which one becomes "comfortable with what I would say are complex relationships." A gentle laugh rolled through the audience. Nadella, in response to questions about how A.I. will interact with users, talked about Microsoft's pursuit of A.I. but not the specifics. "There is still a dark side," said Howard, of A.I.; "there is a risk of an over-mediated life." But, as he did with privacy, Nadella worked to calm concerns and said A.I. will augment human capability, not replace it. "It looks like that they have a vision for the future," said one attendee, Steve Edmonson, a CIO with Chicago governmental organization he didn't want identified.

But with respect to A.I., Nadella didn't talk about "where that is really headed." This story, "Microsoft’s Nadella takes on privacy fears about LinkedIn, Cortana " was originally published by Computerworld.

PhishMe Announces Phishing Program Excellence Award Winners

Palo Alto Networks, AVANGRID, and others honored at Submerge 2016 for their innovative work in phishing prevention.Leesburg, VA – October 14 2016 – PhishMe, a global provider of phishing defense and intelligence solutions for the enterprise, has announced the winners of the PhishMe Excellence Awards at Submerge 2016, its inaugural phishing and defense summit and user conference. PhishMe chose the winners for their innovative, successful programs designed to combat phishing attacks and protect their enterprise from the risks of malware infiltration and fraud loss. An anonymous panel of judges comprised of PhishMe product experts, industry leaders and security professionals reviewed the applications and designated the following companies winners across a number of different categories. AVANGRID, Inc. a diversified energy and utility company, received the Phishing Defense Program of the Year, for consistently demonstrating the most effective all-around, top-performing phishing defense program with superior performance in detection, alerting, reporting, training, participation and results. Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, received the Most Innovative Phishing Defense Program Award, which recognized the company’s ability to think outside the box to leverage fresh approaches to achieve optimal training effectiveness and boost company-wide cyber education participation. Additionally, PhishMe recognized industry leaders for achievements in the field of incident response, honoring the team that demonstrated superior overall process of responding to phishing threats in the Incident Response Team of the Year category, and the PhishMe Community Trailblazer of the Year, an award created to recognize the PhishMe user who has gone above and beyond in their phishing defense efforts. Co-founders Rohyt Belani, PhishMe CEO, and Aaron Higbee, PhishMe CTO, presented the awards to the winners on-stage at the PhishMe Submerge Conference in Orlando, Florida. More than 150 phishing defense professionals attended this inaugural conference, which provided them with opportunities to learn from industry experts while networking with peers and other PhishMe users from all over the world. After the award ceremony, Belani commented, “I would like to extend my huge congratulations to our winners and to all those who applied for the PhishMe Excellence Awards this year.

The quality of the submissions was outstanding and a credit to the entire industry.
I’m highly encouraged to see the commitment companies and individuals exhibit in protecting their businesses against increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks. PhishMe is very proud to be part of such a remarkable and growing community and we look forward to seeing everyone next year at Submerge 2017.” For more information about the PhishMe Submerge Conference and the PhishMe Excellence Awards, please follow this link http://phishme.com/phishme-announces-new-excellence-awards-program-customers/ Connect with PhishMe Online About PhishMePhishMe is the leading provider of human-focused phishing defense solutions for organizations concerned about their susceptibility to today's top attack vector -- spear phishing. PhishMe's intelligence-driven platform turns employees into an active line of defense by enabling them to identify, report, and mitigate spear phishing, malware, and drive-by threats. Our open approach ensures that PhishMe integrates easily into the security technology stack, demonstrating measurable results to help inform an organization's security decision making process. PhishMe's customers include the defense industrial base, energy, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, as well as other Global 1000 entities that understand changing user security behavior will improve security, aid incident response, and reduce the risk of compromise. Media Contacts:Lucy GossCohn & Wolfe US for PhishMePhone: 415.403.8305Email: phishme@cohnwolfe.com Francesco TiusAxiCom UK for PhishMePhone: +44 (0)20 8392 4061Email: phishme@Axicom.com

US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI’s latest internet...

He tells El Reg he'll never surrender on privacy US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a hold on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill – because it would allow the FBI to snoop on people's browser histories without a court order, and weakens oversight of the intelligence community. The bill as it stands would allow the Feds to use National Security Letters (NSLs) – which don't require a court order – to monitor a suspect's internet activity, including which websites they visit and how long they stay on them. The FBI issues thousands of these letters every year to telcos and other organizations demanding information such telephone and email records.
If you receive one, you must remain silent about its existence.
If the aforementioned bill is passed, agents will be able to widen the scope of personal data they can obtain about you. The proposed law would also reduce the oversight role of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), a body set up to make sure intelligence agencies remain within the law.

The new legislation would limit the PCLOB to US investigations only, giving the US a free hand to surveil the rest of the world. "When the Intelligence Committee considered this bill last month, I voted against it," he said on the Senate floor. "While I respect the effort that the distinguished Chair and Vice Chair of the Intelligence Committee have put into drafting this year's bill, it would dramatically and unnecessarily expand government surveillance authorities, and it would undermine independent oversight of America's intelligence agencies.
So I have objected to this unanimous consent request." In an interview with The Register, Wyden lambasted some members of Congress for their continual attempts to use national tragedies to push for "knee-jerk" legislative changes that neither increase security nor protect privacy. Just last week, senators invoked the 49 deaths in Orlando as an excuse to give the FBI the authority to use NSLs to track internet usage.

The attempt failed by just one honest vote – with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also voting against the bill so that he could force a revote. Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice is attempting to grant the Feds fresh surveillance and hacking powers without a vote by politicians, using a procedural change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

The US Supreme Court approved the change in April and it will come into effect on December 1 unless Congress acts. Wyden and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) have introduced a bill to do just that – the Stopping Mass Hacking Act – and a similar bipartisan bill is under consideration in the House of Representatives.

But Wyden said time was tight to get this done. "The Department of Justice's position on this is that it is a modest change, but if you buy that one I have a bunch of bridges to sell you," Wyden told The Reg. "It's a major policy change that has huge effects.
I don't think the DoJ [Department of Justice] should be able to wave its arms around and grant itself sweeping new powers." Rule 41 is also a major concern because it allows the FBI to hack into suspects' computers and systems that have been compromised by botnet malware. The irony of the repeated attempts to allow the FBI to use NSLs for snooping is that the agency already has the powers to conduct these investigations – they just have to ask a judge. Wyden himself added a clause to the USA Freedom Act to allow the FBI to hack first and ask for permission later in emergencies, but it seems this wasn't enough for the Feds. "I think it's clear that this isn't really about giving law enforcement new powers, it's all about the fact that they don't want to do some paperwork," Wyden said. "I think we'll have to walk them through it one at a time." Wyden has earned a reputation as one of the toughest advocates for privacy in Congress, and he vowed that the fight to block laws that claim to offer security and yet make the majority of us less secure will continue.
It looks like an impossible job, but he isn't giving up. "We always start behind in these fights," he said. "Again and again we've won against dramatic odds, but this one is going to be particularly tough." ®

GOP cuts off US House cameras, so Democrats Periscope gun control...

C-SPANIf there's anything that members of Congress can agree on, it's that they can't agree on anything.
So on Wednesday, Democrats took to the House floor to stage a sit-in and protest their GOP counterparts' refusal to consider gun control legislation in the wake of the recent Orlando mass shooting. The GOP's response was to cut the C-SPAN feed of the floor protest. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who controls the House C-SPAN feed, decided censorship was the proper route.

But the C-Span feed was quickly restored via Twitter-owned Periscope from Rep.
Scott Peters, a Democrat from California. Here is Peters' feed.

The video is spotty. The Democrats are urging gun legislation to land on the House floor. Hopefully Peters' mobile phone has a big battery, as about 40 House Democrats vowed "to occupy the floor of the House until there is action." The protest started about 11:30am ET and was continuing at the time this post was published. Later in the day, Facebook live was also being used to broadcast the feed to C-SPAN. The move comes days after the Senate brushed aside four gun control measures. Now Democrats in the House are demanding that the full body consider gun control measures.