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Any car owner with a keyless entry and ignition system, be warned: Chinese security researchers have proven that with equipment costing about $25, hackers could easily open car doors remotely from up to 1,000 feet away, start the cars' engines and drive away.

Security experts demonstrate how they can hack car keyless entry systems.

Researchers from security firm Qihoo 360 demonstrated their ability to capture a radio signal from a driver's key fob at the Hack in the Box Security Conference in Amsterdam last month, reports automotive news site Paultan.org.

The researchers, calling themselves UnicornTeam, played a video showing that the captured radio signal could be relayed remotely to someone waiting at the car. The car's driver parks outside a cafe, locks the car, and walks inside.

One accomplice follows the driver in, holding a radio device about the size of a walkie-talkie. The other accomplice, outside and holding a similar device, opens the car's door, gets in, starts the engine and drives off.

The car involved appears to be a late-model Chevrolet Captiva SUV. Like many modern cars, new Chevys have keyless ignition, meaning that anyone holding a device transmitting the right radio signal can open the trunk, open the door and start the car without ever inserting a key. According to the researchers, this particular model will not shut off the engine once it is out of range of the key fob.

The ability to hack into keyless cars has been demonstrated before, but only at a distance of 300 feet, leaving criminals more vulnerable to being caught. The Unicorn Team said they rebroadcast the signal between their devices at a lower frequency, which gave them a range of 1,000 feet.

The researchers' presentation slides have been posted on the Hack in the Box website.

Source: This article was published on foxnews.com

 

1- 6 Samsung Galaxy S8 features missing in Apple iPhone 7 smartphones

Samsung has finally launched its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones in India at Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 respectively. The smartphones come with top-of-the-line specifications and competes with Apple’s current-generation iPhones -- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Here we look at 6 features of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ that are missing in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones.


2- ​ ‘Infinity display’ with curved edges

Samsung has introduced a new display with Galaxy S8 and S8+ that it calls Infinity Display. The company has used QuadHD+ Super AMOLED panels in the Galaxy S8 smartphones. The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and is HDR certified by the USB alliance. Featuring 18.5:9 aspect ratio, the smartphone's screen-to-body ratio is 83.6% vs iPhone 7's 65.6%.


3- Gigabit LTE support

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ are also among the first smartphones in the world to support Gigabit LTE (up to 1000mbps). 

A large credit for this goes to Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor's X16 LTE modem which supports such high speeds. The company’s Exynos 8895 also has Gigabit LTE support. Apple iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus come with up to 450mbps LTE support.


4- Bluetooth v5.0

The new Galaxy S8 series smartphones are the first to feature Bluetooth 5.0. Using the new wireless technology, the duo can support two wireless headphones simultaneously. Bluetooth v5.0 technology is said to be faster, stronger and offer a longer range than the previous version. Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus support Bluetooth 4.2 version.


5- Wireless fast-charging

Wireless fast charging technology is not new in Samsung smartphones. The company’s Galaxy S7 also came with the same feature. Apple iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand do no come with fast-charging.


6- New 10nm processor

Apple is surely among the very best when it comes to smartphone chipsets. However, with Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has managed a lead.

The smartphones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and the company's very own Exynos 8895, both of which are the world's first 10nm processors. The SoCs are claimed to offer big improvements in terms of performance.


Source: This article was published on gadgetsnow.com

America has always had an underground sex trade, and for decades most pimps followed the same general script: they’d recruit sex workers on the street, in bars and in strip clubs.

But over the past 20 years, the internet has become the major marketplace for the sex trade, with online advertisements and recruitment through social media sites greatly expanding the reach and enhancing the elusiveness of pimps.

Given the level of deception inherent to the underground sex industry, its size can be difficult to fully assess. A 2007 Urban Institute investigation in eight large American cities, for example, estimated its worth at US$39.9 million to $290 million.

In response, government and law enforcement officials are trying to fight back.

In August, as part of its investigation of online sex trafficking, the Senate subpoenaed the CEO of Backpage.com, a website commonly known for online solicitation of sex workers. This happened after law enforcement officials demanded that Backpage and Craigslist terminate personal ad sections that facilitate the illicit sex market. Meanwhile, sting operations routinely take place, increasing the odds that the activities of pimps and their customers will be exposed.

Despite successful government stings, pimps nevertheless continue to adapt, operate and thrive.

As social scientists, we wanted to learn how they’re pulling it off; we hoped to build on studies about how various criminals perceive and respond to the threat of arrest.

So we went to the source: the pimps themselves.

Getting pimps to talk

To recruit interviewees, we placed the following advertisement in the survey, escort and massage sections of Backpage:

“Research team seeks to interview men 18 years or older about their experiences as managers in the erotica industry. Confidential in-person interviews last approximately one hour. Convenient (Chicago/Atlanta) location. Will pay $60 for completed interviews. For more information to see if you qualify, call … or email.”

Pimps who were interested either called our prepaid mobile phone or the email account attached to the project; they were then screened to see if they qualified. In Chicago, three interviewed pimps were paid $20 for each of the two additional pimps that they referred to us. A 25-year veteran sex worker referred three pimps.

Pimps had several reasons for agreeing to the interviews. Some wanted their story in an academic book, while others believed the advertisement was actually a sex worker seeking a manager. Some simply thought the pay was worth an hour of their time.

We ended up interviewing 71 pimps: 29 of them from April to June 2013 in a private university conference room in Atlanta and the rest from April 2013 to June 2014 in a Chicago public tea shop. Most lasted for about an hour and took the form of a casual conversation.

The findings from these interviews – described in two studies published earlier this year – highlighted the various ways that pimps were able to subvert the law using language and technology.

Of those we interviewed, 67 percent used the internet to solicit clients, and all but six of these pimps continued to use Backpage or Craigslist even though they knew law enforcement was targeting these outlets.

Yet most continued to operate unabated. The secret, we discovered, was in the approach.

Avoiding detection

Ten years ago, a study described how sex clients would often use code words to avoid being targeted by stings.

After each sting, however, widespread media coverage often exposed the ways in which sex workers solicited clients – including the slang. It’s now generally known that “roses” is used to indicate the amount of money charged. For example, an ad might state 80 roses for BBBJ, which means $80 for a blow job without a condom.

Many of the pimps followed the media coverage and discovered which code words the police had learned. To continue using these words, they realized, was obviously unwise. Most stopped using the known code words. A few pimps in the Chicago sample switched to hiding their advertising of underage girls with common, objectifying code words – “doll,” “sweet girl” – that are still often chauvinistically used to describe adult women in the United States. (Most pimps, however, didn’t use minors as sex workers to avoid the long prison sentence, if caught.)

In addition, the pimps didn’t exclusively use the sites most frequently targeted by law enforcement. Many would diversify their ad placements, using sites on the deep web – sites that can mask original IP addresses and don’t appear on standard search engines. Others advertised on specialty dating or pornography websites that catered to gay men or heterosexual adults.

Sites like Backpage also have a number of different sections; the primary place for ads selling sex are in the “adult” sections. Not surprisingly, these are the ones the police are most likely to monitor. So some pimps told us how they would move ads on Backpage from sections that the police trolled to other sections such as “services” or “dating” that received less scrutiny. Meanwhile, those still posting on Craigslist told us how they used the “casual encounters” section when the “adult services” section was removed.

Pimps also tended to use a number of additional strategies to avoid detection like avoiding references to location, using fake pictures of sex workers and minimizing written communication through text or emails. Technology like Google Voice, prepaid mobile phones and software that wipes data from hard drives were also used to hide their identities.

Hiding in plain sight

Other social scientists have found that drug traffickers and other criminals use strategies of “hiding in plain sight” and “trustworthy connections” to avoid detection.

The pimps we interviewed were no different. Many learned how to avoid getting arrested by simply bribing officials in the system. In fact, one-third of the pimps interviewed in Chicago said they had paid either a lawyer or police officer for information about how to lower their chances of detection and conviction.

Pimps were more likely to say they have an inside legal expert if they earned over $100,000 or managed at least nine sex workers. Some of these inside legal experts were corrupt police officers who could pass along information about undercover operations that were being planned. Other pimps kept lawyers on retainers and were confident that the lawyer could successfully help them avoid having an arrest turn into a conviction. Some of these lawyers would even advise their clients on how to tell whether an encounter is an undercover sting.

Another strategy involved crafting a veneer of legitimacy. Pimps often claimed to run massage parlors or modeling agencies, using photos with props from these professions to show they were running an actual business.

Finally, pimps used a number of tools to verify that clients and potential sex workers were trustworthy – and not undercover police officers. Clients needed to register on verification websites.

Meanwhile, rating systems for both sex workers and clients were used to minimize violent or confrontational situations that might attract police attention. There are many websites that review escorts and clients, using both descriptive terms and rating scales. For example, a sex worker might give a client a low rating if the client tried to avoid paying or was too aggressive; likewise, a client might give a sex worker a low rating if the sex worker acted like she didn’t want to be there.

As players in the service economy, pimps have learned to embrace the online marketplace and seem to be staying one step ahead of the law. Adapting to evolving technology and paying attention to the news is crucial.

But when that doesn’t work, there’s still old-fashioned bribery.

Source : http://www.salon.com/2016/09/21/the-oldest-profession-meets-the-newest-tech-how-the-internet-is-keeping-the-sex-trade-going-strong/

Pluto is hiding a very big secret some 3 billion miles away from Earth: a vast ocean of liquid water.

If you could suck all of the liquid from below the dwarf planet's icy shell, it might amount to a sphere up to 780 miles wide, or about 75% of all of Earth's liquid water reservoir, according to data shared with Business Insider. (And Pluto is one of the solar system's smaller ocean worlds.)

Researchers announced their discovery of Pluto's presumable ocean in two Nov. 16 studies in the journal Nature, both of which used data from the July 2015 flyby of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. Now a Dec. 1 Nature study further backs up that idea.

Two questions on many researchers' minds, however, are what's in the water — and could it support alien life?

Steven Vance, an astrobiologist and geophysicist at NASA JPL, previously told us Pluto's ocean might contain "alcohols (methanol, ethanol), hydrocarbons (methane, ethane), and more complex molecules made from [carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen] that are so abundant on Pluto."

Such chemicals could act like an antifreeze, making Pluto's frigid, sub-freezing waters more slushy than liquid. The compounds might also form the chemical basis for life and consumable energy.

But Bill McKinnon, one of the authors of the latest study in Nature, thinks it's also laced with a noxious chemical found in bottles of window cleaner.

"New Horizons has detected ammonia as a compound on Pluto's big moon, Charon, and on one of Pluto's small moons. So it's almost certainly inside Pluto," McKinnon said in a Washington University in St. Louis press release. "What I think is down there in the ocean is rather noxious, very cold, salty and very ammonia-rich — almost a syrup."

pluto subsurface ocean ucsc

(A cutaway illustration of Pluto. A global, liquid water ocean (dark blue) likely exists beneath the dwarf planet's icy shell (light blue).Pam Engebretson/UCSC) 
Earth is proof that life is crafty and can eek out an existence in rough environments. Bacteria might even exist miles below Antarctic ice in permanently dark lakes of glacial water.

So could strange forms of life also exist in Pluto's global ocean?

"It's no place for germs, much less fish or squid, or any life as we know it," he said in the release. "But as with the methane seas on Titan — Saturn's main moon — it raises the question of whether some truly novel life forms could exist in these exotic, cold liquids."

McKinnon continued:

"Life can tolerate a lot of stuff: It can tolerate a lot of salt, extreme cold, extreme heat, etc. But I don't think it can tolerate the amount of ammonia Pluto needs to prevent its ocean from freezing — ammonia is a superb antifreeze. Not that ammonia is all bad. On Earth, microorganisms in the soil fix nitrogen to ammonia, which is important for making DNA and proteins and such.

"If you're going to talk about life in an ocean that's completely covered with an ice shell, it seems most likely that the best you could hope for is some extremely primitive kind of organism. It might even be pre-cellular, like we think the earliest life on Earth was."

Still, Kevin Hand, a planetary scientist at NASA JPL who wasn't involved in the research, said nitrogen-containing ammonia and other chemicals make Pluto "interesting in the context of habitability."

"Nitrogen is a critical element for life as we know it and Pluto's putative ocean could be a source of both liquid water and nitrogen," Hand said. "When searching for life beyond Earth we have long 'followed the water', but we also need to 'follow the carbon' and 'follow the nitrogen' – Pluto may combine all three."

Hand wouldn't go so far as to say the dwarf planet could support life, but it might raise the chances of finding it elsewhere in the solar system or the Milky Way.

Why scientists are pretty sure Pluto has a big ocean

pluto asteroid impact nature james tuttle keane shutterstock business insider

(James Tuttle Keane; Shutterstock; Dave Mosher/Business Insider) 

The first-ever close-up images of Pluto from New Horizons revealed a 325,000-square-mile, heart-shaped basin of nitrogen ice, called Sputnik Planitia, that was littered with cracks and fissures.

Computer analysis of the feature and Pluto's orbit suggested something was off: Given the way Pluto interacted with its moon Charon, there should be a lot more material located at Sputnik Planitia.

"It's a big, elliptical hole in the ground, so the extra weight must be hiding somewhere beneath the surface. And an ocean is a natural way to get that," said Francis Nimmo, a planetary scientist at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), in a UCSC press release.

Back in November 2015, scientists announced their belief that Sputnik Planitia was created by a giant impact of some kind, which blasted away huge chunks of Pluto's water-ice crust.

"[W]e are almost certainly talking a [comet] strike out there, rather than a (rocky) asteroid," Bob Pappalardo, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who wasn't involved in the new research, previously told Business Insider in an email.

The new studies add to this idea, noting the catastrophe must have happened within the past 4 billion years and that the impact site was originally more than 4 miles deep.

The giant scar has since sprung back and partly filled in with dense and heavy nitrogen ice, they found. Researchers also figured out with computer models that Pluto's internal tides with Charon can't be explained if the world was solid all the way through.

"We tried to think of other ways to get a positive gravity anomaly, and none of them look as likely as a subsurface ocean," Nimmo said in the release.

Vance, who's working on NASA's mission to Europa — another ocean world, this one orbiting Jupiter — expressed no doubt Pluto indeed has an ocean.

"A subsurface liquid ocean makes sense, given nitrogen's insulating properties," he previously told Business Insider in an email.

While scientists continue to ponder the chemistry of Pluto's new watery realm, New Horizons will keep on flying toward its next exotic and icy destination — the Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 — at a blistering pace of 32,000 mph. It should reach the 30-mile-wide object in January 2019.

NOW WATCH: NASA just released a video of what it would be like to land on Pluto, and it's breathtaking

Source : http://finance.yahoo.com/

Author: Dave Mosher

The truth of our modern times is that you probably won’t find a student who does not use innovative gadgets today. It is also true that students use different mobile applications not only for entertainment, but for studying as well. Both Apple and Android provide dozens of programs and apps for college students that can be very informative and useful if you want to keep up with the times and boost your studying process. Every student probably knows plenty of applications that fit his or her needs most, but there are still some mobile “helpers” no student should live without. We are here to tell you about 25 of them.

1. Any.do

Millions of people use Any.Do to organize their tasks. This application is perfect for students who need to create a to-do list. It also synchronize all tasks with other devices so that the list can be accessed from anywhere. Add new entries to the list with the help of touch-based interface, or use your voice to create tasks.

You can change the priority of your entry, mark a task as completed, or even shake your device to remove all completed tasks from it. The Any.Dowidget can be added to your home screen for quick and easy access.

2. Mailbox

Do you often have troubles with your email? Is it frustrating to control your inbox because it lacks features? Then it’s high time to download Mailbox to your mobile device and forget about all these problems at once.

Different swipe commands will help you keep your inbox clean, archive the emails you’ve already read, set various reminders, work with several emails at the same time, and always stay on the top of your inbox despite the constant stream of incoming messages college students often face.

3. Dropbox

No college student will be afraid of losing his notes or coursework anymore! Thanks to Dropbox, you have a chance to upload different files (documents, photos, videos) in the cloud and get them online whenever you need, even if you forget your phone at home. The only thing needed to access your files is an Internet connection.

Store your files in Dropbox, and share them with friends without any fear of losing important and useful data

4. Feed.ly

College students always want to know everything and keep their eyes on the ball, but it may be quite difficult to do because of constant deadlines, part-time jobs, overdue essays, exams, etc. Feed.ly is here to help you deal with this problem. This is one of the best RSS aggregators. It lets you consolidate all news into one feed. Just check the news you would like to receive, and get notifications every time something interesting appears. Nothing could be easier, huh?

5. Scribd

Welcome to the world’s biggest library online! Scribd helps students find millions of different documents and books that are important for your studies. All those data are shared by people from all over the world, and you can easily curate and organize them according to their topic.

Create your own library with different notes, texts, and books that you need. Share them with your friends, and find all the information with Scribd.

6. CliffsNotes

This one is perfect for those students who study literature and write papers on things they’ve read. CliffsNotes will provide you with information about every character, plot, or theme, as well as summaries of every book you read. The audio version is available here, so you can listen to all this info during walks or work to get ready for literature tests.

7. Mathway

Oh yes, your math homework or tests may be quite challenging. It is so easy to stuck trying to find the right answer. Try Mathway—the mobile application that will guide you step-by-step while you search for algebra, geometry, or any other math solution. Enter your task into the application, and check if your solution is the same with one offered.

8. iTunes U

If you’re a student who uses Apple devices, you will be happy to know that you have access to iTunes U, which gives you access to different educational courses from all leading universities for free! Did you dream of studying at MIT, Oxford, Yale, or Cambridge? This is your chance to do it from your own place: download this amazing app, and learn various subjects from the best colleges and universities in the world.

9. EasyBib

What is the most difficult stage of essay writing? The majority of college students would probably say: creating a list of citations (do not forget that you have to know MLA or APA style to format it). If you are one of these students, EasyBib is the right app for you to download. Just enter a book’s title and get the right citation! All you have to do is copy this citation into your bibliography.

10. Studious

How often do you forget about the date and time of your test? Do you always know the deadline of your homework, the time of your next lecture, and the subject of your next class? Thanks to Studious, this problem will be solved once and forever. All you need to do is to enter all information about your class, time, professor, location, etc., and this cool application will remind you about it just in time!

11. Dictionary.com

This is the perfect application for words enthusiasts and everyone who has to read many books on different topics, where you might come across some tricky words. Dictionary.com makes it easy to find the definition of every word you are not sure about. One small bonus for those students who like spying on their classmates: this application allows them see what words people around are them looking for.

12. The Oxford Dictionary

This is one more application for your mobile device that will help you understand English words better. It’s easy and quick to use: just enter the needed word into the app, and get its detailed definition at once. Rare words, both with British and American variants, audio pronunciations, all new words—all this will help you understand the English language better, even if it is your native one.

oxford dictionary

13. SelfControl

College students are so easily distracted from the studying process! They can’t live without social networks, they always need to check new photos of their friends on Facebook, or share their mood with the world during a lecture. To avoid such distractions, the SelfControl application has been created: it blocks certain websites that can distract you from studying, and it does it for a set amount of time. So, when a lecture is finished, you are welcome to come back to your fave websites again!

selfcontrol

14. TED

All the famous and most fascinating people are in your phone now! High-quality videos of different conferences from all over the world are waiting for you in TED—an application that has all business experts, educators, computer geniuses, music legends, and many other interesting people in it. Open your mind to something new!

TED

15. RealCalc Scientific Calculator

The name of this application itself perfectly describes its features and functions. If you are a math student, and you always need a calculator to solve equations quickly, you are welcome to download RealCalc Scientific Calculator. Now you will never be afraid of forgetting your calculator at home (well, you can still forget your phone, but anyway).

realcalc scientific calculator

16. JumpCut

How often do you use copy and paste buttons while writing your essay for example? Some students simply add a couple of their own thoughts to that copied material, and here it is—a new essay! Sound familiar? Then JumpCut is your savior here: this application saves you a lot of time, giving you access to all texts that you have copied and pasted before, even if a new text has been copied by you again since then.

jumpcut

17. Chegg

When a new semester comes, and you have to buy many new textbooks to continue your study, do not be in a hurry to sell your soul and spend all your money. Download Chegg, a free application which lets you find rentals of textbooks you need! Just search for a book, and if they have it, put in an order. And when you no longer need a textbook, you can easily rent it again via Chegg. Easy to use and useful to try.

18. Google Drive

Being a college student in 2014 means having a large number of Google Docs (and big chances are, that this number will be much bigger than you could even imagine). It’s logical, that you will need access to all these documents from everywhere; so, the best decision here would be Google Drive application for your mobile device.

19. Viber

If you study far away from home, Viber will be your best helper to connect with your family and friends. Free talks and calls let you stay in touch with close people, share all news, photos and videos with them, and feel their presence even when they are not in the same city with you.

20. Duolingo

If you are one of those lucky students who study foreign languages, then you definitely need Duolingo, the application that will help you learn new words, get ready for tests and exams, and complete various tasks to improve your knowledge. It is free to download, and it is available for all users of Apple and Android devices.

21. Snap2PDF

What could be better than converting any file into a PDF with a single click? College students will definitely like Snap2PDF application which is very useful, though easy to use: just take a picture of a need text, and then convert this picture into a PDF file. Simple like that!

22. Clear

How many to-do lists do you have in college? One for essays, another one for exams, the third one for parties… So, why not synchronize them all in order to get access from anywhere? Choose Clear for this goal, an application which syncs all your to-do lists with other devices and makes it easier for you to open them wherever you can find Internet access.

23. Venmo

Venmo is a free application that links your device with your bank account to make it easier for you to pay back money without having to deal with cash. With its help, you can share your payments with friends, collect money from people who owe it to you, pay your bills, and much more.

24. Lemon Wallet

How many times did you lose your wallet in campus? While you are thinking, we are ready to represent you Lemon Wallet, an application that will help you avoid this unpleasant situation, or find your lost wallet quickly at least. Lemon Wallet brings you an access to identity theft protection, and it will become your most convenient mobile wallet ever.

25. Mint.com

College students often have problems with money. And even if you have enough savings, they always tend to disappear. Do not let this happen, and download Mint.com to control your budget and see what your money is usually spent on. Who knows? Maybe you will become more responsible.

Do you have all these cool apps for college students in your mobile device already? Or maybe you can name any other useful applications we’ve forgotten to mention about.

Source : http://www.lifehack.org

Author : ALEX STRIKE

Technology has been an incredible tool to help people monitor their health. We can track what we eat, our steps, our heart rate and even our sleeping patterns. But some app developers have set their sights on a more complex but equally important area of holistic health: mental wellness.

As the national conversation shifts toward the acceptance of mental health treatment, the ability to reach (and afford) professionals is as easy as visiting your smartphone's app store. These nine incredible businesses are helping to fight stigmas about mental health issues by making it easier than ever for people to access proper mental care.

TalkSpace

TalkSpace, available online and through an app, is a platform in which people are connected with licensed mental health professionals based on their individual needs. You first chat live with a Talkspace Matching Agent who will explain how online therapy works and answer any questions you have, the website says. Once you're matched, you can pick your subscription option and receive unlimited secure messaging with a therapist for $32/week (messaging only), $43/week (messaging plus one live session) or $69/week (messaging plus four live sessions).

Joyable

Social anxiety can be crippling, but with the right treatment, it can become manageable to help you live a better life. Joyable offers you a complete program based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the gold standard for overcoming social anxiety. Ninety percent of Joyable’s clients see a reduction in their anxiety, the website says. Take a quiz to decipher your level and type of anxiety, then meet with your dedicated coach via text or a phone call so you can describe what you're feeling. Joyable helps you challenge and master your anxiety to achieve goals. After a 7-day free trial, treatment is $25/month.

Operation Reach Out

Serving in the military comes with sacrifice, including mental health. Operation Reach Out is a free app that offers accessible mental health assistance to those who have served. According to the website, Operation Reach Out is aimed at preventing suicide among military personnel and veterans and encourages people to reach out when they are having suicidal thoughts. The app functions as a personal contact help center and provides activities and support to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.

Headspace

Headspace was designed with a number of programs to address sleep issues, anxiety, depression and stress through guided meditation programs. Once you've achieved your first 10 days of mediation training, you're able to access the additional programs. According to the website, by using 1 percent of your day to meditate, you will be able to see a "massive difference" in your life (but 10 minutes a day is a good starting point). You can sign up for free, then opt into $12.95/month for unlimited access to the Headspace collection for a month, $7.99/month for unlimited access all year, or other subscription packages.

IntelliCare

Sometimes mental health requires a combination of treatments, which is the goal of IntelliCare's bundle of apps created by Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine. According to the website, IntelliCare is a suite of apps that work together to target common causes of depression and anxiety like sleep problems, social isolation, lack of activity and obsessive thinking. These apps are part of a nationwide research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Interested users can download individual apps or the IntelliCare suite from the Google Play Store.

MindShift

Anxiety can be crippling for some. MindShift was built with the intent of coaching those individuals through their anxiety. According to the site, the app will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle better sleep, dealing with intense emotions, test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry panic and conflict.

Simple Habit

Simple Habit truly is simple, five minutes a day of mindfulness to decrease stress. The app's founder Yunha Kim was so stressed at her startup, she turned to meditation. Since then, she has been meditating for a few minutes a day. The app was designed by a team of a Harvard psychologists and meditation experts, Simple Habit meditations are just five minutes and personalized for various life situations. From before going to work in the morning or preparing a difficult conversation, to even dealing with PMS, Simple Habit can help you get through your day, the site said. Sign up online and download in the App Store. 

Optimism Apps

Following your patterns can help you become more self-aware. The Optimism Apps suite, available across all your devices, acts as a springboard to detect patterns in your health and develop strategies to proactively manage depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions, the site said. The Optimism Apps help you work on developing and monitoring strategies, specific to you, that help you understand warning signs and "triggers" that affect you.

BetterHelp

With BetterHelp, you can do therapy on your own time and pace. The site matches you with a mental health professional who can identify your needs and help you. Communicate with your therapists as often as you want and whenever you feel it's needed. According to the site, you can start for free to feel confident the app and treatment are right for you. Once you've answered a questionnaire and have signed up for the site, you're offered a free seven-day trial before subscribing to a $35/week plan for unlimited sessions with your counselor.

The above apps may not be suitable replacements for professional in-person therapy, and are meant as suggestions to help those looking to improve their mental health. If you find yourself in crisis, please consult help immediately from any of these resources.

Source : businessnewsdaily.com

Five hackers are behind the most recent tech company hacks, according to a report from a cybersecurity research firm. This finding was announced after the recent Yahoo breach where a link was discovered, connecting the breach to previous exploitations.

Andrew Komarov, Chief Intelligence Officer of InfoArmor claims many of the reports on recent database breaches are considerably inaccurate. The hacks executed against Yahoo, Dropbox, LinkedIn, and Tumblr are all attributed to “Group E,” a small European hacking group. The Group E hackers perform large-scale database breaches and profit from selling the information to the highest bidder.

In an interview with the The Register, Komarov says that Group E deals with brokers to sell the massive data hauls. One such broker is registered on several underground communities as “tessa88.” Tessa88 was the first recorded individual to mention Yahoo had been hacked and that accounts were for sale. The broker then acted as a proxy between Group E and potential buyers on the deepweb.

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Shortly after the LinkedIn breach was publicized, tessa88 posted on an underground forum that Yahoo credentials were available. By following conversations on these hidden forums, InfoArmor was able to discover the aforementioned connection between breaches.

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The forum user who routinely interacted with tessa88 proceeded to list the database dumps for sale on various marketplaces. In this case, the listings were posted on TheRealDeal marketplace.

InfoArmor explains:

The actor “Peace_of_Mind” (PoM), well known for his activities at “The Real Deal Market” (TRDM) and “The Hell” forum, after identifying his post regarding the stolen data at one of the underground forums, contacts tessa88 and proposes some sort of cooperation [partnership] in exchange for some of his data.

Subsequent to this engagement, the databases initially published for sale by tessa88 are then resold by Peace_of_Mind in TOR network at TRDM. This is an interesting example of cooperation between a Russian speaking threat actor and an English speaking actor, demonstrating that cybercrime is an entirely transnational issue.

By following this pattern, InfoArmor found that the most recent database breaches ended up for sale on TheRealDeal or the Hell Forum. The vendors who published the listings directly corresponded with tessa88. Komarov says tessa88 is the main connection between Group E and a second group known as “For Hell.”

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The second group of hackers, using the same broker, consists of high profile hackers behind similarly scaled data breaches. One of the most recognizable members is thedarkoverlord (TDO), the notorious electronic healthcare record hacker. TDO hacked millions of healthcare records from companies spanning the United States and is the subject of several major investigations.

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The majority of the data sold by the For Hell group of hackers is simply data redistributed from Group E. An example of this can be seen in the relationship between Peace_of_Mind (POM) and tessa88. Following forum exchanges between the two, POM lists breached databases on TheRealDeal marketplace.

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The relationship between POM and tessa88 has been well-established by InfoArmor. However, the security firm identifies some distrust between tessa88 and the For Hell group:

Peace_of_Mind also makes claims regarding tessa88, as he determined that some of the acquired data was misrepresented or falsified, not including any additional information regarding successful decryption of hashes and/or having absolutely no relationship to resources he was claiming had been exposed. For example, “LeakedSource,” another partner of tessa88 acquired the same data through the chain of proxies and mentions that the published Dropbox dump for sale is actually Tumblr.

In August, POM listed the Yahoo dump on TheRealDeal marketplace.

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Yahoo never announced or acknowledged a hack until after POM began advertising the Yahoo dump. While the validity of POM’s dump is still unknown, Komarov claims the Group E attack compromised likely double what Yahoo announced. Evaluating the Peace_of_Mind claims regarding 200,000,000 compromises, the actual database includes 500,000,000 Yahoo users. The entirety of the database hacked by Group E has not been published online.

The Yahoo dump sold by POM is provided in the following structure:

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Source: deepdotweb.com

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:42

Top 20 work-from-home companies for 2016

Whether you're on the hunt for a full-time job or simply just looking for ways to pick up some extra cash, opportunities to work-from-home are on the rise! 

Jobs that offer the flexibility of telecommuting, or working remotely, used to be rare -- available only to people in certain roles or specific situations. But with the rise of technology, along with new trends in the workplace environment and culture, the game has changed. 

FlexJobs, a job search site focused on telecommuting jobs, including freelance, flexible and part-time opportunities, released its third annual ranking of the top 100 companies offering remote jobs.

According to the report, the number of telecommuting job listings on FlexJobs' site increased by 36% in 2015, compared with 2014.

To come up with the list, FlexJobs analyzed more than 40,000 companies in its database and ranked them by most remote-friendly jobs -- those that offer some level of telecommuting -- listed over the past year. The report also included the top career fields with the most work-from-home opportunities.

Top 20 work-from-home companies for 2016

  1. LiveOps 
  2. TeleTech 
  3. Amazon 
  4. Sutherland Global Services 
  5. UnitedHealth Group 
  6. Dell 
  7. IBM
  8. U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  9. Working Solutions 
  10. Humana 
  11. Aetna 
  12. Intuit 
  13. Kaplan 
  14. Kelly Services 
  15. Cactus Communications 
  16. Westat 
  17. Salesforce 
  18. PAREXEL 
  19. CyberCoders
  20. American Express 

Top career fields with remote jobs

  1. Computer and IT: Dell, IBM, Apple
  2. Medical and Health: UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna
  3. Sales: American Express, Appen, GE
  4. Administrative: Kelly Services, Healthfirst, McKesson
  5. Customer Service: Sutherland Global Services, Amazon, LiveOps
  6. Education and Training: Connections Academy, K12, Kaplan
  7. Marketing: About.com, ADP, HD Supply

Source : clark.com

Should the government impose new rules on Internet providers to protect your privacy online?

That will be the subject of an Oct. 27 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, the nation's top broadband regulator said Thursday.

The vote could finalize a proposal that would force Internet providers, such as Verizon or Comcast, to get consumers' explicit consent before using or sharing personal data such as their Web browsing history, app usage history, geolocation information and the content of their emails and online messages.

Other types of information, such as IP addresses or device identifiers, would not be considered sensitive under the proposal and could be tracked by Internet providers without getting customers' affirmative permission first. Providers would be required to tell their users about all the data they collect and for what purpose — especially before seeking customer consent for the use of sensitive data.

"There are currently no rules in place outlining how ISPs may use and share their customers’ personal information," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote in a blog post. "Consumers deserve to be able to make informed choices about their privacy and their children’s privacy online."

Notably, the proposal does not seek to ban Internet providers' offering of a discount to consumers in exchange for their personal data, as companies such as AT&T have done (until recently). Under these types of programs, consumers give up some of their privacyfor lower-cost access to the Internet. A senior FCC official told reporters Thursday that the agency will evaluate these programs on a case-by-case basis, weighing an intervention only if it appears as though a provider is forcing the option on consumers.

Internet providers increasingly want to use and share personal data with third parties as they expand their businesses beyond the provision of Internet connectivity. As they collect information on where their broadband customers go and what they do on the Web, providers can earn more money by selling targeted advertising spots to marketers — and by figuring out how to market their own, proprietary competitors to the likes of Netflix and Spotify.

Some, such as Verizon, have acquired major digital content and advertising companies in a bid to turn clicks into dollars. The strategy is what motivated its recent acquisition of Yahoo. But analysts have said that the FCC's privacy rules may make it harder for Verizon to make money on the investment.

"It's not crazy to think that an opt-in regime would lower the addressable advertising opportunity by 50 percent," said Craig Moffett, a telecom analyst at MoffettNathanson, referring to the proposal on requiring consumers' affirmative consent before providers can use sensitive data.

If approved, Wheeler's proposal could put companies such as Verizon at a disadvantage compared with Internet companies such as Google or Facebook, Moffett added.

Those websites will not be required, for the most part, to live by the FCC's rules — leading to objections from broadband industry officials, who complain that Wheeler's proposal treats them unfairly. But it does not appear that the FCC has the legal authority to regulate websites. As a result, while the agency's privacy regulations would apply to Google's broadband business, Google Fiber, its privacy regulations would not seek to affect Google's other services, such as YouTube or its search engine.

Consumer advocates say Internet providers deserve to be treated differently from Google. Whereas Google gathers a great deal of data when you use its applications, Internet providers have a more expansive view of its customers' entire digital lives, they say. Broadband companies know about all of the services you use online, because their entire purpose is to connect you to them.

"Continuing to allow broadband providers to exploit their market power to harvest our sensitive private information without even asking permission is not only anti-consumer, but blatantly unfair," said Harold Feld, senior vice president at the consumer group Public Knowledge.

 

Source : washingtonpost.com

In a report published by Sputnik News, psychologist Robert Epstein reveals evidence that Google is manipulating search results related to Hillary Clinton that may “shift as many as 3 million votes” in the upcoming presidential election.

Earlier this year, Matt Lieberman of Sourcefed published a video that claimed Google’s autocomplete suggestions were biased in favour of Clinton. The video went viral, with an abridged version of it being viewed over 25 million times on Facebook.

Epstein set out with his colleagues at the American Institute for Behavioral Research (AIBRT) to investigate the claims. They concluded that whilst the investigation is ongoing, their report “generally supports” Lieberman’s video.

In order to test the results, Epstein and his associates tested hundreds of different response terms related to the election, using Yahoo and Bing search as a control. Each search was also conducted through proxy servers, such as the Tor network, to make it very difficult for Google to identify the researchers and thus customize the search results for them.

It is somewhat difficult to get the Google search bar to suggest negative searches related to Mrs. Clinton or to make any Clinton-related suggestions when one types a negative search term. Bing and Yahoo, on the other hand, often show a number of negative suggestions in response to the same search terms. Bing and Yahoo seem to be showing us what people are actually searching for; Google is showing us something else — but what, and for what purpose?

As for Google Trends, as Lieberman reported, Google indeed withholds negative search terms for Mrs. Clinton even when such terms show high popularity in Trends. We have also found that Google often suggests positive search terms for Mrs. Clinton even when such terms are nearly invisible in Trends. The widely held belief, reinforced by Google’s own documentation, that Google’s search suggestions are based on “what other people are searching for” seems to be untrue in many instances.

Google tries to explain away such findings by saying its search bar is programmed to avoid suggesting searches that portray people in a negative light. As far as we can tell, this claim is false; Google suppresses negative suggestions selectively, not across the board. It is easy to get autocomplete to suggest negative searches related to prominent people, one of whom happens to be Mrs. Clinton’s opponent.

Epstein attached screenshots of some of the searches he conducted, clearly showing a lack of negative results for Clinton, in contrast to negative search results for rival Donald Trump. It was also not a case of people simply not searching for these terms on Google — Google Trends shows the search rates between the relevant keywords, with negative Hillary results usually trending higher.

Source : breitbart

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