SpzToid writes "Dale Gardner flew on two shuttles missions and took two spacewalks. During the 1984 spacewalk he helped grab a stranded satellite and stuck it into the bay of the space shuttle." Link to Original Source top
U.S. D.O.J. implicates Apple, Google, Intel, and others, in no-hire consipracy
SpzToid writes "Emails to and from the late Steve Jobs may show that several tech companies adopted a "no-hire" policy in which they agreed not to recruit one another's top talent.
The emails were made public Tuesday by a United States federal judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by tech workers against several Silicon Valley tech companies, including Apple, Google and Intel.
"I'm sure you realize the asymmetry in the financial resources of our respective companies," Jobs says in the email.
In another email that seems to be related to "no-hire" policies, Google's then-CEO Eric Schmidt told another Google employee to communicate orally rather than in writing because "I don't want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later."
Just nice people doing 'nice' things to others, less fortunate and trying compete./rant
SpzToid writes "Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.
Countries such as Iran are motivated to conduct such attacks, in retaliation actually.
Perhaps old news around here, even though Panetta is in-fact requesting new legislation from congress and the sentate, isn't the message wise and current that "we would be much better served if we accepted that prevention eventually fails, so we need detection, response, and containment for the incidents that will occur." as Richard Bejtlich has argued in his security blog?
Incidentally, Richard has also written a Top 10 list of the best ways to stir up the security pot (http://taosecurity.blogspot.nl/2012/09/top-ten-ways-to-stir-cyber-pot.html):
If you want to start a debate/argument/flamewar in security, pick any of the following.
"Full disclosure" vs "responsible disclosure" vs whatever else
Threat intelligence sharing
Value of security certifications
Advanced-ness, Persistence-ness, Threat-ness, Chinese-ness of APT
Reality of "cyberwar"
"Builders vs Breakers"
"Security is an engineering problem," i.e., "building a new Internet is the answer."
"Return on security investment"
Security by mandate or legislation or regulation
But seriously folks, time do change, don't they? (Even in the technology sector) Currently the congress is preoccupied with the failure of US security threats in Benghazi, while maybe Leon isn't getting the press his recent message deserves?" Link to Original Source top
US Chamber of Commerce infiltrated by a group in C
SpzToid writes "The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that a group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses of the United States Chamber of Commerce. The intrusion was quietly shut down in May 2010, while FBI investigations continue.
A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Geng Shuang, said cyberattacks are prohibited by Chinese law and China itself is a victim of attacks.
Still, the Chamber continues to see suspicious activity, they say. A thermostat at a town house the Chamber owns on Capitol Hill at one point was communicating with an Internet address in China, they say, and, in March, a printer used by Chamber executives spontaneously started printing pages with Chinese characters." Link to Original Source top
SpzToid writes "Nasdaq's Directors Desk is a program sold to listed and private companies, whose board members use it to share documents and communicate with executives. Apparently Directors Desk was infected during a breach widely publicized earlier this year. It has now become known that hackers were able to access confidential documents and communications of the corporate directors and board members who received this infected application, said Tom Kellermann, chief technology officer with security technology firm AirPatrol Corp. It is unclear how long the Directors Desk application was infected before the exchange identified the breach, according to Kellermann and another source." top
SpzToid writes "The Christian Science Monitor is reporting success, when searching for the (sic) "...'Tiananmen Square massacre' was typed in, deliberately choosing the more controversial phrase instead of 'Tiananmen Square incident.'. Maybe this is an 'accident'?" Link to Original Source