Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Raspberry Pi - FedoraProject

Monday, November 26, 2012

NSA declines to release presidential Cyber directive

The National Security Agency (NSA) said it will not publicly release a Presidential Directive document that would establish a broader set of standards that would guide federal agencies in confronting Cyber threats.

Presidential Policy Directive 20, first reported in the Washington Post on Nov. 14, was reportedly signed by president Obama in October and explicitly makes a distinction between network defense and cyber-operations to guide officials charged with making often-rapid decisions when confronted with electronic threats.

The Electronic Privacy and Information Center (EPIC), filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to make the document public because it said the measure could expand NSA's Cyber security authority. "Transparency is crucial to the public's ability to monitor the government's national security efforts and ensure that federal agencies respect privacy rights and comply with their obligations under the Privacy Act," said EPIC's request.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

DARPA transfers advanced Cyber net testing facility to DoD

A vast new Internet-like test bed that can probe complex defense and commercial critical infrastructure networks' Cyber security-worthiness is now in the hands of the Department of Defense.

On Nov. 13, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said it had officially transferred the National Cyber Range (NCR) it developed to the DoD's Test Resource Management Center.

A fact sheet posted on the White House's Web site, said the NCR "will enable a revolution in national cyber capabilities and accelerate technology transition in support of the President's Comprehensive National Cyber-Security Initiative (CNCI)."

According to DARPA, the NCR can realistically and quickly replicate globally interconnected networks to securely test new Cyber tools and capabilities in a realistic environment. The test bed, which is actually a collection of smaller test beds that can be combined and recombined to provide larger or smaller scale experimental environments, provides the complex interaction found in real-life networks, according to DARPA. The NCR can test component to the system level events, for things like buggy code, misconfigurations, and user actions on the vast complex scale found in the real Internet, said the agency's NCR fact sheet.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

2014 Edition Draft Test Methods | Policy Researchers & Implementers

2014 Edition Draft Test Procedures

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has begun to post waves of draft Test Procedures and applicable test data and tool files for the 2014 Edition EHR certification criteria. The Test Procedures, once finalized and approved by the National Coordinator, will be used for testing and certifying EHR technology under the ONC HIT Certification Program (formerly referred to as the Permanent Certification Program or PCP). The Test Procedures are being developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Monday, November 5, 2012

Free Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Ben & Jerry and More Freebies on Election Day

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UAV video encryption remains unfinished job

The U.S. military is still broadcasting nearly half of its drone video streams without encryption four years after it learned that its adversaries can see the same information, reported Wired's Danger Room

Although military officials have been aware of the problem since the 1990s, the issue received widespread coverage in 2008 when U.S. warfighters discovered drone video footage on the laptops of Shi'ite militants in Iraq. The militants were actively intercepting feeds via a $26 piece of software, the story said. 

Four years later, only "30 to 50 percent" of America's Predators and Reapers are using fully encrypted transmissions, a source familiar with the retrofitting effort said in the story.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Romney Avoids Taxes via Loophole Cutting Mormon Donations- Bloomberg

 Romney's CRUT, which is only a small part of the $250 million that Romney's campaign cites as his net worth, has been paying him 8 percent of its assets each year. As the Romneys have received these payments, the money that will potentially be left for charity has declined from at least $750,000 in 2001 to $421,203 at the end of 2011.