Weekly Update: 2019-09-08 to 2019-09-14

Expert Predicts 25% of Colleges Will 'Fail' in the Next 20 Years

Mostly due to low birth rates after the 2008 recession.

Court Rules That 'Scraping' Public Website Data Isn’t Hacking

A sudden outbreak of common sense.

What Silicon Photonics Delivers at 1200 Gigabits Per Second

Fiber-optic data rates on a single wavelength will take a big step up later this month. Acacia Communications says it will demonstrate a 1.2-terabit-per-second module at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) that is taking place from 22-26 September in Dublin.

Three 400Gb signals using 64QAM for datacenters and 400Gb using DPSK (Differential Phase Shift Key) scheme to deliver 400GbE over 10,000km.


Open Source Intel Helps Reveal US Spy Sat Capabilities

Trump tweeted a picture on August 30th, which appears to be a picture of a screen judging by the shadow on it, of the Iran launch site after the Safir launch failure. Experts were able to determine based on analysis of the photo with existing satellite data from Google maps, they were able to determine that a specific US satellite (USA 224) was at a similar azimuth and elevation around the time the photo was taken.

This turned out to be a KH-11 Keyhole survelliance satellite.

Two Major Saudi Oil Installations Hit by Drone Strike, and U.S. Blames Iran

Houthis used drones to attack Saudi oil processing centers causing them to halt production - interruption their output of 5.7 million barrels per day. These attacks were over 500 miles from Yemen. The fact that they could disrupt Saudi oil production with drones costing an estimated $15,000 (or less) is incredible and scary.

KaiOS Developer Portal launches to help programmers create apps for the platform

In May 2018 KaiOS had a larger marketshare in India than Apple. It is designed for low-cost feature phones and its popularity seems to be linked to the "JioPhone" which is an "affordable" LTE phone. A quick google search shows a price of Rs. (Indian Rupee) 1,450.00 which converts to $20.41 USD at current exchange rates. This is with 2.4" display, 4GB of storage and a dual core processor. Pretty incredible.

Matrox Acquired by Co-Founder

Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time.

Firefox Announces a VPN (Virtual Private Network) Service

I don’t know that I trust ANY company for a VPN service (just setup a VPS instead, if you can) I think Mozilla is far and away the closest.

A Voice Deepfake Was Used To Scam A CEO Out Of $243,000

Pretty incredible. If you combined this with a SIM swap attack I think you could probably get anyone to fall for it.

Security The NetCAT is out of the bag: Intel chipset exploited to sniff SSH passwords as they’re typed over the network

Side-channel attacks continue to be all the rage, but this one is not your standard x86 bug.

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

BEC or "Business Email Compromise" scammers. Basically con artists who trick businesses into giving them money.

Tuesday’s law enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation reWired, involved extensive international coordination to make 167 arrests in Nigeria, 74 in the United States, 18 in Turkey, and 15 in Ghana. The remainder took place in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.


Fedora 32 will likely use nftables with firewalld

RHEL 8 already does, so not surprising.

Western Digital Volume Production of 18TB and 20TB Drives in 2020

Might be time for me to upgrade my NAS soon.

Clerk Uses Photographic Memory to Steal Credit Card Info From 1,300 Customers

34 year old Store clerk in Japan memorizes them and writes them down in a notebook. Gets caught after he uses them to purchase expensive bags mailed to his own home.

Today in Ono-Sendai News

I don’t know if it really has a Neuromancer vibe, but I do love this dearly.


Twenty Year Anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast

I think I’ve only owned 4 consoles in my life: NES, Turbo Grafx 16, Dreamcast and an Xbox 360. Of those, the Dreamcast is easily my favorite. I remember my friends and I installing one in my car in the early 00s.