14 Jun 2017
2017-06-14 – Emergency drones rush life-saving help to simulated cardiac arrest cases – Ars Technica
Reenacting 18 real-life emergency calls of cardiac arrest to emergency medical services in Norrtälje, Sweden, researchers dispatched a drone carrying an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the local fire station. The drone reached the site of the emergency in around five minutes—about 16 minutes faster than emergency medical responders—researchers report Tuesday in JAMA.
31 May 2017
2017/05/29 – What Happens After ISIS Goes Underground – The National Interest
The good part…
ISIS is losing territory and struggling financially. Its fighters are fleeing, and its leadership is being targeted at a frenetic pace. Throughout the Arab and Islamic world, ISIS had been losing support through 2016—given the group’s military losses, that trend has likely continued in the past year. And in what appears to be a rather desperate attempt to continue fighting, the organization is increasingly relying on elderly militants to conduct suicide attacks.
The bad part…
Despite such adversity, it is highly likely that ISIS will not be defeated in the coming months and years.
Taking away territory from ISIS is a temporary stopgap that will merely push the group toward more clandestine activity in the near term, as Craig Whiteside, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and other terrorism experts have repeatedly noted. In conjunction, the group will probably shift the locus of its activities to other enclaves where it continues to hold power and can remain capable of resupplying its organization with weapons and other materiel. And, the organization will undoubtedly redouble its efforts and presence in cyberspace, where for years it has enjoyed relative sanctuary in the conduct of offensive and support operations.
Also take into account that many sympathizers have been exported across the globe.
A good article if you follow these things.
27 May 2017
2017/05/26 – Chipotle says hackers hit most restaurants in data breach – Rueters
Chipotle said it did not know how many payment cards or customers were affected by the breach that struck most of its roughly 2,250 restaurants for varying amounts of time between March 24 and April 18, spokesman Chris Arnold said via email.
Stolen data included account numbers and internal verification codes. The malware has since been removed.
The information could be used to drain debit card-linked bank accounts, make “clone” credit cards, or to buy items on certain less-secure online sites, said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the non-profit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
24 May 2017
2017/05/24 – FCC Begins Rolling Back Obama’s Net Neutrality Rule – PJ Media
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday began scrapping the Obama administration’s net neutrality rule with a pivotal 2-1 party line vote.
Adopted in 2015, the FCC’s net neutrality rule bars internet service providers from throttling website data traffic for financial gain. The rule was approved through the 2015 Open Internet Order, which reclassified ISPs from information services to public utilities. Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed undoing the Open Internet Order and returning authority to the Federal Trade Commission, which regulated the internet prior to 2015.
Trump was voted in for actions like these.
24 May 2017
2017/05/24 – Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes – The Daily Caller
The police chief does a good job holding his ground for her 3 minutes of repeated questioning. This is regarding the Pakistani IT staffers who hacked into numerous DNC and government agency computers, and were eventually fired and are under investigation.
The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.
As one of eight members of the Committee on Appropriations’ Legislative Branch subcommittee, Wasserman Schultz is in charge of the budget of the police force that is investigating her staffer and how he managed to extract so much money and information from members.
The back and forth starts at around 2m 45s into the video.
8 Mar 2017
Nationwide AT&T outage is affecting 911 calls – NY Post
AT&T is experiencing a nationwide outage that’s affecting 911 calls, authorities said.
Police departments across the country have been urging customers to call another number in the event of an emergency.
In a statement to the East Texas ABC affiliate KLTV, AT&T said the outage had been caused by a “service issue” — which was affecting wireless calls to 911.