January 19, 2017

"Next-generation 5G mobile internet technology marks the beginning of the 'fourth industrial revolution,' the chief executive of Turkey's leading telecoms player told CNBC on Thursday."

CNBC: 5G is viewed as a technology that can support the developing Internet of Things (IOT) market, which refers to millions – or potentially billions – of internet-connected devices that are expected soon to come on to the market. by Arjun Kharpal

'Kaan Terzio─člu, the chief executive of Turkcell, which has a market capitalization of $23 billion, touted the potential of the technology, saying that while 4G revolutionized the consumer market, 5G could transform the industrial space.

'"I think this is the beginning of the fourth generation of the industrial revolution. This will be the platform linking billions of devices together," Terzio─člu told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

'Turkcell has been working on 5G technologies since 2013 and this week completed a test in partnership with Ericsson, using the next-generation internet.'

"Swiss-based PGP end-to-end encrypted email provider, ProtonMail, now has an onion address, allowing users to access its service via a direct connection to the Tor anonymizing network..."

tech crunch: ...in what it describes as an active measure aimed at defending against state-sponsored censorship. by Natasha Lomas

'The startup, which has amassed more than two million users for its e2e encrypted email service so far, launching out of beta just over a year ago, says it’s worried about an increased risk of state-level blocking of pro-privacy tools — pointing to recent moves such as encryption messaging app Signal being blocked in Egypt, and the UK passing expansive surveillance legislation that mandates tracking of web activity and can also require companies to eschew e2e encryption and backdoor products.

'The service also saw a bump in sign ups after the election of Donald Trump as US president, last fall — with web users apparently seeking a non-US based secure email provider in light of the incoming commander-in-chief’s expansive digital surveillance powers.'

"The Mirai botnet caused serious trouble last fall, first hijacking numerous IoT devices to make a historically massive Distributed Denial-Of-Service (DDoS) attack on KrebsOnSecurity's site in September before taking down a big chunk of the internet a month later."

engadget: But who's responsible for making the malware? After his site went dark, security researcher Brian Krebs went on a mission to identify its creator, and he thinks he has the answer: Several sources and corroborating evidence point to Paras Jha, a Rutgers University student and owner of DDoS protection provider Protraf Solutions. by David Lumb

'About a week after attacking the security site, the individual who supposedly launched the attack, going by the username Anna Senpai, released the source code for the Mirai botnet, which spurred other copycat assaults. But it also gave Krebs the first clue in their long road to uncover Anna Senpai's real-life identity -- an investigation so exhaustive, the Krebs made a glossary of cross-referenced names and terms along with an incomplete relational map.

'The full story is admittedly lengthy, clocking in at over 8000 words, but worth the time to understand how botnet wranglers make money siccing their zombie device armies on unsuspecting targets. The sources that pointed Krebs to Anna Senpai's identity were involved in using botnets on behalf of shadowy clients, unleashing them on security companies protecting lucrative Minecraft servers that host thousands of players. When their online gaming is obstructed -- say, by repeated and annoying DDoS attacks -- players leave, giving servers an incentive to jump ship to whichever security provider can ensure protection...in this case, providers that arranged for the botnet attacks in the first place.'

"Although students who come from wealthy backgrounds are far more likely to attend highly selective colleges than students from poor families, rich and poor students who go to the same college will achieve equal financial success, a new study from the Equality of Opportunity Project found."

inside higher ed: The study, which evaluated administrative data from 30 million students and their parents from 1999 to 2013, also found that some colleges are better at helping students climb out of poverty than others. by Emily Tate

'Using estimates of students’ earnings in their early 30s and tax records of their parents’ incomes, the study shows that Ivy League institutions enroll more students in the top 1 percent of family incomes than those in the bottom 50 percent. But students who graduate from the same Ivy League college -- or any college -- tend to earn similar amounts of money in their adult lives, regardless of their family's affluence.

'“If you can get poor kids to a really good college, that’s a really good pathway to success,” said John Friedman, an associate professor of economics at Brown University and one of five co-authors of the study. “College seems to be equalizing opportunities for students.”'