As the excerpt begins, it’s June 2009—a year or so since Stuxnet was first released, but still a year before the covert operation will be discovered and exposed. As Iran prepares for its presidential elections, the attackers behind Stuxnet are also preparing their next assault on the enrichment plant with a new version of the malware. They unleash it just as the enrichment plant is beginning to recover from the effects of the previous attack. Their weapon this time is designed to manipulate computer systems made by the German firm Siemens that control and monitor the speed of the centrifuges. Because the computers are air-gapped from the internet, however, they cannot be reached directly by the remote attackers. So the attackers have designed their weapon to spread via infected USB flash drives. To get Stuxnet to its target machines, the attackers first infect computers belonging to five outside companies that are believed to be connected in some way to the nuclear program. The aim is to make each “patient zero” an unwitting carrier who will help spread and transport the weapon on flash drives into the protected facility and the Siemens computers. Although the five companies have been referenced in previous news reports, they’ve never been identified. Four of them are identified in this excerpt.
That has been one of the guiding factors behind the growth of the site, since punk rockers are not known for flocking to businesses that try to make a buck off their work.
“The reason they got in this scenario is they didn’t have the right pre-emption strategy,” Falkowitz said. “The next company, whether it’s Showtime or Death Row Records or whomever, needs to see that they’re going to wake up one day to this reality unless they confront it.”
Copy cat, Yahoo?: A Taiwanese website is threatening to sue Yahoo China, accusing the portal of using the its copyrighted material on the Chinese website.
But the selfie changes everything. Seeing the character actually taking the photograph reinforces that it’s something they’re doing – taking a break from shooting orcs with arrows and/or shooting police officers with sniper rifles to snap a quick pic of the scene, for posterity. But more than that, they’re taking a selfie. So they’re approaching their life-or-death battles with the approximate mentality of a teenage girl in her bathroom.
Among the species Woese and his colleague George Fox studied were a mouse, yeast and duckweed. They also sequenced RNA from E. coli other bacterial species. When they lined up the species by kinship, they found two strange results. The mouse, the yeast and the duckweed were, relatively speaking, very closely related. They were more closely related than many species of bacteria were to one another. And the bacteria yielded other strange results. Four species of methane-producing bacteria were only distantly related to other bacteria. They were just as closely related to the mouse, the yeast and the duckweed.
Legal experts said the appeals ruling probably would not affect the 382 civil lawsuits the recording industry already has filed since it announced its campaign nearly six months ago.
While tech goods are already face no tariffs under NAFTA and industry representatives said there are no data flow restrictions in the region hampering trade, U.S. firms want an updated NAFTA to help them access other markets by serving as a tech template for future trade pacts.
Stocks of boutique sites that went public in friendlier times for dot-coms have since plummeted to a fraction of their early highs.
The version we’re releasing soon adds photo-recognition to the search options, so all you have to do is take a photo of the game box to find the rating summary. You will still be able to search by text as well.
Widening the audience for digital comics seems like a must, given recent sales figures. According to industry analyst ICv2, digital comics sales are up 1,000 percent on the year, while print sales have declined roughly 5.6 percent since last November. Single-issue sales, a market segment in which digital comics will surely exert their influence, have fared worse than their graphic novel counterparts.
Since 1995, the administration has invested over $8 billion in educational technology. Since 1998, classroom Internet access has grown from 3 to 63 percent, thanks in large part to the e-rate.
According to Chris Hunter, a privacy expert with the University of Pennsylvania’s school of Public Policy, ActivatorDesk is a mixed bag. He likes the ad blocking and the opportunity for users to choose their own settings but thinks the whitelist-style blocking is over-zealous.
These questions alone would not dissuade me from the legitimacy of using Mortenson’s books as teaching tools for children–they seemed forgivable “white lies.” 60 Minutes did make additional criticisms of Mortenson, however:
“If true, it is a bit of surprise that this should happen to RIM which has a reputation for delivering rock solid devices,” says Neil Strother, an analyst with Jupiter Research. “But now that they are coming out with new models rather quickly, there is a lot of software integration that could go wrong.”