‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian This has grown to a huge story! Hundreds of millions of Facebookusers are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower.

Automatic Circuit Reclosers Probed as Potential Cause of California Fires – IEEE Spectrum Automatic reclosers are pole-mounted circuit breakers that can quickly restore power after outages. Reclosers make quick work of many line faults, the great majority of which result from temporary insults such as a tree branch striking a line or the electrocution of an unlucky squirrel. Reclosers usually try restarting a line 2-3 times before giving up

We’re hitting rock bottom in cyber — let’s do something | TechCrunch When it comes to the cybersecurity problem, where is rock bottom? Was it WannaCry, a ransomware attack. Or similar and perhaps even worse attack that hit just weeks later? Was it the Yahoo breaches? Or Equifax and Uber? Intel and Apple leaving our computer management accounts wide open? Banking computer systems hacked and many millions stolen? Or critical infrastructure hackers

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Have you ever wondered about how safe your place or position is regarding electromagnetic and magnetic fields? Then here is your chance to find out. Everyone is exposed to a complex mix of weak electric and magnetic fields, both at home and at work, from the generation and transmission of electricity, domestic appliances and industrial

Report Scores Cities to See if Technology Makes Them Safer – IEEE Spectrum  More and more people are migrating to cities. By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in an urban setting, according to the United Nations. How can these growing cities reduce conflicts, crime, violence, and terrorism? In a word: technology. 

These Explosions Show Why the FAA Doesn’t Want Laptops in Luggage The US government wants a “laptop ban” on planes. But this time, it’s to prevent fliers from putting large electronics, like laptops, into their checked luggage. Is it safe to stow electronics—especially those with lithium-ion batteries—in cargo holds? It seems that lithiun-ion batteries combined with some other flammable items in cargo can make a very dangerous flammable

Securing smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure  During the recent years, there have been two cyber-attacks on power plants in Ukraine, which for the first time in the history succeeded to disrupted and cut power in a country.  An analysis of the events in Ukraine indicates that in order for a cyber-attack to materialize, three conditions must exist: opportunity, ability, and motivation.