April 18, 2015

'Arab #hackers believed to have breached Israeli military networks' @JPost

The affair shows how the Middle East continues to be a hotbed for cyber espionage.

Cyber hackers [illustrative]. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the
Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages
existing attack software with trick emails, according to private
security researchers.

The four-month-old effort, most likely by
Arabic-speaking programmers, shows how the Middle East continues to be a
hotbed for cyber espionage and how widely the ability to carry off such
an attack has spread, the researchers said.

Waylon Grange, a
researcher with security firm Blue Coat Systems Inc who discovered the
campaign, said the vast majority of the software was cobbled together
from widely available tools, such as the remote-access Trojan called
Poison Ivy.

The hackers were likely working on a budget and had no
need to spend much on tailored code, Grange said, adding that most of
their work appears to have gone into so-called social engineering, or
human trickery.

The hackers sent emails to various military
addresses that purported to show breaking military news, or, in some
cases, a clip featuring "Girls of the Israel Defense Forces." Some of
the emails included attachments that established "back doors" for future
access by the hackers and modules that could download and run
additional programs, according to Blue Coat.

Using standard
obfuscation techniques, the software was able to avoid detection by most
antivirus engines, Blue Coat said. At least some software lodged inside
government computers, because Blue Coat detected it "beaconing," or
sending signals to the hackers that it was in place.

Read the rest of the story online here:  'Arab hackers believed to have breached Israeli military networks' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post

April 16, 2015

Are You ready to be an #Entrpreneur and start your own company? Answer These 7 Questions to Find Out | Bernard Marr | LinkedIn

Location independent lifestyles don’t mean less work — in fact, being able to work from anywhere means you often do.
I love this term Location independent lifestyle. 

We all want to start our own company and strike it big, but do you have what it takes? This great post gives you some clues.

Are You Going to be Rich? Answer These 7 Questions to Find Out | Bernard Marr | LinkedIn

April 08, 2015

MasterMetals: New #battery charges a cellphone in one minute

 For bauxite and graphite miners a major new source of demand may have opened up. A new paper to be published in the journal Nature called A...

The paper by Stanford University Professor Hongjie Dai and colleagues describes the accidental discovery of a battery that can charge a cellphone in a minute, can scale to many times the size of conventional ion-lithium batteries for electricity grid storage and can be recharged many thousands of times.
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March 02, 2015

#FinTech: Bloomberg launches integrated Treasury and Risk Management Solution – will it be a game changer?

The details of the solution are still sketchy, but apparently Bloomberg has acquired a web-based off-the-shelf TMS aimed at the mid-market corporate segment, which will then be integrated with their trading platform (FXGO), market data and risk management platform (MARS). The cash management module comes with SWIFT integration, which is "a must" for TMS today. Comparing Bloomberg TRM® with the specialist systems (i.e. Reval, SunGard, WallStreet/IT2, Kyriba etc.) you should be able to achieve more seamless integration of market data, pricing, and online trading, while at the other side of the market ERP-based systems - such as SAP TRM - gives you the integration towards your ERP. For the specialist TRMs integration will have to be built for both sides.

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February 25, 2015

#Tesla: Bonfire of the Money Printers’ Vanities

David Stockman on Tesla's $35 billion peak market cap: 

Net sales for the LTM period ended in September amounted to $2.9 billion, meaning that speculators were putting a Silicon Valley-style multiple of 12x sales on a 100-year-old industrial product, and one sold by a fly-by-night company distinguished from its auto company peers, which trade at 0.5x sales..

See the whole article On Casey Research here: Tesla: Bonfire of the Money Printers’ Vanities | Casey Research

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