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[ISN] ‘CSI: Cyber’ review: Hackwork

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2015/03/csi_cyber_review_patricia_arquette_cbs.html By Vicki Hyman NJ Advance Media for NJ.com March 04, 2015 Thank goodness Patricia Arquette just won an Oscar, because otherwise I’d really have nothing to say about “CSI: Cyber.” The newest “CSI” franchise, which debuts on CBS tonight at 10 p.m., is about the FBI’s cyber crime division, comes with all the series’ high-tech visual flourishes and stars “Boyhood” star Arquette, who, um, just won an Oscar. Yeah. Oh! This time, the Who theme song is “I Can See For Miles.” I’m not saying “CSI: Cyber” isn’t worth watching. I’m just saying there’s not a heck of a lot to say about it. (The original flavor “CSI” is still plugging away after 15 years, while the Miami and New York franchises lasted 10 and 9 seasons, respectively. The latest entry is a bit different in that there’s a lot of people peering at computer screens instead of into microscopes. […]




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[ISN] Sony Hack Exposed Personal Data of Hollywood Stars

http://online.wsj.com/articles/sony-pictures-hack-reveals-more-data-than-previously-believed-1417734425 By BEN FRITZ and DANNY YADRON The Wall Street Journal Dec. 4, 2014 The hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed far more personal information than previously believed, including the Social Security numbers of more than 47,000 current and former employees along with Hollywood celebrities like Sylvester Stallone. An analysis of 33,000 Sony documents by data-security firm Identity Finder LLC found personal data, including salaries and home addresses, posted online for people who stopped working at Sony Pictures as far back as 2000 and one who started in 1955. The hack and subsequent posting by a group calling itself Guardians of Peace illustrate the risks large companies like Sony take by amassing years of digital records on employees and customers on machines connected to the Internet. Much of the data analyzed by Identity Finder was stored in Microsoft Excel files without password protection. The documents, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, also contain the Social Security numbers or taxpayer-identification numbers of thousands of freelancers, including actors who appeared in movies and TV shows produced by the Sony Corp.-owned studio, one of Hollywood’s largest. Among them are Mr. Stallone, director Judd Apatow and Australian actress Rebel Wilson. Representatives for the three stars declined to comment. […]


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[ISN] Hackers have broken into mainstream TV

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/10/19/hackers-on-tv/17432191/ By Ann Oldenburg USA TODAY October 19, 2014 Hackers are hot. Yes, they tend to be villains in real life, making headlines for tapping into Target to steal credit card data, breaking into the cloud to snatch nude celebrity photos, and even breaching government firewalls to commit all sorts of top-level cybercrimes. But on TV? They’re the new heroes. “Hackers are often unfairly portrayed as super-bad people, super-evil people,” says Nick Santora, executive producer of Scorpion, CBS’s new hit about hackers who help solve high-tech threats. “The truth is, hackers can provide a valuable service. They can uncover government misdeeds, unfair corporate practices. Hackers have a skill set that most people don’t have. It’s a skill set that’s really useful and important. They’re the watchers of the watchers.” Scorpion, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, premiered to a lot of its own watchers in September with a healthy 13.8 million viewers and is the No. 2 new show this fall, behind NCIS: New Orleans. And, according to a study released last week, the show has had the most positive word of mouth of all the new fall broadcast network series. […]


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[ISN] The Mythical And Almost Certainly Made Up ‘Legend’ Of Walter O’Brien Continues To Grow

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141004/07211128727/mythical-almost-certainly-made-up-legend-walter-obrien-continues-to-grow.shtml By Mike Masnick Techdirt.com Oct 6th 2014 A few weeks ago, we wrote about “Walter O’Brien,” the guy who is supposed to be the basis of the CBS TV show Scorpion. The problem we had was that O’Brien made a ton of absolutely fantastical claims and, after doing a little fact checking, none of them seemed to check out. At all. Since a few people brought this up, let me make it clear: I have no issue with exaggerating on a TV show for the sake of good entertainment. I don’t even mind bogus claims like “based on a true story” because, hey, Fargo was pretty awesome. If that’s all that was going on, it wouldn’t be a big deal and everyone could get on with their lives. What concerns me about the bogus Walter O’Brien story is twofold: (1) Gullible reporters simply repeat his claims without even the slightest bit of skepticism, which is just shameful reporting and (2) O’Brien and his friends aren’t just making a TV show: they’re trying to spin the TV show (which, as far as we can tell has close to no basis in reality) into a way to promote O’Brien’s “business” with claims that are wholly unbelievable


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[ISN] Chinese cyberattack forces computer shutdown at National Research Council

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/chinese-cyberattack-forces-computer-shutdown-at-national-research-council-1.1936483 By CTVNews.ca Staff July 28, 2014 The federal government’s National Research Council was forced to shut down its computers to stop cyberattacks from China, CTV News has learned. Sources told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that Chinese hackers had been trying to get into NRC computers for the past month. On Monday, it was decided that a complete shutdown was necessary to stop the hackers from stealing sensitive information. The cyberattack was primarily focused on the NRC, but sources say it has wider implications because the government has converted 43 departments into a shared data service system. […]


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[ISN] USA Picks Up Computer Hacking Drama Pilot ‘Mr. Robot’

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/mr-robot-usa-sam-esmail-1201262044/ By Whitney Friedlander News Editor Variety @loislane79 July 14, 2014 USA has given a pilot pickup to “Mr. Robot,” a drama about an anti-social computer programmer who finds he can only connect with other people by hacking into their personal lives. The Universal Cable Productions project from executive producers Sam Esmail (“Comet”) and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”) follows a hacker named Elliot who wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about — only to find himself in the intersection between the cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America. Esmail penned the script. “‘Mr. Robot’ is a visionary drama.” said Chris McCumber, USA Network president. “It is a very timely and relatable story that captures both the excitement and danger of today’s digital world.” […]


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[ISN] Garmin tackles ‘misinformation’ on hacking aircraft avionics

http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2014/June/18/Garmin-tackles-misinformation-on-hacking-aircraft-avionics.aspx By AOPA ePublishing staff June 18, 2014 With much publicity the past several months focusing on hacking and security breaches—in the media, TV shows, and movies—Garmin is setting the record straight on the myths around one such possible breach: hacking aircraft avionics. Garmin, an industry leader in aviation avionics, said in a blog posted June 17 that avionics manufacturers take numerous measures to ensure that avionics are safe and secure for pilots to use. Garmin said that its software runs on proprietary operating systems “that would make it much more difficult to successfully accomplish an attack,” and that “proprietary protocols, data input validations, and other mitigations are in place to prevent viruses or malware from infecting, or affecting, our equipment.” In addition, avionics manufacturers perform safety assessments on what could happen in an aircraft if the avionics data were corrupted, deliberately or not, and then develop mitigations for those possibilities before they go through equipment certification. And, all avionics are able to be overridden by the pilot, if he or she determines the aircraft is not doing what was intended. In many cases, pilots also must validate that their flight plan information is uploaded correctly and accept it before using it for active navigation. These actions help prevent input mistakes by the pilot as well as enhance security. […]


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