Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 1:53 pm
“Disgraceful,” “un-American act of cowardice” and “sad day for creative expression” are among the responses in Hollywood to the news that Sony Pictures has pulled “The Interview” from its scheduled release.
Sony says its decision comes after a majority of theaters canceled planned showings, adding: “We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.”
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:33 pm
NPR has confirmed from U.S. intelligence officials that North Korea was centrally involved with the recent attacks against Sony Pictures. And the company says it is pulling its comedy film The Interview from the box office. It was supposed to debut on Christmas. These are major developments in what we may now call cyberwarfare.
FBI Director James Comey has been busy these past few weeks, raising an alarm about what he considers a big threat to public safety in the United States — “Going Dark,” or the ability of people to ensure their data remains secure against every possible intrusion, even U.S. law enforcement with a warrant.
The Department of Defense is in the final phase of a major expansion of its cyber security mission in San Antonio.
The Air Force plans to place 1,100 new team members at Joint Base San Antonio and other locations around the city.
The San Antonio congressional delegation announced Wednesday an expansion of the existing cyber security mission headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, bringing in more than 400 new team members at that site alone.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is collaborating on an $800,000 grant from the federal government for cyber security research.
The sizable contribution from the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn’t going to student programs, instead it's going to the National Cyber Security Preparedness Consortium, a joint venture between UTSA -- which is the lead -- Texas A&M, Memphis University, University of Arkansas and Norwhich University.
Last week saw the demise of support for arguably the most popular operating system that Microsoft will ever have. A full 27 percent of users today still use Windows XP, but the company that built the program 13 years ago is telling users to upgrade or risk the wild world of the web unprotected.
The Heartbleed bug may be old news by now, but companies with OpenSSL websites were still working over the weekend to determine their exposure.
Mention of the word 'heartbleed' early last week got an most a quizzical look, but by the end of the week people were cued in and some were a bit scared.
Security Service Federal Credit Union spokesman John Worthington said his organization was not affected by Heartbleed. He said several in-the-know customers telephoned SSFCU before the mainstream media had the story.
The Better Business Bureau is cautioning consumers about a new scam designed to capture the attention of those following the developing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 story.
The BBB reports the scam is turning up on social media, mainly Facebook and Twitter, and requires the user to click on a link to get the latest on the missing plane.
Cesar Alvarado in San Antonio, the regional public relations director for the BBB, said the process is known as “clickjacking” – using compelling information to get a user to click on something they otherwise might ignore.
Military cyber security specialists are becoming a welcome part of the civilian workforce, and now there's a training opportunity in San Antonio for veterans and military members who may be headed in an entrepreneurial direction.
It wasn’t so long ago that few had heard about cyber security, but it suddenly rocketed into reality for a broad cross section of shoppers after the recent data breach at Target stores.
But military cyber security specialists have done this work for decades, and their high level of expertise is highly marketable once they become veterans.