Thursday, August 29, 2013
I love that this story comes in the same week as major news outlets and Twitter are unavailable because the Syrian Electronic Army has hijacked their domains. Seems like directly connecting your brain to the Internet is a pretty bad idea...
Scientists at the University of Washington claim that they have transmitted a second impulse over the Internet from one researcher to another, allowing one to remotely stimulate the other’s hand simply by thinking. The university’s announcement Monday described a pilot study in which Rajesh Rao imagined moving his finger, sending an electrical signal across campus to his colleague Andrea Stocco, whose own finger moved in response.
Decent article on Washington Post describing "Domain Name System Attacks" - commonly referred to as domain name hijacking, in this case. Hackers target the domain name registrar, and redirect any request for "nytimes.com" to a different IP address.
The attackers were able to disrupt the Web site by accessing the records of an Australian firm, Melbourne IT, which registers domain names, such as nytimes.com, and stores the directory records for those Web sites.
The hackers then altered the information on these records, which allowed them to prevent users from seeing the Times’ Web site. In some cases, users were also redirected to a page that had the Syrian Electronic Army’s logo.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
After Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech, FBI began spying on civil rights leader
Initially approved in October 1963 by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the FBI’s wiretap and clandestine microphone campaign against King lasted until his assassination in April 1968. It was initially justified to probe King’s suspected, unproven links to the Communist Party, morphing into a crusade to “neutralize” and discredit the civil rights leader.