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If anyone wants to venture into the business of Web creation, they should consider using an appropriate programming language. It is not an easy task to familiarize with software developing languages. However, mastering the appropriate language is useful so that one can know how secure it is. Some software are not secure and they could cause errors and losses.


A security dealer by the name WhiteHat released some information on his site on the security statistics. This information has been used to enable individuals to measure the safety of programming languages. It examines the different types of susceptibilities and the period it takes for it to remediate bugs. This security measure can also determine whether one can find a difference that may influence an organization on the language to utilize.



They did a research and came up with a report after interviewing thousands of consumer websites. They used patented scanners to carry out the research. The findings pointed towards insignificant dissimilarities in the programming languages used, such as PHP, NET, Java, and Perl among others. Most of the languages share the same mean numbers of weaknesses. A conclusion that one can make is that most of the programming security distresses happen due to human error in the coding systems.



Observing isolated industries keenly, especially those that are controlled, such as healthcare and financials; it’s notable that they will not show a clear difference in the vulnerability numbers and remediation rates. The main problem is that many regulated companies will do all it takes to meet the required minimum standards, instead of doing further research. Among the many programming languages, Cross-site scripting is the most vulnerable regarding the frequency of occurrence of leakages.



The SpyNote Trojan is one of the most effective trojans currently running rampant across the Android platform. Now, it’s gone a step further in a new version which tricks Android users into thinking it’s a Netflix app.


This is a new release of a trojan uncovered last summer by Palo Alto Networks on the dark web. This most recent iteration was discovered by Zscaler’s ThreatLabZ.


When installed, the trojan gives remote control of your device to the hacker. When launched, the icon disappears from your launcher and contacts its control center. It also makes short work of any antivirus applications, making sure they are uninstalled immediately. Commands can then be executed by the attacker, a feature that is particularly scary as it allows them to steal any information they want from your device.


Hackers can, for instance, conduct surveillance, capture passwords, record conversations, take screen captures, and more. SMS messages and contacts can also be stolen directly, and just to rub salt in the wound, it can capture your location as well.


The new app is reportedly not out in the wild yet, news that is very good for Android users everywhere. Security experts warn that the primary way these infected apps are spread is through third-party app stores, so users should take caution and not download apps from any sources other than the official Google Play store. To take extra caution, make sure the “install from unknown sources” option is turned off in your device’s settings menu, which will prevent you from intentionally or accidentally installing an infected app from any third-party source.


The fifty-year-old artist, Neil Diamond will celebrate his 50th anniversary of his first hit song ‘solitary man’ with a box set of his entire career scheduled for March 31st. The collection of this anniversary will encompass a total of 50 tracks in three discs together with a booklet featuring new liner notes. Neil Diamond himself took part in the list picking and monitored the creation of the collection.


Since his debut with hit song solitary man in 1966, Diamond has released a plethora of hits. Among the greatest of his songs include Cracklin Rosie, Song Sung Blue and You Don’t Bring Me Flowers all of which were number one in their respective categories. His collaboration with great artists like Barbra Streisand played a role in his great hits.


Another brilliant soundtrack that he released in 1980 titled the Jazz Singer managed a total of three top ten tunes. These included Love on the Rocks, Hello Again and America. He has also left some major hits that are ever recurring in the American pop songbook such as Cherry Cherry and Sweet Caroline.


The Neil Diamond tour commemorating his fiftieth anniversary will begin this April. The journey will start on 7th at SaveMart Center in Fresno California, and climax with a two-night stand at Forum in Los Angeles come August 10th-12th. Neil Diamond gave a sneak peak of what he would do in the tour to the Rolling Stone, saying that he would create a list of songs that he hadn’t done before. He only mentioned the appearance of If you Go Away and Suzanne and kept the rest a secret for when the tour begins.


He commenced his career as a songwriter who worked with Jay and the Americans and the Monkeys. As he practiced his solo career, his music was adopted by several musicians such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Cash among others.



University College London researchers have discovered a dormant Twitter botnet that could be woken at any moment and cause havoc on the popular social media network.


The Star Wars botnet as it’s been called, first uncovered previously in their research, has over 350,000 bot accounts and could be used to spam, send malicious links, and even start fake trending topics to confuse users and/or spread fake news.


Now they have uncovered over half a million additional bots since their initial work. These bots were supposedly all created in 2013 and have remained dormant ever since. Some of the bots are tweeting at a mundane pace, but none of them are currently engaging in overly nefarious activity. Tweets coming from the bots are all robotic and similar. They also all appear to be coming from Windows Phone, meaning they are likely being controlled by the Twitter API.


The geographic locations of the host accounts for these bots result in nice, neat little rectangles across North America and Europe. The fake locations for these bots seem to all fall within these two geographic rectangles, perhaps chosen at random. The researchers analyzed the tweets coming from these rectangles and said the distribution of tweets is too perfect to have come from humans. They are perfectly uniform throughout the rectangle.


In the past, Twitter’s API has been able to be exploited by bots, making this very worrying if these bots are ever activated. It’s unclear at this point exactly what the intentions of the owner or owners of this botnet are.


The researchers are submitting their findings for publishing in a scientific journal, and then they have stated they will share their findings with Twitter in hopes of squashing this botnet before anything bad happens.


Cyber attacks are growing in complexity and sophistication, making it difficult for many industries to keep their systems secure. A recent DDoS attack, or distributed denial of service attack, placed financial services organization Lloyds Group inaccessible to costumers for almost two days. That attack did not remove funds or expose customers’ private information, instead it put the bank offline. As noted in Business Insider, any section of a large organization’s system is at risk, even if such an attack seems unlikely.


Since most organizations have come to accept the fact that security breaches will occur despite their best efforts at prevention, insurance seems to be a practical way for organizations to mitigate the fallout of a breach. The cyber insurance industry is poised to take off but there are serious obstacles standing in its way. First, the a lack of historical data on cyber crime places actuarial scientists in unknown terrain. Depending on organization size and industry, cyber attacks can cost in the billions. Currently, cyber insurance has high premiums and low pay-outs. This may change as data accrues, however the speed with which cyber attacks evolve may make any data irrelevant in future contexts.


Another obstacle is the risk faced by insurers themselves. Cyber insurance companies will have a large target on their backs and will have quite a lot to lose should their organization become breached. The caches of data stored on such an agency’s servers would be a treasure trove of information on high profile businesses and organizations.


For a cyber insurance company to grow it would first have to seek out under-served markets with low-risk. As data accrues, actuarial tables will adjust and competitive rates can be determined, allowing for expansion into other markets. The need for cyber insurance is great. Its delivery needs to be low-risk.


With a rise in fake news and alternative facts, deception is a sign of our times. It might not always be negative. In the world of cyber security, several start ups are using deceptive techniques to thwart cyber attacks. Investors in this new form of security include banks like Citi, software giants like Cisco and Team8, an Israeli security incubator whose founders are former members of the Israeli Defense Forces. High level stakeholders have placed a lot of money, and faith, in the future of deception. Here’s how the deception market works.


Large organizations have large digital infrastructures. With cloud technologies, email, applications and data storage comes many potential openings for cyber attacks. DDoS, or distributed denial of service attacks, are the most recent wave of multi-vector cyber attacks that exploit potential openings and bombard systems with multi-stage attacks. As hackers become more sophisticated and as systems become more sophisticated, security is a game of cat and mouse. Deception side steps this scenario entirely.


Security experts agree that phishing and email attacks exploit the one element of a system that IT cannot control, the end user. Experts know that preventing an attack with firewalls and other seemingly impermeable protective layers is an exercise in futility. Startups, like Illusive Networks, build duplicitous networks to trap hackers. Think of it as a bait-and-switch. Hackers enter a system with the belief that they are gaining access to a major network. Instead, they have entered a augmented, or virtual, reality. As they perform their malevolent acts and attempt to better understand the network, they become locked in the system.


Illusive Networks CEO Ofer Isreali explains that once a hacker is trapped in the system they can be booted out or stuck inside of it forever. Either way, the hacker will be identified and deceived.


Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer currently serves the Grupo RBS as the chairperson and president. He now runs the RBS Corporation, which is one of Brazil’s leading multimedia firms. Duda Melzer presently acts as the chairman of the Bricks Digital, and he owns part of the Bricks Ventures. The company offers private equity and investment capital solutions, and its clients are based in Brazil and other parts of the globe.

Mr. Melzer attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sula, and he graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He later enrolled at the Harvard University to pursue his MBA. Duda Melzer started his career by working as a marketing and franchising professional in Brazil. He was involved in the Booz Allen & Hamilton Company’s activities and was also made the head franchiser of a multinational firm, which is known as the Sweet Way. Duda Melzer then relocated to the United States and got a job as Delphi Corporation. He later served as the Box Top Media’s CEO. The media company is based in New York. Eduardo participated in the Effective Strategies for Media Companies, which was held at the Harvard Business School in 2008. He was a board member of institutions such as the Ethics of the National Council for Advertising Self-Regulation and Standard Norms.

Duda Melzer got his first job at the Grupo RBS in 2004. He was appointed to be the chief executive officer of its domestic market and later became the vice-president of business development and marketing. In 2010, Melzer was promoted to be the overall vice president of the firm. The Grupo RBS was founded by his grandfather who was known as Mauricio Sirotsky Sobrinho. Duda Melzer then became executive chairman and CEO of the company in 2012. Eduardo has been serving as the chair of the board since 2016.


Free speech is something that many people take for granted across most of Europe and the Americas, but not across the globe. The advent of the internet was supposed to globalize free speech, provide anonymity and improve privacy, particularly to people living in nations ruled by oppressive regimes. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in countries such as China, Iran, North Korea, Malaysia, Uganda, and others located within the regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Internet censorship and digital oppression are troublesome trends of the 21st century. For all the talk about the dangers of sophisticated hacking and how online security is becoming more of a challenge each day, the global community needs to pay more attention to the ongoing crackdown on internet freedom of speech in certain countries. More importantly, people who are stifled by oppressive regimes need to have access to efficient technological tools that can guarantee freedom of online expression, which is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Using VPN Services in 2017


The use of virtual private networking technology can empower people who face internet censorship in their countries. Online censorship and crackdowns on social media platforms are clear signs that political changes are needed, which is a potential situation that oppressive regimes will always try to avoid.


According to a January 2017 article published by Campus Safety magazine, using VPN services is something that most people should be doing this year. Even in countries such as Turkey, where internet censorship and surveillance were unheard of until 2014, people are being urged to use VPNs due to the current situation of political uncertainty.


The state of affairs in Turkey has resulted in Project Streisand, a package of security tools that allow people to freely access the internet without fear of surveillance and reprisal through curated and trusted VPNs. Streisand is administered through a network of cyber security experts who work as volunteers.

If there is one thing that is crucial to success, it is avoiding mistakes that are highly avoidable. One such mistake is in the mind. It is very tempting when going on a journey to start looking for short cuts. It is understandable that the idea of getting rich quickly or succeeding really fast is a desirable idea. At the same time, the more knowledgeable people understand that this goal is all but impossible. Yet many people tend to fall into that trap only to find themselves in a much worse position. Fortunately, there is one successful person people can learn from. His name is Adam Milstein.

Adam Milsteinis willing to admit that he has falling into the trap in wanting fast success. However, he has quickly learned that success is not going to come really quick. He has also learned that true success is a slow and on going process. This mindset has changed the way he has approached his business and his career. Therefore, he has begun to enjoy the journey and has even taken a more proactive approach to his work. This has brought forth greater creativity on his part in order to come up with greater solutions for his business and his community.

Perhaps his greatest success that has come from his career is his foundations that he has put up in order to help his Jewish people. For one thing, people who are very influential are also people that are more accessible. People that take the time to connect with others and listen to them are more likely to reach them. Adam Milstein has shown that he has a heart for people from all walks of life. This is one of the reasons that he is willing to share his journey. If he can reach one person, then he is successful.

Rudy Guiliani may no longer be the mayor of New York City, but he is still in the news. Guiliani is probably not too thrilled about recent news reports regarding the content management system of a website he publishes. For most public figures, this really would not be a big deal. The trouble for Guiliani is he has been recently tapped to work as President Trump’s cybersecurity adviser. The ex-mayor’s website is really easy to hack considered the ancient system currently in place.


In fairness, Guiliani’s website is designed for a private business. The web systems connected to government offices and facilities are surely using highly-sophisticated programming and security systems. Still, the reports about Guiliani’s website is a bit of a public relations embarrassment.


A bit of bright news emerges from the tale of the aged, outdated website system. A few people reading the news may be waking up to the fact their own websites are susceptible to hacking and intrusions.


Coming across a web security story featuring a high-profile public figure such as Rudy Guiliani should give some pause for thought. And don’t pause for long. Take immediate steps to correct any dangerous security flaws that might exist.


Entrepreneurs who publish a business website may very well let the operation of the site shift to autopilot. In other words, they just let things go as they have always gone. Upgrades, changes, and alterations are not made. Things seems to be working well. Why make a change? As the saying goes, “Things go quite well until they don’t.”


Just because a security intrusion has not occurred in the past does not mean that one won’t occur soon. One reason the security breach did not take place previously could be the fact vulnerabilities in the website did not exist previously. As things become outdated, vulnerabilities increase.


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