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Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Nov
2017

NSA Cybertools Hacked Like Anything Else

by Bill

A recent New York Times expose has revealed serious breaches of data security within the NSA and the possible hack of many previously safe cybersecurity tools used at the highest levels of governmental communication. The hack is not only a massive dent in the reputation of the nation’s top security organization, but a serious real world challenge to the overall data storage on a global scale now that these tools have been compromised.

“They had operational insight that even most of my fellow operators at T.A.O. did not have,” said Mr. Williams, now with Rendition Infosec, a cybersecurity firm he founded according to the New York Times. “I felt like I’d been kicked in the gut. Whoever wrote this either was a well-placed insider or had stolen a lot of operational data.”

Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon E. Panetta added, “These leaks have been incredibly damaging to our intelligence and cyber capabilities. The fundamental purpose of intelligence is to be able to effectively penetrate our adversaries in order to gather vital intelligence. By its very nature, that only works if secrecy is maintained and our codes are protected.”

The echoes of these sentiments among cybersecurity professionals are everywhere. In the wake of the Equifax breach and this NSA penetration it is becoming increasingly clear that data is not protectable even with the highest standards of security from top level spies and hackers.

Fortunately, most state sponsored security hackers are not interested in breaking into the websites of individual small or medium sized companies, so securing your data from the people who would abuse it should still be possible. The NationalNet team takes all reasonable precautions to protect our clients and we are here to help in the event of any potential breach. If you see something out of the ordinary, always say something, and we will work through it with you until your servers and data streams are as secure as humanly possible.

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06
Nov
2017

US Federal Judge Rejects Global De-Indexing Order By Canada’s Highest Court

by Bill

A recent Canadian court order demands that Google “de-index” all pages relevant to a company named Datalink, which seems to have sold products intended to violate the IP of the Vancouver-based company Equustek. The order would require Google to alter global search results. Google filed suit in US federal court seeking an order to make the Canadian ruling unenforceable within the United States. Now, US District Judge Edward Davila granted a preliminary injunction stopping Equustek’s Canadian order from being enforced anywhere in the USA. Davila found that the order violates Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which is intended to prevent any online platform from being held responsible for any content posted by any user.

Google claimed the Plaintiffs “never established any violation of their rights under US law.” Making the matter even easier for Google to win, Equustek never showed up to defend itself in US court case and allowed the case to be entirely one-sided.

The injunction against the Canadian order not only protects Google but also will “serve the public interest,” Davila held. “[T]he Canadian order would hold Google liable as the ‘publisher or speaker’ of the information on Datalink’s websites… By forcing intermediaries to remove links to third-party material, the Canadian order undermines the policy goals of Section 230 and threatens free speech on the global Internet.”

This new ruling reaffirms the position of US courts and legislators regarding claims of online digital piracy by third-parties. A contentious issue for years, now with a new ruling that is not likely to reduce passions on either side of the debate

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01
Nov
2017

AT&T Opens Up It’s New Artificial Intelligence Platform Acumos

by Bill

Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have already released frameworks designed to get developers building AI-powered applications on their platforms. AT&T just entered the fray in a big way with their own new AI platform called Acumos, revealed at a Dallas event today.

Now anyone using the Google TensorFlow framework to create machine-learning tools will be able to use Acumos as both a directory for sharing AI models and an ordered system usable to customize or connect independent models in useful ways.

AT&T is developing the Acumos  in conjunction with Tech Mahindra. The underlying code is hosted by the Linux Foundation, and is entirely open-source. However, that’s while AT&T is giving away the platform and the Linux Foundation will also host a public version of Acumos that anyone can use, independent organizations can also choose to create private versions of Acumos as well.

While the media focuses on the wonders of Virtual Reality as an entertainment medium… the big tech players are much more interested in the limitless possibilities of true artificial intelligence as problem-solving methodology that is quickly taking shape. National Net remains actively interested and aware of these new technologies because we view it as our responsibility to provide all of our clients with the best tools on the backend and front end to compete with any other product or service online. Whether that is through your own intelligence, business intelligence you gather or the artificial intelligence we may soon provide!

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