I know my posts in the last month have been far and few between, so I wanted to give you people something to graze on for a while. Since I’m back at school and trying out for the Blue Band, I won’t have a whole lot of time in the coming weeks. I hope to get at least a couple of posts written for posting later in the next couple of days.
- Russia’s brief war with the Eastern European country of Georgia was the first war to be prefaced by a series of cyber attacks. While the attacks may have not originated by Russia, there is something to be said about the degree of attacks. This article describes Georgia’s inability to defend itself and the shockingly similarities that their cyber infrastructure has to the United States’. The Department of Homeland Security reports that “the United States has no effective means of unilaterally preventing coordinated attacks from striking US websites.”
- AFCYBER, a topic of which I have written about a lot, has been put on hold due to the upper command of the Air Force. Industry experts say that this move could be the result of the armed services trying to figure out which branch should hold authority when securing cyberspace. To check out this interesting article, click here.
- The specifications for the third version of the Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) have been released to companies around the world. USB 3.0 has many advantages such as backwards compatibility with USB 1.0 and 2.0, ten times the speed of USB 2.0, and technology to be more energy efficient. This new standard also means you will be able to charge your USB devices much quicker.
- Ars Technica reports that RFID based passports are incredibly vulnerable. They also report that a RFID passport can be faked with $120 in resources. Countries around the world have been given ways to secure this new technology, but few have taken the initiative to do so.
- This CIO Today article describes how companies are using cloud computing in order to streamline their operations. Cloud computing is taking the world by storm, although the average person may not realize it. Services like Twitter and Google Apps use cloud computing to host their services.