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Wikipedia Just Busted Sock Puppet Ring

Expect a little less misinformation while browsing Wikipedia today. The website has deleted 381 sock puppet accounts—those of paid users who edit articles on a subject to which they have some affiliation—in a bust for "black hat editing." Fusion reports that an investigation, dubbed "Orangemoody" after the first...

How The Wikipedia Extortion Racket Worked

Wikipedia has blocked 381 accounts for what it calls 'black hat editing'- an effort at extortion by an organized group. After a lengthy investigation, dubbed Orangemoody after the first suspect account identified, the site's editors list 254 articles that they say have been created by sockpuppets, writing or editing entries for [...]

Wikipedia bans 381 'black hat' accounts for misleading editing

Wikipedia is again cracking down on contributors and editors that are violating its guidelines. The site's editors have banned 381 accounts for charging or accepting money for their contributions, without disclosing the information —...Show More Summary

Interview, Keren Elazari, Researcher and Analyst

I was able to catch up with Keren Elazari at Black Hat.  We talked about her presentation at BSides (Hack the Future) and what it means to us as security professionals.  Keren highlights how bits are controlling atoms more and more every day and how the next 20 years are going to make the changes […]

Clint Black Details Maniacal Work on First New Album in 10 Years

Clint Black had time to kill when making On Purpose, his first new album in a decade. The multi-platinum-selling country legend was having too much fun — and wearing too many hats — making the LP to be in any sort of rush. "I've been a maniac," he told Rolling Stone...

Remembering the Real Lessons of 2 Tone Ska

The end of the summer of 1995 marked a new beginning for dad’s old formalwear. "Black coat, white shoes, black hat, Cadillac—yeah!" sing the boys from Rancid on "Time Bomb", a standout track from their excellent third album, …And Out Come the Wolves, released 20 years ago last week. Show More Summary

“Like a Blind Man in a Dark Room Looking for a Black Hat which isn’t there”

“Like a Blind Man in a Dark Room Looking for a Black Hat which isn’t there” Originally published May, 2004 For many months now I have been spending many long, enjoyable and fruitful hours reading hundreds of excellent essays in the modern day equivalents of the public library. Show More Summary

Interview, Author and trouble-maker, Jason E. Street

I had a chance to catch up with my friend, Jason E. Street at Black Hat in order to talk to him about a few of the projects he has going on.  In addition to full time employment he’s an author, he’s working to revitalize Defcon Groups and he’s helping to publicize the efforts by […]

Sharon Stone Dons Black Hat For ‘Running Wild’

Sharon Stone is set to star in Running Wild, a drama from ESX Entertainment, the newly launched outfit from Lucas Oil head Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar. Alex Ranarivelo is directing the film, from a script by Christina Moore and Brian Rudnick. Show More Summary

'Straight Outta Compton' hat fail will make White Sox fans groan

Straight Outta Compton starts out in 1986, but one of its accessories is from 1991 In one of the film's early scenes, Eazy-E (played by Jason Mitchell) sports a black Chicago White Sox hat with a white logo. However, some sports history...Show More Summary

The End of the Internet Dream: the speech that won Black Hat (and Defcon)

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

"The End of the Internet Dream," cyberlawyer Jennifer Granick's keynote at Black Hat, was all anyone could talk about at this year's Defcon -- Black Hat being the grown-up, buttoned-down, military-industrial cousin to Defcon's wild and exuberant anarchy. Read the rest

‘Straight Outta Compton’ used White Sox hat straight outta the wrong era

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

“Straight Outta Compton” did boffo numbers at the box office over its opening weekend, despite its glaring historical inaccuracies. Compton review tomorrow. Biggest problem? Eazy E wearing the Black White Sox hat in 1986 in opening scene. Logo didn’t debut until 1991. — Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) August 17, 2015 Thanks to The Post’s never-not-working Dan […]

These were the biggest hacks at Black Hat and Def Con 2015

If there's one thing we know this year, you're not safe anywhere -- at home, in your car, or online.

Dakota Johnson's Street Style in 20 Perfect Looks (PHOTOS)

Post by Michele Zipp. Dakota Johnson has a signature style. And I'm not just talking about her perfect bangs. Her choice of clothing often involves animal print, the color black, flats, and hats. The way she pairs it all together gives plenty of style inspiration. Show More Summary

Meet the World’s Most Dangerous Geeks

2 weeks agoTechnology : Yahoo: Tech

It started in 1993 with 100 attendees. This year, more than 20,000 hackers, crackers, white hats, and black hats attended DEF CON in Las Vegas. We were there.

Arctic's Soviet-era ghost town seeing revival

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

A man in a chapka hat and black coat, rifle slung over a shoulder, idles on the pontoon as a group of tourists sail in to visit Arctic oddity, Pyramiden, a Soviet-era ghost town. Alexander Romanovskiy, better known as Sasha, is the guardian...Show More Summary

Four short links: 14 August 2015

The Jeep Cherokee Hack (Kaspersky) — details from the Black Hat talk. The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Blockchain Technology — in case you’ve been slipping on your nerd cred. Automation Angst (The Economist) — discusses three papers: (1) automation creates …

Black Hats Infiltrate History Group

Over the past few days, there has been another discussion in the linkedin "Ancient History Group" (private group): "The trade in stolen Syrian artefacts: a lengthy exposé by Buzzfeed. Read it and weep - and then challenge those who maintain they have a 'right' to buy or deal in unprovenanced antiquities." with of course comments by the Black Hatters' lobbyist Peter Tompa etc.

Google creates Android Security Updates Google Group for more transparency

One of the big takeaways from the recent Black Hat security conference was Google announcing plans to issue monthly security updates, and that it would strive to keep us all better informed. Lead engineer for Android security at Google...Show More Summary

The Internet of Things Poised to be the Next Big Bang in Cyber Security and eDiscovery

There is one thing the Black Hat Conference always seems to accomplish; every year there is some kind of wow moment that captures national interest. This year, the Internet of Things (IoT) certainly made the spotlight. As reported by ABC News on Thursday, August 6th, all eyes were on car hacking after a hackers were […]

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