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Another reason NOT to click

It is a long standing statement of fact that the general internet public is a click happy bunch of folks with little concern or thought for what might be real or not. Currently, coinciding with the cascading avalanche of information on the disaster of Flight MH17, there is an influx of malware, false stories, and spam, permeating the internet.

Beware of what you click on and don't be duped by bold and sensational headlines promising onsite footage or other such nonsense. It is a shame that people exploit tragedies such as this one but it is not surprising.

TowelRoot and Futex

One of the newest exploits to hit takes advantage of a code issue on certain Linux flavored OS's and has a deep reach from server based systems to other devices that operate using the affected versions including certain Android-based devices on the market. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S5, said Ohad Bobrov, vice president of research and development with Lacoon Mobile Security.


Geo-targeted IP and DDoS


Geo-targeting an IP address is a simple process that includes obtaining the IP address of an incoming connection and running a quick code check that returns where the IP originated geographically. This technique is widely used for targeted ADs, server traffic analysis, content presentation, and other geographic based information gathering. The process becomes complicated when dealing with spoofed IP addresses. A spoofed IP is one that does not contain accurate IP address information. While it is possible to spoof an IP, there are tools that can look deeper and determine the true source of an IP packet that include Network Ingress/Regress Filtering, Reverse Path Forwarding, reverse tunnels for mobile connections, and other methods. 

Buzzwords can be a Buzz Kill- Republished

In computing , and life in general, we find ourselves often hearing new phrases that tend to evoke certain connotations. These Buzzwords are generally created for the benefit of marketing and brand recognition but can also be used to label campaigns or causes. The creation of Buzzwords have become so prolific that there are even games devoted to it. As a phrase takes 


Is Open Source to blame?

In light of the recent Heartbleed code flaw discovery there seems to be a focus, in the coding news platforms, directed at open source software structures. While it is true this recent security flaw originated from a widely used open source software utility, it does not negate the fact that without open source software development there would be no internet security.


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Memphis Business Journal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:07
Rob Robertson
New findings from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital show that childhood cancer survivors who maintain unhealthy habits into adulthood face extreme health risks. The study shows that adult survivors of childhood cancer who don’t exercise or eat right more than double their chances of developing metabolic syndrome, a disorder that increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other serious health problems. St. Jude researchers found the link by studying 1,598 childhood cancer survivors ranging…

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:55
Madeline Faber
The Sierra Club has launched a statewide ad campaign to promote green alternatives to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s re-purposing of Memphis' Allen Fossil Plant. On Sunday the Sierra Club ran a full-page ad in the Knoxville News-Sentinel applauding the TVA for retiring the Memphis coal burning plant and urging that they adopt renewable resources instead of replacing the plant with a natural gas facility. Ads will also run in the Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Flyer. Radio advertisements…

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:59
Ed Arnold
Multiple years of budget cuts have pushed federal hiring to the lowest levels in about a decade, according to Federal Times. Nearly every agency is experiencing a drastic drop in the number of new employees. The federal government hired 81,003 full-time employees in fiscal year 2013, the lowest number of hires since 2004. Memphis hasn't been spared from the federal government's hiring slowdown. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the federal government employed about 13,600 Memphians in…

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:58
Michael Sheffield
Elvis Week 2014 will feature a series of firsts and a literal groundbreaking event. In addition to the first-ever auction of authenticated Elvis Presley artifacts, fans will be able to witness the groundbreaking of $70 million The Guest House at Graceland, the new 450-room hotel that will be built on Elvis Presley Boulevard near Graceland. The groundbreaking, scheduled for Aug. 14, will be attended by Priscilla Presley, who will influence the project’s design, based on features in the Graceland…

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:45
Michael Sheffield
After feeling the after-effects of the severe winter on International Paper’s first quarter earnings, Carol Roberts, the company’s CFO, credits “excellent execution” and recovering business conditions for a second quarter rebound. Roberts stressed the increase in the company’s operating earnings, which grew to $409 million from $265 million in the second quarter of 2013. International Paper (NYSE: IP) reported net income of $161 million, or 37 cents per share, and sales of $7.2 billion…

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