10 Million New Malware Strains This Year (and Tesla, Neurophone, a bunch of NSA stuff)

QOTD: “Big Data is basically the [final] solution to personal privacy.”

Malware creation has hit a new record high. In 2013 — so far — almost 10 million new “strains” of malicious software have been identified by security researchers. 2012’s total was hit 9 months into the year.

Think about that for a second. 10 million new kinds of malicious software appeared in the wild this year. What does that say about the number of people involved in trying to hack stuff? And about the odds of stumbling across their efforts at some point in the future?

Tesla: I was digging through some stuff, and realized something. The NYT in the 1930s said Tesla had over 700 patents. But if you do a search, you only get a few hundred — nowhere near that number. What happened to the rest?

HEY WIKILEAKS! If you really wanna change the world, quit screwing around with emails nobody reads. Try sending a FOIA to the USPTO.

Neurophone: It may be beaten by crunchy organic carrots for mental clarity, but… hoooly crap… this thing does indeed have a way of writing stuff into the mind. Particularly very simple, personal-subjective affirmation style phrases. (Learned this the hard way.) Self-improvement while reading Slashdot is within reach! Record your appropriately phrased statements, plug Neurophone into recorder, turn down volume until you can just barely hear the scratchiness, put recorder on “repeat.”

EU commission intends to let companies keep storing EU customers’ data in the US, despite the NSA thing. Now we know why they spent all that money on MKULTRA back in the day! https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/532999/eu_will_suspend_safe_harbor_data_privacy_agreement_us/

Interesting argument from Schneier. I disagree the NSA woke up and said “hey, these companies are doing their jobs for us.” It’s my suspicion everyone involved has been working together towards this goal from the beginning. Note after Steve Jobs died, Apple got a lot more data-grabby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWNk9irv1e8

Slashdot Quotes:

“How is it not commented on, that short of a few very specific use cases, ‘big data’ is basically the solution to personal privacy?

GIve it 10 years and you’ll have your health and life insurance companies discussing your shopping habits with your grocery store, your car insurance company with it’s lojack device in your car (or failing that, your smartphones GPS data), and 100% of your web-usage habits tracked and correlated to YOU.” http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4494219&cid=45547215

“So… America as an open, strong democracy that liberates people to express their highest ideals, to be allowed live their lives as they see fit, and is a force of good around the world is… what?… a lie?

There seems to be quite a gap between what people believe about America and reality. Maybe somewhat enlightened people in the US are coming to understand reality, but, no matter how many people have awoken, this is not the America I thought I grew up in. The citizens of that formerly great country remain too complacent for any true, lasting change to take place.

“Land of the Free?” I think not. “We’re number One?” Only in per capita incarceration rates and military spending. “Hey, look! It’s a Wookie!!” Ya, right. Go back to sleep.” http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4494219&cid=45547245

Canada let NSA spy — no surprise, Five Eyes guys — and Greenwald & Poitras are still the only two with full Snowden caches. NYT, Guardian, WaPo have “large numbers of documents” though. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/28/canada-nsa-spy-g8-g20-summits

http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerability/cryptolocker-dns-poisoning-pandalabs/240164337

” One of the main conclusions that can be drawn from this global study is that malware creation has hit a new record high, with nearly 10 million new strains identified so far this year. In fact, the number of new malware samples in circulation in just the first nine months of 2013 has already met the 2012 figure for the entire year. Trojans remained the most pervasive threat, accounting for most new threats and infections worldwide.”

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