DTNS 2390 – Cute Is the New Black

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is here and we’ll talk about the FBI’s identification of North Korea as responsible for the Sony attack. Should we believe them? Also the FCC gets sneaky and gets sneaked upon. Plus Len Peralta bravely illustrates the great leader.

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Today’s guests:  Darren Kitchen,  founder of hak5.org and Len Peralta, author and artist

http://www.patreon.com/len

Headlines

The US FBI announced today that it has concluded that the North Korean government is responsible for the attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s internal systems. The FBI cited similarities in code, infrastructure and tools used in previous attacks they have attributed to North Korea. Meanwhile Ars Technica reports on a public note claiming to be from Guardians of Peace saying Sony could released The Interview as long as it deleted the assassination scene. CNN reported a source from Sony told it that an email was sent asking for all trace of the movie to be eliminated. And the US President said he wish Sony had spoken to him first before bowing to pressure not to release the movie. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said his company “spoke to a senior advisor in the White House” and told CNN “We have not given in. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie,” shifting responsibility to the theater owners.

The Telegraph reports Apple is upset at allegations by the BBC’s Panorama program that workers at a Pegatron plant that makes Apple products are being mistreated. Undercover reporters for Panorama brought back video of sleeping workers and alleged denial of days off, refusal to surrender government IDs and coercion in filling out forms regarding voluntary work choices. Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and CEO Tim Cook were “deeply offended by the report. Williams claims suppliers have achieved an average of 93 per cent compliance with the 60-hour workweek limit this year. Pegatron said they were carefully investigating the BBC’s claims, and will take “all necessary actions”.

ReCode reports T-Mobile USA has settled a lawsuit with the US Federal Trade Commission that accused the company of profiting from unauthorized charges known as cramming. At least $90 million will be returned to subscribers who can show that they had to pay the unauthorized charges, which includes $22.5 million in fines that T-Mobile will pay to the states and Federal Communications Commission for the violations. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint for a similar matter earlier this week. AT&T settled a similar FTC complaint in October for $105 million.

Tech Crunch reports that Facebook is releasing a new app today called “Stickered for Messenger”. The app allows users to select one their own images, resize it and paste a virtual sticker on top, then send it to their friends. The app was built by Facebook’s Creative Labs mobile design studio, and it is the first companion app for Messenger. Stickered For Messenger will be available later today on Android and is coming to iOS soon. The Messenger app itself is receiving a speed boost and new animated sending/sent/delivered/read receipts.

Google today filed a lawsuit in Mississippi district court against Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood for serving the search company a “burdensome retaliatory subpoena.” Hood has claimed that Google’s anti-piracy provisions violate a Mississippi consumer protection law. Google has also issued a document preservation notice to both the MPAA and the law firm Jenner & Block, asking them to retain documents related to a so-called Goliath campaign Umm, hello? I think you movie guys just woke a sleeping Goliath.

Reuters reports its sources say Google is working on a version of Android that would be embedded in cars. This would be different than Android Auto which transmits data from a phone to a car’s screen. The embedded version would always work whether a phone was in the car or not. It will supposedly come along with the Android M OS.

GigaOm reports BlackBerry is profitable! One cent a share but STILL! PROFITABLE! It also generated a positive cash flow of $43 million in the last quarter. And the good news pretty much ends there. Smartphone sales were down to 1.9 million from 2.4 million in the previous quarter. Service revenue was also down 12 percent from the previous quarter. But hey, PROFITABLE!

The Washington Post cites industry officials who say the US House of representatives will consider legislation in the new year to prevent ISPs from blocking or slowing down certain websites while also providing a new provision for regulation of broadband providers called Title X. That would make Title II classification unnecessary.

 

Meanwhile the FCC slipped out an official notice of proposed rulemaking to consider widening the definition of a Multichannel Video Programming Distributor to include Internet delivery alongside cable and satellite. The change would technically remove the requirement that an MVPD have transmission facilities thus allowing the use of the Internet as that facility. All that means broadcasters have to negotiate for carriage with anyone who wants to carry multiple channels of live TV.

News From You

Jaymz668 posted a TechDiret column by Timothy Geigner describing a fight in southwest Chicago over whether to add filters to Internet access in the Orland Park Public Library. After a complaint from a mother, the board decided not to install filters but instead ask for ID. However the mother and others have continued to press the board to install filters. Geigner states that open access to the unfiltered Internet for adults should be defended.

spsheridan sent us the Wired UK report that International Space Station commander Barry Wilmore needed a ratcheting socket wrench. Which was kind of a bummer, because he left his on EARTH. Normally, Wilmore would have had to wait months for the next ISS resupply. But the folks who made the 3D printer on the space station overheard th eproblem and whipped up a quick design for the wrench. Then NASA emailed Wilmore the design, he printed it out on the station’s 3-D printer and hey presto SPACE WRENCH!

jaymz668 passes along a Consumerist article about a US Department of Commerce report on broadband competition. At 10 Mbps 70% of US citizens have a choice between two companies and 28% have a choice between 3. Only 85% have 25 Mbps service or faster available. At that speed 37% have a choice between two providers and 9% can choose among three. 59% have access to 100 Mbps service and 8% have a choice between two providers at that speed the rest have one choice. 3% have access to gigabit fiber and only one choice in all those areas.

Discussion Links:

http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/update-on-sony-investigation

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/fbi-claims-north-korean-involvement-in-sony-pictures-attack/

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/hackers-tell-sony-the-interview-may-release-now-with-edits/

http://recode.net/2014/12/19/live-blog-president-obama-to-address-north-korean-role-in-sony-hack/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/white-house-says-sony-hack-is-a-serious-national-security-matter/2014/12/18/01eb8324-86ea-11e4-b9b7-b8632ae73d25_story.html

Pick of the Day: 

Tom,

When you were discussing the need for batch renaming tools you mentioned that you would sometimes need this for renaming digital camera files with a date or location instead of just having them named something like IMG_0001.JPG.

I use “geosetter” to read the EXIF header and automatically rename the files with the date the pictures were taken. There are options to choose the date format or embed some descriptive words in the filename.

http://www.geosetter.de/en/

Love the show,
John from Silicon Valley

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Thanks for fielding this question, and many thanks for the great feedback from the DTNS community, Alex Hana and Darren Kitchen

While researching this on my own, I stumbled on a web site that crowd sources alternative technology solutions. So, here’s a pick from me:

AlternativeTo
http://alternativeto.net/

(And here’s the one for Truecrypt)
http://alternativeto.net/software/truecrypt/

I haven’t used it a lot yet, but it let’s you ​vote on nominated alternatives, has a review and comments section for each solution.

​Thanks again! Mike​

Facebook Developer’s Conference alert link:

https://www.fbf8.com/portal/preForm.ww

One thought on “DTNS 2390 – Cute Is the New Black”

  1. This same script methods as other attacks by various nations? How could that be? Could this be evidence that the current best hacks are already out there for purchase and Script Kitties are now Soldiers in the Cyber armies of the world which are making the sellers of that code rich? This reminds me of quite a few distopian future novels. Corporate Hackers that Own the Internets?

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