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BuzzFeed Receives $50 Million Investment – 11 August 2014

11 August 2014 by Steve Inskeep – “NPR: Morning Edition” BuzzFeed Receives $50 Million Investment. Listicle giant BuzzFeed has received $50m from a venture capital firm. The company is expected to use that money to add a number of new … Continue reading

As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics – 12 August 2014

12 August 2014 by Vindu Goel – “The New York Times” As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics. Scholars are grappling with the ethical implications of using big data collected by corporations in order to conduct social science research. … Continue reading

The WIP hosted #LocalVoicesTalk about Women in Islam, a Twitter event.

On Thursday, July 24, The WIP hosted a Twitter chat “Women in Islam: Myth vs. Reality.” Join the conversation from 9:30 am – 10:30 am PDT on Twitter. #LocalVoicesTalk.  You can view a recap of the discussion here. There will also be … Continue reading

Infrastructure Hackers, Script Kiddies and “Watchdogs”: A Round-up of Monsters Under the Bed from CIS/MS-ISAC

A recent report from the MS-ISAC (Multi-State Information Sharing Analysis Center) and written by CIS (Center for Internet Security, a private nonprofit) publicized by security journalist Brian Krebs addresses a series of concerns regarding an infrastructure hacker who calls himself “Sun Hacker” … Continue reading

The Syrian Electronic Army: Mediums of Disinformatics

“We are just Syrian youths who want to defend their country against the media campaign that is full of lies and fabricated news reports” The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) most likely began at least in part as an outgrowth of … Continue reading

FBI Asking Tech Vendors to Install Backdoors

Wickr’s Nico Sell has disclosed in a PCMag article that she was approached by the FBI at a security conference, and that an agent casually asked if she would be willing to install a backdoor for them in her company’s … Continue reading

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Spam

Here at MCySec we receive a decent amount of spam every day, much like anyone who runs a blog with open commenting. All of this spam has been stopped by WordPress and Akismet from being displayed on our pages, This … Continue reading

NSA operations in the World… of Warcraft.

A recent revelation from the Snowden leaks has disclosed the significant efforts by intelligence personnel to infiltrate supposed terrorist networks communicating over online games and virtual environments such as Linden Lab’s Second Life, Blizzard/Activision’s World of Warcraft title, and Microsoft’s … Continue reading

Greek Foreign Ministry’s Email Server Hacked by Anonymous

More than 3700 documents, ranging from press releases to restricted intelligence assessments have been leaked online by hackers operating under the banner of Anonymous. The documents were obtained through hacking the email servers of the Greek Foreign Ministry and the … Continue reading

Tomorrow’s cities: How big data is changing the world

The BBC’s technology writer Jane Wakefield has posted an excellent pair of articles on the changing data environment and the rapidly expanding flows of data created by cities. The ways cities respond to this new depth of data will be … Continue reading

Social Media and Gang Conflict in Chicago

Ben Austen has written an excellent article for Wired talking about the ways social media has fueled violence in some neighborhoods of Chicago. It ably demonstrates that as electronic communication comes to mediate more and more parts of our lives; … Continue reading