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Russian Hackers Attacked Infrastructure, Voting Data in 39 States

We already knew that Russian hackers had struck at the United States’ election in an unprecedented way in 2016, but a new report suggests there were far more attacks across the US than were previously known. Hackers didn’t just attack the Democratic and Republican parties. They directly targeted election officials with spear phishing campaigns, gained access to voter registration databases, and at least one campaign finance database. That’s the report from Bloomberg, which spoke to “three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter.” One of these ...

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Court Forces Verizon to Fix Critical Infrastructure in Pennsylvania

Back in 2015, Verizon was sued by the Communications Workers of America for its general failure to maintain copper infrastructure in Pennsylvania. We covered the issue in October of last year, when CWA officials testified that Verizon was willing to fire employees for maintaining copper infrastructure, while simultaneously failing to deploy replacement wireline service over fiber. Employees were instructed to migrate customers to Verizon’s VoiceLink wireless service if any opportunity to do so existed, even if that service was an imperfect or unsuitable replacement for the copper service they previously ...

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Saudi Arabia pledges $20 billion to Blackstone for American infrastructure

Blackstone CEO: Infrastructure most important for Trump Saudi Arabia is pledging $ 20 billion to an American private investment firm to pay for infrastructure projects in the United States. The firm at the center of the deal, the Blackstone Group(BX), has a close connection to President Trump. Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman advises the president on policy issues ranging from trade to infrastructure. The $ 20 billion in Saudi money is part of a larger effort by Blackstone to invest stateside in toll roads, airports and other public works. The firm ...

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ET Deals: Save 90% on the System Administration and Infrastructure Management Bundle

If you’re looking to reboot your career, taking a handful of online courses is a good way to feel out what interests you, and find something you’re really good at. Today, SkillWise is offering up a bundle of SysAdmin and infrastructure management courses, and it’s shockingly affordable. • System Administration and Infrastructure Management Bundle for $ 41 (List price: $ 416) With your purchase, you’ll get these courses: • The Complete Guide to LPIC 1 Linux Administrator Exam (a $ 50 value)• Professional Guide to Windows Server 2016 (a $ ...

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Space invasion: Solar storms pose critical threat to internet, US infrastructure

Ask anyone to make a list of the worst natural disasters, and you’re likely to get a dissertation on the relative risks of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and similar terrestrial events. A solar storm, in contrast, is unlikely to make anyone’s Top 5. According to Joseph N. Pelton, the former dean of the International Space University, that’s a critical error in thinking that we need to address. Pelton, who also serves as a board member of the International Association of Space Safety (IAASS), argues that humanity should create an artificial Van ...

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Hacking US infrastructure: How vulnerable is it?

Is our infrastructure vulnerable to hackers? The short answer to the question, unfortunately, is yes. But it’s not like no one is thinking about the issue or doing anything about it. As with the dire predictions of Y2K meltdowns from the turn of the millennium, while there are definite and potentially huge risks, both the public and private sectors are working to mitigate them. Power grid and utility vulnerability The Ukraine power grid attack in December 2015 was a sobering wake-up call of the extent of what is possible. In that ...

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Verizon refuses to repair copper infrastructure, still set on forcing fiber conversion

For the past few years, there have been persistent reports from across the country that Verizon was forcing end-users to switch away from copper networks by deliberately tearing out infrastructure, firing repair crews, forcing customers to wait months for repair, and then claiming to Congress that its fiber conversion is driven by demand. In reality, that demand is being manufactured. Corporate documents obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer show that Verizon has an internal program known as “Fiber is The Only Fix,” meant to cajole and/or strong-arm both existing copper customers ...

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