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State of Wisconsin Web Infrastructure Outage -- update

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Update --- the web sites have returned.

I have not seen it reported in the news anywhere, but it appears a large part of the State of Wisconsin web infrastructure has been down all morning, including the state web portal at https://wisconsin.gov .  It's not you, it's really down.

My cord-cutting story part 3

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More of the continuing tale of cord-cutting. I've gone through quite a few iterations so far of the Plex Media Server software and it looks like the behavior of the video recording has stabilized, at least to a large extent. I'm now successfully recording shows off of our antenna (though not as successfully from WEAU in Eau Claire - they're really far away and we have a lot of trees in the path, so wind is my enemy.  It makes a lot of multipath...

Wisconsin/Russia Voter Hacking - So what DID happen?

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On Friday Homeland Security notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission that a Russian entity attempted to hack the Wisconsin voter registration system during the 2016 election. Although DHS announced in July that 21 states had been subject to attempted attacks, it was assumed that Wisconsin was not one of those states, since the Elections

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Bruce Schneier's Crypto-Gram Sept. 15, 2017

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            CRYPTO-GRAM

        September 15, 2017

         by Bruce Schneier
        CTO, IBM Resilient
       [email protected]
      https://www.schneier.com


A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on security: computer and otherwise...

Crypto-Gram - Aug. 15, 2017

Bruce Schneier

        CTO, IBM Resilient
       [email protected]
      https://www.schneier.com


A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on security: computer and otherwise.

For back issues, or to subscribe, visit...

Justice Department demands user information on Trump inauguration protesters

This in from The Hill. The Justice Department is embroiled in a fight with Dreamhost (a West Coast large web hosting provider) over the private information of as many as 1.3 million people who were engaged on a website to plan protests of Trump's inauguration. On the face of it this appears to be a terrible invasion of privacy.  Protesting is not a crime, though it appears the Justice Department is working on that. Note that due to the completely irritating self-playing video you need...

About Daily Stormer and their search for a domain registrar

Update - Aug. 15.  The site has disappeared. Surprisingly they still have a whois record with Google as the registrar, but DNS lookups fail.  They're gone.

You may have seen some of the news about the Daily Stormer website and their quest for a domain registrar. Yesterday their long-term domain registrar GoDaddy terminated their domain registration and gave them 24 hours to go elsewhere. They registered their domain with Google...

UW and WARF awarded $500 million from Apple

WARF foundation was awarded a large settlement recently due to Apple appropriating a WARF patent on speculative instruction execution.  I'll let The Register carry it from here -

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Another Massive Cyberattack hits

Reports are coming in of a massive cyberattack happening throughout the Ukraine and other countries. Recent reports indicate that it has spread to England and may well be ready to wander across the ocean to the US.  This is reportedly a new ransomware attack, and appears to be a variant of the previously-known Petya ransomware. Take care.

People with up-to-date Windows updates should be fine on home systems, but there are some indications that the virus can spread through company-...

The Costs Of Taking Broadband The Extra Mile In Wisconsin

As Wisconsin struggles to grow private-sector jobs, there is potential to expand telecommuting work outside urbanized areas of the state by improving broadband connections. As it stands, about 13 percent of Wisconsin's population lacks access to high-speed internet connections, according to a...

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